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Zach Hunter: Generation Change


Brett and I get emails all the time from teens who want to know how to get involved in a cause God has laid on their hearts. The resource we recommend is Generation Change: Roll Up Your Sleeves and Change the World by Zach Hunter.

Here’s what we had to say after we first read it:

If you want to change the world, Zach Hunter’s new book is for you. Educating and equipping our generation to tackle the biggest problems of our day, Generation Change is a mini-encyclopedia of causes worth giving your blood, sweat, and tears. Zach tells stories, writes from his heart, and inspires action.

Finally, the chapter on Truth is worth the price of the book and more. It gives a compelling call for a generation to return to God and His Word first, even as it seeks to help the poor and oppressed. Highly recommended.

For a limited time, is partnering with Zach in the fight to end slavery. For every book sold, they will donate $1.00 to Loose Change to Loosen Chains — the ministry organization he started when he was 12 years old.

This is a great opportunity for all of us to support a fellow rebelutionary, to make a difference in the fight against slavery, and to equip ourselves to be effective as salt and light — meeting real needs of real people around the world.

Generation Change is a perfect, practical supplement to Do Hard Things. Do good for yourself while doing good for others. Take a moment right now, head over to Books Christian, and buy a copy or two. You’ll be glad you did.

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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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  • this is great i have been wondering how to make a change now that i am willing to do hard things this will help a bunch thanks

  • Hey! I just finished reading Generation Change! Awesome again, Zach! I like the practical ideas, and it’s hard to know where to stop! So many things could be done, so like the old wise man said to my friend when he asked how to know God’s will for your life, “Find a need and fill it.” God will make you see the need that He wants to use you to fix. Let’s get out and get busy!


  • Wow, looks l like a great book! Hopefully it’s available outside the US… if not I suppose I could always order it in from America.

    When I finished reading Do Hard Things it was kind of like “Hey that’s great, what do I do now?!” Maybe this book will help answer some of those questions.

  • Reading *Generation Change* has really challenged me to consider world poverty and hunger in new ways. I’ve already implemented some of the things I’ve learned. A note of caution, however. Don’t read this book if you want to feel comfortable with your lifestyle. Zach Hunter is not interested in comfort; he’s interested in change; and not a change in the future, but a change enacted by our–by *my*–generation.

  • Well I got “Generation Change” this June at the Minneapolis conference. (Where I was privileged to be able to help with registration, meet Alex, and meet the youth pastor from Bethlahem Baptist, and my rebelutionary friend that I met on the forums.) I had been wanting to buy both of Zach Hunter’s books and was SOOOOO thankful to find them there. I started reading it on the way home (which was a 4 1/2 hour drive).

    I really enjoyed the book and all the different type of resources it had. It wasn’t JUST on how to work on abolishing slavery (though that is something I personally am VERY passionate about), but also on tons of other things. From feeding the hungry to helping out students that can’t afford formal dresses. It had it all. I really liked how they had all the ideas on what you can do with your friends and community. And most of the things weren’t “out of reach” for the typical teen. Maybe some more of the “dye hard” rebelutionaries would go for some stuff a little bigger, but it is a great start for teens.

    In Christ,

  • I just finished reading both “Be the Change” and “Generation Change” and I highly recommend both for any Rebelutionary looking to truly “Do Hard Things,” in everyday life and beyond.

    Whether you have a passion for a specific cause or not; whether you feel sure about where to start, or entirely unsure… Get this book! And while you’re at it, also grab a copy of “Be the Change.” You will be glad you did — and will return to them again and again for reference. Extremely humbling, intensely inspiring, and immensely practical, Zach’s books will exceed your expectations.

    As I read them, not only was I encouraged anew to “Do Hard Things,” but I was also deeply challenged to step beyond simply doing hard things from a self-centered, platform-oriented mindset. Zach caused me to see in much fuller terms than ever before that our lives are not to be measured by what we take, gather, or gain from this world; but by what we give to this world — and that how we stand in the Kingdom is not determined by how we have been lifted up or have lifted ourselves up to status, success, or fulfillment; but by how we have lifted others up through lifting Christ up in our lives and theirs.

    I encourage you to let God work through these books to open your eyes, mind, and heart to the Love and Compassion God wants to share with you and through you to comfort, release, heal, nourish, and redeem a whole perishing world in need of all that He longs to offer with you as His messenger. Don’t hesitate to hear and heed God’s call to you through these books to not do hard things on your own to reach greater heights of recognition or affluence, or to earn rewards; but rather to do the harder, holy thing of opening your heart, choosing to be a “servant of all,” being yourself poor but making many rich, taking the lowliest and greatest position within the Kingdom as Jesus modeled with His Life and death, so that the Father is allowed to work through you and speak through you and walk through you and love through you as He was given free reign to when His Beloved Son walked this earth.

    “Be the Change” God wants to see in this world, embrace the Rebelution, get these books and pray to God to make you ready for all that He offers you through them.

  • I just finished reading this book. I kept it in my purse and read a few pages every chance I got, it was so good! It is a great companion to “Do Hard Things”. It has challenged me in so many ways, it really is hard to know where to start–I wish I could do all of it!
    Also, I just attended the DHT conference in Gaithersburg; thanks so much Brett and Alex for a wonderful, Christ-centered, God-glorifying day!

  • I would get one but i already got one.I am praying for you guys.God bless. Your Sister In Christ,Hannah

  • I would have loved to buy the book at the conference but I didn’t have the funds. Hopefully I will be able to purchase it soon.

    btw, I know the boys in the picture! They go to my church =D

  • Hey Alex and Brett!
    God is using you guys in such an amazing way. I’m reading Generation Change, and love it!!! I came to see y’all with my church in Texas a couple months ago. God used you all to inspire me. I’m going through some tough times, but I know that i don’t have to do what everyone expects me to do during these times. I got ( or should I say got hit) with a rocket, and won the book “Systematic Theology” By Wayne Grudem. It wasn’t a book I usually would’ve picked up, but I guess it’s one that I need to read. I know that everyone that went to your conference from my church (Collierville Bible Church) was inspired and can’t wait to learn more. Thank you so much!

  • Guys,

    As Colonel Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chickne fame used to say: “A man will rust out before he wears out.”

    Keep on keepinging on. Sure, college is tough when youi take it seriously, but the right stuff from God is inside you.

    Run the race to win, for the glory of God.


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  • I have read this book along with Do Hard Things, Start Here, And be the Change. all great books!!

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