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Three Cups of Tea January 9, 2008

Posted by bookgoddess in Reading.
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Some people dream of adventure.  Others yearn to make the world a better place.  Some uniquely gifted people do both.

Greg Mortenson is one of those people.  In the book Three Cups of Tea, he and journalist David Oliver Relin tell his story.  In a world where polarization and intolerance are rampant, Mortenson found a way to reach out and create peace.

The book opens with Mortenson’s failed attempt to scale the mountain K2.  Exhausted and disoriented, he becomes separated from his guide.  He ends up in a small Pakistani village, where the village elder sees that he is nursed back to health.  Mortenson comes to know and love the people.  Realizing their crying need for education, he promises to build a school there.

The book chronicles his struggle to build that school, and then to build many more.  He is a remarkable character, and things that seem impossible somehow become possible.  It’s far from a straight line to success, though, and the challenges he faces create the tension of a novel.

Several dear friends praised this book to me, and I would like to give it my highest recommendation as well.  Among other things, it’s a reminder that we don’t have to be perfect human beings to make a difference in the world.  Please – read this book – you will look at the world in a new way.

Fondly,

The Book Goddess

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