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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
Alex Harris and Brett Harris

Waterbrook Multnomah, 2008
241 pages (Also available as e-book)



Written by teenagers for teenagers, this is one of the most inspiring books I have read recently: a rebellion against the low expectations adults have of teenagers (and they of themselves!).

“We can do significant things,” is 18-year-old twins Alex and Brett’s call to their fellow teens – things like planning big projects, working as campaign managers for politicians, and getting involved in causes like the pro-life movement. At the same time, it’s a very evangelical book (including a clear gospel presentation in the last chapter).

“Don’t wait until after high school graduation to do significant, culture-impacting things for God!” The myth of adolescence says teenagers don’t need to do (or worry about doing) responsible things – even great things – until after high school. These two young men are rebelling against this cultural norm with their “rebelution.”

This book is a must-read for youth pastors, parents, and especially high schoolers who are sick and tired of coasting through life, pampered, and amused to death.

Walter Fast is lead pastor at Steinbach (Man.) MB Church.

Note: The twins released a follow-up guide Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are in 2010 with more strategies for action, and stories and insights from other “rebelutionaries.” Videos, news on publicity tours, new books, and a discussion forum can be found at www.therebelution.com.

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