Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Although I'm sure there will be many book reviews shared, I thought I'd add my own to the mix. This book is worth it!
My 3 copies of Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris arrived in the mail yesterday. It's amazing. This is a book that everyone should read, not just those in their teens! However, for us teens, it's very encouraging to know that there are others out there, challenging us to do productive things for God's glory.
It was a hard thing for me to not read the book right away! Let me explain... =) Around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, Dad walked into my room with the box of books. Excitedly I opened it and was thrilled to see they'd arrived! However, as I was busily sewing my graduation dress, and really needed to finish it before today's pictures, I set the books down and kept on sewing. By the time I finally finished, it was time to make supper, so I quickly heated up the taco soup from the day before, made butter dips, cut up veggies and ate with my family. While enjoying some ice cream for dessert, I finally had the chance to crack open the cover. Before I knew it, the first 4 chapters had slipped away. This is definitely a book that's hard to put down!
I contemplated finishing the book right then and there. It's a wonderful read, well-written, and worth the time spent. After all, I had been looking forward to reading this book ever since Alex and Brett announced they'd be writing it! But, there were some things I really should do that I hadn't gotten done that day... Then the irony of it all hit me. What was the name of the book I was reading? Do Hard Things? So, I put it down and tackled the pile of dirty dishes, practiced my flute, and quickly cleaned two rooms. At last, I sat down in the newly-straightened library and proceeded to finish the book at 9:55 p.m.
This is the book we've been waiting for. This is the book our generation needs to read. It's encouraging, funny, and at the same time very challenging. Even for someone who's read their blog almost from the beginning, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations brings new insights and challenges. The blog is great, but reading everything in one book instead of in different posts really ties everything together. The stories of real-life teens, many of whom I've heard of or seen around The Rebelution were really inspiring. The acknowledgments and the dedication of the book to their parents were very touching!
I plan to read the book again, and again, and again if I need to! There's a lot of things to digest, a lot of challenges to think and pray through. It's the encouragement you need to keep going, to know you're not alone, to prevent you from getting complacent. God is glorified through it all, and Alex and Brett write with humility and a passionate cry for their generation.
Make sure you buy the book! Make sure your read it with an open heart! If you've already read it, The Rebelution has posted some great next steps.
Posted by Anna Naomi at 5:17 PM