rebelling against low expectations

Do Hard Things


A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

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The next generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution.”

With over 40 million hits to their website, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God.

Written when they were 18 years old, Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact.

Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of revolution already in progress challenges the next generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.

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What Leaders Are Saying:

“Do Hard Things is an extraordinary book. In fact, I believe it will prove to be one of the most life-changing, family-changing, church-changing, and culture-changing books of this generation. I’d love for every teenager to read this book, but I’m just as eager for every parent, church leader, and educator to read it.”

— Randy Alcorn
Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries
Author of Heaven and The Treasure Principle

“Do Hard Things is so important. It is challenging teenagers to rebel against the low expectations placed on them. And the voices that are asking teens to rise to meet this challenge are voices from their own generation. That thrills me.”

— Chuck Colson
Founder, Prison Fellowship
Author of How Now Shall We Live?

“Adult expectations for youth are too low. And these twins are out to raise them. Don’t adapt to the low cultural expectations for youth. Set high ones. Youth can become examples for adults. Think that way. Dream that way. Or as the Harris brothers would say, ‘Rebel against low expectations.’”

— John Piper
Founder, Desiring God
Author of Don’t Waste Your Life

“In a culture where laziness and ease is often the order of the day for teenagers, Do Hard Things presents a radical and provocative alternative. I heartily recommend this book.”

— R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Author of The Conviction to Lead

“Alex and Brett capture the passion and potential of our generation perfectly in this book. In Do Hard Thingsthey encourage us to go above and beyond the status quo in everything from schoolwork to serving the poor. This is a truly unique and sorely needed book.”

— Zach Hunter
Founder, Loose Change to Loosen Chains
Author of Generation Change

“This is an important book. And not just for those wanting to launch successfully into adulthood, but also for discontent twenty- and thirty-somethings who long to be catapulted into significance.”

— Ted Slater
Editor, Boundless Webzine
A Ministry of Focus on the Family

“Alex and Brett are the real deal and Do Hard Things is a real wake up call, not just for young people, but for all God’s people. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

— Shannon Ethridge
Author of Every Woman’s Battle

“Do Hard Things is the textbook for anyone who works with teens; it’s a philosophical and foundational must-read.”

— Timothy Eldred
Executive Director, Christian Endeavor International

What Young People Are Saying:

“This book is one I would recommend to any of my friends, teen or not. If it doesn’t help you, you are lying.”

— Carter B., age 14, North Carolina

“I love the way it is written. It is crystal clear, to the point, interesting, funny, challenging, encouraging, and an easy read.”

— Lisa R., age 15, Australia

“The message of Do Hard Things is going to awaken the dreams and passions of thousands of young people all over the world. How do I know this? This radical, yet relatively simple idea, has changed my life.”

— Erika H., age 18, Michigan

“This book has totally changed the way I think. I recommend it to any and every teen who has a desire to turn their life around and make a difference.”

— Ashley W., age 13, Georgia

“This book is amazing. It changes your whole way of thinking. I believe that every single teen needs to buy a copy of this book. Thanks, Alex and Brett for challenging us!”

— Stacie L., age 15, Kentucky

“I’m not exactly a teenager anymore. But as I was reading I began to see how this can apply to anyone. It’s never too late to start. I absolutely cannot wait to suggest this book to the ‘kidults’ in my life.”

— Matt R., age 26, Georgia

“This book is a wake up call to a generation that is down in the dumps. It’s like a coach screaming from the sidelines, ‘You can do it!!!’. I’d recommend it to anyone, young or old.”

— Douglas A., age 17, England

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  • I have just started reading this book and it has given me an incredible insight on teens’ low expectations. Proud to be Rebelutionary!!!

  • I started the ‘Do Hard Things’ book a while ago, and today I read the part with Jazzy Dytes. The part provoked the Holy Spirit to stir something in me, and I would like to help girls who go through some of the things that she witnessed after her conversion. I am fourteen years old. Thank you for your book, it is amazing!

  • Hello,
    Do the Harris brothers still hold conferences? Or would they be willing to come and speak to a group of homeachooled teenagers over the summer?
    Thank you!

  • Me and my sister are both tired of low expectations. We both have high potential and lots of untapped talent, and we’re motivated to start something… but we don’t know what to start! Maybe a business? A movement? I’ve got an engineering mind and am good at math and know music well. My sister’s looking to learn and grow in new things, finding she doesn’t have many things she can identify that she’s put work into to be good at besides sports (though that’s something too!) I figured if there’s any place to find out what to do, it’s here. I want to impact the world. But how do I do it with a saxophone? Or with math? What issue is there to be solved?

  • I love this book so much! Its inspired me to reach beyond my limits and go outside of my comfort zone! It’s also inspired a fiction series on my blog called The Year of Sixteen where a teen girl reads DHT and decides to dedicate her year of being sixteen to doing hard things for God.

  • Do Hard Things is challenging and inspiring —
    I completely recommend it! After finishing it I bought several copies to share with others, because what this book contains is too important to keep to oneself. Thank you!!

rebelling against low expectations

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