Friday, October 2, 2009

Book Review: Do Hard Things:A Teenage Rebellions Against Low Expectations by Alex & Brett Harris

Book Description:
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

A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution."

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge.
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.

I heard about Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion against Low Expectations by Alex & Brett Harris while listening to Focus on the Family's Daily Broadcast one evening. The first part of the book starts out telling their story about how they started their website, The Rebelution, and how they book eventually came about. The second part of the book breaks down "Hard Things" into five parts, and the third part encourages young people to join "The Rebulution." Do Hard Things is filled with stories of young people who went were willing to be used outside the norm and went on to do great things that are probably classified as "things" adults do.

I think my favorite part of the book was the chapter titled Small Hard Things-How to do hard things that don't immediately pay off. Dealing with the nitty-gritty of everyday life, the authors really encourage young people to learn during these periods in life rather than giving in to the disappointment and discouragement they feel. This chapter reminded me that small "Hard Things" never really do go away--even as an adult. It was something I needed to hear for myself!

Do Hard Things
is a timely reminder for our young people today that life isn't all about being popular, having the latest and greatest, hanging out or playing video games. It provides a lot of encouragement for young people to not let society dictate to them how they have to act. With the help of God they can go beyond the norm and do "Hard Things".

1 comment:

  1. Speaking as a teenager, I definitely found this book encouraging. The only thing that bothered me was that the writers put so much emphasis on doing things that are difficult for you personally... It's one thing to shore up your weak spots and do things that are difficult, but it's another thing to spend all of your time on something you're just not cut out for, as opposed to something you're good at. Doing ANYTHING is better than sitting around playing video games and watching TV, but I think people would be better served to pursue their specific callings rather than things other people are better suited for.



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