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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  11,203 ratings  ·  866 reviews
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 g
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Multnomah (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lisa Elis
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

and may I just tell you it was 100% totally completely beautifully five stars.

there's this book I once read (another favorite) in which the guy is like - so you're a christian young person who's grown up in church and got 'saved' and you don't do any of the 'bad stuff'. what do you do? and he says as a young person he was somewhat lost bc he'd been taught full what christians believe but no one had shown him what they do.

Apr 19, 2008 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
Gray Cox
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
People have been telling me to read this book, and I've finally picked it up (off of my book shelf because I got it as a gift years ago and forgot about it, slap me, I know).

This book is so inspiring and encouraging, it should be a must-read for teens, tbh.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
An amazing, challenging, thoroughly inspiring book. <3
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, christian
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
Nathan Simmons
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
Kaitlynn Wornson
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers everywhere
Recommended to Kaitlynn by:
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
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: both teens AND parents
Shelves: just-because
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. ...more
Alabama Rose
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read this book!
Apr 20, 2010 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 Grzy
Sep 10, 2016 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! ...more
May 01, 2008 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.
Jack Smith
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jacob Stock
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Liked it. It is a great read for teens. I love the concept and certainly want to encourage them to higher expectations.
Clare Cannon
Oct 28, 2013 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
Randy Alcorn
May 01, 2012 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
Mar 18, 2011 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 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.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
You can't reach your teen years without hearing about this book, and thus hearing raving about it.
To me, this wasn't the life changing book most people described it as, but it was very good. There was a chapter in the middle especially about going beyond what you have to, even when 'it doesn't matter' that I really liked.
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As good as I remember.
Abigail Harris
Jul 30, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
All right, all right, I know most teens love it but I can't say I loved it and I quickly lost interest since it felt repetitive... Please don't be upset. ...more
First five-star book of the year! Review coming soon.
Apr 04, 2008 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
Aug 01, 2009 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 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
ryan elizabeth
Pure awesome. If you're a teen, you have to read this book! ...more
Apr 24, 2008 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. ...more
Lila Kims
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Very inspiring!
Carlye Krul
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Not only does it give me the inspiration to do hard things, but it also gives reason's why you should do hard things.

Don't just do things for yourself, but do them to honour God. This book makes you rethink how teenagers are living. Are you living to do the same old thing every day and then die happy? Or are you living to glorify God in everything you do?
My favourite part was when Martin Luther King Jr said, "If you are a street sweeper, sweep
Nov 13, 2013 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
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