My sister-in-law recommended Three Cups of Tea to me a few years ago, but for some reason I never got around to reading it. After months of being frustrated with a reading queue that grew and never dwindled, I finally decided to take the plunge and download the audiobook on—you guessed it—iTunes. Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much I love my iTunes. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book about Greg Mortenson’s remarkable desire to make a difference in the world. As I listened to his harrowing experiences I continually had to remind myself that this is a true story—not a Hollywood masterpiece.
Greg Mortenson is an American mountain climber and a nurse whose failed attempt at climbing K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, led him to Korphe, an impoverished village in Pakistan, where he later promised to build the town’s first school. From his commitment, the Central Asia Institute was born, and now over 50 schools in rural parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan have been completed at no cost to the local villagers.
Here’s what Greg Mortenson’s website says about his book: “By replacing guns with pencils, rhetoric with reading, Mortenson combines his unique background with his intimate knowledge of the developing world to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education and hope to remote communities in central Asia. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world—one school at a time.”
If you’d like to be inspired to make a difference in the world around you, you’ll definitely want to check out this book. If you’ve already read it, what are your thoughts on Greg’s accomplishments?