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Recently returned from serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Three Cups of Tea - Book Review

I'm just completing the best selling book by Greg MOrtenson entitled "Three Cups of Tea". It was the book of the month for our book club for October. I initially had a hard time getting into the book but the author, Greg Mortenson was coming to speak at the devotional at BYU and I wanted to finish the book by the time I had the opportunity to hear him speak.

I didn't finish the book in time, but still enjoyed his message so much. The more I read the more I appreciate the book, and the more meaningful it became in my life. Especially now I think, as the holidays are drawing near, and the season always lends me to ponder upon my many blessings and the fact that there are so many without all the blessings I enjoy in my life.

It is a true story about how ONE person can make a difference in the world. Not just the author, but each one of us. Each one of us can have an impact for good and in some way, however small leave our impact upon the world around us.

The book also shares an important message about education and peace. The author believes and has documented through his experience and travels how educating the people (particularly the women) has led to increased peace in the world. He believes (and it is my belief also) that it is through education that we can make the greatest strides in decreasing the terrorist activities and other intolerances of the world today. An additional theme would be finding value and appreciating each individual without reference to culture or religion.

I found the book to be an excellent example of how to "eat an elephant", just one bite at a time. For me it was not an easy read, but it did become a real page turner. It's full of adventure, history, geography, romance and suspense. I was inspired and encouraged to aspire to higher things and I'm sure you will be too if you take the time to read this book.


Carolyn said...

I loved this book.

I read it last year and it completely changed my perspective on the conflict in the Afgan region.

I would recommend it to anyone too :)

Joy For Your Journey said...

I am glad you enjoyed the book and were able to listen to the author. I agree with his point on the importance of education. Although I think there are two important requirements for world peace. First is the gospel and second education. And I am a great supporter of both. :-)

blueviolet said...

I read this a few months back and LOVED it! It was incredibly interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Valerie said...

I read this book (and also blogged about it) many months ago and it isn't easy to read because of the way it was written, but I learned a lot from Mortenson's example for sure. It really is amazing how much just one person can do to change the world if he or she is persistent.

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