Book Review: Do Hard Things

Recently, I was given the opportunity to write a book review for Do Hard Things, a book by Alex and Brett Harris. The review was posted at Quieted Waters. You can read the beginning of the post here, and then click over to read the rest. 

In Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris challenge their peers to join them in their “rebelution.” This rebellion against mediocrity (or worse) is intended to revolutionize how young people conduct their lives, exceeding their – and others – expectations. Originally started as a website that encouraged like-minded teens to join them in battling against the low standards set by culture, this book carries the message to an even larger audience and invites other to join in the same counter-cultural pursuit of rising above and beyond what is considered “acceptable” teenage behavior.

As a college professor, I have an interest in books that seek to raise the standards for today’s young people. As a researcher of the Millennial Generation (otherwise known as Generation Y), I’m especially intrigued by a book that purports to be written for this generation by members of it. While it may be tempting to think that this book is simply about “doing good things,” the authors make it clear that this isn’t their ethos. Doing hard things isn’t just about making a difference (although that will be a likely outcome). This book encourages readers to go beyond what they think that they can do – beyond what others expect or even applaud – in order to not being mired in a prolonged adolescence and to raise the banner of the younger generation.

Read the rest of the post – here.

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  1. I read this book some years ago (when I was 19 I think). I liked it and I appreciated that it was written by someone from my generation for my generation. I also appreciated the fact that it wasn’t just about “doing good” but about living the higher life God has called us to in Christ. I would definitely recommend it.

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