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*Read This Book: Three Cups of Tea.


Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is one of the best books I have read in a long time, and I encourage all of you to read it as well.

The book describes the incredible and completely true, story of how Greg Mortenson, a former mountain climber, turned his failed attempt to climb K2 (the second highest mountain in the world) into a successful quest to, “Promote peace, one school at a time.”

K2 is a mountain in the northern region of Pakistan. On Mortenson’s way back down from K2 he got separated from his guide and wandered into a small village called Korphe, where the inhabitants took care of him until he was strong enough to continue down the mountain. To thank them, he promised to build a school for the children there. Three Cups of Tea tells the story of how he far more than kept that promise.

The book is wonderfully well-written and caused me both to laugh out loud and to be moved to tears. It provides an excellent look into the Islamic world as it is not always shown in the media, as well as providing an interesting perspective in the fight against terrorism.

For more infomation, check out the Three Cups of Tea website here or Central Asia Institute’s website here.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. serkan koser #

    hi melanie
    i don’t know that you have a big faith i really appriciate your religion.
    i was sneaking on your facebook then i found your blog and i saw your comment about this book. firstly i’m supposed to say that i really thought about writting down my comment here because i’ m really reluctant to speak about this endless topic and we can’t solve this.however i should say something. While i was reading your comment about the book i noticed something you learnt something about islam from this book not from your muslim students. the point is neither you nor me don’t know how many muslim students you taught english before? (you describe the number like this +++ ) but you couln’t find a chance to discuss about this because i know most of kaplan teachers don’t want to tell any thing wrong and i must confess something most of muslims are very conservative against other religion believers but we should have discussed and learnt from each other…
    but what should i say sometimes talking and discussing about islam is even difficult to
    what should you guys do ?
    unfortunetly i don’t know!!!

    February 20, 2009
  2. Hey Serkan,

    Thanks for your comments- I always appreciate it when someone actually reads this blog and makes a comment about it. Also, you’re completely right, you know… I have learned SO MUCH about Islam (as well as the people, cultures, and other religions of many of the world’s countries) from my students at Kaplan, and, now that you mention it, I think I should write something about this experience.

    I’ve long believed that mis-communication and misunderstanding are two of the primary reasons that we have so much conflict in our world, and so I think the multi-lingual English classrooms (like at Kaplan) provide a really unique opportunity for conversation between people of all different countries, cultures, and religions… therefore, it’s necessary that we do talk about our differences, so that people can begin to understand, and appreciate, each other!

    Anyway, thanks again for your comments, and I’ll definitely tell you when I’ve written a post about it!

    See you soon,

    February 20, 2009
  3. Truthful words, some authentic words dude. Made my day.

    December 11, 2009

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