Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Challenge! -- Do Hard Things

I've just finished reading Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris, and I believe it should be required reading for teenagers -- and adults too!  This book was very well written by teenagers, for teenagers, but it is filled with challenges that can also speak to those of us much farther down the road.

Alex and Brett have coined their own word -- "rebelution" -- which they define as "a teenage rebellion against low expectations."  They are convinced that "the teen years are not a vacation from responsibility.  They are the training ground of future leaders who dare to be responsible now."  From their own lives and the lives of countless other teenagers, the authors share examples of the accomplishments that can come from the efforts of those who are willing to ignore the mediocrity of society's low expectations and follow the "holy ambitions" God has put in their hearts.

In their book, and on their website, the Harris brothers do so much more than espouse some vague philosophy of what should be done, what might be done.  They share how they began this "rebelution" as a result of being challenged by their own father to spend a summer reading.  As they read the pretty heavy material put before them, they came to believe that teens were the ones who needed to wake up and prepare to be the leaders who would be required in the world they were learning about.  Alex and Brett decided to begin a discussion of their ideas with other teens and chose to do that by means of a blog.  From there, the "rebelution" grew into something much bigger than they could ever have dreamed. 

If you need to have hope restored in what today's younger generation is capable of -- and in many cases, willing to do -- read Do Hard Things.  I would strongly recommend this book for teens, parents, teachers, and others who are involved with teenagers, or for those who want to face head-on challenges for their own lives.

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(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group's Blogging for Books program for this review.)

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