Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

by Alex Harris, Brett Harris


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

"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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601428295
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 30,873
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword   Chuck Norris     xiii
Rethinking the Teen Years
Most People Don't: A different kind of teen book     3
The Birth of a Big Idea: Rumblings of a rebelution     9
The Myth of Adolescence: Exposing the low expectations that are robbing our generation     26
A Better Way: Reclaiming the teen years as the launching pad of life     46
Five Kinds of Hard
That First Scary Step: How to do hard things that take you outside your comfort zone     63
Raising the Bar: How to do hard things that go beyond what's expected or required     86
The Power of Collaboration: How to do hard things that are too big for you to do alone     107
Small Hard Things: How to do hard things that don't pay off immediately     131
Taking a Stand: How to do hard things that go against the crowd     146
Join the Rebelution
Generation Rising: Creating a counterculture from scratch (and a dash of salt)     167
A Thousand Young Heroes: Stories of new beginnings, impossible challenges, and the teens who are living them     183
World, Meet Your Rebelutionaries: Transforming your mission from a decision into a destiny     210
Do Hard Things, the Gospel, and You     225
Notes     233
Acknowledgments     236

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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous book not only for teens but adults as well. Do Hard Things is so well written, I'm amazed (not to mention impressed) that it was penned by two eloquent young adults. It's clear to me that the authors have a great amount of insight and wisdom from personal experience that they have brought to the table with this book. Everyone wants their teens to do great things. So why not get a copy of this book for your church's youth group and start a rebelution at your church? I loved the part of the book where a teen felt saddened when they overheard someone say something like, 'Well at least they aren't on drugs.' Isn't that so true how many people don't expect much, and they are happy to settle with the fact that their teens are passable in life, or say it could be worse? Our kids these days seem to think that they can just grow up and somehow survive and also afford the fun stuff they can buy now (while they live at home.) So NOT true. I remind my boys every day about how expensive life is. But even more than that, the culture we live in truly doesn't expect enough from our young people. This book is an encouragement and a launching place for young people to begin changing their lives so they can make an impact on our world today. I wish all teens would read this book. I would take it a step further and even suggest it be required reading for high school students and college freshmen. These kids need to hear that they can change the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do Hard Things encourages teens to go the extra mile - refusing to be satisfied with meeting the low expectations of our culture. This book is challenging, convicting, and motivating, as it tells the stories of 15 and 16 year olds who reach out to the homeless, speak out against slavery, and much more. Overturning the myth that young people shouldn't shoulder responsibility, Do Hard Things is a book that every Christian teenager should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read!!! I went to one of their confrences and it was awesome and moving! I saw teens get saved and their lives be changed!!!!!! And this book will change teens everywhere!!!! Just like it has changed mine=]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome, inspiring book! Must read!
BigWilly69 More than 1 year ago
Do Hard Things is an amazing book for our generation. It is exactly what today¿s youth needs to hear. It has inspired me to reach my full potential and use my teen years to their maximum ability. I wholeheartedly recommend that this book be shared with everyone you know. The myths regarding adolescence and the low expectations our society has set for America¿s youth need to be debunked. This book has the ability to change lives and I encourage every teen, adult, Christian, or non-Christian to pick up a copy because the words inside could never be more true than today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is dead-on! Written by two very eloquent, well-read guys, this is an important book for the youth generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am amazed at how well Alex and Brett Harris write. They are 19-years-old, and they write better than many writers much older than them. Another amazing thing about the Harris¿ is their empathy and altruism. Through Do Hard Things, the Harris¿ encourage teenagers to become active in their world. They mix bible scriptures and modern examples to prove that teenagers are capable beings. Not only are they capable, but God expects greatness from them, as He does with everyone else. The Harris¿ conversational style is light, but the message woven through Do Hard Things is heavy. All teens, parents of teens, and youth leaders should keep this in their personal library. I am having my teenager read this, and I will save it for all of my other children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This. Book. Changed. My. Life. I am so encouraged by the humility of the authors and the straight-forward way they approach their subject. They have written on a very important subject that needs addressing and did an amazing job. Please read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Teens--especially you Christians out there--buy this book! It will change your life. You will be inspired and CHALLENGED. Believe me,you can not read this book and go away unchanged. It helps put your life in focus.
ABCReadingPerson More than 1 year ago
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations 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 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. And it has inspired me personally. Thanks Brett & Alex for a great book! Pros: - Very well written, keeps you interested (I am easily interested so don't go rating it badly because you didn't follow through with reading the book :D) - Easy to follow - Message is clear and confident - The real life stories are inspiring Cons: - As I said above, the message is somewhat pushing self reliance (a little too much I think) All Up: Great book - Five stars easy, Brett and his Dad are coming out with another book soon (I think) and I can't wait to read it!
PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
Do Hard Things A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations By Alex and Brett Harris Even though it was not in existence until 1941 (a mere 72 years), the word "teenager" has become a household word. It is a word that stands for a period in your life when you are more advanced than a child and has less responsibility than an adult. Even though, for over 5,000 years, children grew up and became adults - they now get to enter a twilight zone. Between adult and kids. Until now. Even though they are both now married and leading their own lives, Alex and Brett Harris wrote this book when they were teenagers and caught in the middle of the confusion. What are teenagers supposed to do when they desire to be young adults? What are you supposed to do when the world is challenging you on all sides to be like a "typical teenager"? Enter Do Hard Things. Do Hard Things is a book, based off the Harris's popular website and business - The Rebolution. (A mix of revolution and rebellion) I have read this book 3 times in the past 2 years. Other than my Bible, that's more than I have read any other book!!! Why? For the simple reason that so many of the challenges contained in this book are the challenges that I need in my day to day life. The book begins with the amazing and inspiring story of the Harris twins and the work God did in their lives. The book ends with the stories of Rebolution kids across the country and the world. In the middle is the 5 Kinds of Hard, and that is my favorite section! Hard Things outside of your comfort zone, Hard Things beyond what's expected, Hard Things to big for you to accomplish by yourself, Hard Things that don't have immediate payoff, and Hard Things that go against the tide. I highly recommend this book to young adults of all backgrounds. I would highlight in this book - if that didn't go against my strict rules for the treatment of books. Five out of five!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book with a wonderful message that teens should be expected to do so much more than what we are expecting them to. My kids don't like the book (haven't read it yet), but I am suddenly expecting them to do much more around the house and be more responsible with their homework. It is a Christian based book, but has a message that is relevent even if you arn't a Christian. Where can I buy a case so that I can hand them out as gifts?
c.michelle nalley More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book!! I did not read this on my ereader but i like it anyways!! This book brought me closer to God and makes me think twice before i do things. And no i dont mean like " ahh this is dangerous!" I ask myself "is this what God wants me to do? How will this effect myself and the others around me?" I recomend this to any teanager wanting to make a diffrence in this world :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellant book!!!! Wonderful message!! Very inspiring!!! Life changing!!! Rebekah, age 13
MerryJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm fourteen, so when I first read this book I was expecting it to be written for teenagers. It's written for the world. Alex and Brett Harris challenge you to move outside of your comfort zone and overcome the sluggish habits of discontentment and laziness. If you want to change the world around you or find a purpose for your this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Regret every momment! Do not read! Hard to follow the authors words and never focuses on one thing mostly is made up of friends stories ! I repeat NEVER READ IN YOUR LIFE!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wow. I needed this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book do much and i whoud not be saying this if i had not reed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex and Brett Harris have created a wothwhile book to read. Please keep up the good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 17 year old girl who has been raised in a christian home all my life and who has a strong relationship with the Lord. Personally, I found this book poorly written and the themes lacked maturity and forethought. The thing that really stuck out to me was the lack of focus on the gospel. The authors focused on what we as Christian teenagers aught to do as opposed to what Christ has already done for us. The truth is that Jesus has already done the hardest thing of all by dying on the cross for us. He paid it all and our works our merely a response to his grace, not a means of attaining his favor. The book "Do Hard Things" totally lacks this theme. In doing so it misrepresents Christianity and serves as a poor example of what Jesus came to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
we are reading this book in Bible class so getting tests on this makes it a little boring but over all a good motivating book -Goldentail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great so far
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every teen should read this book. Whoever has not read this book should. U will learn alot from it. If u r not a christian this is a book that u should read. If u do not want to read this alone find someone that u think that will love this book.