You may have heard of (and possibly even read) the book Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris – a book about turning societies expectations of teenagers upside down, by doing hard things for the sake of Christ. It was written while they were still teenagers, is an extremely challenging and powerful book and well worth a read if you haven’t already. Brett and Alex have a new book out soon (USA 16th March, UK 1st April) which is totally focused on the practical side of things – how to live out a life of doing hard things and exceeding expectations in order to make an impact for God.
I haven’t yet read the book, so cannot give a definite vouch for it, but having read Do Hard Things, and being a regular reader of their blog, and a member of their Rebelutionaries web-forum I can be fairly confident that it will be worth getting. And I mention it today because they are doing something really class – for every copy sold on Amazon today, they will be giving away a free copy to someone/an organisation that isn’t able to afford it, but would benefit through it. It’s all part of something they are calling ‘The Book Bomb’ – an attempt to get the book into the daily Amazon bestseller list (a la Rage against the Machine’s Christmas number 1) in order to bring it to the attention of people who otherwise would never hear of it. Basically they are trying to co-ordinate everyone who is interested in it buying it today through Amazon rather than spreading sales over various sites/shops and dates. (You might be wondering why Amazon? It’s because that is where it is cheapest.)
Here is the official blurb:
“You want to do hard things.
But you don’t know where to start.
You are changing the world around you.
But you are tired and burned out.
You feel called to do the extraordinary for God.
But you feel stuck in the ordinary.
Do Hard Things inspired thousands of young people to make the most of the teen years. Now Alex and Brett Harris are back and ready to tackle the questions that Do Hard Things inspired: How do I get started? What do I do when I get discouraged? What’s the best way to inspire others?
Filled with stories and insights from Alex, Brett, and other real-life rebelutionaries, Start Here is a powerful and practical guide to doing hard things, right where you are.
Are you ready to take the next step and blast past mediocrity for the glory of God?