Saturday, May 1, 2010

Do Hard Things - A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

Do Hard Things – A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
Written by Alex & Brett Harris
Published at Waterbrook

About the book
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.

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Who are Alex & Brett Harris?
Alex and Brett Harris are the coauthors of the best-selling book Do Hard Things, which they wrote when they were eighteen. Today, the twins speak regularly to audiences of thousands on The Rebelution Tour; maintain a large online community through their blog,; and have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and in the New York Times. Raised in Portland, Oregon, the brothers currently attend Patrick Henry College in Virginia.

My Thoughts
While I was reading Start Here I came to realize that this was a follow-up book to Do Hard Things. And I took the liberty to email one of my contact at Waterbrook to see if I could review Do Hard Things and she agreed. I was very happy with this answer as I am planning to have my kids read through these books when they embark on the adventure of the teenage years.

This book is an absolute must read for teenager and even their parents. I wished I had a book like this when I was a teen. It is so simple to read and your youth will have a wealth of encouragement from the first chapter to the last one. It is interesting to learn the history behind the word teenager and how the culture has shifted the way of thinking on the young people in our society since then.

I am planning to have my kids read through Do Hard Things and Start Here. My oldest son will be turning 9 this summer and already we make sure that he is involved in various things that will demand some sort of effort from him. For example, we held a garage sale recently and he has been helping to plan, setup and advertize since the beginning. He and his siblings wanted to get donation for Haiti during the garage sale. It was decided to make a lemonade stand and have some muffins as well. Everything was free but he had to mention that donations will go directly for Haiti. Result? More than 75$ was collected. He learned to speak to people directly in their eyes and approach them as well. It cost little money but the experience is priceless I think. Another thing that he did this year was to participate to the Awana Quizzing Competition even though he was the only one participating from his club. He was not able to advance in the finals of his section but he quizzed out and got all the answers right. I pray and hope that he will continue to stand up and go forward even when if it seems hard at first. And I pray that his siblings will follow his example in the future.

A free study guide is also available at I think this is a great way to spend some time in discussion with your teenager and talk about the chapters.

What is the teenage rebellion against low expectations? Well, let’s get the authors explain it for you.



Our youth is capable of so many things. Are we going to give them a chance to expand their wings? I know I will. It is such a good way to learn and discover what are their talents.

This review was possible because I received a copy of Do Hard Things from Waterbrook.

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