Book Review: Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea
by Nittaya Saenbut
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin portrays how people can give without having to have or own anything.  This well written book will not only inspire you but will also make you believe that you can pursue your good deeds.

The book is about “One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time” starting when American Greg Mortension failed his climb on K2 in Pakistan, the second highest and most difficult peak in the world.  He lost his way and almost lost his life before he was taken to a remote Shiite Muslim village.  There the villagers took care of him for weeks until he gained his strength back.

Coming from the other side of the world, Mortenson was amazed by the fact that the whole village had no school for their children while impressed by the villagers’ generosity – having so little but stillmanaging to give.  Like other foreign visitors, before leaving, Mortensonpromised to come back, and with a fund to build a school.  Distinctively, he kept his promise.

This story will touch you because it presents the challenges and rewards of building schools in remote areas: the involvement of all kinds of people, lessons learned from uneducated people especially tribal lead Haji Ali, belief and sacrifice.  Through “Three Cups of Tea,” not only Mortenson, but also other characters will help you determine your own strength, confidence and self-belief and make you assuredly continue or even start to pursue your good deeds and never give them up.