Lisa says… Read This! (August 2009)

By Lisa Hamilton

Three Cups of Tea
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson

People in Pakistan and Afghanistan drink three cups of tea to do business. The first time tea is shared you are a stranger, the second time you become a friend or honored guest, the third time you become family. Three Cups of Tea should be read for its inspirational message, derived from a Baltistan proverb that rings true in the life of Greg Mortenson. In 1993, Mortenson attempted to climb Pakistan’s K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Exhausted, discouraged and disoriented, he wandered away from his group into one of the most remote regions of northern Pakistan. Dangerously ill, he stumbled into an impoverished village where he was nursed back to health. While recovering, he observed the extreme poverty and isolation of these people. In return for their kindness, Mortenson promised to return to the village and build them a school. From that promise grew one of the greatest humanitarian efforts of our time. He has survived kidnappings, death threats, enraged mullahs and separations from his family to complete over seventy-six schools to date. Three Cups of Tea, written by Mortenson, and co-authored by David Oliver Relin, is an inspirational story that proves one man can change the world.

Join us and drink “three cups of tea” with First Presbyterian Church’s Summer Book Club on August 18, at 10:30 am, in the Robert Grissom Parkway Campus. This is an intergenerational book club for ages 5 through adult using Mortenson’s children’s book Listen to the Wind and his young adult version, Three Cups of Tea, One Man’s Journey to Change the World, One Cup at a Time and the New York Times Bestseller, Three Cups of Tea, One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time. Lynn Naamin-Lin, a former missionary to Pakistan, will share her insights about this remarkable read. For more information, please call 843-448-4496.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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