Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

three cups of teaMany books pass through my hands.  I read I enjoy, I pass them on… few come in to my life and stay with me forever.   This book is one of the few.  ~  Sheila

three cupsThe astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Talibans backyard Anyone who despairs of the individuals power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistans treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools especially for girlsthat offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortensons quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, “Three Cups of Tea” combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

In 1993 Mortenson was descending from his failed attempt to reach the peak of K2. Exhausted and

Korphe Bridge
Korphe Bridge

disoriented, he wandered away from his group into the most desolate reaches of northern Pakistan. Alone, without food, water, or shelter he stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village where he was nursed back to health.

While recovering he observed the village’s 84 children sitting outdoors, scratching their lessons in the dirt with sticks. The village was so poor that it could not afford the $1-a-day salary to hire a teacher. When he left the village, he promised that he would return to build them a school. From that rash, heartfelt promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time.

If you know me you know I love the idea of building schools for those in need in a impoverish country where things do not come as easy as they do for those us here.  Of course, just because a book is about a mission does not necessarily make it a winner.

In Three cups of Tea I read about Greg Morenson’s climb of the k2.  He was just another man with a lofty (no pun intended) goal.  Yet due to circumstances that brought him to a small village in Pakistan, his life changed forever.  I really enjoyed following Greg through his own impoverish life style of living in his car, bumming on friends couches – yet, trying to raise money for children, especially girls to have an education.

When the book ends, this man who should not have been a success except for the will of God – has built 25 schools so far.  Tens of thousands of children have had an education because of this mans mission.

I will keep this book to refer to time and again.  There were pieces I can take with me.  Highly recommended read.

This book was purchased locally by me and it is part of my personal library

Rated PG

6 thoughts on “Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

  1. I loved the title and cover of this book but was hesitant to read it based on the back cover’s synopsis. After reading your review I’m going to put it on my to read list for sure.

  2. Great review.

    I read this book in 2007, and just loved it. Definitely one of the few that I enjoy to re-read.

  3. I learned so much from this book, about sacrifice, compassion, love and acceptance. Greg is a saint for sure! I am so glad schools are assigning it for students, we take our wonderful education for granted in this country. I never would have looked at education as an end to war but in this book you can understand how that works. GREAT READ !

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