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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  9,442 Ratings  ·  729 Reviews
The next generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution."With over 14 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 ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Multnomah (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 19, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Be prepared when approaching this book: it will encourage you to do exactly what it proposes in the title. It is filled with solid direction on approaching and pursuing accomplishing great things for God. Rather than just pointing at the author's lives of how they did "hard things", they pull out examples of teens all over the world accomplishing hard things both big and small. It leaves me wondering how might God stretch me, in what ways can I search out a challenge to leave His mark.

I would st
Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
If I had known this was written by a pair of nineteen year olds, I probably wouldn't have bothered reading it. It's so rare for young writers to produce a good book - usually they end up being cheesy, immature, or inexperienced.

I'm not discrediting them for trying, but take a look at Eragon and Throne of Glass. Those books aren't exactly high quality material and the authors, who were fifteen and sixteen when they started writing them, have improved so much over the years.

I was in the mood for s
Jun 30, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: both teens AND parents
Shelves: for-fun
this book was very encouraging and motivational. Alex and Brett are great writers, and the message they're sending is one that every teen should hear.
Nathan Simmons
Jun 01, 2009 Nathan Simmons rated it it was ok
I feel I may have been too critical while reading this book, because I expected more. I liked the idea of the book, and it had some really good and challenging parts. I especially liked the part on complacency. However, I felt as if I was listening more to a motivational speaker than anything else. I just wish it would have been MORE gospel-centered and talked more about how the Gospel gives us the power to change. I'm a lazy person, telling me to "do things" isn't going to change my lazy attitu ...more
Katie  Wornson
May 31, 2008 Katie Wornson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers everywhere
Recommended to Katie by:
Shelves: loved-it, nonfiction
Okay, I've re-written my review AGAIN. You know how sometimes you get a wake-up call, just when you desperately need it? Well, to put it simply, the first time I read this book (via audiobook), I realized how bad things had gotten for me. I really wasn't trying anymore. And this wake-up call, in the form of a little red book, was not only timely but very, very needed. I firmly believe that this should be required reading for anyone who wants to be a radical for Jesus. Because the ideas expressed ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Anne rated it it was ok
I listened to "Do Hard Things" and when I was finished I thought: check, I've done a hard thing. Not that it was terrible, but it was pretty preachy and slightly sanctimonious. The idea was good, but the tone was so "aren't we great and don't you wish you could be like us," that it made it difficult to listen to.

As I said, it has a good premise. Who doesn't think that teenagers need to work harder and have more expectations of themselves. I'll be the first to admit that most of the time, I don'
Sarah Grace
Sep 10, 2016 Sarah Grace rated it really liked it
This book surpassed my expectations! I picked it up at a thrift store, wasn't expecting much, but it was great! I loved it! Great encouragement for teens. One thing I didn't like, was that they put to much emphasis on doing the "big hard things", which not everyone is called to do, and has the ability to. But otherwise, very good!
May 01, 2008 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who's serious about living a meaningful life
This is such a great book for teens, and everyone else, really.
It encourages youth yo step above average, to live against complacency, and strive to achieve great things for God. It's very convicting, very enthusiastic, and encouraging.
Clare Cannon
Oct 28, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it
This challenging book by nineteen year old twins is, in their own words, "a teenage rebellion against low expectations." What a great mission statement! Part I gives you the context of their own journey to great things, including an excellent definition of what they mean by 'hard things', how the teen years have been valued through history, and the reality of teen potential.

The authors are Christian and their vision for teens is built upon the premise that God has a plan for your life and will h
Mar 18, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Do hard things. In some cases, you can judge a book by its cover.

Shaking us awake from a culturally (and somewhat self)-induced slumber, Alex and Brett Harris take us on a trip of sorts - a trip to discover that the teenage years are more than potato chips, couches, and plasma televisions.

They are the years of preparation.

However, surrounded as we are by a culture that expects teens to be irresponsible, disrespectful, and lazy, we've fallen prey to those misconceptions. We've lost a true underst
Dec 25, 2011 Trace rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It will definitely be one that I want my son to read in a couple of years! The authors are a very inspiring couple of brothers who have opted to dedicate their lives to doing hard, good things to further God's kingdom.

I underlined a great deal in this book and I will look forward to discussing it with my son in a couple of years.
Amy L.
Oct 07, 2016 Amy L. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
May 08, 2015 Hope rated it it was amazing
As good as I remember.
Randy Alcorn
May 01, 2012 Randy Alcorn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-life
Do Hard Things is an extraordinary book. In fact, I believe it will prove to be one of the most life-changing, family-changing, church-changing and culture-changing books of this generation.

I know and respect the authors and their family. Alex and Brett Harris are the real deal, Christ-centered young men of character and vision, committed to serving Jesus with humility and excellence. In this God-anointed book, they communicate an exciting and paradigm-shifting vision for teenagers, emphasizing
Apr 04, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book not only for teens but adults as well. Do Hard Things is so well written, I'm amazed (not to mention impressed) that it was penned by two eloquent young adults. It's clear to me that the authors have a great amount of insight and wisdom from personal experience that they have brought to the table with this book. Everyone wants their teens to do great things. So why not get a copy of this book for your church's youth group and start a rebelution at your church?

I loved the
Jun 17, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
First off, let me just tell you that Do Hard Things is a life-changing book! I wish every teen and even older people could get their hands on this book at some point. You can't come away from it without wanting to do something with what you just learned. It's so nice to find a book for teens that is actually relevant for teens because it's written by teens! Each chapter is packed with important messages for young people living in today's culture. The inspiring yet simple message to rebel against ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Taymous rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
This book is a very different book than what I was used to reading when first picked up. I, for some reason, felt drawn to it. I ordered it from Amazon and was absolutely blown away by all the wisdom and truth God revealed to me in this book. I can only wish that it was written earlier in my teen years, so I hadn't wasted a second of it. I was incredibly challenged by this book. It showed me I was entirely too capable of doing hard things in His will, and that He had/has plans for me bigger than ...more
Allison Anderson Armstrong
Dec 26, 2015 Allison Anderson Armstrong rated it really liked it
Everyone should read this book. It's not a pinnacle of intense, literary writing, but it is full of good truths that people of every age, but especially teens, need to hear. This book challenges complacent Christians with a "good-enough" mindset and reminds us of what Proverbs 1:32 says, "the complacency of fools destroys them." I benefited from my parents' pushing me/encouraging me to work at camp, work in a secular job, go on missions trips and be involved in sharing the gospel when I was a te ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
This is a great book. Although I'm in my mid-twenties I was challenged and encouraged by the things laid out before me. I've never been one to shy away from doing and living something hard, but this gave me an added boost to tackle the things that God has put before me today and seek Him for greater things that He might have in store for the future.
Nov 13, 2013 Bryce rated it it was amazing
This book was a very good read and i highly recommend it to anyone my age. The books goal is to challenge you to grab hold of a more exciting option for your teen years than the one portrayed as normal in society today. There are five specific things listed in the book that teens must do to go against low expectations. Those five things are: 1. Things that are outside your comfort zone. Most people are trapped in their comfort zone because of fear. Fears are well concealed lies. 2. Things that g ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Hosanna rated it it was amazing
Do Hard Things is a very challenging book to take you outside of your comfort zone. It is amazing! The book is easy to read, yet convicts you to do things that you normally wouldn't consider doing. A great read!
Jan 25, 2016 Halee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10 billion stars. Full review soon.
Feb 11, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
This is a book that you should not breeze through. I read Do Hard Things while I was reading random other books unrelated to it and I believe that may have been the best way to go at it. You see, while reading the book, you must have time to pause and reflect. I read this book in about a month and a half (thanks to library renewal), but of course you don't have to take that long. I'm just trying to say that this book COULD be read in one sitting but the longer you take to read through it, the mo ...more
Belissa Etienne
Apr 05, 2013 Belissa Etienne rated it liked it
To me this book was very helpful. It taught me to do something more with my life and make a difference in others. Do Hard Things is about twin teenagers, Alex and Brett Harris, who did different things with their lives and changed other for the better. It doesn't matter how young or smart you are you can always make a difference. Throughout the book the twins met and told stories about people and talking about how those people made a difference in others lives. This book was written by teenagers ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Denise rated it liked it
This book is a great read, both for parents of preteens and teens, and people of any age wondering what next steps they could take in their life. I read it as much with an eye towards my own future as that of my sons. The teen authors challenge the current concept of teens as young people who are self-absorbed, saying that if they are that way, it's because we expect them to be. (Reminds me of the quote I've had forever on my refrigerator: "If you treat a man as he is, he will remain as he is; i ...more
Jul 21, 2008 Kevan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone--especially if you're under 25
One of those books aimed at teenagers but galvanizes all of us used to mediocrity, suburbanized self-catering, and this generally increasing sedentary mode of life. I felt inspired to rethink the low expectations that characterizes how our society views both teenagers and the average citizen. The Harris brothers and the many examples they pulled strike me as very ordinary people who've done extraordinary things. But it doesn't cause me to shake my head incredulously saying, "Man, how did they do ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Loraine rated it it was amazing
If I could have given this book 10 stars, I would have. This is a MUST read for every pre-teen, teenager, parent, and even grandparent! Written by nineteen year old twins, Alex and Brett Harris, who developed the "Rebolution"(combination of rebellion and revolution) when they were 16. Do Hard Things describes their teenage rebellion against low expectations for pre-teens and teenagers that now pervades our society. Instead, they believe that pre-teens and teenagers should be "doing hard things" ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
This is a great book for teenagers, yes. BUT I would submit it is a great book for any grown up and particularly any grown up that interacts with kids. The authors point out rather comprehensively that we have created a society that expects way too little of our youth. That is in part due to grown ups who are lowering the bar {ouch}. While many may shy away from "Tiger Mom" type parenting, this book encourages all of us to push ourselves beyond what is expected. Consider the following about comp ...more
Theodora R. R.
This book was absolutely amazing. I plan on re-reading it; but I've finished it through once and it has already changed my outlook and views on a lot of different things in my life.

Reading "Do Hard Things" has helped me to realize that I'm going nowhere fast in life, and most of the things I'm doing aren't for the glory of God. They could be, but they're not; at least not in the way I'm going about them. This book has challenged and encouraged me to change things, to turn my life around.

I stron
Feb 22, 2008 Jo rated it really liked it
Frankly, I was afraid that this book was going to be a rerun of all the material on the authors' website. That would have been OK, but I would have been a little disappointed. Thankfully that wasn't the case. Some of it was very familiar, but quite a bit was not. It wasn't a giant rehash.

Overall, it was good stuff, very challenging. I think the book will appeal to a wide variety of people because of all the diverse examples cited in the book. And although the book is specifically addressed to t
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