I finished Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin over this past weekend.
Greg Mortensen is just an ordinary guy who saw a great need for schools in Pakistan in the early 1990's and he has been devoting all of his money and life to the cause of building schools--especially schools for girls--in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A few things really stood out to me.
1. The power of one man to make change (along with the incredible support of his wife).
2. Even when faced with HUGE obstacles--exploring insane terrain, being kidnapped, learning new languages, acquiring money on a nurse's salary--his passion helped him accomplish his goals.
3. The beautiful cultures of the people living in the regions he has touched.
4. The sense it makes to help build schools where there are NO schools. The power of education--both for good and for bad.
It was one of those books that changes the way that I see the world--giving me a beautiful, yet overwhelming, look into a part of the world that I know so little about. You can go to the book's website to get more information: http://www.threecupsoftea.com/