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Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian


The call to “do hard things” is a call to be different. That is why we are so excited about a great new book by our friend, Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vih-jin), called “Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different.” This is a perfect book for rebelutionaries.

Tullian argues that “Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world; they don’t make a difference by being the same,” and he explains exactly what that looks like with regards to community, lifestyle, work, money, relationships, worship, and the church.

Take a minute to watch Tullian explain why he wrote “Unfashionable” (above, or on and check out this review at This would make a highly worthy addition to any rebelutionary’s summer reading list.

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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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  • I’m really excited about this book. I liked how the author is calling for a difference. I esp. agree with him on making our lives something big for God.
    I’m again encouraged that there are other people out there who believe the same things as I.
    Waiting for the book in excitement!

  • I’m so glad to find a book has been written on this subject! I’ve always thought it rather strange that churches and Christians would make programs available to the general public (young people especially) that conform to the world’s taste (instead of God’s), whether it be in music, movies or whatever. Why should we lower our standards, or try and “fit in with the crowd” in order to be a witness to someone? I think as Christians we should be willing to be different for Christ, as Tullian Tchividjian says. I look forward to reading that book!

  • Sound like an awesome book but I’m from Malaysia of the S.E.A and I don’t think they sell it here. Even if they do, it’ll be almost impossible that I would stumble upon it. You see, Malaysia is more of an Islamic place. Christian books are not in public. Probably because they had to be approved by the government first and they disapprove. When I first read the book “do hard things”, it wasn’t mine. It was my friend’s book and she had got it all the way from the U.S. I would really like to read it. :/

    Oh wells..

  • Hallo! I’m Ania. I’m 12 years old. Yes. I’m young. You think: What is she doing on our blog??? So, I reading your book DO HARD THINGS and this book is amazing!!! I understand now, what are a hard thigs. Your book learning me a lot of very clever things, and this book will learn me new things. I now, what God want from me. I verry love Jesus and I want DO HARD THIGS FOR HIM!!! I will pray for you. Sorry, my Englisch not good. I hope, you understand me. 🙂 I have an ask. Can you write to my mail? Thank you. Good By! 🙂

  • I will probably add this to my already extremely long (like 50 books) summer reading list.
    I will definately try to fit this in somewhere.

  • Cool! I will look into this asap. Hey, does anyone know when the registration for the conferences ends?

  • hey I will put that book on my summer reading list. I think it’s great that this is being published. Alex and Brett, thank you so much for challenging me to “Do Hard Things”!!!!

    Quinn Emery

  • Wow, This book sounds like a really great call for Christians of any age to live their entire lives in a way that changes the world. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • It looks like a great book!
    It will definitely go on my wish list.
    The message sounds exciting!
    Will you guys put this on your book list?
    I hope you do because I am currently using your book list as mine.
    I was hoping to complete it by the time I turn 15!
    Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention!

  • There are a million teens in this world that need to read this book! Especially teens in my youth group! I’m so thankful that someone is finally getting something like this out there!

  • Angelina Kein,

    What is it like in Malaysia. How Islamic is it? Do they try to control your religion, or just monitor what you read?

  • Thank you for sharing this video! I really like how he mentioned the question that every Christian asks themselves – about how we can live our lives to the fullest, how we can make the biggest difference with the years God has given to us. That is something I am constantly seeking out as I head into a new stage of my life (graduating [again], new job). 🙂

  • Wow, so I’m going into high school this next year, and this is an answer to prayer, because I’ve been praying about preparing my heart this summer for high school…thanks so much for informing us about this! It sounds like a great book!

  • I totally want to be different for Christ and do all i can do for him in the time he gave me. I believe thats part of what God calls us to do in everyday life. I’m excited to get this book on my hands and I am sure it will be great like “Do Hard Things”was .

  • sounds like a great book. i think that we as christians should want to stand out from the rest of the world. ill try my hardest to read it! God bless! 🙂

  • It looks like a really good book. I think that it would be a good thing for ALL Christians to read. – Emily

  • Wow! This is exactly what God has been bringing to my attention lately…Christians are called to be different from this culture. We may be in it, but by God’s grace, we’re certainly not of it!

    Yes, I’m frustrated. The Church simply is not doing this. In a small group at my church, featuring DHT, the leader asked the question, “What is the difference between the way the world and the Church views teens?” I submit to you that there is no difference…we’ve merely become a mirror image of our culture; albeit we tote Bibles and have fire insurance. Maybe, just maybe, if we lived up to our name “Christian” (meaning “little Christ”), the world would see the difference that’s supposed to exist and want it.

  • Sound cool. I’m gonna buy it I’m halfway into “Do Hard Things” and its awsome I have been writing down things to do to get me out of my comfort zone and I am going to start today.

  • Unfashionable is the book that I’ve been waiting for for years. From the time I was little I would hear in church how Christians were supposed to be different from the world, and make an impact at the same time. Unfortunatly, nobody ever really explained HOW Christians were supposed to be different from the world. This book is definitly something that I will get and read.

  • i will definately be looking for this book. We have actually been talking about this in our youth group lately. As Christians we need to be different but not JUST to be different. We should be different with a purpose: that purpose being showing the people of this world about the life of a true Christian

  • This is absolutely true. There is something wrong when Christians are not distinguishable from the rest of the world. We are to be in the world and not OF the world.

  • This book is very good and quite easy to understand. I am more than halfway through it and been enjoying every minute of it. I’m adding to to my website’s book list.

  • Just finished this book today. What a wonderful challenge to make a difference by being different! The part about having a God-centered anger really helped me. Thanks again for telling us about “Unfashionable”, Brett and Alex!

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