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Published on June 4th, 2007 | by Alex and Brett Harris

Do Hard Things: Prayer, Ideas, and Participation

Alex and Brett Harris are writing a book.As you know, Brett and I are currently writing a book with Multnomah Publishers called Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. We are so excited about this book. It is going to communicate the message and ideas of the Rebelution with a depth and clarity greater than ever before.

We’ll be working on the book from now through November, with most of the writing taking place over the next three months. Our prayer is that God will use it to make a wide and lasting impact on our generation, but we need your help.

First, we need your prayers. Writing this book is the hardest thing we’ve ever done. Simultaneously writing the book, holding our conferences, and running the website is even harder. We need God’s strength to do this and to do it well.

If you would like to pray for us, please consider joining our Prayer Team. Just send an email to info [at] with the subject ‘Add to Prayer Team’. We will be sending out updates with specific prayer needs and requests. We’d be honored for you to partner with us in this way.

Second, we need your stories and ideas. Right now there is a lively discussion going on in the Forum on what makes something hard. But we want input from all of the rebelutionaries, not just members of the Forum. How would you define “hard things”? What do all hard things have in common? Can something be difficult (e.g. climbing a rock wall) but not really be a hard thing? If so, what’s the difference?

Here’s another question: Why do hard things? How is it rational for us to do things that are difficult or that we don’t enjoy? Are we just such suckers for pain that we want to keep ourselves perpetually miserable? Why do you do hard things and why would you encourage other people to do hard things too?

As much as possible, try to use examples from your own life and the lives of others to illustrate your point. You can post your thoughts as a comment or email them to us at info [at] We’d love to hear from you.

Finally, we need your participation. We’re still working out the details, but the Rebelution Tour for 2007 is a special opportunity for you to help craft a message to your generation. Through state-of-the-art Audience Response Technology at all four conferences, certain “TBA” activities, and between-session interaction, we’re looking to especially involve conference attendees in the book-writing process.

Your involvement in any one of these three areas is deeply appreciated. Brett and I are so blessed and humbled by how good God is. He is working in and through our generation. By His grace, all of us get to be a part of it. Incredible.

Soli deo gloria!

About the Author

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.

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