What I Believe

Read by David Barnes

(4.8 stars; 111 reviews)

"The inner working of my soul, which I wish to speak of here, was not the result of a methodical investigation of doctrinal theology, or of the actual texts of the gospel; it was a sudden removal of all that hid the true meaning of the Christian doctrine – a momentary flash of light, which made everything clear to me. It was something like that which might happen to a man who, after vainly attempting, by a false plan, to build up a statue out of a confused heap of small pieces of marble, suddenly guesses at the figure they are intended to form by the shape of the largest piece; and then, on beginning to set up the statue, finds his guess confirmed by the harmonious joining in of the various pieces." (Extract from Chapter 1)

(7 hr 58 min)


Preface and Introduction 7:20 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 1 19:18 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 2 14:15 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 3 34:09 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 4 23:09 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 5 38:14 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 6, part 1 47:02 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 6, part 2 35:32 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 7 38:23 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 8 53:55 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 9 26:59 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 10 57:55 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 11 53:03 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 12 29:36 Read by David Barnes


What I Believe

(5 stars)

The reading of the text is well done and easy to listen to. In addition, I must say that I love this text by Tolstoy. "What I Believe" and "The Kingdom of God Is Within You" are both influential as an alternative, Christian view understanding of God/Christ and our relationship to our fellow man. The book provides a basis for understanding Tolstoy's Christian-based pacifism and anarchism, though he does not explicitly go into his anarchism in this book. His understanding of Christian non-resistance to evil pairs nicely with Adin Ballou's "Christian Non-Resistance" and Peter Chelčický's "The Net of Faith," both of whom Tolstoy references in "The Kingdom of God Is Within You."

invaluable work

(5 stars)

This is a deep look into the truth of Christ's doctrine and a separation of it from what was diluted and obsfucated by the church doctrine. This addresses so much that has been inserted into the original message of Christ that causes the church teachings to seem confusing and even morally wrong. It would truly be a better world if men and Christians lived by these five simple rules expounded in this valuable piece of work.

so revealing

(5 stars)

As concerning the same matter as discoursed in this text, I was also in great horror and sadness, and confusion as I may say. But on reading this text and listening to the audio book, I must certainly say that the text was written to someone like me and I am most indebted to both the author and the translator of this work. Such a good work in my life as to the light of the gospel and the scripture in general can never be forgotten by me.


(5 stars)

I was brought up Christian but I'm not longer religious so I had some doubts about whether I would enjoy this book, however, I found it very interesting, it gave a perspective I enjoyed much more than the traditional, and seemed directed more towards the betterment of humankind. I think Tolstoy's interpretation should become the common, and we would be better for it on many (though perhaps not all) points.

Carlos Abrille

(5 stars)

Highly recommend listening to this audio book if you were curious as to what Yeshua (Jesus) really thought his twelve disciples, which was the true teaching of Christ and true Catholic religion which existed only with the 12 disciples and afterwards became corrupt and reinvented (in my opinion). This is a must listen and/or must read... :)

Wow! His wisdom & insight is truly a blessing!

(5 stars)

I am very thankful that I came across Mr. Tolstoy’s deeply thoughtful, inspiring book. Many of his revelations opened my eyes and encouraged me to re-examine the intent and purpose of my life. Also, the reader was amazing. Thank You & God Bless!

This book is amazing!

(5 stars)

David Barnes is simply spectacular narrating this amazing work of Leo Tolstoy. I'm not a religious, but author's interpretation of Jesus Christ's teachings made me rethink the whole concept about Christianity and the Christ consciousness.

Refreshing Look at a life of Faith

(4.5 stars)

I found the book very insightful and thought-provoking. There is a lot of confusion in our society today and Leo Tolstoy cuts to the core issues of our society.