Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recently Read: Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

This book tells an amazing story of one person's quest to build schools and educate children in some of the harshest situations in the world, in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. He faced a lot of obstacles but also made important contacts and is a true friend to people who are often hostile (or at least assumed to be) toward Americans. He especially promotes education for women, since "If you educate a boy, you educate an individual. If you educate a girl, you educate a community" (African proverb). The long-term solution to terrorism and poverty is education.

As I read this book I was inspired by all that has been accomplished when just one person strives to make life better for another person. Read this book, and you'll be inspired to do something good too!

This was an excellent choice for our book club, and I'm looking forward to discussing it tonight!