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God Sees the Truth But Waits Lesson Plan

Introduction to God Sees the Truth But Waits

"God Sees the Truth But Waits" is a short story by a man who became famous primarily for his novels. Although Leo Tolstoy's reputation as one of the greatest writers in human history rests upon such inimitable works as War and Peace and Anna Karenina, he later disavowed such works as amateurish. In Tolstoy's own mind, short stories such as "God Sees the Truth But Waits" were some of the best things that he ever wrote.

One reason for this is that Tolstoy's views about art changed rather drastically after he underwent an existential crisis in the 1870s, shortly after publishing his two great novels. Tolstoy's personal crisis led to a turn to the profound lessons of Christianity and a...

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