Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things : A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

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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"
"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"
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 133 x 210 x 24mm | 400g
  • Sisters, United States
  • English
  • 1601421125
  • 9781601421128
  • 38,966

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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, best-selling 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, best-selling 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 Things"they 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, best-selling 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"
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About Alex Harris

Alex and Brett Harris founded 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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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 more
by Sharon Stay
"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 more
by Tarissa
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