Greg Mortenson, co-founder and Executive Director of the Central Asia Institute, c0-author of Three Cups of Tea, committed education advocate and builder of schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan:
I’ve learned that terror doesn’t happen because some group of people somewhere like Pakistan or Afghanistan simply decide to hate us. It happens because children aren’t being offered a bright enough future that they have a reason to choose life over death.
Three Cups of Tea, 292.
Everybody needs to read this book. It’ll help you understand a little more of the complexity of the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, of the amazing work that people like Greg are already doing there, and the need for more people of peace and conviction to put their shoulders to the wheels of change.
At the start of the book, young Andy is homeless and hopeless. But an encounter with a mysterious old man by the name of Jones changes all that as Jones shows Andy a different way of looking at life, a way of noticing, that will forever change his perspective and through this, his life. And as Andy’s life changes, he begins to realize that his is not the only life that has been impacted by this enigmatic character.
At first I wasn’t too sure about the story: there seemed to be too many opportunities for it to descend into being tacky and overly-preachy, as an unfortunately high number of Christian fiction books have shown. But as I got more into the book, I was pleased with Andy Andrews’ light touch, and the way he effortlessly weaved biblical truths and good spiritual lessons into the narrative.
On the whole, I enjoyed the book. It was a good, pretty well-written novel that reminds us that our perspective impacts the way we live, and by implication, that God’s perspective should also impact the way we live.