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. 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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April 14, 2008
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Excerpt from Do Hard Things by Brett Harris
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.