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Book Review: Do Hard Things

Yes, I realize I’ve been MIA for a few months now.

Okay, like five or six.

Going from a family of five to a family of six, traveling halfway around the world (TWICE), and all the ups and downs of these last many many many weeks and months… all of that will have to wait a bit longer because, honestly, I’m still processing it all.

We are blessed.  That will have to be enough for now.

In the meantime, I have settled to our new normal just enough to crack open a book now and then.  Among my recent reads was a book written by a couple of teenage guys, intended for an audience of teens.

One might expect… well, not much.

One would be gravely mistaken.  And pleasantly surprised.  And encouraged.  And convicted.  And challenged.

In “Do Hard Things” , the Harris brothers recall the origins of the Rebelution movement they started at age sixteen, an internet phenomenon among Christian teens seeking more from their formative years, and through their experience urge their peers — and all of the rest of us, really — to throw off the false bonds of culturally created adolescence and instead use this time to throw themselves into something much bigger.

Want to see it first hand?  Check out The Rebelution online, take a look at Chapter 1, and/or watch this short video about the book.

Filled with a healthy mix of anecdotes and practical advice, “Do Hard Things” is easily readable, with a tone that both relates at the peer level and demands respect.  I cannot imagine a Christian teen reading it and NOT feeling motivated to go beyond the expected.

I was impressed with this book, and have already informed my eight-year old that it will shortly be required reading. I would encourage those of you with teens or one-day-will-be-teens to check it out and do the same.

You won’t regret it.

(I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review)

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