Title: Start Here
Subtitle: Doing Hard Things right Where You Are
Authors: Alex & Bret Harris (with Elisa Stanford)
Publisher’s Synopsis: 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?
Continuing where Do Hard Things ends, Start Here is more the “”how to” after the “what to”. Packed full of true stories about kids who read the first book and decided to make their own little “Rebelutions” in their lives, this book helps teens (and really anyone in my opinion) focus on the “main thing”. They show kids where things will be easy, where they’ll be hard, and why it’s worth it regardless. The fact of the matter is, in a world that expects little out of kids but trouble and bad attitudes, this book starts with basic principles (he who is faithful in little– you know, things like making beds and doing homework– will be trusted with much) and builds on them, showing how to stay within the boundaries God has given young people . That’s one of the best parts of this book, in my opinion. The book encourages teens to stretch all boundaries EXCEPT those that God has set in place. (You know, little things like the law, parental authority, etc.)
Aside from the obvious (encouragement for kids to get out there and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others), the book is packed with things that any Christian needs to read and remember. A few are…
- Serving God doesn’t mean being miserable or losing your sense of humor. Serving can be FUN.
- When you want to learn from someone, find out what they’ve said before you ask.
- Pride is always an enemy.
- Things worth doing don’t always get you credit.
- Sometimes, doing what is right means a shift in what is normal.
- Busyness is not equivalent to fruitfulness.
I want to talk a bit about that last one. It is a dussie. I started to write a bunch of stuff about it, but instead, I’m just going to link to the blog post they reference and suggest you read it for yourself. Wow. That’s all I’ve got to say. Wow.
Buy the book. That’s all I’m sayin’. Buy. The. Book.
I want to thank Multnomah for providing this book for review.
To win a copy of this book (I’m giving TWO away. That’s how important this book is in my opinion. I’m giving BOTH away and buying another one of my own), leave a comment and tell us what kinds of things you’re seeing kids do to bring glory to God.