Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Three Cups of Tea


I highly recommend this book. I am about halfway through it but it is a wonderful read.Greg Mortenson the writer of this book has started 55 schools in the remotest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.The schools he starts are mainly for girls who otherwise would not be able to get any type of education.. He proves that one man just like you and I can do great things.He believes as do I that the best way to combat terrorism is to build individual relationships with others and provide the youth a chance to get an education.He started the Central Asia Institute to promote and continue this work.
In this book he speaks to the culture shock he feels as he goes between the privileged world and the third world.I often feel that I don't possess the ability to do great things like this in the world but I know there is something I can do right here where I live. I think there is need everywhere for compassion toward our fellow man if only we look. I have decided that one of the things I want to do is become a literacy volunteer. This is an obvious choice for me given my love of reading and all things bookish. I cannot imagine not being able to read and through a workplace program that my employer provides they will donate 3 hours of my base pay per hour a month to whatever literacy program I volunteer for so it is a win/win situation for all.
I am really inspired by Jen Lemen and her desire to help her friend Odette I encourage you to go to her blog and read their story.I also encourage you to go to Ali Edwards blog and view her thoughts on telling our stories.
Thanks for all your encouragement toward me and I just want to thank all of you for continuing to stick with me and be my friends.Have a good rest of the week. I will be back this weekend. This is the week I work 4 12 hour shifts out of 5 days.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Do the thing you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
My thoughts and prayers are with those in Myanmar.
Off to cook Tiki Masala for supper.

13 comments:

Carver said...

My daughter was reading Three Cups of Tea when she was home and said she thought I'd like it. Thanks for reminding me as I intended to read it. I've also thought that I'd like to get involved in adult literacy programs. I have several family members who have done that and it's something I've never done but always thought I would. I think it's great that you will be doing that. Take care, Carver

Shelby said...

It looks very interesting.. I always like when you recommend good books. Take care.

Amy said...

I read an article about Greg and his wonderful efforts. I'm adding this book to my "must read" list! Thanks!

meggie said...

I like to read your posts, & thoughts. I have been away, so am catching up.
I find meeting people wonderful, & forging friendships with people of all walks of life is a wonderful experience.

Kai said...

Oh, I LOVED this book! I like pretty much ANY book that takes me into the heart of another culture. Always have. And I love languages! Your blog is always so interesting, & tho' I usually just quietly READ your posts, had to comment on this one.

Jeri said...

I'm reading this as well and liking it.

Inland Empire Girl said...

I have this book sitting on my pile to read. He was here and spoke and I regret not going.

His Girl Friday said...

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Karen said...

I'm going to see about reserving this at my library...thank you!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Yup, I loved that book! And I'm also quite inspired by Jen Lemen and Odette. It's a wonderful, small world, isn't it?

Darlene said...

I love it when people recommed good books!
Thank you...love your way today,
xoxo darlene

Amy Ellen said...

I will have to check out that book. It does sound like it would be good to read. Thanks
Amy

____Maggie said...

We did this as a book discussion then saved our pennies to send them. Really a nice jesture that will be used properly! :)

Thanks for joining the Southern Reading Challenge and I look forward to your reads. :)