Great Book: Three Cups of Tea

Awesome book!! If you read no other book this year, read this one. Flat out, this is one of the best reads I’ve encountered in a while. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is a fascinating, inspiring page-turner. I read the whole book in three days, had a tough time setting it aside to eat or sleep, in fact! šŸ™‚

What makes it such a good book?

(1) It is a very exciting story, filled with all manner of dangerous exploits, obstacles encountered, fears faced, and suspenseful events. It’s a true story, too, so that makes it all the more amazing to hear about what Mortenson has accomplished over the years as he builds schools in the areas where radical extremists are working to recruit the poor for their war against modernity.

(2) This man is larger than life, and it’s easy to admire and respect his integrity. Mortenson, through his personal committment and willingness to sacrifice, has transformed the lives of so many in the communities where he and his Pakistani and Afghanistani partners work. He has successfully overcome two fatwahs declared against him because the moderate Muslims in charge of the Holy Courts have seen his unimpeachable character and have upheld his right to do this good work for Muslim children.

(3) The book offers an excellent example of the power of education for positive change. Why do people become suicide bombers? Too often the answer is that they have nothing to live for, no prospects for a better life. Ill-educated people become easy prey for extremist indoctrination. Mortenson’s schools are giving thousands of children a balanced education and hope for the future.

I could go on and on, but really you just have to read the book yourself to see what I mean. I suggest you pick it up and just read the first chapter. If you’re not hooked at that point, fine. But I suspect that taste will be enough to pull you in. Let me know what you think!

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