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Inspirational Wisdom for Every Day in a Classic Daybook—"An excellent gift . . . A fine inspirational" (Midwest Book Review)
During the last years of his life, Leo Tolstoy kept one book invariably on his desk, read and reread it to his family, and recommended it to all his friends: a compendium of wise thoughts gathered over the course of a decade from his wide‑ranging readings in philosophy and religion, and from his own spiritual meditations.
Thoughtful Wisdom for Every Day comprises Tolstoy’s own most essential ideas about spirituality and what it is to live a good life. Designed to be a cycle of daily readings, this book offers thoughts and aphorisms for every day, following a succession of themes repeated each month—such as God, the soul, desire, faith, our passions, humility, inequality, evil, truth, happiness, and the blessings of love.
Comforting, challenging, and inspiring, this is a spiritual treasure trove and a book of great warmth.
About the Author
Peter Sekirin was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and Russian Literature from the University of Toronto and has worked as a research associate at the Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES). He is the author of The Dostoevsky Archive and the translator of works by Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov. He lives in Aurora, Ontario, just north of Toronto, with his wife and two children.
“A fine inspirational . . . An excellent gift.”—Midwest Book Review
”Using this daybook thoughtfully throughout the year will assure a positive answer to December’s last day’s wisdom: 'I think our first rule in this life should be: Always be happy and joyful.”—Prairie Messenger
”Not simply ideas, but rich statements that suggest Tolstoy’s notions of collective responsibility and edification . . . The insights are not offered as conclusions but launching pads for our own considerations.”—Raleigh News & Observer
”A guide to a deeper, more thoughtful life . . . This is a book you’ll want to keep on your bedside table or on your desk.”—Light of Consciousness
”A treasury of timeless wisdom.”—Catholic Digest
”Brief yet profound reflections.”—Watertown Daily Times
”This lovely daybook contains . . . Tolstoy’s vast knowledge of human ways and life experiences in a succinct but flowing style. . . . Direct and crisp.”—New Age Retailer
”Tolstoy’s deep spirituality, his focus on love, temptation, and other subjects . . . Perhaps this genius spent his last years trying to reconnect us to these elemental forces because he saw that our lines to them were fraying.”—Odessa American