Seth’s review of Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
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Dec 10, 2008 11:38AM
I liked your comments on the stars aligning "after great personal sacrifice". I think often our best intentions fail because we find the work or sacrifice harder than we had expected. We sometimes feel that if our cause is good or just that God will just help everything fall in place. As I thought about the sacrifices Greg was required to make in order to realize his dream of building a school in remote Pakistan and then read about later challenges he faced with the fatmeh, being kidnapped, dealing with foreign customs, etc. I realized that the early fundraising challenges he had, just made him that much more determined and prepared to face the other obstacles he encountered down the road.
As to the hatred, this book really opened my eyes to the fact that most Muslims do not hate Americans. Most Muslims are extremely poor and just trying to eek out an existence so far below the standards of anything I have encountered in my lifetime. And I have seen poverty. People are inherently good and most of them don't really buy into the hatred. One example in the book recounted a young boy that merely attended the madrassa strictly for the money. He couldn't wait to leave the hatred and violence behind. Such a reminder that we are all children of God. Not only do they need to be educated, but we also need to be educated (or just told the truth) about them and as we are all educated we will be able to see through the lies and overcome the evil of conspiring men through the love of God and fellowmen.
As I was preparing for book club yesterday I came across a publication called "Journey of Hope", found on the Central Asia Institute's website. (Follow this link if you are interested in reading
) The publication is an update on Greg's work since the end of "
Three Cups of Tea
". One of the very surprising items noted in this update is that Laura Bush committed $40 million to education in Afghanistan this past June. She read Three Cups and like so many others embraced and understood the message that Greg is getting out to the rest of the world. The publication of Three Cups has done great wonders for Greg's cause and educating the general public.
I find such hope in the power that one individual can truly effect in changing the world, one school at a time, but as you so beautifully outlined it hasn't come without its sacrifices.
Thanks for your post and sharing your thoughts. Hope you have a great birthday.
Dec 10, 2008 12:29PM
Thanks Laura!! I loved your comments. :) It looks like we have a little book club of our own now. I'm still waiting for you to read Rough Stone. :)
Dec 10, 2008 12:30PM
Do you mind if I post your goodreads comments on my books to my blog?
Dec 10, 2008 01:39PM
Go right ahead.
Aug 27, 2010 10:03PM
Very strong review with strong, aware political and societal statements I agree with. Some reviews say Mortison is narcissistic, but when you look at all he did, how much he risked his own life, I think the comments about narcissism become very secondary. I would recommend Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" if you haven't already read it.
Aug 28, 2010 05:06AM
Thanks Shawn. I saved it to my to read list.
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