Written when they were 18 years old, "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. Multnomah PublishersWritten when they were 18 years old, "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. Multnomah PublishersRead Less
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"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.
Nov 13, 2010
What a bunch of haters people are who said these boys are condescending and "preachy". What a bad attitude.
I appreciate the authors' hearts and sharing of accomplishments. Explaining the details of how they got started with their endeavors and the results was necessary and inspiring.
I bought this book for my teen nephew and niece but I am ordering another copy for my 11 year old son. Definitely a book to be read BEFORE they reach their teen years, if possible. It is refreshing to know there are teens out there who have high standards and are encouraging other kids to raise the bar. How else do you think you do it? You share what you've done and invite other kids to join you!
Jul 17, 2008
New Generational Challenge
This book is a welcome change from most books out there aimed at teens. I've done youth ministry for almost ten years now, full-time for just about four years. There are few teen-focused books like this that will actually challenge teens of today to live beyond the XBox-MTV-MikkyD lifestyle.
"Do Hard Things" is written by the younger brothers of Joshua Harris, who first made waves by writing his own book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." His younger brothers follow in his footsteps with their own book challenging teens of today to make waves, to use their teen years to make a difference in the world. Drawing on the history of the word "teenager," Alex and Brett Harris point out that our culture has given this age group (13 to 18) a unique and ultimately harmful description: a teenager is "supposed" to goof off, be immature, act like a kid, be irresponsible, and ultimately waste his teen years. But, ask the twins, whatever happened to men like George Washington who had a full-time "adult" job while a teenager?
"Do Hard Things" is probably most helpful for the encouraging and inspiring true stories of teens who have "done hard things" and seen wonderful results. From fighting to see modern-day slavery ended to raising money for the homeless, real personal accounts fill the pages of "Do Hard Things," lending the book both credibility and enjoyability.
Besides stories of teens around the US who have chosen to rise up and use their youth for good, Alex and Brett Harris also include many practical tips on how to go about this whole thing. From tips on teamwork to challenges towards faithfulness, there are enough little bits of wisdom to keep your average teenager busy for quite some time.
Be warned! Don't pick up this book unless you want to *do* some stuff.
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