Saturday, May 31, 2008

Not My Cup of Tea

I finally finished Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Although this book is a New York Times Bestseller, I found it tedious. I didn't come away as inspired as I anticipated.

This true story is about Greg Mortenson dream to bring education and a school to Pakistan. I admired his grit, determination, and sacrifice. However, I found written story moved slowly. It was a challenge finish reading this book and toward the end I sped read.

No pun intended, but this book just wasn't my cup of tea.


Digging for Pearls said...

Hi Susanne,
Just wanted you to know that you are in my prayers as you prepare for She Speaks.

Digging for Pearls said...

Hi Susanne,
It's me again. I am continuing to pray as you get things ready for next week. May you feel God's peace in the midst of storms.

Chatty Kelly said...

Just to let you know I'm praying for the P31 team as they prepare this week.

Nicki said...

Hi Susanne! I just wanted to stop by and send you my love and prayers as you prepare for She Speaks! I cannot wait to meet you and see what God has planned!! Praying!!

Lisa said...


Just wanted to stop in and say thank you for all that you do for us sisters in Christ. We love you!

Also wanted to let you know I'm praying for you as She Speaks draws near.

Love and prayers!

Sonya said...

I am praying for you as you prepare for the upcoming She Speaks Conf. may God grant you His perfect peace as you keep your eyes fixed on Him!

Looking forward to meeting you there.

Joyful said...

OH...and I love a good cup of tea!

I will be attending "She Speaks" next weekend and I just wanted you to know of my prayers. I am praying and claiming Psalm 91 over you - that God will guard, guide and protect you and that you will find your refuge, strength and hope in Him.


Michelle said...

Praying for you as you prepare for She Speaks. I look forward to meeting you at the conference.

Allison said...

Susanne, I am praying for you right now.

Robin said...

I just wanted to let you know that you are being prayed for in these days leading up to the SheSpeaks conference. I so appreciate your willingness to be His servant - so that my life can be changed.

I read the Shack - I was okay with it up until the last few pages and then I just couldn't deal with the theology. But if God can use it to help others - that's great.

Kay Weathers said...

Lysa asked all proverbs 31 readers to pray for all proverbs 31 speakers and hear I am I'm praying.

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Hi Sweet Friend....
I am thinking about and praying for you today.

Love you and can't wait to see you!!!


Laura said...

Praying for you as we count down to SheSpeaks! You go, girl!

Marilyn said...

I have been praying for you and for the other team members getting ready for the She Speaks conference next week. Although I do write and I do sometimes speak, I won't be able to attend this meeting. But I look forward to hearing all about it.
I pray that God will bless each of you individually and as a group.

God bless you,
Marilyn in MS

K. Langston said...

I am feeling today l like I am standing at the side of the ocean and I can feel a huge wave approaching. I sense the POWER of it!

I know that it's the Spirit already descending for the SHE SPEAKS conference. I can feel Him, P31 group! He's waiting for each and every woman to walk through those doors, and P31 ladies,

God is so very PLEASED with each of you!

See you there! I'll be the introvert wondering around looking for coffee!

helen martin (aka bride of martinstein) said...

Hey Susanne!

I am commenting pretty late, and I don't know if you'll see this--but I found the idea of Three Cups of Tea very compelling--I listened to an interview about it, and it was so interesting...

But the book--on tape, even!--didn't grab me.

I didn't like the opening. I would have been uncomfortable co-authoring a book about my experiences that had a chapter so full of praise about me... and comparing me to a planet, or, worse a star (with people orbiting around me.)

Maybe I have just been so caught up in the "I'm just an ordinary woman... so ordinary, but God has called me to do this extraordinary thing..." type of mindset that I was hoping that I would see shreds of that in the book.

I won't be finding out, in any case.

Kate said...

It's interesting how differently people see books. Sometimes those glowing reviews are a detriment because they lead you to expect so much more out of a book. I've definitely had that experience and the converse as well, where a friend didn't really care for a book and then I just loved it. I thought Three Cups of Tea was wonderful. As my 4 year old would say, though, "We all have different taste-es."