rebelling against low expectations

AuthorJaquelle Crowe Ferris

is the former editor-in-chief of The Rebelution and author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years (Crossway). She's the co-founder of The Young Writers Workshop and hosts a podcast for youth called Age of Minority. She's married to Joe and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

8 Things You Should Know About Teenagers Who Follow Jesus

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Editor’s Note: Throughout the years, TheReb has published thousands of articles, each challenging and encouraging Rebelutionaries to do hard things and seek God. But among these posts, some have especially resonated with you, our readers. So over the next few weeks and months, we’re bringing back these classics, reposting our most popular and well-read articles every Thursday. May they encourage...

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Date (Even Though I Like Boys)

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Editor’s Note: Throughout the years, TheReb has published thousands of articles, each challenging and encouraging Rebelutionaries to do hard things and seek God. But among these posts, some have especially resonated with you, our readers. So over the next few weeks and months, we’re bringing back these classics, reposting our most popular and well-read articles every Thursday. May they encourage...

14 Quotes to Inspire You to Do Hard Things Today

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Editor’s Note: Throughout the years, TheReb has published thousands of articles, each challenging and encouraging Rebelutionaries to do hard things and seek God. But among these posts, some have especially resonated with you, our readers. So over the next few weeks and months, we’re bringing back these classics, reposting our most popular and well-read articles every Thursday. May they encourage...

Let’s Start A Technological Rebelution

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It’s time for a technological rebelution. The stats and facts are clear: more and more members of our generation are unable to manage technology use on their own– and are facing disastrous consequences. This is the problem: our generation is using technology as toys, not tools. So it’s time for us to rise up and be different. To refuse to settle for our culture’s low expectations of how we use...

The Young Writer Revolution (Free Workshop)

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Almost every hero in history shares a common trait: they started young. Jonathan Edwards went to Harvard at age 13. He would become one of the most influential figures of The Great Awakening and write a series of 70 Resolutions as a 19- and 20-year old. Blaise Pascal began studying geometry at age 12. He would go on to invent the calculator at 19. Jane Austen started writing seriously as a child...

Announcing Our New Editor-In-Chief (And My Next Steps)

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I was 11 the first time I heard about Brett and Alex Harris. I was introduced to these brothers like so many of you were — through a red book called Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. This book lit a white-hot fire within me that burned throughout my teen years. They empowered me: I wouldn’t let culture hijack my youth; I wanted to do hard things for the glory of God...

We Want to Give You Permission to Dream Again (Lesson #4)

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We have BIG news. Over the last few weeks, we have been releasing a ton of free resources for young writers. First Brett shared a special piece of encouragement to young writers, called, “No, Writing As A Career Isn’t Silly.” Then we released the Young Writers Guidebook – a collection of deeply inspiring tips from 20 authors who got published as young people. After that, we...

The Success Path for Young Writers (Lesson #3)

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Have you taken the WriterScore yet? We released the WriterScore to help young people measure their growth and development as writers. It’s an assessment that gives you a numerical score — which translates into one of four categories. You’re either a Dreamer, a Starter, a Planner, or an Achiever. A lot of thought and nuance went into the actual scoring system. It’s not just a vanity...

How I Got Published as a Teen (Lesson #2)

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I’ve dreamed of writing a book for as long as I can remember, but I never thought it was actually possible. Teens like me don’t get published. Until they do. Because I did. And not because I’m special (seriously, not at all!). It’s because, after writing for several years, I became aware of the strategy for success. I found a community and a mentor, worked as hard as I could, and it eventually...

Young Writers Can Get Published (Lesson #1)

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Most people believe that teenagers can’t get published. At least, not “normal” teenagers. It takes outrageous talent, famous connections, or astounding luck. Just like making it to the NFL or winning the lottery. It’s a common cultural assumption: normal young writers like you or me could rarely, if ever, get published. But what if that was just a myth? What if that assumption is not so accurate...

rebelling against low expectations

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