East of Eden

I’ve been reading East of Eden, the last week and cannot seem to get enough of the book.  I began reading it because of the urging of both my boss (Jim) and my wife (Emily) who have reminded of the need to read stories and not just theology.  They are of course right, and I am glad to be taking their advice.
The Characters in the book are quite astounding, and for those who have read it I kind of relate to Adam Trask at some level.  I think his father Cyrus Trask reminds me of my step-father a bit to.  A man obssessed with military power and protection, a man who from the beginning was always forming and prunning us to turn out a certain shape and form. 
I wonder what he thinks of me now, not whether he is proud or not, I think he’d be proud (to some degree).  But I believe in and live my life so vastly different from himself that I can’t help but wonder what he’d say to all that.

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.