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Publication Date: 2008
"Most people don't expect you to understand what we're going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don't expect you to care. And even if you care, they don't expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don't expect it to last. We do." Alex and Brett
Do Hard Things is the Harris twins' revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.
Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change.
Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.
-- A new introduction from the authors, "Looking Back, Looking Ahead"
-- Questions (and Stories) To Get You Started
-- A list of 100 Hard Things to help inspire you
-- A study guide for personal or group use
Foreword by Chuck Norris▼▲
Today we live in a culture that promotes comfort, not challenges. Everything is about finding ways to escape hardship, avoid pain, and dodge duty. In the past, young people were expected to make significant contributions to society. Today, our culture expects very little from teensnot much more than staying in school and doing a few chores. A sad consequence of such low expectations is that life-changing lessons go unlearned. To whom can we turn to motivate a new generation of giants? Ive found the answer. Alex and Brett Harris and their book, Do Hard Things.
I know the twins personally and can vouch for their integrity and wisdom. Ive seen their passion to raise up a new generation of tough-spirited young people. They are amazing young men, uniquely qualified to inspire others to reach for great things.
One of my lifes principles is to develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways and to help others do the same. Brett and Alex come straight from the same mold, but with an even greater potential to reach young people around the world.
Their book is far more than a typical how-to book. From an insightful historical overview of the teen years to personal plans for helping teens hurdle tough obstacles, the authors sound a battle cry to raise the cultural bar on teenage potential and to challenge young people to reach for their Godgiven best.
Do Hard Things will help recruit, develop, and deploy a new generation of young culture warriors. With Gods help, the book youre holding will usher in an era in which it can once again be said of our youth, I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one (1 John 2:14).
Start reading now. Then do hard things!
It is the premise of this book that our young adults (teens) have the capacity to do great things- even hard things, given the proper motivation, resources, and adult expectations. The brothers go on to cite teens in their Rebelution who, bucking the current childlike-adult trend, have purposed to Do Hard Things to make a difference in their world.
The Harris are unashamedly Christian, and this book is peppered with Scripture quotes that confirm their stance. However, even the non-Christian teen would benefit from their motivational challenge to reach their God-given potential. At the closing of the book, the brothers lay out the Gospel message and invite readers to believe on Jesus, who has done the ultimate Hard Thing: Dying in our place that we might be saved. It was a beautiful ending to a very inspirational book.
As a parent of a son who is on the edge of adolescence, I found this book to be inspiring, challenging, and a call to raise my expectations for my kids to step out and Do Hard Things. -- Tracey Bonsell, www.christianbookpreviews.com
Praise for Do Hard Things
"Do Hard Things is an extraordinary book. In fact, I believe it will prove to be one of the most life-changing, family-changing, church-changing, and culture-changing books of this generation. I'd love for every teenager to read this book, but I'm just as eager for every parent, church leader, and educator to read it."
Randy Alcorn, best-selling author of Heaven and The Treasure Principle
"This book is one I would recommend to any of my friends, teen or not. If it doesn't help you, you are lying."
Carter B., age 14, North Carolina
"Do Hard Things is so important. It is challenging teenagers to rebel against the low expectations placed on them. And the voices that are asking teens to rise to meet this challenge are voices from their own generation. That thrills me."
Chuck Colson, bestselling author of How Now Shall We Live?
"I love the way it is written. It is crystal clear, to the point, interesting, funny, challenging, encouraging, and an easy read."
Lisa R., age 15, Australia
"Adult expectations for youth are too low. And these twins are out to raise them. Don't adapt to the low cultural expectations for youth. Set high ones. Youth can become examples for adults. Think that way. Dream that way. Or as the Harris brothers would say, Rebel against low expectations."
John Piper, bestselling author of Dont Waste Your Life
"The message of Do Hard Things is going to awaken the dreams and passions of thousands of young people all over the world. How do I know this? This radical, yet relatively simple idea, has changed my life."
Erika H., age 18, Michigan
"In a culture where laziness and ease is often the order of the day for teenagers, Do Hard Things presents a radical and provocative alternative. I heartily recommend this book."
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"This book has totally changed the way I think. I recommend it to any and every teen who has a desire to turn their life around and make a difference."
Ashley W., age 13, Georgia
"Alex and Brett capture the passion and potential of our generation perfectly in this book. In Do Hard Thingsthey encourage us to go above and beyond the status quo in everything from schoolwork to serving the poor. This is a truly unique and sorely needed book."
Zach Hunter, author of Be the Change and Generation Change
"This book is amazing. It changes your whole way of thinking. I believe that every single teen needs to buy a copy of this book. Thanks, Alex and Brett for challenging us!"
Stacie L., age 15, Kentucky
"This is an important book. And not just for those wanting to launch successfully into adulthood, but also for discontent twenty- and thirty-somethings who long to be catapulted into significance."
Ted Slater, editor of Boundless, Focus on the Family
"I'm not exactly a teenager anymore. But as I was reading I began to see how this can apply to anyone. It's never too late to start. I absolutely cannot wait to suggest this book to the 'kidults' in my life."
Matt R., age 26, Georgia
"Alex and Brett are the real deal and Do Hard Things is a real wake up call, not just for young people, but for all God's people. I can't recommend it highly enough."
Shannon Ethridge, bestselling author of the Every Woman's Battle series
"This book is a wake up call to a generation that is down in the dumps. It's like a coach screaming from the sidelines, You can do it!!!. I'd recommend it to anyone, young or old."
Douglas A., age 17, England
"Do Hard Things is the textbook for anyone who works with teens; its a philosophical and foundational must-read."
Timothy Eldred, executive director of Christian Endeavor International
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Doing Hard Things for the God's gloryJuly 28, 2016BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I first heard of this book when it first came on the scene. The Harris brothers were young teens who were challenging the the way teens were living or expecting to live.
Now, 5 years later, it seems the complacent life style that many teens were living continues and perhaps has even gotten worse. It's acceptable to not make series choices or to not pursue hard things. Again and again, sullen attitudes, disrespect, or aimlessness seems commonplace and the acceptable because it's what teenagers are like.
I love this book - although it's certainly not perfect but because it challenges this complacent attitude that is so prevalent. I especially appreciate how it's not a merely a book that cheers you on and to be the best you can be - out of your own strength, but rather it's basis is in living for the glory of God - 1 Corinthians 10:31.
The book is relatable and readable, like a conversation with friends that have seen what can happen when you trust God and step out in faith. They break down their thoughts with lots of anecdotes and real life examples - that make sense to young and older, alike.
Although this book was meant for teens, I think it's certainly a book that those of any age can be challenged with. I definitely recommend this book and our whole family is reading it together so that we would all be willing to do those hard things that the Lord has laid before us.
*this book was provided by Blogging for Books for the purpose of review.
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Do Hard ThingsJuly 3, 2016KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do Hard Things, by Alex and Brett Harris, is an incredible book. In this five-year edition, the brothers reminisce about their big idea that young people were being underestimatedbadly and with devastating consequences. They originally wrote this book to challenge other kids to have higher expectations for themselves, to Do Hard Things.
In this new edition, we find that the book has now been translated into over a dozen languages and that young people around the globe are rebelling against low expectations. Because they did not wish to change the original book, the Harris brothers opted to leave the original content untouched while adding new material as appendixes. Its the same book, but better. The new content includes Questions (and Stories) to Get You Started, 100 Hard Things, and a study guide for personal or group use. It also includes information about downloadable video resources now available.
This is a marvelous book. It definitely challenges people of all ages to set the bar higher than societys expectations, wanting more from ourselves because God created us for more than we often realize. I especially liked the list of 100 Hard Things, that includes varying levels of things that others have done, such as: stopped complaining, babysat for a single mom, led See You at the Pole, hosted a 30-hour famine, and ended a relationship that wasnt healthy.
I would recommend this book not only to teenagers, but to anyone wishing to become a better person for Christ.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
Scotty4 Stars Out Of 5A late look at a teen rebelution ...June 30, 2016ScottyQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I remember five years ago being captivated by an interview I was listening to on the radio.
Two teenaged brothers were talking about how our society sets ridiculously low expectations of teens, and how teens struggle to meet such low standards!
How have we become a culture that expects so little of young people, and view largely wasting away the teen years as a norm? The brothers explained that a hallow adolescence is a fairly new concept less than 100 years ago, teens were accomplishing things we hardly expect from a mature adult today.
So these brothers were issuing a challenge a call for a teenage rebelution a revolution of teens who rebel against such low expectations and challenge themselves to do hard things.
The brothers were Alex and Brett Harris, and the interview was focusing on their book that was their key tool for making their argument against low expectations for young people. Now, five years later, an updated version of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations (published by Multnomah Books) is out with much of the same message but with even more compelling insights.
I didnt read the first edition of the book, but Ive found this new version may be an even better read because it includes a flurry of stories telling how this rebelution has dramatically impacted the lives of teens around the world. Noting what has happened in the past five years, Alex and Brett write:
What a difference five years have made! What started as a blog (TheRebelution.com) became a best-selling book, Do Hard Things, which led to youth conferences around the country every summer. And all of that, by Gods grace and a lot of hard work, had spawned an international youth movement with this red book as its manifesto.
This new addition isnt just stories reflecting their success, it contains the original challenge to teens (and adults) to think differently about adolescence and to be challenged to greater expectations. In an interview, the Harris brothers note:
The teen years are not a vacation from responsibility. we had told the columnist. They are the training ground of future leaders who dare to be responsible now.'
The benefit of this new edition of the book are the multiple stories that demonstrate some of the great things teens really are capable of if only they and the adults around them change their expectations of teenagers.
Do Hard Things remains a great challenge for teens, and the Harris brothers state the following:
This book invites you to explore some radical questions:
Is it possible that even though teens today have more freedom than any other generation in history, were actually missing out on some of the best years of our lives?
Is it possible that what our culture says about the purpose and potential of the teens years is a lie and that we are its victims?
Is it possible that our teen years give us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for huge accomplishments as individuals and as a generation?
And finally, what would our lives look like if we set out on a different path entirely a path that required more effort but promised a lot more reward?
If youre a teenager, or the parent of a teen, this book may be the challenge (and encouragement) you need to truly make the teen years the launch pad to greater things than you have ever expected!
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
mattparks35Joplin, MOAge: 18-24Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Be Careful Not to Do Hard Things for the Sake of Doing Hard ThingsApril 29, 2016mattparks35Joplin, MOAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2The most unique aspect about this book is that it is a book about teens written for and by teenagers. Many youth ministry books are written from the perspective of older adults about teenage issues, but often miss the mark when it comes to communicating the actual needs and opinions of teenagers (probably because we expect too little of them). The wisdom that these two teenagers bring to the table is rare, no doubt because they chose to "do hard things" when they could have veged out in front of a TV or computer screen.
The main issue in the book is that society places too low expectations on teenagers. The authors' solution is for teenagers to "do hard things," instead of doing nothing or just enough to get by. The teenage years should be a launching point into adulthood rather than a waiting period. What these two young men are saying is not necessarily new, but it is often unheeded and definitely needed. As with every bright idea, there needs to be something to distinguish this idea from others. The chic thing to do is to splice key words together to form a new word. The authors combined the words "rebellion" and "revolution" to form "rebelution" to brand their idea. This word, though a bit cheesy and clich, captures the main theme of "rebelling against rebellion," or, as the subtitle of the book states, "a teenage rebellion against low expectations." (pg. 11)
The style of the writing is very conversational and testimonial. After a brief history and explanation of the authors' rebelutionary idea, the bulk of the pages expound the "Five Kinds of Hard": Things that are outside your comfort zone, go beyond what is expected or required, are too big to accomplish alone, don't earn an immediate payoff, and challenge the cultural norm. Of course, with all books about action, the last few chapters challenge the reader to do something, or more specifically to "do hard things." The book also has appendices that give ideas for taking the first step, which can be helpful for the person that does not know which hard things to start doing.
Ironically, for a book challenging teens to "do hard things," reading this book does not live up to its title. Maybe that is on purpose, but keep in mind that it is a book written for and by teens, though parents and adults can benefit as well. I guess I expected that this book would have been a little more The book can be skimmed in sections. Part 1 contains the more "meaty" parts while Parts 2 and 3 are mainly the how-to guide of the "Five Kinds of Hard," testimonies of teenagers who have done the hard things and how God has changed their life in the process, and the motivational speech to get up and do something.
One major critique of this book is that it comes scarily close to promoting a secular humanistic agenda of "be all that you can be" or "you can do anything you put your mind to." For the Christian reading this book, it is most likely assumed that God's glory is the reason for such things, but the non-Christian wanting to impact the world can easily do hard things and come away with the three pillars of the Rebelution (character, competence, and collaboration) without glorifying God. Apart from all Truth being God's Truth, the Truth that needs to be explicit is Jesus as the Savior of our sins. The authors equate being salt as fighting against sin and being light as fighting for truth and justice. The idea Jesus was trying to communicate was that the point of the Christian's existence was to specifically point to Him, not to some Christian ideal (Matt. 5:13-16). Christians do need to create a counter-culture, but the gospel that Jesus came to save people from their sins should be explicitly communicated in that counter-culture and not merely indirectly acknowledged, as if we simply tip our hats to Jesus. What separates a Christian counter-culture from secular culture is Christ. If Jesus is not explicitly present in the "hard things" that we do, then all we have secular humanism with a little Jesus sprinkled on top instead of having Jesus as the tree and "doing hard things" as the branches.
It is not my intention to discourage people away from reading this book. Honestly, I probably would not have picked up this book if it had not been for endorsements from respected authors such as Randy Alcorn, John Piper, and R. Albert Mohler Jr. But after reading it, I highly recommend it. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not obliged to write a positive review.
KatZAlabamaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent read for young and old alikeJanuary 3, 2014KatZAlabamaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book offers such a great challenge for young people. This is my go to gift for middle and high school students. I bought several copies to just hand out in youth group. Adults can benefit from this book as well. It has a good message for people of any age, reminds us to take the first hard step in what God wants us to do with our lives.
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