What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think teenager? Probably along the lines of video game/movie/internet obsessed, rebellious, party on the weekends, etc.
Do Hard Things was written by Alex and Brett Harris when they were teens. It’s about how teenagers have been trapped by low expectations, how they think of the teen years as a time to party. And how it’s not.
Alex and Brett challenge teenagers to do hard things. Not hard things like lift weights, or denying self pleasure, but five type of hard things that can be scary, HARD, but good.
- Things outside your comfort zone.
- Things that go beyond what’s expected/required.
- Things that take more than one person to accomplish.
- Things that don’t have an immediate payoff.
- Things that go against the crowd.
They tell inspiring stories and give ideas of how to get started. And though Do Hard Things is by Christian teens for Christian teens, I think that it would be a good read for anyone.
All in all I give the book 5/5 stars, and would encourage you to check it out if you haven’t — if for no other reason than that the forward was written by Chuck Norris ;).
I picked up this book and read it again… it is a good read. As teens, we need to live for God and rise above the exceeding low expectations that modern culture has set for us. Be it cheerfully serving our elders, supporting a “big” cause, or just rebelling against culture’s view of the young; we show that we are more capable than what society thinks of us.