rebelling against low expectations

Book Photos: Adding to the Collection


TanyaBeth sends in this shot of Do Hard Things with the greatest book ever written. Send your creative book photos to book [at]

Justin and Cassie Davito collaborated on this action shot. There must be some mysterious connection between Do Hard Things and basketball.

The sibling team of Krista Gora and Mike Vance sent in this beautiful picture. Wait until you see their other ones in a future post. Very cool.

Erik Brown on pull-up number twenty. You’re the man, Erik!

TanyaBeth demonstrates that even dogs can learn to do hard things.

That’s all for this post. More to come! Meanwhile, please be praying for us and all the attendees at tomorrow’s Portland conference. Soli deo gloria!

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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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  • Hi Brett & Alex! A fellow Mom and I are very impressed with The Rebelution and the idea behind your new book. My husband and I are also hoping to attend when you’re in the Denver area at the end of the month. Do you guys have a Statement of Faith that you could forward on to me? We would love to share The Rebelution with our homeschool group. Thanks guys!

  • Wow, I love the top one!!!

    I should be sending in some pics in the next few days, but I don’t really have any outstanding ones yet. Well, I’ll go Do Creative Things and take more pics!!! πŸ™‚

  • HA! That poor dog is like…”what are you TALKING about, woman??”

    these picture posts are a hilarious and lovely break in my day!

  • Wow, Justin, talk about talent, reading AND shooting hoops!:-) You all put my picture with our nasty couch to shame! I love the lighting on your picture, Tanyabeth! They are all excellent!

  • Cool pics! I hadn’t thought of doing things like that. Hmm, now you’ve got my creative jucies flowing….
    Great Pictures Guys! (And Girls!)

  • I forgot, (how could I?) to post what I came here to post about! I just checked online, and in my library system, there are (so far) five copies of “Do Hard Things” and all but one of them are checked out! I have a copy that I plan on donating to my library, but our schedule has been so busy lately, we haven’t made it there yet. Can’t wait to add book 6!

  • I absolutely love the pics. The first one is my favorite. The lighting is amazing!
    Hey Derr, dogs are really smart! I’ll bet he (or she) is understanding every word. πŸ˜‰ he, he.

  • Cool pictures! I’ll be praying for the conference today. I’m sure it’ll be as awesome as the NC conference!!

  • Thanks for putting my pictures on, guys! Derr: Yeah, my dog wasn’t being very cooperative. I was trying to get him to look at the book…that shot was just by chance. πŸ™‚ Hillary: Thanks! I was outside waiting for the rest of my family to get ready for church, and the sun was just starting to set. It was perfect! It had to be my favorite shot of all that I took. πŸ™‚ God bless ya’ll!

  • Alex and Brett, thank you so much for witing such an amazing book. I got mine yesterday and started reading it in the car on the way home. I couldn’t put it down!!! I like to read, but not that much. lol. I’m already half-way through. This is a book i will read over and over. I’m telling all my friends about it. It is what i have been waiting for. I’ve been feeling very empty lately and bored with our teenage culture. Sometimes i feel like there is no purpose to life. The world says to be successful you have to dress a certain way, like certain things, hang w/ certain people, and be “cool”. I know that isn’t how a christian should feel and we should glorify god and enjoy him forever, but how do you do that practicly? Your book has really made me think. I feel like it was writen for me.

    Also, the rebelution has given my friends and i great practically. I had no idea how many of my friends are fellow Rebelutionaries ( is that a word :p). Girls on my basketball team, kids in my youth group( I go to a sov. grace church), and other friends are encouraging me to do hard things. I haven’t really figured it all out, but I’ll keep reading, praying, and doing hard things. I hope this makes some sense, I’m babysitting my little bros. and can’t really think. lol.

    Thanks again. You guys will never know what a blessing this blog and book are to me. luv ya, your sister in christ, Anna

    Ps.I loved the debate examples. I’ve debated and have been to communicators for christ and loved both! I’ve also met Karen Kovaka and Marshall Sherman. I know how much work it is and how exiting it is to come up with a good plan. All my friends think I’m crazy when I spend all weekend writing a case on how subsidized corn is ruining Mexico’s economy. lol. I’m not a nerd, seriously. You guys know what i mean.

  • You guys are so awesome. I go to the Vancouver branch of HOFCC, and the other day my friend from Northern California emailed me out of the blue to ask if I’d heard of you guys! Ha, I had to explain to her that I’d been going to your dad’s church for almost 4 years and that I was very familiar with The Rebelution. She was impressed.

    I want to buy the book, but I only have enough money to buy it OR “I Kissed Dating Goodbye”. So I have been trying to decide, but I think it’s tipping in your favor.

    I just read the Modesty survey and learned so much. Two major things were the purse strap across the chest and the pajamas in public. I already knew it looked sort of trashy, but I didn’t know it could be a stumbling block.

    Enough rambling! I hope to have the book soon.

    A Sister in Him

  • Ok, I sent in some pics, and I had tons of fun taking them!!!!!! Thanks so much for the idea. πŸ™‚

    I’m praying about the Portland conference, and lookin’ forward to the Dallas one!


  • I got your book yesterday (I’d asked the library to buy it and they did), and I’m already on Chapter 9. I started reading it with my Mom too. She enjoys it and is encouraged to hear what God is doing in the hearts and lives of young people.
    To be completely honest, it is a great book. The message is clear and to-the-point, no beating around the bush here! πŸ™‚ And I know that it helps to have the authors close to the ages of the majority of readers (for teens, by teens).
    And also, I appreciate the humor and down-to-earth stories, experiences, and insights. Who wants to read a book that was written by snobs? πŸ™‚

  • I accidently clicked ENTER and it posted my comment before I was done! Ach, technology!

    Anyway, as I was about to say, thank you for writing this book, thank you for having the courage to stand against the tide, thank you for being willing to DO HARD THINGS FOR JESUS! He is worthy!!!

    And lastly, thank you for ENCOURAGING OTHERS to STAND UP and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Some kids just sit back and think, “Why would God want to use piddly ole me?”
    Well, your book takes care of that concept by proclaiming the truth; that God will use us if we are WILLING to LEAVE our comfort zones, He will give us the STRENGTH to bear every trial that comes our way, and that His GRACE is SUFFICIENT for us!

    I recently was reading in 1 Chronicles 22:16 where King David encourages his young son Solomon about the building of the temple, “…Arise therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be with thee.”
    What got me with that verse was that first you have to ARISE; our equivelant of getting of the couch, off our duffs, etc., then it says to BE DOING; this is a continuous action verb, and commands us to CONTINUALLY BE DOING GOOD: persistance, perseverance, steadfastness, and sometimes sheer godly stubbornness. Then the last six words assure us that the Lord WILL BE WITH US, but first we have to do the first two things.

    It’s only fair of the Lord to require something of us. Unfortunatley, some people feel the absence of God, and they wonder why. If they would think about it they would realize that they haven’t obeyed the first command, to arise. And if they did one day arise, they quit their ”be doing” part before they even started, and thus the Lord could not, in all holiness, be with them.
    I hope this makes sense to you all. I know it encouraged me, and personally, I think it goes hand-in-hand with the message of the Rebelution; to do hard things for God’s glory.

    In that day and age, building the Temple of God was Solomon’s big hard thing, and we all know that he did finish it, and that because he obeyed God and his father, God was with him.

    We all face challenges every day, and just keep in mind that if we do our part and more, God will bless that and use us mightily for and in His Kingdom.

    Blessings to all you fellow Soldiers!

    Because He Lives,

    Noella Antone

  • Thank you for putting my picture up. Great job all you photographers. Yeah, it seems basketball is the favorite “hard thing!” Way To Go!!

    Erik B.

  • TanyaBeth-my dog has never grasped that concept either. I’ve been trying to get through to him his whole life and he’s still not co-operating. Maybe if I read the book aloud to him…

  • I got the book! As soon as I got Home my Mama asked if she could see it and I didn’t get it back for about half an hour!:D I’m not even to the second chapter and it’s my new favorite book!:D

  • Alex and Brett,

    Thanks for sharing these creative pictures with all the rebelutionaries. Thanks for posting our picture. I’ll be praying for your upcoming conferences. May the Spirit of God move.

    In Prayers,


  • Hey Brett and Alex, I posted on here on April 15th asking about the “Do Hard Things” study guide, and Brett replied saying it should be up by the end of the week. Am I somehow missing it on here, or have u guys been too busy to finish it? Thanks!

  • I’m so excited! My gramma sent a box from the states a few days ago with a game for my brother’s birthday… and guess what else was in it?
    My copy of Do Hard Things!

    ‘Course, FedEx had to bring it by in the middle of the school day… so I get to do the very hard thing of suffering through French, Logic, music, and my chores before I can read it. πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to reading what y’all have written.

    God bless

  • Great pictures!! You guys are doing an amazing job!
    Btw Erik when you are pulling up exhale…you look to be holding your breath πŸ˜‰ haha

  • I just got “Do Hard Things” for a late birthday present. I almost finished it. It is truly an amazing and inspiring book. Thank you so much Alex and Brett! I can’t wait to see you guys at the Denver Conference. Great photos everybody! I wonder if any of my ideas for photos will work…

  • Just to let everyone know my comment was sarcastic. I am just picking on Erik cause he is one of my friends. I don’t think I can do 20 pull ups….

  • Wow, I’m in agony over here. I now have both a t-shirt and a book, and no workable digital camera!!! Ack!!! Hopefully we can buy a new one soon. Then be sure that I will send in a picture or two!

  • I’ve got an idea! Whenever you go on a trip, take your book and a camera, and take pictures of the book with different landmarks and tourist stuff! I’m going to TN this week, and on the way we stop in Metropolis IL, the home of Super Man, and they have a huge statue of The Man of Steel! Wouldn’t that make an AWSOME picture? And this June, my whole family is going on a mision trip to juarez, juaraz, juahrez, something like that, anyway, however that’s spelled, to build some houses, it’s in northern Mexico and it’s about a 20 hour trip, and there’s neerly 50 people going, but anyway I will have a chance to get some great pictures! I’m so excited!:D :D:D:D:D:D

  • Alex & Brett: Thank you for writing this book! I managed to get my hands on my library’s FIRST copy (the day they got it in) and I read it through so quickly I’m planning on rereading to enjoy it a second time! I wish I had written it myself πŸ™‚ Your message is one that teens need. Thank you for writing our rallying cry!
    In the past I’ve become really discouraged looking out at the world my generation is going to inherit, but your book was an encouraging reminder that others feel the same way, and together we can stake our claim on the future for Christ. I’m 100% sold, and I can promise that I will be DOING HARD THINGS for Him in the coming years!

  • I love the picture with the Bible it is great. My mom and dad “stole” my book and I haven’t been able to take any pics of it yet πŸ™‚ But this weekend they should be done and I can take some.

  • Hi Brett and Alex i just started reading your book yesterday, i like so much that its hard to put it down! thanks so much for writing it!

  • love the one with the Bible and the one with the flowers….
    talk about Doing hard things… shooting hoops and reading… πŸ™‚
    awesome pics guys

  • You guys rock, awesome book, really helped my mom, i’m only 13 and i liked it, it really shows how teens can beat the low expectations, keep the books coming! πŸ™‚

  • I agree with Jared! You guys should really write more books. The story I liked best in your book was “A Step into the unknown” about Seth and Ian on a political campign! Very interesting. The Seth and Ian dudes sound alot like you, Alex and Brett. Very cool people. We really can do hard things!

  • Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Appreciate it

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectationsβ€”a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More β†’