rebelling against low expectations

Start Here: The Book Is Out!


It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since we first let all of you know we were writing a new book — a practical handbook for putting the ideas of Do Hard Things into action. You prayed and supported us. You asked the questions and shared the stories that make up the heart of the book.

We know you’re excited with us to see this resource reach the hands, hearts, and minds of our generation. You helped take that vision a giant step closer to reality when you pushed Start Here to #17 on Even more than the first, this book is the product of the movement — a true community effort.

Today — March 16th — is the official release of Start Here. Pre-ordered copies should start arriving. More importantly, the book is available in stores across the nation. Even as our second book, that is humbling, mind-blowing, and praise-inspiring!

When Do Hard Things came out, we posted “Five Things You Can Do Now That the Book Is Out” — we share it again as a guide for all of you:

1.) Read the book. We’ve been waiting over a year to share this book with you — and we’re so excited to finally get it in your hands. May it encourage, inspire, and equip you to truly do hard things for the glory of God.

2.) Write a review. We want to hear what you think — good (hopefully) or bad (hopefully not)! Even better, share your review with others on your blog. Or best of all, share your review with prospective readers on websites where the book is sold — like Amazon.

3.) Check your local bookstore. If a bookstore doesn’t carry a particular book, one of the best ways to get them to do so is to… Ask. Visit your favorite local book haunts and check for Start Here. If they don’t have it, tell them about it and encourage them to order some copies.

4.) Check your local library. A single book in a library can reach literally hundreds of people. Visit your library (online or in person) and see if they have any copies of Start Here. If they don’t, you can usually fill out a suggestion form or talk to the librarian about it.

5.) Do hard things! We wrote this book because we know a lot of you want to do hard things for God, but you don’t know where to start. We wanted a book we could hand to any teen who is ready to tackle some hard things — whether it’s a big project, a fundraiser, or struggling to balance everything God has already given you. Read this book, then go out and do hard things!

Soli deo gloria!

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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 got an email to other day telling me the book was shipped. I definitely can’t wait for this book.I don’t have the money, but I would like to buy a copy to donate to my library.

    Hopefully my copy will come today or tomorrow, and I will read it as soon as I can.

  • Yippee!!! I’m so excited and can’t wait to read my copy! Thank you so much Alex and Brett for allowing God to use you both in such a powerful way to change lives. “Do Hard Things” has impacted and challenged me to accomplish difficult things all for the glory of my Saviour, Jesus Christ! 🙂 Thanks again and God bless you both for ever and ever!!!

    Sarah 😀

  • Oh, quick question… will the t-shirt, extra copy of the book, and the ticket to the conference arrive with the books? Or do I need to send you guys an e-mail letting you know that I bought ten copies?

    Sarah 😛

  • I got an email saying my book was shipped – I’m so excited to read it! It sounds like it’s about the exact things I’ve been wondering: as I get ready to go to college, just how do I go about doing hard things and glorifying God in daily life? I’ve got all this passion to do just that and I’m ready to put it somewhere, so now praying about what God wants me to do. I think “Star Here” will help and I can’t wait to start it!

    Thanks Alex and Brett for the time you’ve put into encouraging our generation to “do hard things!” To God be glory.

  • Yesss…. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has written through you two this time! ^_^
    Out of curiosity, if we pre-ordered, does that mean we get release date delivery?
    Blessings brothers! 😀

  • I am in the process of reading “do hard things” and I just wanted to say you guys are a real inspiration!

  • My order shipped yesterday, and I can’t wait for it to arrive!

    The library is one of the best ways for the book to reach people. I ordered an extra copy to donate to my local library! 😀

  • Congratulations on the book coming out! I can’t wait to read it! I was excited to see that my library already had several copies of Start Here. But I will definitely help spread the word elsewhere. 🙂

  • I was so excited, I had my mom get onto her Amazon account to track my package of books so I could see around what time of day it would arrive. Then I found out they’re not even going to be *shipped* till next week :(. So dissapointed. I would think they would at least ship it the day it released, if they can’t even offer release date delivery. Does anyone know if there is a way I can have it shipped sooner without paying extra? I could have ordered it today instead of book bombing it, and gotten it tomorrow, or picked it up from the book store and had it today. Don’t get me wrong- I have no regrets about helping push it to #17, but I’m dissapointed in Amazon for not being able to get it to me sooner.

    Brett’s Response: That’s so weird, Tori. If you ordered during the book bomb you should be among the first to receive it. In fact, a lot of book bomb participants are receiving it today.

  • I join with Random Ruthie in saying I’ve read the book already and have posted my review on my blog too:

    May God richly bless you and those who do hard things for Him.

  • I just got my book in the mail today!! I just read the intro and the first chapter! The part in the first chapter about small hard things reaffirms some thoughts and conversations I have had with friends about small hard things! I can’t wait to read more!

  • I just asked for the library to buy a copy of this book. Your guys first book is so inspiring! Keep doing what you guys are doing!

  • My copy hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m exciting to get it and start reading!

    By the way, will I get an email telling me that it has been shipped?


  • Shay, don’t spoil it for those of us who haven’t read it yet!

    Alex and Brett, I am so excited for you both! My copie should be here by the 22nd, so I’m super excited!

  • Halelujah Amen 🙂 I can’t wait to get my copy – a very dear friend already bought a copy, so I’ll probably read her’s when she’s done and then buy mine. Plus I want to get a Do Hard Things Tee shirt for work 🙂
    blessings from PA
    In Christ alone

  • Yay! I got my shipment notice from CBD this morning. I am so excited; can’t wait to read it! Congrats guys!

  • I received my copies in the mail this morning! I am *so* excited about this book!! I have spent the majority of the day reading it (half way done)!

    God placed “Do Hard Things” in my life just when I needed to hear its message. He has done the same with “Start Here.” Thank you Alex and Brett for yet another amazing book! God has truly blessed you both, and has blessed me with these books through you guys! 🙂

  • Yay! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Right now I am teaching the “Do Hard Things” book to my youth group, I hope to start on “Start Here” when we’re finished! Thanks so much Alex & Brett! Your book changed my life!

  • Hey Kristin, where did you order your copies? Was it on Amazon or the Christian Books website? Just curious; it appears that some of us are getting our copies today and some not. I am more than willing to be patient however. 🙂

  • Joshua: I ordered my copies through Amazon. 🙂 I was quite shocked (yet totally excited) that I received my books today. 😉 I wonder if it would have to do with the way the books were shipped. I know that my order was on two-day shipping. I’m not sure if that would of had anything to do with it or not, but I’m guessing that it might have a lot to do with it.

  • I got my 5 copies today 🙂 I am so looking forward to reading it! Thank you guys for the time and effort you put into it, as well as to all the rebelutionaries who contributed to it. I’m looking forward to seeing the awesome impact it has on our generation and the generations to come.

  • Mine shipped yesterday.

    I notice in the picture Start Here sitting next to Here Burns My Candle….if anyone is bored/has spare time you should check out some of Liz Curtis Higgs historical fiction-definitely some of the better stuff out there.

  • Hurrah! We ordered a copy on the Book Bomb day; however, as we live overseas, things often take longer than they should. *grr*
    I am really looking foward to reading it…

  • I can’t wait to receive my books in the mail! I bought a few copies and I plan to give one to a MK friend of mine, donate one to my local library, and I’m praying about what to do with the others! Thanks so much for allowing God to use you in such a big way, Alex and Brett! I’ll definitely spread the word about the book! To God be the glory!

  • Joshua: It was hard enough for me just waiting until they “officially” came out, haha. 🙂 I hope you get your books soon (while being extremely patient, of course). 😉

  • Awesome! I’m really eager to get my own copy soon! I also had to smile when I saw the picture of the store shelf because another book that I can hardly wait to read is Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs. 🙂

  • Ahhhh, I guess I’m going to have to work on my patience…my book isn’t supposed to ship until March 22nd! >.< I don’t understand why it’s so late…I participated in the book bomb, ordering it that day. Huh. Oh well…Can’t wait to read it!!! 😀

  • I pre-ordered two copies last month and can’t wait to get them in the mail!

    Right now I’m actually in Virginia Beach, VA at a “Take America Back; This is Your Generation” Conference at Gateway FWB Church.

    I sure wish I could swing over to PHC and see ya’ll, but since I can’t, here’s a howdy from MN!! 🙂

    God bless,

    Noella Antone

  • Is there any way to get the book in the UK? I’m staying over in N. Ireland for the next few weeks and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Can I get it here, or do I have to wait till I get back to the US? And congratulations guys, a job well done.

  • I have my copies and I read it last night–it’s amazing!! Just as challenging as the first one, and even more practical–it answers a lot of questions I’ve had and some I hadn’t even thought of yet! My brain was spinning with ideas when I finished…I would highly recommend it to anyone!

  • I absolutely CANNOT wait to read Start Here! I’ve been so excited ever since you guys told us about it! My copy is not here yet, but it should be soon.

    Thanks so much for allowing God to work through you two in such a way! You are both inspiring role models to rebelutionaries everywhere.

    My Bible Study group just finished Do Hard Things and we’re hoping to do a study on the new book as well. I now have 8 more rebelutionary friends to do hard things with!
    Thanks guys!

    In Christ,
    Romans 12:2, 21

  • I just got my book yesterday in the mail! I am just eating it up! If I did not have so much going on I probably would have stayed up all night reading it! I am feeling very inspired, especially in the “small” hard things. I truly believe they are the hardest, and just as important! The way I speak to my family, how hard I work on school, etc. etc.
    God Bless! -Emily 🙂

  • A few days ago I received “Start Here” in the mail, and I just couldn’t wait. I tore open that package, sat down and didn’t stop reading it. I was finished within 2 hours, and my mind was swarming with new thoughts. Let me start off by saying the book was amazing! I was so excited to get it and I couldn’t stop reading it! T…he one thing I have to say I love the most, is how you guys also draw from personal experiences and share how, even though you are where you are, you struggle with things to. It really helps one realize that even those who are extremely close to Christ, still struggle with certain areas of their life. So thank you so much for blessing me, and so many others with your book(s). Not only have they changed my life, and pulled me back to Christ, but they have opened my eyes and helped me see that just because I’m not perfect, it doesn’t mean God doesn’t love me. So thank you again, for your amazing work!
    God Bless you both!
    In HIM, your sister in Christ

  • Thank you for writing this book! When I picked it up at the bookstore and read the back cover, I almost cried. The description fit me perfectly. I am trying to change the world and do hard things, but sometimes I feel so stuck and discouraged. Your book is revolutionizing my viewpoint and my life! Thank you!
    I hope you continue to write and do hard things!
    In Christ,

  • I just got my book!!! I can’t wait to read it – thank you SOO much for writing a ‘field guide’ for all Rebelutionaries!!

  • i read your book, i started it during a quietism retreat and didnt get to finish so i took my youth pastor’s copy home to finish. still havent finished it..but its awesome so far! 🙂 thanks a lot guys, you are such and inspiration, God is doing great work through you

  • I started y’alls book Monday & finished it yesterday! it was great!! I really enjoyed it, and it was very encouraging!! Thank you for writing it! God Bless! 🙂

  • I finished START HERE today! It was in many ways better than DO HARD THINGS, I like how each book had a different mission, DO HARD THINGS was the why should we do hard things, and START HERE was the how and the while you are, kind of book. Thanks a lot Alex and Brett for writing your God inspired books, and standing for whats right no matter the cost. I have have the do hard things mind set for a while, even before I read your books, books what your books have solidified my mind set doing hard things. And even shorter than an hour after finishing START HERE I was confronted with a very, very, very hard thing for me! MATH, I hate it, and my dad was wanting to do it with me. All I wanted to do was rebel and turn my back on all math, but God gave me the strength to over come it, and do it with a attentive spirit! Thank You Again Alex and Brett! I will be praying for you and all the Rebelutionaries all over the world. Stay in God’s word and stay close to Him, and never let you surroundings scare you into doing the worldly things God Bless, God is using you, don’t let Satan have his way!!!!! :}

  • Thank you,

    I really appreciated what you had to say in the book. It was such an encouragement to do hard things and to rise above and beyond. Hopefully, now I can apply it. The stories have encouraged me to find what I’m good at, what God is calling me personally to do, and to do it for the Lords glory. Once again, I want to say, thank you! God bless!

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