Sunday, August 9, 2009

Three Cups of Tea

How many people in this world do you truly, deeply admire?

Gren Mortenson has just risen to the top of my list. A few days ago, I finished his utterly amazing and inspiring book Three Cups of Tea, about his work building schools, primarily for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A mountain climber, he found himself lost on his way down K-2 and wandered into his life’s work—a remote mountain village with girls studying in an outdoor classroom, on bare earth, in the freezing winds. Such will to learn caught at his heart, and he eventually returned with the supplies to build his first school. He’s now built over 130. Dr. Greg, as he is fondly known in the region, constitutes an entire second front in the war on terror and grinding poverty. Educate a woman, save a village. This is the kind of war I want to engage in.

The book itself is one of the best I’ve ever read. The story is totally gripping—a real life heroic narrative. Greg Mortenson, who’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, has listened well to his heart, and teaches each of us to do so by example.

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