Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time

This is a fascinating story of a guy that seeks a third option rather than the normal violence/passive response...building schools in the most remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ironically, I finished this book a day before we pledged to send 30,000 more soldiers in the pursuit of peace.

The book also provoked a lot of thought about religion. Mortenson grew up in Africa with missionary parents from the Lutheran tradition. During high school and post-high school he doesn't talk much about his Christian faith...other than he has trouble adjusting to the American version of it. Anyway, he participates in Muslim prayers - though for spiritual reasons or for the sake of expediency (accomplishing goals) - he never says. As he begins work in Pakistan he never mentions Christianity, though one of his co-workers introduces him as "Christian" but probably more because of the fact that he's a westerner rather than overt religion.

So if I had to judge, I'd say that he leaned more towards Islam than Christianity. BUT, he does a much better job of pursuing peace, loving enemies and acting on Matthew 25.31-46 than nearly every person I've met at buildings on a typical Sunday morning in the US.

All of that aside, the poor of Pakistan and Afghanistan are better off because of this man....

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