rebelling against low expectations

About the author

Alex and Brett Harris

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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  • wow!! Way to go Zach!! Keep up the good work!! I’m so thankful that God has given us young people the ability to do hard things for His glory!!

  • That’s awesome! Praise the Lord for what He is doing through Zach. 😀 I’m not quite sure what to think about the host linking salvation with good works though. 😯 Good works are the result of salvation of course, but it sounded almost as if he was saying good works lead to savltion. Maybe I misunderstood?

  • Tara Marie: I felt like what the host was trying to say was along the lines of James talking about faith without works being dead. But you’re right, it was a little confusing. We shouldn’t claim to be real Christians if we have no care for who God cares about — the poor and oppressed — but we don’t become Christians by caring for others. We care about others because our heart’s have been changed. 🙂

  • Wow, that was great. Zach really has a calling on his life. The best thing is that he has realized his calling and embraced it.

    Really neat that he got on the 700s club too 😉


  • I have been and will be praying for you, Zach… God is using you in an amazing way for His glory and the good of His creation, and it’s really encouraging for me to see.

  • This is great Zach! I will continue to pray for you! I have never really realized that slavery is a problem in the world today. But because of Zach’s stand I have done some research on it, and what I find truly burdens my heart.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Thank you Zach for seeking to make a difference for God’s glory. I was so blessed to watch you boldly say on the interview that it was not you, but GOD who gave you the idea and strength to carry it out. Keep up the good work and continue to boldly share the good news of Christ and what He has done for us, which then affects the way we live our lives! God bless~

  • Go Zach! I appreciated what you said about chasing after your dreams and convictions. It is defiantly something I am struggling with right now. Thanks! =)

  • Wow. That is really good. Truly inspiring! It’s marvelous to think he’s the same age as me. We are all Rebelutionaries, and I am SO glad! Thank you God for this amazing generation.

    In Christ,

  • I was extremely impressed, Zach. I wasn’t completely aware of all that you have been doing, but now that I am, I can freely express my gratitude and my encouragment to keep pressing on. God bless you!

  • Wow! I’ll be praying for you, Zach! He is such an amazing young man, really inspirational.
    Tara Marie, i agree, he did phrase that whole salvation thing pretty weird.

  • What you’re doing Zach is really incredible. I found out about the under cover slave trade in the UK (where I live) when I was 12 or 13 from my latin teacher who taught me for nearly four years and who supports Amnesty International. When I saw Amazing Grace, it also made me feel really strongly about the abolition of slavery, and made me very proud of william wilberforce. The way you get up on stage and speak to people about it is really great.. i could never do something like that, and I’ve just turned 16 today. Keep on going, and God bless xox

  • As I was listening to him speak, a verse came to mind—the one that says if they’re hungry, feed them. If they’re naked, clothe them. What is love without works?

    Yeah, “God loves you, praise God!” Then if we leave them naked and hungry, our message is empty.

    It’s amazing, Zach, to see the different members working together. I am called to be the mouth that shares the gospel, you are the hand that shows its love. We cannot work separately, doing our own thing. We all need each other to work in harmony. It’s amazing how it all comes together just like the bible says.

    I will pray for the slaves that you fight for in the name of your God, brother.

    Happy 16th Birthday!! 🙂

  • So do I understand you correctly , that Zach has a book out?
    where could you get that book?
    because I would be really interested in seeing where i could get it.

  • Zach,
    May God be glorified through your life. It’s always so good to see young people stand up, be different, and use God’s Word boldly! As I watched your video, I couldn’t help but be impressed upon the fact that God has a call on your life. Praise God you’ve obeyed Him! May more young men raise up as God’s warriors in your generation! Lead on for Him!

  • I was watching the 700 Club last night when Zach was on there. What a guy with an amazing vision for his life. I can relate, since I am also a teenager that has a passion to change this world. He is such an encouragement to me. Thanks, Zach! Keep on keeping on for God.

  • I think what he (Zach) is doing is fantastic! He is a real inspiration to many people and not to mention an inspiration to the poorly oppressed, or victims of oppression…IYKWIM !

    I watched a short about Zach and the new movie ‘Amazing Grace’, and was impressed then. I’m even more impressed now. 😀 Good onya Zach!


  • Alex, thanks for clearing up what the host was saying about salvation and good works. We talk about that a lot at church and how salvation without works is dead, but works are a result of a changed heart!

    Zach, that was an amazing interview. Great job. It was really cool seeing you on t.v. after reading your book from my store! Keep up the great work and may God bless you!

  • Yeah Zach! I’ll repeat what this guy has said— you’re one of my heros, too. I’m praying for you every day. Keep it up, bro! And I hope to meet you someday!

    In charity,

  • I was watching the video the other day and my 16 year old brother Zach came in to see what I was watching with his name in it. 🙂

    It is so great to see God using young people. It encourages me to pray for all the children at our church. There is no age too young that God’s power cannot change their hearts as well as use them to serve other people. Zach, great job bringing the Kingdom of God to this fallen world!

  • Thanks, Alex, for answering my question!!! I asked my dad and mom if I could get it and they said yes! so 2 days ago I ordered it and it is supposed to come on Thursday.
    I am so excited to get it and start reading it!

  • Fabulous job, Zach! Keep up the good work!
    I know a woman was recently in Thailand as a social worker for IJM. I learned a lot through her… wow – so much that we’re often not even aware of.

    Great interview!


  • I salute you, Zach, for your following God’s spectacular plan for your life. Keep shining out for the Lord! You have my prayers, and I’m also going to make sure I add the end of modern slavery to my prater list.

    Every blessing,

  • Way to go Zach! It is so exciting to see God’s calls on people’s lives and to see them following that call with a passion. It really makes your heart break to see those who are in slavery; physical and spiritual. You did a great job with your interview. I really liked how you’re going about stopping slavery. You have really thought this out. Keep your eyes on Jesus and run that race He has for you (Heb. 12:1-2).

  • Zach,

    Wow. I’m twenty-four, and you put me to shame. I pray that you will continue to increase in wisdom, stature, favor with God and man, and that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

    I’m praising God for His work in your life today, and praying that you will influence many other young men to use up their lives for Him. He is worth it!

  • Greetings Rebelutionaries! I just happened to see this listing come up on a Google alert. Zach has been offline the past week finishing up his new book. He will be thrilled to read your comments and will respond in the next few days. Brett and Alex, as always, thanks for sharing your platform.

    Zach leaves for an event in Southern California tomorrow and would appreciate your prayers as he finishes his presentations and seeks God’s counsel as to what else he should share.

    Follow hard after Jesus and His ways,
    Penny Hunter
    (Zach’s mom)

  • Zach and all other rebelutionaries,
    God be given great glory and honor for the work you do for Him. And remember, by prayers and supporting of people like Zach, we do work for the Lord. I shall seek to daily bring before my Father’s throne the needs of the slaves, both in chains visible and invisible, that they may be saved. God bless.

  • That was awesome to see Zach on TV! And to see that his start wasn’t easy either.

    I am wondering if anyone knows his speaking schedule?
    It would be great to be able to go see and hear him somewhere!

    And what is this I hear about him finishing a new book?!!!!!

  • After i read “Be the Change” and heard zach on TV, i am ashamed to look at what I’ve acomplished for God and see almost nothing. Zach has inspired me to raise awareness around me and to get involved. I found out that, contrary to my previous thinking, that just because I’m 14 doesn’t mean that I can’t be used by God in a great way. Thank you Zach!

  • Zach your my hero!I believe God led me to be an abolishtionist through you.I have some ideas can i send you a letter?your sister in Christ, Hannah

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rebelling against low expectations

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