Title: Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low ExpectationsAuthor: Alex & Brett Harris
Primary Audience/age group: 13-18 (though applicable to adults and mature tweens
# Of pages: 256
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Year of Release: 2008
Part of a Series? No
Rating: 5 Highly Recommended! (View Scale)
Description: 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.
Review: This was an amazingly inspiring book that made me want to get off the couch and go DO SOMETHING. Something big and important. Something that I never tried before because I wasn’t sure I could excel at it or because I wasn’t sure how to do it. It made me want to strive to be more, believe more, and do more than I ever thought possible.
As a teen I did well without trying, so I didn’t bother doing the stuff above and beyond what was required. Why work hard when I didn’t have to? Now I look back and wonder what I could have accomplished if I had only believed that I could do a hard thing. Alex and Brett Harris encourage readers to give it a try and accomplish something bigger than themselves.
Do Hard Things is extraordinarily well written and engaging. It is a page turner even though it is non-fiction and I didn’t want to put it down. Except I did want to put it down and get busy making more of my life.
Rating: 5 – This book could change your life!
Positive: This whole book is positive. It tells teenagers they are important, they do have potential, be brave and be all you can be!
Spiritual Elements: There is no objectionable content in this book unless you object to the use of scripture to encourage readers to follow the advice given. As they point out, Paul encourages Timothy to not let anyone look down on him because he is young. Teens need not hide behind their ages if they feel led to do something big. The foundation of teens being able to do big things is to rely on God to help them, all points made are supported by scripture.
Sexual Content: None
Other: Warning! Don’t let your teen read this book unless are ready to see them change and do BIG things!
Recommendation: I highly recommend this book for teens everywhere, for people working with teens and for people who parent teens. I even recommend it for people who used to be teens and need a kick in the pants. Most of us are capable of so much more than we put forth and this book is just the motivation to take away all the excuses and get busy doing hard things.