Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Book Review: Do Hard Things

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.


~Amy~ said...

Hello Miriam and Anna!
I have been visiting your blog since October, but have never commented. I really enjoy reading what you have written. I was very interested in your review of Do Hard things. My cousins are well acquainted with Alex and Brett. I myself have seen them square dancing. :)
Anyways, my cousins have a ministry they call H2O, or Hope 2 Others. They are featured in Do Hard Things, starting on page 199. I myself have not purchased DO Hard things, but it is my earnest desire to someday.
Here is the address of my cousins' blog. I look forward to more Rebelutionary posts in the future!
Your Sister in Christ,

Miriam Rebekah said...

Ah, you beat me to writing a review! :) I also got mine yesterday and am almost done.
I was thrilled when I saw my Amazon box arrive in the mail! =)

I really encourage young people especially to buy or borrow (if possibl) this book. It's an easy, but challenging read.

Brett Harris said...

Anna, thank you so much for your kind review! It was such an encouragement for Alex and me to read. =)

I was commenting to see if you'd be willing to post your review on We're getting some great reviews, but I'd love to have more from teens (most of the current ones are from adults). =)

If you'd do that (and Miriam as well!) that would such a huge blessing. Thanks so much!

In Christ Alone,

P.S. We really must figure out a way to see your family again. We won't be at New Attitude this year. =(

Anna Naomi said...

Amy: That's neat that your cousins are the ones that started H2O! It was inspiring to read about in Do Hard Things! Thanks for sharing their blog address!

Miriam: Sorry! ;-) You can still write one if you want to!

Brett: I'm off to post my review on Amazon! We need to get the word out about this book! Thank you again so much for writing it - I know that it will bless and change many lives.

I know - we'll miss you both at NA! I heard that you'll be on our local radio station on the Meeting House this afternoon, though I'm assuming it's by phone! It will be exciting to listen to. I teach in the afternoon, so I'll try to catch it online if I miss the live broadcast. If you come South again, let us know!

Maria Pauline said...

Barnes and Noble has the book, so maybe I can get it on Saturday! Hopefully!

Ella said...

Anna, you also beat me to my review! =) I got my book in the mail today (right before reading time =) and I have already 4 chapters. It is an amazing book! I agree with Miriam, it is a challenging read...but an encouraging one though!

Sheila said...

I can't WAIT until my copy gets here!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Ok, I'm adding Do Hard Things near the top of my To Read List. I've taped up the recent World Article to my dorm door where Do Hard Things is mentioned.

Anna, mind prodding me to read it this summer. ;) Can I borrow your copy?


Your bro Elijah

Anna Naomi said...

Ella: You can still write a review! We need everyone to help spread the word!

Elijah: Yes, definitely put Do Hard Things near the top of your list! You can borrow my copy this summer, and I'll make sure you read it. ;-) It was neat to see the article in World about it, wasn't it?!

Italian-Girl said...

Oh I've heard wonderful things about that book! I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet but I do intend to do so. Have you read any of the books by Joshua Harris (Brett and Alex's bro)?
I've read the book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" by Josh, and it was awesome! btw, the church that I go to is a sister church of Joshua Harris's. It's called, "Sovereign Grace Church"
I have a blog so if you want to check it out just click on my user name :)

Italian-Girl said...

Anna, are you going to New Attitude this year? That is so cool! All the singles from my church are going to be going, I'm to young to go; I'm 16 :(
But I might just have to sneak in the trunk of one of the singles car...(jk)

Anna Naomi said...

Danny: Yes, I've read and really enjoyed the books by Joshua Harris! I think I've read all or almost all of the ones he's written. Great writing must run in the Harris family. =)

Yes, I am going to New Attitude this year, and am excited about it! My siblings have gone quite a few times in years past, but I've been too young to go (I know how you feel!). Since I'm graduating this year, I'm finally old enough to go!