My Review; i just got this book so have not had a chance to read it yet, but am looking forward to it! -Martha
It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
and the book:
Multnomah Books; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a review copy.***
Alex and Brett Harris are the coauthors of the best-selling book Do Hard Things, which they wrote when they were eighteen. Today, the twins speak regularly to audiences of thousands on The Rebelution Tour, maintain a large online community through their blog, TheRebelution.com, and have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and in the New York Times. Raised in Portland, Oregon, the brothers currently attend Patrick Henry College in Virginia.
Visit the authors’ website.
List Price: $12.99
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:
Opening the door to your own rebelution
Simple ideas and unbelievable dreams. First steps and great miracles. Ordinary teenagers and a God who still uses young people to accomplish His big plans.
Thats what our first book, Do Hard Things, is all about. Do Hard Things shows how young people can take hold of a more exciting option for their teen years than what society suggests. We wrote the book to counter the Myth of Adolescence, which says the teen years are a time to goof off and have fun before real life starts. We invited our peers to choose to do hard things for the glory of God and, in the process, turn the worlds idea of what teens are capable of upside down.
We were nineteen when we wrote Do Hard Things, twin brothers who wanted to follow Gods call and challenge our generation. Were twenty-one now and sophomores in college. We still dream big dreams, still want to follow God completely, and still believe just as strongly that God wants to use our generation to change the world. (And, as you might have guessed, were still twin brothers.)
Whether or not youve read Do Hard Things (wed recommend itbut, of course, were a little biased), this companion book continues the Do Hard Things message and piles on stories, practical suggestions, and detailed how-tos. You can use it either on your own or in a group setting, depending on your situation.
In other words, Do Hard Things marked the beginning of a movement. Start Here is your personal field guide to jumping in and getting involved.
The Rebelution Movement
The concept of doing hard things actually started as a blog we created when we were sixteen. We called it The Rebelutiona combination of rebellion and revolution to create a whole new word with a whole new meaning. We defined rebelution as a teenage rebellion against low expectations. (By the way, the blog still exists. Check it out at TheRebelution.com.)
Since Do Hard Things came out, the Rebelution movement has exploded. In the past year, rebelutionary teens have raised tens of thousands of dollars to bring the gospel to and dig wells in Africa, won prestigious film festivals, fought human trafficking in the United States and around the world, and made it on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. Around the world, young people are moving out of their comfort zoneswhether that means standing for Christ in a hostile classroom, raising money to build a dormitory for orphans in China, or mending relationships with parents or younger siblings.
Maybe youre part of the Rebelution already, or maybe you just want to find out more. Maybe youre asking one of the questions we get most frequently from readers: Where do I start?
This book is about taking the next step. It includes ideas from us and dozens of other young people on topics like:
How to stand up for what you believe
Strategies for overcoming stage fright, fund-raising fright, and phone-calling fright (hint: it gets easier as you go!)
Ways to get going when you feel stuck and keep going when you feel discouraged
How to understand Gods will and glorify Him through your efforts
God-honoring ways to think, feel, and act after youve completed a big project
In short, this is a handbook full of practical steps and real-life stories to encourage and equip you on your journey of doing hard things. We want you to feel as if youre at one of our conferences, or in a small group of people talking about doing hard thingswhich you may be!
All the questions in the pages that follow come from people just like you, collected on our website and through personal conversations. Well do our best to answer them with stories and insights from our own lives. Were traveling alongside you in this adventureand we want to share with you what God has been teaching us these past few years.
But just like Do Hard Things, this book isnt about us. Its about the incredible, seemingly impossible things God is doing in our generation. Thats why in Start Here youll find dozens of true stories from rebelutionaries who are making a difference in their homes, at their schools, and around the world. We love sharing other young peoples stories because they challenge us as welland remind us that were not alone. We also love the way real-life stories provide a glimpse of the diverse ways God wants to use each of us to do hard things for Him.
Toward the end of the book, well be sharing the stories of two rebelutionaries in particular: Ana Zimmerman and John Moore. As youll see, Ana and John took on very different hard things, each with the purpose of glorifying God and helping others.
At the age of fifteen, Ana raised more than six thousand dollars and organized an event called Love the Least in her hometown. The event introduced her community to the work of Abort73, an organization that exists to show the injustice of abortion.
With a group of fellow teens, John Moore wrote, produced, and directed his own feature film at the age of nineteenand went on to win the $101,000 grand prize at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
John and Ana faced many of the same hurdles and questions youre encountering. Their stories provide an in-depth look at the beginning, middle, and end of the do hard things process. We think youll be encouraged and inspired.
Pursuing Faithfulness, Not Success
As thousands of young people around the world are discovering, doing hard things is the most satisfying, thrilling way to live some of the best years of our lives.
So where do you start? As youll find in the pages that follow, the answer is: right where you are. Being a rebelutionary means committing to doing even ordinary things extraordinarily well.
As each of us is faithful in that, God will be faithful to prepare us for whatever calling He has for us.
For some of us, that calling will be big in the worlds eyes, and for some of us it will be small. Whether it is big or small, God will be glorifiedand the world will be changed by a generation that gives up seeking worldly success to pursue a life of faithfulness.
Thats when the ordinary becomes extraordinary. And thats what this book is about.
Ready to start?