Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations (Hardback)
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DescriptionMost 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" "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. Now includes: --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
- Published: 15 April 2008
- Format: Hardback 241 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781601421128 ISBN 10: 1601421125
- Sales rank: 14,321
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Reviews for Do Hard Things
It Changed My Life
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I found it to be very enjoyable. It's a great book that all teenagers (and adults) should read. It changed my life and helped me to finally set a a life goal. Very helpful to people that are in need of encouragement or have a great idea and don't know where to begin. Fantastic Book.
Benjamin Stay, Age 13. by Sharon Stay
Every young adult should read this!
"Do Hard Things" came to me recommended by many of my young adult/teenage friends. Everyone was reading it, and everyone told me that I should read it too. I was certainly not let down!
Teenagers in modern times are often stereotyped as lowly, unnoteworthy and unproductive. The world has a general low expectation on how they assume teenagers are. That is why this book illustrates why you should join the "teenage rebellion against low expectations" that Alex & Brett Harris have started. If a teenager is going to rebel against something, why not rebel against the low expectations that they have to face every day? Give those blossoming young adults something worth fighting for!
In this book, you'll find that God does have a plan for you. You just have to break away from the mold that the world forces onto you, and dig into the thing that you are able-bodied and suited for. You'll learn how to escape the low expectations that everyone else anticipates. These low expectations can come from generally anyone around you, even including other Christians who don't even realize what marks they're leaving on you. You can use these shallow assumptions as a beneficial starting place in your personal rebellion against the mundane ordinariness around you.
I learned about complacency from "Do Hard Things". For example, perhaps making good grades is effortless for you, and you earn praise from your teachers and parents---and you're satisfied with this. However, deep down, you know that you could do even better if you tried!---this is the act of deserting the tendency to fall into complacency. I think this subject was something that really touched me from reading this book.
Doing hard things doesn't exactly mean that your life is going to be hard from now on. It just means breaking away from a few old habits, and striving towards something better---striving towards the goal that God wants you to reach. It makes a great reminder that we should all do the absolute best that we can, surpassing what anyone tells us that we can't do.
This book is a must-read for any teens and young adults! "Do Hard Things" is a powerful mindset to choose to become. I think this book would especially be beneficial for young people just entering into high school or college. by Tarissa