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Three Cups of Tea

December 17th, 2008 (08:27 am)

current mood: chipper

I recently read the book Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. This is an unusual book for me to review in that it isn’t about midwifery or birth. It’s about a subject that I encourage people about as often as I can at conferences and through our publications. It’s about how one person can change the world, and about the cultural sensitivity that is necessary to change the world. You too can change the world—midwives and doulas are there at pivotal, foundational times in people’s lives.

Three Cups of Tea will transport you to one of the poorest regions of the world. Greg Mortensen failed an attempt to climb K2—the second highest mountain in the world—in Northern Pakistan, and was rescued and cared for by Hail Ali in the village of Korche. Greg promised to come back and build a school for the children—both boys and girls—who were attempting to study without a building or supplies, by writing with sticks in the dust. This began of his life’s calling. His journey is to provide education to the poorest of poor, especially girls.

Let Greg Mortensen’s life and commitment settle in on you as a catalyst for deepening your own calling. Pick up this book and, if you’re like me you find it hard to put back down until have read the whole book—and then you’ll feel sad that such a great read is over. (And this from a woman who generally only reads midwifery, gardening and how-to books, in addition to loads of newspapers!)

Jan Tritten
Midwifery Today