Three Cups of Tea

I just finished a wonderful book, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The book begins as a tale of a mountain climber trying desperately to summit K2. After a few failed attempts, half-frozen, hungry and half-dead with exhaustion, he loses his way down the mountain and ends up in a tiny Pakistani mountain village. Out of this visit comes his desire to give something back to the people who have saved his life, and thus starts a life’s journey. Greg Mortenson begins with just $12,000 and a dream to build a school for girls in the tiny Pakistani village of Korphe. Set amidst 9/11 and other world events, Mortenson’s journey into the Arab world is terrifying and courageous and beautiful. Mortenson, as one lone American, achieves what an entire war is being fought for, and is failing to achieve. I can’t say enough about how wonderful this book is, it truly is a must read.


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