Timshel. Thou mayest. Choice. I believe that choices are how we create our lives in partnership with the Creator. And Lee says it so deftly: "Think of the glory of the choice! That makes a man a man. A cat has no choice, a bee must make honey. There's no godliness there. ... But this—this is a ladder to climb to the stars." ** Beautiful.

You can spend the whole of this coming week just pondering the power of choice in East of Eden and in your own life. And as we read Chapters 29–33, Part Three will have riches that we have not yet begun to mine! I look forward to continuing to read with you.

— Oprah

* Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters, page 108.
** East of Eden, passages from pages 301–302.

Photo Credit: Landscape photo courtesy of Steinbeck Country: Exploring the Settings for the Stories by David A. Laws


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