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Do Hard Things

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A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution."

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge.

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.

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About "Do Hard Things"

A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution."

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge.

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.

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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." ^A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge. ^"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
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Meet the Authors

Alex Harris

Alex Harris is a photographer, a professor at Duke University, and an editor of DoubleTake Magazine. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Brett Harris

Alex and Brett Harris founded TheRebelution.com in August 2005 and today, at age nineteen, are among the most widely read teen writers on the web. The twins are frequent contributors to the webzine "Boundless," serve as the main speakers for the Rebelution Tour conferences, and have been featured nationally on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and "The" "New York Times," as well as in publications like "WORLD "magazine, "Breakaway," and "Ignite Your Faith." Sons of homeschool pioneers Gregg and Sono Harris and younger brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris ("I Kissed Dating Goodbye"), Alex and Brett liv

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What If…?
A Different Kind of Teen Book
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.

Well, we do.

This is a different kind of teen book. Check online or walk through your local bookstore. You’ll find plenty of books written by forty-somethings who, like, totally understand what it’s like being a teenager. You’ll find a lot of cheap, throwaway books for teens, because young people today aren’t supposed to care much about books, or see any reason to keep them around. And you’ll find a wide selection of teen books where you never have to read anything twice–because it’s been dumbed down. Like, just for you.

What you’re holding in your hands right now is a challenging, hardcover book for teens by two teens who believe our generation is ready for something different. Ready for something that doesn’t promise you a whole new life if you’ll just buy the right brand of jeans or use the right kind of deodorant. We believe our generation of young people is ready to rethink what teens are capable of, and what the teen years are all about. And we’ve noticed that once some wrong ideas are debunked and cleared away, our generation is quick to choose a better way, even if it’s also more difficult.

Our teen years have been different than most, even radically so. We’re 19-year-old twin brothers, born and raised in Oregon, taught at home by our parents, and striving to follow Christ while making more than our share of mistakes. Strangely enough, we’ve also served as interns at the Supreme Court of Alabama at 16, as grassroots directors for four statewide political campaigns at 17, and as authors of the most popular Christian teen blog on the web at 18. We’ve spoken to thousands of teens and parents at our conferences in the United States and internationally and reached millions online.

Some might think our experiences would make us unable to relate to the average teenager. But that doesn’t really bother us because we don’t believe average teenagers exist. We’ve witnessed the ideas in this book transform “normal” teens into world-changers, and we’ve seen small handfuls of teens just like you accomplish incredible things when they’re willing to break the mold of what society says their capable of.

So the story starts with us, but it’s really not about us. It’s about something God is doing in the hearts and minds of our generation. We call it a teenage rebellion against low expectations. It’s an exciting movement that is changing the attitudes and actions of teens around the world. And we want you to be part of it.

This book explores a few simple but far-reaching questions:
• Is it possible that even though many teens today have more freedom than any other generation in history, we’re actually missing out on some of the best years of our lives?
• Is it possible that everything our culture tells us about the purpose and potential of the teen years is a lie, and that we are its victims?
• Is it possible that our teen years actually represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accomplish something huge–both for ourselves and for our generation?
• And finally, what would our lives look like if we set out on a different path entirely–a path that required more effort but promised a lot more reward, and ultimately, a lot more fun?

We describe that alternative path with three simple words: Do Hard Things.

What We Don’t Mean
On the outskirts of a small town in Germany is the abbey of Dundelhoff. This small stone monastery is home to a particularly strict (and fictitious) sect of Dundress Monks who have each vowed to live a life of continual self-denial and discomfort.

Instead of wearing comfy t-shirts and well-worn jeans like most people, their clothing is either itchy shirts made from hair or painful chain mail worn directly over bare skin. Instead of a soft mattress, plush pillows, and warm blankets they choose to sleep on the cold stone floors of the abbey with not so much as a towel. You might remember reading somewhere that monks are fabulous cooks? Well, that might be true generally, but not about these monks. They eat colorless, tasteless sludge once a day. They drink only lukewarm water.

We could go on, but you get the picture. No matter what decision they face, Dundress Monks will always choose the more difficult option–the one that provides the least physical comfort, the least appeal, the least fun. Why? Because they believe that the more miserable they are, the holier they are; and the holier they are, the happier God is.

Which makes these miserable monks the poster boys for Do Hard Things. Right?

Wrong!

If you’re like most people, your first reaction to the idea of “do hard things” is something along the lines of, “Hard…,” you think nervously. “Guys, I might need to be somewhere else right about now.

We understand your reaction. But we’re not undercover monks plotting to make your life miserable. We’re not recommending that you do just anything that’s hard. For example, we’re not telling you to rob a bank, jump off a cliff, climb Half Dome with your bare hands, or stand on your head for 24 hours straight. And we’re certainly not telling you to work harder so you can earn God’s favor.

But here’s what we are doing. We are challenging our peers to grab hold of a much better option than what the world is offering. It’s an option that has somehow gotten lost in our culture and most people don’t even know it. But we don’t just want to tell you, we want to show you. In the pages ahead you’re going to meet young people just like you who have rediscovered this better way–to reach higher, dream bigger, grow stronger, love and honor God, live with more joy–and quit wasting their lives.

That’s the short version of what we mean by doing hard things.

Don’t think of this book as a collection of nice opinions. Think of it more as an invitation to a revolution you don’t want to miss. In Do Hard Things, we not only say there is a better way to do the teen years, we show you how we and thousands of other teens are doing it right now–and how you can as well.

[Excerpt taken from Do Hard Things Manuscript - not final]

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challenging
4 stars By Emma , Nov 17 2015
This book really challenged me to step out of my comfortzone, to stop believing the lies about teenagers that the world tells us. I love that they give examples of many teens around the world refusing to listen to the lies and stepping out and doing amazing stuff, a thing to remember though would be that there is a lot of good things we can do at home and in our community as well. All that makes a difference too.
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impact
4 stars By Harsh, Sep 25 2015
I love how this book challenges youth from the get go, to get out of their comfort zones and to follow the calling God has put on their lives. As a youth leader, seeing youth around me struggling with the typical decisions that they face everyday and seeing what opportunities arise, I'm convinced that this is a great book to recommend to them to help encourage them to step out and be part of the change in this changing times. 
Do Hard Things challenges you to question why you're not doing what God has called you to do and to follow Him every day of your lives
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GREAT SOLID BOOK - VERY INSPIRING
5 stars By Cody, Jul 28 2015
Do Hard Thing by Alex Harris and Brett Harris is a very inspiring book. It is well written and easy to read. This book was written after the Authors created a blog - which became website - called therebelution.com which became one of the most read or viewed teen blogs on the web I believe. While reading through this book God has really inspired me to personally pursue doing hard things (according to God's calling for my life), and I hope it can do the same for you! 

One annoying issue I had with this book is that, I found that Do Hard Things sometimes leaves out the importance of reliance on God. By this I don't mean sitting on the couch waiting for God to pull you off and into the great outdoors to do some big thing. But I mean waiting and listening for God's voice in a matter, not just hoping into something to make a name for your self. If God wants you to be a teacher of Doing the dishes, for example, that should be where we willingly apply ourselves.

Other than that (and if you look at the book using the "glasses" of reliance on God the book can be extremely valuable, as I have found) this was a great book. Alex and Brett Harris have portrayed their message very clearly.
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I like the title, however got bored of the book.
4 stars By Steven, May 28 2013
I bought this book a few years back and the title has stuck with me. "Do Hard Things". It talks about the low expectations of teens by society and how they overcame it. It's a good book, however I did lose interest halfway through and never got to finish the book. If your a good reader, then I would recommend. But if you aren't as much of a great reader (like me) then this book may not be for you.
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  • Catalogue Code 268002
  • Product Code 9781601421128
  • ISBN 1601421125
  • EAN 9781601421128
  • Pages 256
  • Department Children / Young Adults
  • Category Youth
  • Sub-Category Christ.liv/issues
  • Publisher Multnomah Publishers
  • Publication Date Apr 2008
  • Sales Rank #79624
  • Dimensions 210 x 132 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.421kg

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