Leo Tolstoy, best known for the novels Anna Karenina and War and Peace, also wrote short stories that expound on Christianity. The Godson is a moving parable about a man finding a way to understand himself, the events around him, and his purpose in life. The story is about a son who was born to a poor peasant who rejoiced and went to a neighbour to ask him to become godfather to the boy.
This is the story of the labourer Emelian, who got married to a beautiful woman. When the king of the land saw Emelian’s wife, he fell in love with her. The king and his advisers thought up various schemes to get rid of Emelian, but they all backfired, so the couple lived happily ever after.