Do Hard Things
A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expections

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Grade Level: 9-12
Author: Alex Harris, Brett Harris
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Publish Date: 2008
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches
Number of Pages: 256
Item ID: 3348 H4G  ISBN: 978-1-60142-112-8
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This is one of the books used in Hewitt's Senior High I Dare You Syllabus. It may be purchased separately or in a pack with the Syllabi and related books (See Related Items below)

What Joshua Harris' book I Kissed Dating Goodbye (see Related Items below) did for courtship/dating; his twin brothers' book Do Hard Things does for a teen's life in general. Everyone wants to or should want to have purpose to their life. If you have ever read Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death, Harris' book offers an antidote to that. In a society that marginalizes teen-agers, the elderly, the poor, the handicapped, and the prisoner, Alex and Brett provide a way out for teen-agers (and really many adults as well). Rather than centering on "me," they expound a plan based on active involvement with your family and society and a putting off of the technological toys we use to entertain ourselves. You might see it as taking off the coat of self-centeredness and pleasure-seeking and putting on the cloak of productivity and servanthood.

This book is well worth your money; in fact, if you weigh its value against four or five cups of Starbucks coffee, it's a landside. Subjects include exposing the low expectations that are robbing our generation, reclaiming the teen years as the launching pad of life, creating a counterculture from scratch, and transforming your mission from a decision into a destiny. Learn how to do hard things that

  • take you outside your comfort zone
  • go beyond what's expected or required
  • are too big for you to do alone
  • don't pay off immediately
  • go against the crowd
 

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