do hard things
A couple of weeks ago, one of ladies at church gave me a book to read, telling me that her grandchildren really got a lot out of it. I wasn’t looking for another trendy Christian bookstore feel-good bestseller to read, so I was hesitant to start. Many books for teens that I’ve seen are cheesy, offer little substance and have cool “youthy” words like “xtreme” in their titles. Fortunately, I gave it a shot and ended up finishing it tonight. It’s called Do Hard Things, by twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris.
The brothers argue that teenagers rise to the expectations placed upon them. The problem, however, is that society doesn’t expect anything from them (other than going to school, perhaps finding a part-time job and goofing off), and therefore they don’t accomplish much. To solve this problem, the authors invite the reader to join the “Rebelution” of teenagers who do hard things, exceed society’s expectations and end up changing the world.
It’s definitely a book geared for teens, though I did find it engaging, encouraging and inspiring. It’s a fairly quick read and the brothers do a great job building their case and then outlining ways to respond.
It’s not a perfect book, but I do recommend it. In fact, I find the message to be so compelling and important to students, that I’m going to start a two-week series on it in our youth service next week.
Before we get to the “go and buy this book” link, let me throw out a heads up. I debated whether or not to even mention this, but my observant youth pastor friends will likely make the connection here, so I’d better say it. The authors of this book are the brothers of Joshua Harris who wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye. I don’t hear much about his book anymore, but back in the day there were a lot of polarizing views on that book. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan. I was a bit leery of reading Do Hard Things, because of the connection. I just didn’t want invest time into a book that I didn’t think would be relevant to teens and realistically offer something for them. Fortunately those fears were alleviated. I mention this connection and my hesitation, not to bash the dating book, but to highlight the fact that I found Do Hard Things to be an excellent book for teens. I’d hate for someone not to read it because of a preconceived (and unfair) idea about an unrelated book.
Do yourself (or the teenagers in your life) a favor and pick up a copy.
Oh, one more thing. Chuck Norris wrote the forward. How sweet is that?