16 December 2009

incredibly inspired


Last night I had the amazing opportunity to see one of my favorite authors, not to mention my favorite inspirations.



Greg Mortenson wrote the book "Three Cups of Tea" which I read last spring and loved. It was the second book I had read on developing countries and the need for education, not to mention the discrimination of little girls worldwide. Ever since then, I have had this little seed sitting in my head, constantly saying "what is it you want to do my friend...?".



Greg has now written a new book, "Stones for Schools" which is the continuation of his journey to educate the children - especially the girls, of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After his talk, we waited in line to have him sign the books that we had purchased. While I had only purchased one book, when he heard that I had four boys, he was so incredibly generous and gave me FIVE more books - one more of the new book, signed to #1, one "Three Cups of Tea" signed to #2, and two of his children's books, one signed to each of the younger boys. He also gave me an extra "Three Cups of Tea" to donate to #2's school. I think that I will donate one of each to each of the boys' schools as the books themselves are incredible and as his entire purpose is to educate children, the idea of educating the children here in America on the plight of children worldwide is something I know he supports.



I also want to say that he spent nearly five minutes talking to me. The man is one of the kindest human beings I have ever met. We are both from Minnesota (as was his "handler") so we talked at length about that, as well as what needs to be done out there. I shared my dream of one day taking photos of the children that he educates, and he said that I should follow that dream. In my book, he wrote "to a fellow Minnesotan, be inspired"~ I now have an author crush...

Have a lovely Wednesday mes amies,
xx

17 comments:

Laurie said...

What a wonderful man! Aren't you so glad you went to hear him. I want to read the book now, I'm going to Barnes & Noble today!
xoxo,
Laurie

Federica said...

looks like a beautiful night!
Hugs,
federica.

manon 21 said...

TU as un beau sourire!!


manon

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

One of my all time favorite things to do is to meet an author of a book I love. Sometimes meeting any author and reading the book after.
I have the first book, but I haven't read it yet.
Your evening sounds amazing!!!

Martha said...

Oh I feel so excited for you!!!...but I read the book over the summer and L.O.V.E.D it!!! I cannot believe you got to meet him!!!! And I'm so thrilled to read his next book...I didn't know it was out yet...to the book store I must go soon!
How fun!

Cathi said...

What a fabulous night for you! I have heard of his books, now I will definitely go to the bookstore and find them! Thanks! xxoo

Kathy said...

What a fun night for you...reminds me of my fun night meeting you!!! Of course you can use my picture of us I am honored!!!

Ange said...

YOU DID IT! SWOOOOOOOON ;-)

paige said...

a very worthy crush indeed

i love his writings & look forward to his latest
merry christmas

Mammogram Mommy said...

We were just talking about "Three Cups of Tea" on Friday night and making it our newly formed book club read for January. Funny how life works...

xoxo

Simply Mel said...

Nothing makes me happier than to build upon my 'author crushes'! Go forth and be inspired!

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

How cool to get some time to talk with him! That is great--I will check out his books.

oxox
Lara

Nisha said...

His book was very inspiring to me also; to bad my husband was not able to make it home to watch our children; so that I could have heard him speak live on the wonderful work he has done. Thanks for telling us about your evening. Nisha

Lori said...

Oh Kim ~ what an opportunity and a great evening. I imagine you could have sat at talked for hours ~ but 5 minutes is a great amount of time for a book signing. You inspire me my friend. xo

Kato said...

Wow. What a wonderful man. And a wonderful experience.

I am inspired.

Anita said...

I saw him at UNI this year- and he was so genuine and wonderful and made we wonder what the heck I should be doing to help out people less fortunate than I, so I can relate to your little voice. The extra books? What a GUY!

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

How lucky you are that you got to meet him! I read " Three Cups of Tea" a few years ago and have not been the same since.