Three Cups of Tea
~ Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
This is a great read, adventure, and inspiring story. Greg Mortenson is a mountain climber who failed in his attempt to summit the tallest mountain, which he was doing in order to honor his younger sister who died. He got lost during his descent and discovered his life’s work and David Relin discovered his efforts and assisted him in telling his story to more and more people.
It is an amazing story and the book will hold you enthralled from beginning to end.
Greg Mortenson builds schools in the tribal, mountainous regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He makes sure that he educates girls in these remote areas. He goes where governments are unable to go and he uses donated funds to build over 200 schools and educate children in these poorest of communities and villages. He honors their cultures and their lives, he honors their beliefs and he honors the memory of his sister.
All the teachers who work in these schools are paid and community members are paid for their assistance on the schools and for their efforts. This is a radical idea and it is such a grand idea that the Taliban is now using it to pay boys to come to their religious schools and learn to be martyrs.
I am grateful that I have read this book twice now and that Greg Mortenson is doing this work for us in the world.
Mountains Beyond Mountains
~ Tracy Kidder
This is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer’s quest to cure the world; focused on the cure for Tuberculosis (TB) and particularly antibiotic resistant TB.
I could not put this book down. I was so impressed with this fellow’s work and efforts that I just sat down and almost did not move until I had read cover to cover.
Not only do I honor these two men for the work they do and the change they bring to our global community, but I wish to encourage you to read these stories and figure out a way that you can connect with their efforts or share their stories with others.
Whereas I do not think my actions will take me to South America or Afghanistan any time soon, I am so grateful for the work that they are doing I wanted to give their stories a Shout Out right here and now in this season of Thanksgiving.
What books are you most grateful for having read? What books have inspired you? Here’s a spot to shout out your Thanksgiving…..look forward to your suggestions.