"I have not always been possessed of the religious ideas set forth in this book. For thirty-five years of my life I was, in the proper acceptation of the word, a nihilist,not a revolutionary socialist, but a man who believed in nothing. Five years ago faith came to me; I believed in the doctrine of Jesus, and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation".
Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.
Translated by Huntington Smith