I have been reading Three Cups of Tea off and on for a few months now, and I found that once I got into it, I really enjoyed the book. Three Cups of Tea is the true story of a mountain climber who lost his way up a mountain without any supplies, food, or water. He was saved by his porter who then took him to a small town which together revived him. On a tour of the town once he was better, the mountaineer, Greg Mortenson, is shown the town’s school. It’s really just barren land where children brave the elements to receive instruction from a teacher a couple of times a week, or to practice what they’ve learned earlier.
Shocked, Greg decides to build the town a school so that they can educate their children and send them off to receive higher education one day.
Clearly, building a school is not as easy as it may seem, and the book chronicles Greg’s challenges and many successes as he builds not just one school but many others.
I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that the book ends with Greg about to build many more schools in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, and there’s a second book that exists to tell you about that journey.
Three Cups of Tea is very well written, and though it’s a true story, there’s enough intrigue and action that it reads like a novel. Even if you don’t like non-fiction, read this one because it’s interesting and an important story to hear. It’s inspiring to know that one man really can make a difference if it’s something that he really believes in.