Monday, April 14, 2008

Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris

How long has it been since you've read one of those life changing books? The kind that creates a shift in your thinking.

I have your next one.

Do Hard Things is supposed to be a book for teens by teens encouraging teens to rebel against low expectations. Apparently I didn't get the memo. And I needed the kick in my 32 year old pants.

I dog eared so many pages in this book to share with you today that I may as well just go back and read the whole thing. All the folds are obnoxious.

I was especially stung by the chapter addressing people who are used to hanging out in the "above average crowd." Good grades came easily to me. Good genetics help my build and stature (we all know it isn't self control in the jelly bean war that keeps me slender). I am not a standout athlete, but I was generally medal worthy at the 3A high school level. And I got used to being recognized for achieving things I didn't try very hard to achieve. And then these guys have to go and burst my bubble with the idea that just because I may have been "smarter than the average bear" it was still far below my potential (My mentor in college said the same thing. Rats.). They said this:

"God set His standards this high so that we won't make the mistake of aiming low. He made them unreachable so that we would never have an excuse to stop growing."

I'd like to interrupt this post to tell you that the last 30 minutes of my life, while not looking from the outset like a "hard thing," has been one of the more difficult as far as life expectations, and while I'll not expound on it, suffice it to say, I'd like to quit typing and go read a chick book. I don't want to do hard things. I want to sit on my rear and eat ice cream. And I think somebody knows that. But I am going to tell you about this book, anyway.

So, I intend to buy this book for each of my nieces and nephews and one for each of the youth pastors in my church. I'm making Hubs read it, and probably both of my sisters. And if that isn't enough, I think YOU SHOULD READ IT TOO.

I do have one copy for one lucky commenter. And I highly encourage you to comment. If you aren't a teen (which most of you aren't), you still probably know a teen. And unless you are over the age of 60, probably need to read it for yourself anyway (before you pass it on to a teen).

Don't be fooled, this isn't just a teen book. But if you know teens, they really should read it. Okay? O-K.

And here's the other relevant stuff:

With over 10 million hits to their website, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God.
Written when they were 18 years old, 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 and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact.
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 revolution already in progress challenges the next generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.


Rhea said...

Everyone once in a while there is a book that smacks you on the butt or hits you on the head (or both!). This sounds like one of those for you.

I'm like you, I like to share when I find a treasure like this. I'm not a teen (I turn 31 in a week!) but I think we are all never to young to learn and relearn.

I have a pre-teen boy (who's 11) and I want to ease his transition through the tough teen years. I want him to grow up right and be a healthy, hard working human being. God bless people who help us parents guide our children! :o)

Brett Harris said...

Jamie, I wanted to comment for two reasons: (1) to thank you for such a kind review of our book, and (2) to ask whether you'd be willing to post your review on the book's page?

What you've written here would be so very helpful for people interested in the book -- and such a blessing for Alex and me. =)

In Christ Alone,
Brett Harris

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a book that should be required reading for all teens! At the very least, it sounds like a fantastic book for a teen Sunday School class to read together!

Angi said...

I do SO want to win this book for my son! He is a lurker too. Everything comes easily to him - and he doesn't really work hard to be Exceptional!
Hey - would you be interested in doing a "Guest Review" on our teen book review blog? Check it out and let me know - I'd love to have a review there about this book. I could send you the format and then you send to me to post. My email is connievail at hotmail dot com.