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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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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 Don’t 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; it’s a philosophical and foundational must-read.”
– Timothy Eldred, executive director of Christian Endeavor International
About the Author
Alex and Brett Harris founded TheRebelution.com at sixteen years old and co-authored two best-selling books by the age of twenty-one. The twins have been blessed to travel and speak in major cities around the world and have been featured nationally on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, as well as in publications like the Wall Street Journal, Wired magazine, and The New York Times. They are sons of homeschool pioneers Gregg and Sono Harris and younger brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye). Raised in Portland, Oregon, the brothers are graduates of Patrick Henry College.
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Top customer reviews
I have always enjoyed Teenagers. I used to teach middle school and the preteen age is just amazing. They feel they can do great things and they are on the cusp of being ready to change teh world. They have the energy and desire and time to make the world a better place. They are able to look at some of the ridiculous situations in the world and point them out to the rest of us.
This book is for those kids and their parents. Do hard things. Use your energy and your beliefs and your time to make a difference. Help the candidate that you like run for office, find a problem and fix it. Change the world. This book encourages teens to stretch themselves and grow and make a difference.
This book also encourages parents to let the teens do hard things. Doing things that are hard to them encourages them to grow into amazing adults.
I bought a copy for both of my teen age children and myself. More people should read this book.
Alex & Brett Harris were only 16 when they founded TheRebelution.com--"a teenage rebellion against low expectations." This book was born of that movement and, though written for teens, is full of sage advice for adults as well. The Harris brothers took Paul seriously when he said, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity" -1 Timothy 4:12. Through their web site, book, and conferences, they are encouraging others to do the same.
In the book, they start by telling their story, then move into a history of "teenagers." Did you know they've only existed since the early 1800's? The Harris brothers explain how teenagers came to be and some of the results society is seeing today. After that, they give examples of historical "teenagers," then considered adults, who accomplished some amazing things. They call this first section of the book, "Rethinking the Teen Years."
In section two, they define hard things and tell why teenagers should attempt them--to grow, to pursue excellence, to dream big, to be faithful and choose integrity, and to stand for what is right. They also explain what is needed to accomplish hard things: courage, commitment, competence, collaboration, character and so on.
Finally, they tell stories of teenagers today who have done hard things and who are planning to do hard things. They encourage the reader to make a plan to attempt his or her own hard things. In the appendix, Alex presents the Gospel for any reader who doesn't yet know Christ.
"Do Hard Things" is a well-researched, well-organized, and well-written. It's an easy and interesting read. It's also a very good idea! I highly recommend it. Happy reading!
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