A daily, yearlong, chapter-by-chapter reading of and meditation on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace

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What It Is


In which Nicholas Rostóv and his army buddies contemplate how to respond to a bad man’s bad deeds and we consider that though we will meet with such men often we cannot be harmed by them

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War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter Four


In which Rostov gets angry at a thief and we see that anger is the most self-injurious of emotions

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War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter Four


In which the Russian army learns of an unfortunate loss and we contemplate the three eidetic reductions of future misfortune

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War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter Three


In which Kutúzov examines the ranks and we see the utility of examining ourselves

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War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter Two


An essay on Shaka King’s crime thriller Judas and the Black Messiah

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A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

James 1:8

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning


In which the Russian army prepares for inspection and we learn to order our lives well in every act

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War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter One


In which Prince Andrew leaves for the war and we learn to anticipate our griefs

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-Five


In which the Bolkónski family worries over Prince Andrew’s future and we see that some things are under our control and other things are not under our control

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-Four


In which Prince Andrew returns home and we reflect on the sufferings of the world

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-Three

Brian E. Denton

For my friends and family, love. For my enemies, durian fruit.

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