'Three Cups of Tea'....... A book review.........
'Three Cups of Tea,' written by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is a fascinating book that has been changing the world. 7% of all of the proceeds of the book go to Greg Mortenson's non profit organization, Central Asia Institute (CAI) There is also a young adult version of the book and a children's version called 'Listening to the Wind.'
"Here (in Pakistan and Afghanistan), we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything-even die."
-Haji Ali Korphe Village chief, Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan-
'Three Cups of Tea' is a true story written about Greg Mortenson, an ER nurse, who loses his sister Christa to epilepsy. To honor her memory Mortenson decides to climb K-2. During his failed attempt, and while coming down off the mountain, he loses his guide and stumbles upon the village of Korphe, an event that would ultimately change his life. The chief of the village takes him in and Mortenson is nursed back to health. During his convalesces Mortenson is exposed to the spirit, kindness, and hospitality of the people of Korphe, as well as the profound poverty that exists in the village and though out the area. He sees that the children are not privy to any type of formal education and that they don't have a school. He promises the villagers that he will return some day and build them one.
Mortenson has come to believe that peace can come to the region of Pakistan through education. He is especially interested in the education of young girls as he believes if you educate a girl, you also educate her family as well as the entire village.
'Three Cups of Tea' is about Greg Mortenson, his life, and how he was able to not only build one school but has established a total of seventy eight schools in the region to date. He faced many trials and tribulations during this fifteen year process including homelessness and being captured by the Taliban.
I have included a CBS segment about Mortenson and his work here that I hope you will take the time to watch. I think it's a interesting clip that will help give more insight as to what the book is all about.
In 'Three Cups of Tea' Mortenson explains that he has always had a great admiration for Mother Theresa and as a little boy she was one of his hero's. He included the following quote of hers in his book, " What we are trying to do may be just a drop in the ocean but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." While traveling to Calcutta he heard Mother Theresa had died and went to pay his respects. Mortenson said he knelt and placed the palm of his hand over hers. In the book he says, "She looked so small, draped in her cloth. And I remember thinking how amazing it was that such a tiny person had such a huge effect on humanity."
'Three Cups of Tea' is a powerful book that is rich in cultural diversity. It is a book that could be beneficial to all of us who are interested in humanity and our changing world.
And where was Charli while I was doing all of this reading? Well, she was curled up beside me wrapped in one of her fleece blankets....