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Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. NCC was recognized as one of the Most Innovative and Most Influential Churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2008. Mark has two master's degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the bestselling book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. His latest book is Wild Goose Chase. Read Batterson's guest review of Start Here:

I owe Alex and Brett Harris a huge thank you. Why? Because my son, Parker, and I read their last book, Do Hard Things, together and it had a huge impact on us. In that book, I feel like they captured what every parents dreams for their children. We want them to make the most of their God given gifts. We want them to be sold out to Christ. And we want them to strive to make a difference and not settle for complacency. Alex and Brett did all of those things and more.

Whenever I love a book, I can’t wait for the author to come out with the next one. Well, the waiting is over. Alex and Brett have finally delivered the much-anticipated sequel: Start Here. Not only will this book fuel your God-given dreams, it will give you practical tips on where to start. I’ve found that the first step of faith is always the hardest. Part of it is uncertainty. Part of it is inertia. But this book is the antidote to both of those things. Many dreams die at the hands of "how." We don’t know "how" to make it happen so we give up on what God has put in our hearts. I genuinely believe this book will resurrect the dreams God has put in your heart.

No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, Start Here. --Mark Batterson

About the Author

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, TheRebelution.com; 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601422709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601422705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paula Reece on March 20, 2010
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I found the book Do Hard Things by brothers Alex & Brett Harris while browsing through our local Christian bookstore, and I immediately thought of my oldest son. Just entering adolescence, he was starting to experience the pressures of being like "everyone else" and I feared him falling in with kids who were content with fulfilling society's generally low expectations of how typical teenagers act. I bought him the book, and we read through it together. Although he was only in 5th grade when we read the book, it led to some good discussions and exposed him to boys who were not afraid to go against the crowd and not just take the "easy route" through adolescence.

Building on Do Hard Things and their highly popular blog [...], the twins have just released their companion book Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are. It is meant to help young people move from inspiration to action through concrete steps as well as stories and testimonials from real-life teens who have "done hard things" and seen their own lives blessed as they have blessed others.

It intrigued me that, even though the book was written for a much (much) younger audience than myself, I found myself nodding, underlining, and rereading passages as I discovered both advice and insight that directly relates to my own life, right here and right now. For example, the first part of the book concentrates on figuring out where you should start in doing "hard things." This chapter, I feel, was packed full of wisdom. One pearl that I think is often overlooked is that doing something "big" for God doesn't have to be "big" according to society's standards. They say:"Doing hard things doesn't mean being preoccupied with something bigger, different, and more exciting all the time.
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In their first book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, twin authors Alex and Brett Ross set out to prove to teens (and the world) that being exceptional doesn't have an age requirement. The book called teens to a life of high expectations NOW. Too often, they say, teens are not expected to do anything or be anything and they live down to those expectations. The book is revolutionary and timely. In this follow-up, the Ross twins - younger brothers of Joshua Harris of Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters fame - provide real world examples of how to do those hard things, providing testimonials and giving ideas on how each teen reader - really, any reader - can find their God given purpose.

It is exceptional that these two brothers have not only become best selling authors, but also speakers through their Rebelution tours, which serve to set out the high expectation cry for teens and their parents and ministry leaders everywhere. As I wrote that sentence I had to fight to not show my bias proving that I too have low expectations for teens and am therefor part of the problem. Why shouldn't teens be authors and speakers? Is it really more beneficial for a teen to read a book written by older people? (The same people that admit that they don't understand teens?) Is it odd that teens who have a message should share that message with other teens? Women's ministers are generally women, right? Married Couple counselors are generally married successfully. Low expectations for teens abound.
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It all began with a blog that reflected the hearts of, then 16 yr. old twin brothers, Alex & Brett Harris who issued a challenge to teenagers to rise above mediocrity and selfish living. Coining the new word "rebelutionary" which is the combination of the words rebellion and revolution, their desire was to spark a "teenage rebellion against low expectations."

The movement exploded with their first book "Do Hard Things". Teenagers and adults alike were challenged to move out of their comfort zones and refocus their lives on doing "hard things" that glorify God and help others. I have not had the pleasure of reading their first book but testimonials lend proof that it has been life-changing for many.

The Harris brothers are now back, at the age of 21, with a follow up manual "Start Here." They begin by explaining that being a "rebelutionary" means "committing to doing even ordinary things extraordinarily well." They state that by being faithful to the ordinary, God prepares us for the extraordinary. I couldn't agree with them more.

One of the things that I loved about this book is that they begin by examining the very important question of why we should do the hard things. By answering the question of "why" before "where" or "what" the reader is given an opportunity to see things through the lens of Scripture. This results in doing "hard things" not just for the sake of doing them but in direct obedience to God.

The authors' spiritual perspective sets the tone for the entire book. "When we think or talk about doing hard things, it's easy to think only about the big stuff. If we assume that being a "rebelutionary" means fighting slavery, digging wells in Africa, running a political campaign, or writing a book, then it is hard to know where to begin.
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