rebelling against low expectations

Start Here


Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are

You’ve read the manifesto — now you need the field guide.


You want to do hard things.
But you don’t know where to start.

You are changing the world around you.
But you are tired and burned out.

You feel called to do the extraordinary for God.
But you feel stuck in the ordinary.

Do Hard Things inspired thousands of young people around the world to make the most of the teen years. Now Alex and Brett Harris are back and ready to tackle the questions that Do Hard Things inspired: How do I get started? What do I do when I get discouraged? What’s the best way to inspire others? Filled with stories and insights from Alex, Brett, and other real-life rebelutionaries, Start Here is a powerful and practical guide to doing hard things, right where you are.

Are you ready to take the next step and blast past mediocrity for the glory of God?


Read the first two chapters of this book for free (PDF – 1.5MB).

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Start Here is available on Amazon and ChristianBook and just about everywhere books are sold.

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What Leaders Are Saying:

The Harris brothers have helped shatter the stereotype of the narcissistic, self-involved teenager. They, and the sea of students who share their passion for God and for changing the world, are leading the body of Christ by their example, not by their words. That’s why the words they’ve written in Start Here have such power to change a teenager’s life – they’re merely describing what’s possible, from first-hand experience…and it’s highly motivating!

— Doug Fields
Youth Pastor, Saddleback Church
Founder, Simply Youth Ministry

Alex and Brett Harris are not impressed with themselves; they’re impressed with God. And they’re not afraid to get their hands dirtied-up in the service of God’s blue-collar rescue operation. That’s a recipe for freedom – for “doing hard things.”

Start Here is a strategic field manual for young people who feel a burning desire to spend their only priceless asset – their own lives – to buy their way into God’s rebel uprising on earth. Alex and Brett call it the ‘rebelution.’ The Bible calls it “the advance of the kingdom of God.” I call it radically inspiring.

— Rick Lawrence
Executive Editor of GROUP Magazine
Author of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry

Where Do Hard Things was an inspiring call to action, Start Here is the hands-on guidebook for a new way of living and leading. Alex and Brett know how to motivate young adults to live intentionally, think big, and aim high – and they do it with style. I highly recommend Start Here. It’s a book that will change how you think, what you dream about, and what you choose to do next.

— Brad Lomenick
Vice President, Giant Impact
Executive Director, Catalyst

One thing you’ll find about the next generation is that we are ready and willing to make a difference. Often times however, we don’t know where to start. If this describes you, Alex and Brett have provided a roadmap on how to begin your journey. Start Here is guaranteed to encourage and enable you to Do Hard Things.

— Austin Gutwein
Founder, Hoops of Hope
Author of Take Your Best Shot

What Readers Are Saying:

“I bought the sequel to Do Hard Things at my teenage son’s request. I read the entire book in a day! What an encouragement to young people these two brothers are! Within a day of completing this book, my son had formulated a plan of how to raise money to help a child in Ethiopia that he and his youth group are sponsoring. He had talked it out, worked it out, prayed about it and taken action. He stepped out in faith. He got up in front of a large group of people and spoke about it (this was a major step for him because he really does not like public speaking at all!). These two young men have started a movement among teens that I hope does not ever stop…one that shows them that you are not too young for the Lord to use you for His glory!”

— Pam, Parent, on

“All 137 pages of Start Here were written with purpose and intention, delivering an abundance of inspiration and practical guidance on how to shatter the “Myth of Adolescence” by moving from complacency to action for God. I highly recommend this not only to teens or those who work with young people, but to “post-adolescents” (like me) as well. The wisdom these brothers share in this book is ageless as well as timeless.”

— Paula, Parent, on

“Start Here is the practical application to Alex and Brett’s previous book, Do Hard Things, but it also stands alone by being an encouragement and inspiration in and of itself.

Start Here is a book that, in my opinion, should be read by every Christian teen, youth leader, and parent. It not only tells, but shows, how to live a Biblical based life doing hard things for the glory of God.”

— Mandy, on

“This book was amazing! I loved the practicality. It really helped me guide me through doing hard things. Right now I am just doing ‘little’ hard things, but I was really encouraged. I enjoyed the personal stories, hearing how other people did hard things. I would HIGHLY recommend this book.”

— David, on

“What makes [Start Here] especially cool is that Alex and Brett share real life stories of teens that have taken the concept to Do Hard Things and applied it in their lives. From these stories Alex and Brett build their foundation for Start Here.

Readers will find practical advice, timely wisdom, a list of 100 suggestions of hard things to try, discussions for deeper study of each chapter, and a greater motivation to stay faithful to their God-given callings. Start Here is an excellent book for teens, or anyone taking the mission to go deeper with God and do the things he calls them to with excellence.”

— Heather, on

“One of the things that I loved about [Start Here] is that [Alex & Brett] begin by examining the very important question of why we should do the hard things. By answering the question of “why” before “where” or “what” the reader is given an opportunity to see things through the lens of Scripture. This results in doing “hard things” not just for the sake of doing them but in direct obedience to God.”

— Melinda, Parent, Tennessee

“I recommend this book to all, especially young people that desire to make a difference for the glory of God. Read it. Discuss it. Live it.”

— Caleb, on

“Written in the summer between their freshman and sophomore years at Patrick Henry College, Alex and Brett Harris put together a handy manual containing answers to many of the questions Rebelutionaries have been asking, as well as some inspiring and amazing stories of real teens breaking the chains of society’s low expectations and doing hard things. The writing style is fun with plenty of the twins’ humor laced throughout yet it successfully delivers a comprehensive sequel to their serious prequel and renews the call to join the Rebelution.”

— Elaine, on

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Start Here is available on Amazon and ChristianBook and just about everywhere books are sold.

rebelling against low expectations

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