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Book Review – Do Hard Things by Brett & Alex Harris

“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.

This statement is boldly written on the back of Do Hard Things, a motivational and inspiring book written by brothers Alex and Brett Harris, and the subject of today’s book review. and

Do Hard Things changed my life. I got it for my 10th birthday, and started into it skeptically. After all, what was I to think of a nonfiction book that my parents gave me, especially one that seemed to want me to do more work. Read on to find out my end conclusion…

You can make a difference.

  This is the whole premise of Do Hard Things. The fact that you – a teenager – can make a crazy, awesome, world-changing difference in the present day and age. The authors, who wrote the book when they  were still in their teen years, have a deep passion to push fellow teens to do more and make a difference.

  They begin the book by explaining that the teen years are grossly underestimated. People don’t expect teens to do anything much with their life, or even to mature, until they reach the age of twenty or so. This expectation, the brothers claim, has affected all teenagers, who grow up viewing the teen years as years to kick back, be immature, and do absolutely nothing of value.

However, we could be doing much more, they explain, going on to tell the stories of teenager after teenager who cast aside low expectations and went on to do hard things.

Doing hard things…

So, you can make a difference. Great. But how? You’re just… you. You can’t go around changing people’s minds with brilliantly spoken words, or convincing nations to stop fighting. Thankfully, ‘hard things’ doesn’t mean impossible things.

In the second part of their book, the brothers explain the ‘five kinds of hard,’ ranging from small, daily acts of service to completely rejecting the cultural norm. They also offer useful tips to overcome many of the obstacles that stand in the way of someone who wants to make a difference with their life.

The Rebelution Rises

Has God begun to place a passion inside you to take action on a larger scale – to do hard things that will launch you into the thick of the Christian counter-culture we call the Rebelution?

After helping you to rebel against low expectations and do hard things, Alex and Brett finally expound on The Rebelution, their movement to help teens rebel – against low expectations. Not against authority figures or governments, but against a culture, as they are quick to explain:

We’re not rebelling against institutions or even against people. Our uprising is against a cultural mindset that twists the purpose and potential of the teen years and threatens to cripple our generation. Our uprising won’t be marked by mass riots and violence, but by millions of individual teens quietly choosing to turn the low expectations of our culture upside down.

So, in the third and final part of their book, the brothers urge you to join the Rebelution, step up, and make a difference in the world.


Read This Book

I can’t end with any better words. If you are a) a teenager and b) incredibly bored or longing to do something more with your life, then this is just the book for you. It will motivate, encourage, and invigorate you to Do. Hard. Things. Click here to get it.

Until next time,
– Julia E!