Last book highlight of the summer! Sorry they were so few.
Do Hard Things
Don't let the title scare you! The rest of the book will handle that.
Seriously though, Do Hard Things is not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, the entire message of the book is that teens should not be afraid to step out of their comfort zones and start becoming productive, enthusiastic and mission-minded, Christian adults. It is an inspirational work by two young people who are rallying the teens of America to overcome low expectations and aspire to greatness for God.
Do Hard Things is the "Manifesto" of The Rebelution, a movement to encourage young people to break out of the teenager mold which modernity has cast for them. It is the brainchild of Alex and Brett Harris (younger brothers of Joshua Harris, the author of I kissed Dating Goodbye) and was founded in order to combat the modern idealism that the teenage years are a time for most people to enjoy, relax and, essentially, goof-off under the protection of the all-forgiving word "adolescence". The Harris boys, on the other hand, put forth the entirely different, responsible and thoroughly Christian view that the teenage years are essential in preparing for adulthood and should be filled with growth, energy and good works.
More and better information can be found on the Rebelution website--http://therebelution.com/books/do-hard-things/#.UgHSNNKbed4. For that reason (and also because I am short on time) I will let you read and discover the virtues of this book (which are many) for yourself. With this thought then I conclude: though most of us are probably already aware of the duties talked about in this book, even the best of us can fall into laxity and mediocrity if we aren't careful. Do Hard Things is a beautiful and engaging reminder that we all need to be using our God given talents, and striving to do great things in His name right now. It is inspiring without being preachy, and motivational without being pushy. It gives real and practical ways teens can be "Rebelutionaries" and gives real examples of people who have already done so and are fulfilling their "holy aspirations", doing hard things for the glory of God.
~Lady Eulalia, Blog editor