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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,989 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Harris, Brett Harris Narrator: Alex Harris, Brett Harris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739359075
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A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution."

"Most people don't expect you to understand what we're going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don't expect you to care. And even if you care, they don't expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don't expect it to last. We do." – Alex and Brett

Do Hard Things is the Harris twins' revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life.  Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change.

Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.

Now includes:
-- A new introduction from the authors, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead”
-- Questions (and Stories) To Get You Started
-- A list of 100 Hard Things to help inspire you
-- A study guide for personal or group use Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Alex and Brett are the real deal and Do Hard Things is a real wake up call, not just for young people, but for all God's people. I can't recommend it highly enough. Shannon Ethridge, bestselling author of the Every Woman's Battle series
  • This book is a wake up call to a generation that is down in the dumps. It's like a coach screaming from the sidelines, ‘You can do it!!!’. I'd recommend it to anyone, young or old. Douglas A., age 17, England
  • Do Hard Things is the textbook for anyone who works with teens; it’s a philosophical and foundational must-read. Timothy Eldred, executive director of Christian Endeavor International
  • This is an important book. And not just for those wanting to launch successfully into adulthood, but also for discontent twenty- and thirty-somethings who long to be catapulted into significance. Ted Slater, editor of Boundless, Focus on the Family
  • I'm not exactly a teenager anymore. But as I was reading I began to see how this can apply to anyone. It's never too late to start. I absolutely cannot wait to suggest this book to the 'kidults' in my life. Matt R., age 26, Georgia
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  • Do Hard Things is an extraordinary book. In fact, I believe it will prove to be one of the most life-changing, family-changing, church-changing, and culture-changing books of this generation. I'd love for every teenager to read this book, but I'm just as eager for every parent, church leader, and educator to read it. Randy Alcorn, best-selling author of Heaven and The Treasure Principle
  • This book is one I would recommend to any of my friends, teen or not. If it doesn't help you, you are lying. Carter B., age 14, North Carolina
  • Do Hard Things is so important. It is challenging teenagers to rebel against the low expectations placed on them. And the voices that are asking teens to rise to meet this challenge are voices from their own generation. That thrills me. Chuck Colson, bestselling author of How Now Shall We Live?

    “I love the way it is written. It is crystal clear, to the point, interesting, funny, challenging, encouraging, and an easy read.
  • The message of Do Hard Things is going to awaken the dreams and passions of thousands of young people all over the world. How do I know this? This radical, yet relatively simple idea, has changed my life. Erika H., age 18, Michigan
  • In a culture where laziness and ease is often the order of the day for teenagers, Do Hard Things presents a radical and provocative alternative. I heartily recommend this book. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • This book has totally changed the way I think. I recommend it to any and every teen who has a desire to turn their life around and make a difference. Ashley W., age 13, Georgia
  • Alex and Brett capture the passion and potential of our generation perfectly in this book. In Do Hard Thingsthey encourage us to go above and beyond the status quo in everything from schoolwork to serving the poor. This is a truly unique and sorely needed book.  Zach Hunter, author of Be the Change and Generation Change
  • This book is amazing. It changes your whole way of thinking. I believe that every single teen needs to buy a copy of this book. Thanks, Alex and Brett for challenging us! Stacie L., age 15, Kentucky

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " Ruth and I read this book as a bookswim loan. It was inspiring in the stories of teenagers who push themselves to do hard things to improve the world. The authors make an interesting point that "teenagers" as a spearate age group do not exist in the Bible, and God wants young adults to follow him and be an example to other believers. Chuck Norris wrote the foreward, and the authors thanked Randy Alcorn for his help so they definitely have impressed the adults in their life. It was written by the brothers of Joshua Harris who wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystina | 2/18/2014

    " I am greatly enjoying this book! I love how they say that doing hard things can simply be answering the phone, for me that used to be hard thing. Making phone calls...still is. I think my favourite 'theme' so far is this: Be known for what you do, instead of what you don't do. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie White | 2/16/2014

    " Do hard things. I was very skeptical at first. I never considered myself a Christian so I really didn't want to read the book at first. I had someone recommend the book and they also bought the book for me so I really didn't have a choice. I started reading the book mindlessly at first just trying to take in little bits of the book I could actually talk about it with the person who got me it. then after about 30 pages I actually started reading and was sucked in. I had to start over but it was worth it. I was amazed to see the things some teens were doing while I sat at home doing nothing and wasting time away. It was kind of the book I needed because I was convinced that I couldn't do anything because of my age. That I had to grow up first. It was like an eye opener. It changed my perspective on a lot of things. I guess I could say I made a bigger attempt in getting to church and trying to make a difference. Overall it was a really good book. I'd recommend it to a lot of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 1/29/2014

    " This is an Amazing book, it somthing that we as teens all need to grow in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Nelson | 1/24/2014

    " Personally, this book changed a lot on my views of life. The thing that inspired me most about it was how the author went back (now that he's older) and still relates to us teens and how we live, think, and communicate. There was a lot in this book that I can say I have or might experience some time in life, and I'm glad I read this because it is helping me and will continue to help me have bigger goals and reach further with my accomplishments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ldmaxwell | 1/19/2014

    " I loved this book! I checked it out from the library, but am adding it to my list of books to own. With one teen already in my home and two closely following behind, this book is well worth owning. I learned a lot from it, and hope to convince my teens to read it, as well. It has great advice for today's teens on standing up against the low expectations society currently places on teens. God created them for so much more than that. They have energy, they have smarts, they have influence. There is so much they can do in this world. Well worth reading for Christian teens and parents, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/14/2014

    " This a good book for youth. Very motivating. I want all of my kids to read it and to have the courage to rebel against societal expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/31/2013

    " SUCH a good book- super inspiring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/12/2013

    " A must read for all UK parents and teens. Generally we are up to our waists in low expectations and to be called on that - very very helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Taylor | 10/18/2013

    " This is a very motivating book for not only teenagers but everyone, in my opinion. It challenges teenagers to go above and beyond the expectations that other people have of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 10/15/2013

    " Excellent book for teens and inspiring for all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 8/29/2013

    " Loved this book! Recommend it to everyone...young or old! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 8/7/2013

    " Everyone should read this book even if you are not a teenager. It lays out ways we can do excellent things instead of settle for mediocrity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 4/4/2013

    " a MUST READ for teens "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/2/2012

    " Great! Written by teenagers for teenagers but just as pertinent to others. Stop selling yourself short. It is by doing hard things that we grow, and age shouldn't stop you from taking on something you feel strongly about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 8/27/2012

    " Absolutely beautiful. I can not wait to start putting this stuff in action and I can not wait to watch my generation come alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 4/26/2012

    " Absolutely amazing! Any Christian or anyone wanting to learn about the Christian religion should read it! So good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalle | 9/25/2011

    " This is the best book for teens and Tweens its a Rebllion against low expections! This Book has taught me sooooooooooooooooooooo Much about Gods love for me and How to obey him more I would reccomend this to anyone from ages 10-and up!!!!! I wish everyone could read this!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/24/2011

    " Great ideas and advice from two Christian young men. Sometimes the Biblical quotations are out of context. This is an insightful "do better" book for teens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 6/18/2011

    " Very good book for any teen who wants to learn how to serve God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 5/16/2011

    " Not as well written as their brother's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/11/2011

    " Everyone should read this book. Not just teenagers, but anyone and everyone who can read. It finally points out that our teenagers are lazy and aren't going to get anywhere in life if they don't do something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanmarie | 5/2/2011

    " One of my favorite books EVER. So uplifting and inspiring; over all amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/4/2011

    " Although I am not a teenager, this book motivated me to "do" my life differently. It points out the grand waste of time that most of us feel is a "busy" life and shows what can truly be accomplished if we put aside cultural norms and embrace the radical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 4/1/2011

    " A great book! Even teenagers CAN DO HARD THINGS!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/1/2011

    " Great book to spur teenagers. I read to pass onto my 2 eldest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giaunie | 3/21/2011

    " 5 stars! i rlly liked it bcause it helped me realize i should stop being lazy and do somthing with my life now instead of later :) i would reccoment this book to every teen in the world! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geena | 3/20/2011

    " I LOVED the MESSAGE but I didn't like the styles the authors used to write the book - I feel that they didn't take care of the important meaning within their idea, and it was something they just rushed. "

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