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This Changes Everything (My New Favorite Book for Teenagers)


Crossway has just released my new favorite book for young people.

It’s called This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years.

Here’s why this book is so important:

1. It is a challenging book for teenagers written by a fellow teenager.

2. It unpacks what it looks like to practically live for God’s glory as a teenager — in key areas like relationships with family, friends, and the opposite sex, time management, and combating sin.

3. It emphatically refutes the lie that teenagers can follow Christ -AND- still go along with popular culture.

Here’s how Jaquelle puts it:

We’re not like the teenagers around us. We don’t conform to stereotypes. We’ve become weird in the eyes of our culture. Seventeen magazine is not written for us. Modern pop music is not composed for us. The latest TV lineup is not scripted for us. We’re not your average teenagers.

What are we? We are free.

Following Jesus means we don’t have to live the way our culture tells us to. We get to live in a richer and more meaningful and glorious way every single day (Hebrews 12:28-29).

We are Christians. That means we don’t have to waste our lives. It means we do hard things. It means we turn our backs on what the world says is cool and pursue greater, grander adventures. It means we’re part of a mission that will change everything. It means we stand out from those around us like blazing light in a pitch-black room. It means we’re part of a war – and we fight long and hard every day on the winning side.

Make no mistake; Jesus changes everything. If the gospel is true, it will undeniably change every little bit of us – what we do and think and say and mean and why and how we live today and tomorrow and for all eternity. It will not be easy, painless, or always fun. But it will be good. It will awake in you deep and lasting joy.

So are you ready to find out who you are? Are you ready to join a new kingdom and listen to a new battle cry? Are you ready to be considered strange by the world yet precious by your Savior? Are you ready to break free from culture’s confines and discover what it means to follow Jesus every day?

Then let’s get started.

Isn’t that a fantastic message?

This is why I want every Christian teenager to read this book.

It’s why I agreed to be Jaquelle’s agent and help her find a publisher.

And it’s why is giving away one digital copy of This Changes Everything for every physical copy purchased by Saturday, April 8th.

Click here to claim a free digital copy of This Changes Everything

I believe this is the most important book written for teenagers since Do Hard Things.

And if you’re not already convinced, check out some of the reviews that are coming in:

(Click on images to read full reviews)

00 great-read-for-teens

02 solid-hard-hitting

03 best-non-fiction

05 great-teen-study

And here’s what Justin Taylor tweeted yesterday:




If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, is giving away free digital copies of This Changes Everything to everyone who purchases a physical copy by Saturday, April 8th.

Click here to claim a free digital copy of This Changes Everything and start reading immediately

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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About the author

Brett Harris

is co-founder of and co-author of Do Hard Things, along with his twin brother, Alex. He is married to his best friend, Ana, who blogs at He is the founder of the Young Writers Workshop — an ongoing coaching program for serious writers.


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  • Go Jaquelle!!!!! This book is right up there with Do Hard Things on my list of favorite reads for teens.

  • My hard copy is on the way, but I’m already reading my e-book! So glad to have this book on my shelf, and share the joy of it’s message. Thank you, Jaquelle, for a great and worthy read!

  • Definitely one my new favorite books as well! I loved it. I love how Jaquelle challenges teens to memorize books of the Bible. My family recently memorized the book of James and now I want to try Philippians! I would buy a copy for every teen I know, if I could!

  • Good article for an even better book! Loved it so far. If you’re still trying to decide if the book is worth it, trust me this changes everything is one of my new favorite book for young Christians! You won’t regret reading it 🙂

  • I want to get this book so much! From what I’ve read about it and what everyone else is saying, it sounds awesome! Can’t wait!!

  • Please go get TCE! It is challenging, yet it is written for teens, with our hectic lives in mind. Even if you seldom read, you should be able to read a chapter a week and allow the message to soak in. But if you are anything like me, you won’t want to put it down once you start. It was so refreshing to read a book that didn’t let us as teenagers off the hook!

  • Definitely one of my new favorite books, too! I love how Jaquelle’s message ties in with Do Hard Things. This book was needed, and is a wonderful resource for Christian young people. It really challenged me and I wish every teen I know could read it!

  • This book has become one of my new very favorite books EVER! I would (and do) recommend it to all my friends. It’s awesome!!! I love how Jaquelle doesn’t say that being different is a bad thing, but says that it makes us free. This is so true. As followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of KNOWING what is going to happen to us in the end, so we don’t have the overbearing weight of not knowing. This gives us the freedom to focus on Jesus and spreading the Gospel to others around us who have not been called out of the darkness and into the wonderful light of Christ. Again, I would encourage every teen (and everyone else too!) to buy and read this book. It will change your life.

  • I’m almost done with this book and Jaquelle has done an amazing job with it! I just love her writing style and the message she’s communicating. Thank you so much Miss Jaquelle for caring enough about your fellow teenagers to write this book!

By Brett Harris
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