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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

G is for Greg Mortenson (author)


Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. The book details Greg Mortenson’s life, but really begins with the end of his sister’s. She had severe epilepsy and died quite young, resulting in his resolve to leave an amber necklace of hers at the top of K2 (the world’s second-highest mountain). After 70 days of climbing, it was a 75-hour rescue of another climber by Greg and three others that drained him of his last reserves of energy and forced his failure. On his voyage back down, he lost his way and stumbled into Korphe – a small village in north-eastern Pakistan. The people there nursed him back to health (which ironically enough is his own career). However, his life would be changed by the sight of children outside without a teacher, writing with sticks in the ground for their “lessons” and a promise to a little girl. He felt that more than anything, they needed a school and despite having no idea how he would accomplish the feat, he promised to build them one. After returning to the U.S., he did everything that he could to raise money for it: writing letters, speaking to groups (despite being very shy), working long hours as a nurse, and sleeping in his car, which, along with his climbing gear (his greatest passion), he would sell for the effort. It took many years and a number of setbacks (see I chose not to use the word failure from yesterdays post), but he fulfilled his promise. He also founded the Central Asia Institute and continued his quest to bring education (particularly for girls) to the most remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Stones into Schools” picks up in 2003 where his last book left off, focusing on another promise to build a school in an extremely remote area that would take more than 10 years to attempt to fulfill. As a backdrop, the book gives a first-hand perspective on the rise of the Taliban, the aftermath of September 11, and of course the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir that killed 86,000 people.


I am a serious reader, mostly things from the best seller list but I like to read things that tell me about my world and inspire me to learn more about other regions. If you want to learn more too... I found these websites to be helpful.www.threecupsoftea.com and www.stonesintoschools.com andwww.penniesforpeace.org It's nice to read about a Humanitarian.
In his first book he goes to sleep near a dung pile and feeling beaten down and awakes and feels a transformation. Have you ever gone to sleep feeling one way and woken up with a different ripe transformation? It makes you think of all the things you can learn from a foreign culture, but don't feel like a FAILURE if you are not a humanitarian and have not done something BIG with foreign cultures.
 GO out and GET this book from a Barnes and Noble or the library. Maybe it will inspire you to write something maybe it will be just a good read, but I be you'll be GLAD you did.
Friday's post will be letter H will be Happiness and the pursuit of it.




3 comments:

Rae said...

I'm ashamed to say that I don't read much, but your author sounds very interesting! Glad you are part of the A to Z challenge!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. Yes, I wrote that poem and those are actual pics of my son (now 25).
Love your blog. But, sorry- I hate sushi! :)

Shannon said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! Love the Mama Mia music on your blog! Following you now, so glad you are doing this challenge too!

Lisa said...

I love to read too and will look for this book! Thanks for the review. I look forward to reading it.

Blessings,
Lisa

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