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Published on April 5th, 2016 | by Discussion Questions

How has “Do Hard Things” changed your life?





AMANDA WRITES: Besides the Bible, Do Hard Things has probably been the most influential book in my life so far. It completely changed my perspective on life as a teenager. How have the book and The Rebelution website impacted you? I think it would be really special if we let Brett know how much it has meant to us.


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  • Martial Artist

    First comment! DHT was one of the first non-fiction books I ever remembered reading. Being raised in a Christian home, I had always known that I should be responsible and mature, but this book opened my eyes to how the world view teens.

    I was completely and utterly shocked.

    I think I was a very mature eight-year-old when I first read it. So at an early point, I determined that I was NOT going to be the teen the world was expecting me to be. I studied hard in school. I worked in Kid’s Ministry at my church for five years. I started going to community college in Fall 2015 (and have gotten straight-As), and got cashier job in January 2016, both at 16 years of age. Many people see me and actually think I’m 19, so they’re surprised when I tell them I’m three years younger. I think the book has caused me to look at my teenage years differently, and I hope that can be seen to other adults by my life.

    And as for the Reb, I have been able to meet and chat with so many other people on here and get different takes on what it means to be a Christian teen in an ungodly world. We were talking about unsung heroes, and mine on the Reb are @disqus_Sh6PyJ3MsP:disqus @BrettHarris:disqus @Kittenese:disqus @disqus_LzTgmwudVU:disqus @mimeforjesus:disqus.

    Thanks for creating this whole thing in the first place Brett. We would all be very different people without you. :)

    • Olivia W.

      I would’ve written my comment before you but since I was already starting school half an hour late… I decided to do math instead xD

      Wow, eight years old is really young! I’m planning on doing the Middle College for highschool, which is… sortof community college? Like… it’s a mix of required highschool classes plus college classes and it’s all done at the community college… so Idk whether that’s similar to what you do or not…

      • Hailey

        Like dual enrollment, basically? Do you get high school AND college credit for each class, or do you have separate high school/college classes? I’m seventeen and a junior in high school, but I take the majority of my classes online at a community college, and I get both a high school and a college credit for each class. (:

        • Olivia W.

          It’s similar to dual enrollment, but not exactly the same. My brother is also a junior and does dual enrollment, but there is a difference between that and Middle College. I think you take highschool courses but take college courses as electives. I’m not sure about all of the details yet though.

          • Hailey

            Ah, ok. Sounds cool!

      • Martial Artist

        Yes, I take community college courses. I’m doing a mix as well, but hopefully I will be fully transferred to community college in my senior year. It does sound similar to what I’m doing.

    • I really enjoyed reading htis comment! It was super inspiring to me!! And thank you for the shout out as well. πŸ˜‰

      • Martial Artist

        You’re welcome, and I’m glad I was able to inspire you!

    • Awesome response! And I’m really touched to have been mentioned (I might cry haha), especially considering I’ve been MIA. I think all of us here can tell you’re definitely no ordinary teenager. πŸ˜‰ I hope you’re doing well!

      • Martial Artist

        Please don’t cry! I’ve been MIA for a while too. This was my first big comment in months. I’m doing really, really well! God’s been showing me a few things about myself lately, and I think I’ll be posting it as an article on here soon! The world will finally learn my real name lol. Hope you’re doing well also!

        • So glad you’re doing well! Let me know if you can when you post the article. I don’t follow the Reb closely enough at the moment to catch it, but I’d love to read it! I’ve been doing pretty well, thanks. :) Might have time for a big comment to this question too lol.

        • Amanda

          I remember your real name :-)

          • Martial Artist

            I think I told you and another person on here, but you’re the only ones. :)

          • Amanda

            Hehehe I feel special :-)

      • Martial Artist

        Hey! I don’t know if I ever told you, but there was a project I made last summer, and you can watch it online at tenfivefilms.com! Hope you enjoy!

        • Ooh how exciting, thanks for sharing! I remember you telling me about it. :) I’ll watch as soon as I can!

    • Amanda

      Wow, you were only 8 years old? You are such a smarty pants! :-) I’ll have to get my younger sister reading it.

      • Martial Artist

        Okay, maybe not 8. Maybe like 10 or 11. I was still pretty mature though. πŸ˜›

      • Martial Artist

        Hey! You remember that project I wrote and directed last year that I told you about? Well you can watch it online at tenfivefilms.com! I hope you enjoy!

        • Amanda

          Coolness!! Did you write and direct all four of those? Now ever will know your real name AND what you look like! Lol, I’m so proud that I figured it out correctly…

          • Martial Artist

            Me and the other guy Peter (Andrew in the story) wrote all four, and I directed them all. You’ll see on there that we have another one coming in May, so be sure to check back for that one! It’s pretty hilarious.

            Yes, you figured it out correctly. :)

          • Amanda

            It looks like so much fun!! I would totally be doing it with you if I lived close.

          • Amanda

            Oh goodness, I just watched the first one. “Do you really want an answer to that question?” “That only happens once in a bleu cheese…….blue moon.” Lol!

          • Martial Artist

            I’m glad you like it! We were quoting lines from that project for months, and they still come up every now and again!

            Unfortunately, I’m not really allowed to communicate conversations that are off-topic on here (a personal rule since I’m not really allow to text girls I know in person). The occasional remark is okay (I’m glad you’re enjoying the video), but I can’t have a full on conversation. Sorry.

          • Amanda

            Okay. I understand. I really admire you for sticking to your boundaries!

          • Martial Artist

            Thanks. Sometimes it’s hard, but I know it’s worth it in the long run. Until next time :)

    • Gabrielle

      “Thanks for creating this whole thing in the first place Brett. We would all be very different people without you. :)” – YESSSSSS!! I second that! :)

      • Martial Artist

        Thanks!

      • BeautifulPrincess

        And I third(?) it!!!!!

  • Olivia W.

    I’ve thought about this so much, and yet I’m not exactly sure how to answer it. The Reb has changed a whole lot for me.

    I think the most important thing is that DHT and the Reb have shown me or reminded me of my purpose. After I read it, I saw how my purpose in life is to glorify and serve God. Being a Rebolutionary has given me hope and courage. I see that it has given me hope, because I’m a much more joyful and content person than I was. I know that it has given me courage, because I’m willing to obey God in ways that I wouldn’t have even considered before.

    This summer, I’ll be sharing my testimony in front of 600 people at my church, and the Reb is part of my testimony. Sometimes I tell myself that I’m crazy, because what kid would spend their time reading theology, studying the Bible, practicing music, thinking about going to Uganda after they graduate, and explaining to their music teacher why they can’t participate in a concert when the sponsors rally for abortion “rights”. Then I tell myself that I’m not crazy, just different… or at least, if I am crazy, it’s you guys fault, and all of you guys are crazy along with me xD

    • Haylie

      Olivia you beat me in posting your comment by like, one minute lol XD

    • Marietta

      I’m just curious. What are you planning to do in Uganda?

      • Olivia W.

        Actually, I didn’t say that quite right. After I graduate highschool, I want to go to a Cedarville University and get a nursing degree, and after THAT, I want to go to Uganda to serve with Sixtyfeet.(https://www.sixtyfeet.org/)

        • Anne

          That is so cool that you want to go to Uganda. I’ve kinda wanted to do some type of missions work, but I’m not sure where.

          • Olivia W.

            If I do go like I hope to, it will probably be short-term, mainly because I’ll have debts from nursing school and if I don’t get a paying job, I won’t be able to pay them off. Sixtyfeet is a nonprofit and I would be a non-paid volunteer. I plan to go there for about a year or so, then come back to the states to get a regular nursing job. By the time I pay off debt, if I want to, I’ll be able to go back to Uganda again :)

            Hopefully I’ll be able to get scholarships and not have too much debt, though πŸ˜›

          • Anne

            That is an awesome goal, Olivia! :) I hope it all works out for you!

          • Okie Gal

            That’s so cool that you want to go cross cultural! I’m planning to do something similar only I’ll find a job overseas and work with the local church from there.

        • Marietta

          I see I’m not alone in having plans like that for the future :) Comforting to hear!

    • Amanda

      UGANDAAAAAA!!!

  • Haylie

    DHT has been so influential in my life. I will always be grateful I read Alex and Brett’s book when I was probably 12 or so. I didn’t really know it when I first read it, but it implanted an idea, or a mindset in me about what doing hard things really was. It wasn’t a list of “hard things” every teen has to do before they turn X number of years old… It was an attitude. And that attitude has taken me through some really hard things.

    A couple years back, I started reading the blog again, and the articles and discussions have been so helpful to me. I’ve walked through some dark places, but theReb was always here to point me back to Jesus. Seriously, all you guys and gals who comment on here, YOU ROCK!

    Now, I’m blessed be an editorial intern for the site, and I’m so, so grateful for that opportunity. Thank you Alex and Brett. So much. As @martialartists:disqus said, we really would be very different people without you. :)

    • Martial Artist

      By the way, am I just out of loop in not knowing whatever happened to Alex? It seems that Brett is the only one that’s on here anymore, and even now he’s fazing out. And thanks for the shout out!

      • Olivia W.

        I’ve been here since last fall and I’ve never seen Alex, although I have seen Brett on here once or twice.

        • Martial Artist

          I’ve been checking this thing for the last several years and have never seen Alex lol. Brett used to be the main moderator who posted about once a week, but a few months ago he handed off moderating duties to Jacquelle Crowe so he could take care of his sick wife. I’ve only seen him on once or twice since.

          • Regan Seba

            Brett’s kind of like the head moderator person right now- he’s in charge and occasionally comments if a discussion gets a little too out of hand. I’ve seen him post several articles/comments, but he’s pretty hands-off on most of the discussion stuff. He’s handed off a lot of the moderating work because he’s caring for Ana, I think. Alex was, last I heard, at Harvard studying law.

          • Martial Artist

            Thanks. Yes he said that Alex is now working for a judge.

      • Haylie

        Yeah, idk exactly what Alex is doing right now (last I knew he was in law school or something?), but theReb probably wouldn’t exist without both Alex and Brett πŸ˜› And you’re welcome!

      • Gabrielle

        I was wondering what’s up with Alex myself. Since I’ve been commenting and active on the Reb I’ve never seen him. I know Brett is quite busy right now!

        • Martial Artist

          Brett replied to my comment and said that Alex is working for a judge now, and Brett has been working on parenting supplements with his father.

          • Gabrielle

            Cool beans!! Thanks!! :)

      • I’m not fazing out!!! πŸ˜‰

        But it’s true. I haven’t been commenting very much and that’s a shame. I was gone the last few months with Ana so she could do treatment in Ohio and I’ve been working on some of the new parenting resources we’ve been rolling out.

        But don’t worry. I’m not going away and I love you all just as much as ever (probably more). =)

        Alex just graduated from law school and is working for a judge β€” which is why he’s not able to be involved in TheReb anymore.

        • Regan Seba

          Oh, okay. Thanks for clarifying! None of us doubted you. πŸ˜€ Good luck to Alex!

        • Martial Artist

          Whoa! You responded to my comment! (Sorry, just really geeking out since you’re practically a celebrity to me.)

          Thanks for the info on Alex. I’ve been following up on Ana’s treatment in your emails, but you haven’t sent one regarding her status in a while. I’m still praying for her and you. I can’t imagine what it must be like seeing your wife in this condition. How is she doing?

          And thanks for responding!

          • Gabrielle

            Brett’s like a celebrity to me too @martialartists:disqus!! I go kinda crazy myself!! πŸ˜‰

          • Thanks so much for asking! Ana just had a really rough day yesterday, but overall is making progress. I’m sorry I haven’t sent out an update recently. I hope to do so soon.

          • Martial Artist

            No worries. I’ll continue to keep her in my prayers. Thanks for the update! I hope your wife will have a full recovery.

        • Gabrielle

          That’s nice to know!! I always get super excited when i see that you’ve commented!! :)

          Awe, we love you too Brett!!!!!!! <3

          Wow, law school!! That is fantastic!! Glad he's doing well!!

  • Okie Gal

    When I read Do Hard Things my life was already changing. I was pretty newly saved and I was reading a lot, trying to figure out how the Gospel would change everything, (especially what I’d thought was Christianity). I actually read Radical a few days before DHT, and I think that clarified a lot and showed me the Mission, and then DHT backed that up with the assurance that I could actually be useful to God.

    I’m still learning this stuff, and how deeply it effects everything I do, but I’m so glad God used Radical and DHT together to get me started.

    As for the Reb itself: I can’t even describe how helpful/encouraging/challenging this blog is. Y’all have a knack for making me think. Thank you.

  • Anne

    I just read DHT about a month ago for the first time. It changed my view on what a teenager was supposed to do. I am being raised in a Christian home and I knew that I wanted to do something big or different from most teenagers, but I didn’t know what .
    After I read DHT, I was (am) determined to do something hard. While no big hard things have come up yet, I am working on being faithful in the small hard things (believe me, easier said then done!). I am so excited to be a part of theReb. This place has blessed me so much!
    So…I’m going to keep waiting on God, being faithful in the small things and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me! :)

    • BeautifulPrincess

      I’m totally with you – being faithful in the little stuff is always the hardest!!!:)

  • It’s so awesome to see the way that we have all been impacted by Alex and Brett and even this community. After I read DHT I knew that I had to do something. I’m not the type of person to really get things rolling, although I am willing to take leadership when it’s offered to me. But I decided that was going to change. I proposed to my youth group that we start sponsoring children through Compassion and I was in charge up until recently, but I still am co-leader. We have been doing this for almost 1 1/2 years. Our first child has just moved to America with his mother and we just started sponsoring a second little boy. Not only this but I got up the nerve to go with a friend to a government camp. I have gotten involved and now I know how to do hard things in politics. There are many other small hard things that happen every day. When I feel beat down I chant to myself, Do Hard Things…

    Thank you so much these books and this community. I might not be a world changer yet, but I have truly made a difference because of Brett and Alex!

    • ZeePt3

      That’s awesome that you’re into politics!

      • Thanks! I really enjoy it. I don’t think I’ll ever become a politician, but I really like the way it works. It’s so important to know how our government works at the very least. :)

        • ZeePt3

          Yeah! I just came back from a visit to Albany, NY, where I participated in legislative days for homeschooling. My family went to help spread support for the men and women fighting for homeschooler’s freedom. It was very eye opening.

  • Bethany M.

    I am just now reading Do Hard Things, but already I think it has changed me, and given me a new mindset to not just get by and do what’s easy but actually do the most I can and to help more as well. Thanks!

  • Joy Swen

    My older brother went to college with Brett when I was little so I knew about Do Hard things for a long time. But when I discovered the Rebelution I began learning a lot. I love all the articles written by and for Christian teens. I’ve had the blessing of having one of my articles published on here. The Discussion Questions have really hit home for me. Cause often they’re about something I’ve been through or were wondering my self. It’s been neat and helpful to get other Christian teen’s prospective on issues in the modern world.

  • Gabrielle

    Off the top of my head, it’s changed my thoughts on the teenage years, failure, and has given me a greater desire to serve God even as a young person!!!

    Here’s a quote from the book that stays with me, β€œWe’ve noticed that the fence that keeps us from breaking out of our comfort zones is nearly always built of fear – fear of weakness, discomfort, failure, humiliation. We’ve noticed something else too:
    you can’t live by fear and live by faith at the same time.”

    Reading Do Hard Things has inspired and encouraged me to do the seemingly
    little things that He tells me to do, even if I think they aren’t really making an impact or that they’re not important.

    Thanks so much for writing the book Alex and Brett!!!!! :)

  • Thank you all so, so, much! This DQ has been so encouraging. What an example of how God can take two normal teen guys (Alex and me) and use our imperfect attempts to obey Him to impact many lives for good. To Him be the glory!

    • Amanda

      I’m so glad it’s encouraging you!! That’s what I was hoping, that we could show you how much God has used you. :)

    • Josiah

      You and Alex are great authors and have inspired me to read more. After reading do hard things, I want to read the rest of your books. Keep writing and influencing us, it’s great.

  • Regan Seba

    I read Do Hard Things when my sister brought it home after going to a Patrick Henry College teen camp. I was initially exceedingly disappointed that she hadn’t brought home an interesting book, and blew it off for a few months. I did eventually read it(I was 13), and thought, huh. Cool. But I can’t do big hard things- I don’t have any options.

    The next summer(last summer) my mom was struggling because of her Sesonal Affect Disorder, which is where if it’s too rainy and gray all the time you get really depressed. My dad was out of town, my sister was not at home most of the summer, and my mom was barely managing to run our farm. This all left a lot of the housework/sibling work/farmhand work to me.

    Looking back, I see that Do Hard Things probably helped me prepare for all of that. It’s certainly helped me the last year with my mom’s cancer. It’s been a “push through, you can do it, it’s only a season(Ecclesiastes), do hard things” kind of influence. Because of Alex and Brett being willing to start, I’m working on starting a ministry through my church. It’s amazing the things that, with a little reminder, I can do when Christ gives me the strength.

  • When I first heard about the book, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. My friend said she just got it and I was like “Hey why not? It sounds cool” and since I love reading, I ordered it online.
    It brought so much to light in my eyes, I didnt realize how apathetic teenagers tend to be. I didn’t realize there was a way to change that. That’s when I met Do Hard Things and the Rebelution.
    I am so blessed to have amazing peple like ya’ll in my life. It’s helped me grow so much in my Christian walk!

    • Faith B

      That is awesome Laini, by the way I love your name :)

  • Louis Gervais

    I know I’m a little off topic, but TheRebelution.com has been a wonderful part of my life for the past two years! =^D

  • Rebekah

    I only read “do hard things” a few months ago. It is the most inspiring, and thought provoking book ever. Thank you so much Alex and Brett. :) :) I’ve always been a get up and go, and a try out new things kinda girl, but it showed me things in my life that I had become complacent about, things that I wasn’t putting my all into, and ways in which I can strive to do more for God’s glory. For me SO FAR, as a rebelutionary, it has been more about overcoming the little things like that seemingly unconquerable English Literature essay, or establishing prayer and bible reading habits. It has also brought to light the times when friends and relatives praise you…and you just sit back and say to yourself…”yeah I am pretty smart…well I’m better than her at least…” Now, I am constantly aware of this and I take those opportunities to remind myself of what I find hard, and how I can become better. Do Hard Things has also helped me to battle with to social norms and stereotypes, and to stand up for what I believe, and not care to blend in with the world, but to pay more attention to my character and who my real friends are. It has also been great encouragement to me as our family pass through church problems, and sometimes I feel like giving up, and I feel that God is not there. It has helped me to be forgiving and to strive to do all for God’s glory in hard times. Thank you Brett for sharing with us that personal talk the other week. I have listened to it over many times over, and I have learnt so much from it. I have learnt to look for the good things in hard situations, and to praise God for them.
    These are just a few of the ways Do Hard Things and the Rebelution have helped me in my walk with God…
    Thank you everyone for your inspiring and encouraging posts! πŸ˜‰

  • Stephan Carter

    Well, before I read the book I had been addicted to some awful things (that I’d rather not talk about) and I had turned my life around and back to Jesus. It had been a couple months after I rededicated my life and my mom asked me if I would like to read it. And so since being a pretty big reader I read it. At first I read the back (As I always do) and I did not realize it was written by a couple of teens and so I was like, “Uh Yeah Right”. But I started reading it and before long I actually got into it and started loving to read it. Now after I finished the book I saw the website address to the Reb and I have been on here for a couple months now and many of the articles have helped me. And also I saw a link to Revive http://www.revivingtheredeemed.org it was created by @Sam S. and I have been on it for about a week now and I absolutely love the awesome things we do there and the encouragement I get. So That’s how the book affected me personally.

    • Ohai Stephan! I’m really glad you found The Reb (and all us crazy people over at Revive!) I wouldn’t have found Revive without Do Hard Things, either. I relate to pretty much everything you said. I wasn’t in a super good place when I first read the book, either, but because of it and other influences in my life, I’ve since reread the book at least twice and have really felt like it was the first step in my journey towards a more serious faith.

  • I read Do Hard Things during a very dark time in my life.
    It challenged me to rise above what happened to me and bring glory to God with my story.
    From little, I always wanted to change the world. And when I say change the world, I mean ROCK this world. Do Hard Things showed me that I could. That I didn’t have to wait until I was 30. Right now, that means deepening and nurturing my relationship with God and my family. It means preparing myself for what I want to do with my life.

    Do Hard Things changed my life. I am so thankful for it and I never waste and opportunity to recommend it!

  • Amanda

    I read Do Hard Things in middle school when my youth pastor gave it to me, and it totally changed the way I look at the teen years.

    Recently I was on a mission trip in Uganda, East Africa, and I shared part of my story with a group of maybe 60-70 girls ages 14-30 at a youth conference. I told them how I used to think that I was too young to do anything significant for God and that I had to wait till I “grew up” to do His work. But through your book, Brett and Alex, God showed me that no one is too young to bring Him glory and that He often uses young people for big things. I don’t think I mentioned the book specifically to the Ugandan girls because they probably haven’t heard of it, but I hope they have access to it.

    Thank you, Brett and Alex, for writing such a powerful book! I believe Randy Alcorn’s prediction was correct: it has proven to be “one of the most life-changing and culture-changing books of this generation.”

  • BeautifulPrincess

    I discovered about two or three years ago, when I was searching around for new books to read in my mum’s library (I had read our whole 6 cupboards or so of other books already)…
    When I realized that it was a ‘teen book’, I grabbed it and read it on the sly, because my mum is careful about what she lets me read, and I didn’t want my book taken off me!
    When I began reading it, the ‘teenager vocabulary’ made me laugh, because I thought it sounded weird in a book of this thickness…but I soon realized that this was no ordinary book – this one was way more challenging than any book I’d ever read.
    I read it in about two hours straight, curled up in a ball under my bed – I literally couldn’t stop reading because it was so interesting!

    When I’d finished, I checked who the authors were. I was really surprised and excited to see that they were the Harris boys – I already knew about their family, because my mum and dad talked about them a lot.

    Now, at the time, I was away from God, trying to take control of my own life…trying to stand out and be somebody, but reading Do Hard Things showed me that I could do it better WITH God, than without Him.

    You wouldn’t believe it, but I struggled with that concept for another year before I was able to God take control of me…but when I did, I let go completely.

    I recently brought my best friend a copy of Do Hard Things for her birthday, because I love this book SO much – it goes with my bible and devotion book beside my bed. I often need motivation (I’m a little lazy at times!) to get in and be a serious, hardcore disciple of Jesus!!! :)

    Thanks so much for this amazing book, Alex and Brett!!!
    It definitely changed my life!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Here goes… Better late than never!

    I first read Do Hard Things at the age of twelve, when my youth pastor let me borrow his copy. Its immediate effect was inspiring me to start a Christian blog for teens, and that alone has been a tremendous part of my life. However, it’s the long term effects that have really changed my life. Through Do Hard Things, Alex and Brett inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone in so many ways. Probably the best example is how it challenged me to overcome my shyness. In my early teens, I was terribly shy, to the point that it was difficult for me to do anything that involved people I didn’t know well. Over time, I realized that I couldn’t follow God’s calling in my life if I continued to be so afraid. So I stepped out of my comfort zone, and, over the course of several difficult years, changed who I was for the better. I’m still quiet (there’s nothing wrong with that!), but I have confidence–not in myself but in Christ! And I will be forever grateful for the courage that Do Hard Things gave me to move past my fear.

    The Rebelution website has also been an incredible blessing. I think I’ve been following the Reb for about four or five years now. The articles are wonderful, but I think what has meant the most to me is the community here. Though I haven’t had the time to participate lately, the folks at the Reb mean the world to me. They laughed at my terrible jokes, gave and accepted encouragement, and helped me through some difficult times. So thank you so very much to all of you for everything you’ve done!

    Oh lol, another good example of how much the Reb means to me is how I couldn’t stop talking about Do Hard Things during my college interview! The Reb has truly been an irreplaceable part of my life, and I love having opportunities to tell others about it.

    God bless!
    Christy

  • Josiah

    Do hard things has been one of the most influential books I have ever read. Brett and Alex are great authors. This book has made me realize that as Christians, we should stand out in more than our faith. I never thought of the way I do hard things (or any at all) could stand out to people. This is one of the most intriguing, influential and spiritually moving books I have ever read.

  • I’m sorta late, but I’ll pop my two cents in, too.

    My school likes to have a “theme” every year. This year’s is “Grit.” Last year’s was “First Things First.” About 5 years ago, my first year at the school, the theme was “Do Hard Things.”

    The entire high school received a copy of Alex and Brett’s book to read; I was in 6th grade at the time, so I didn’t get one–but I did nab a copy a couple of years later when the school was trying to give away all the leftover copies they had. By then, I was actually a teenager; so I figured, “hey, why not?” I read the whole thing in a day.

    I’d like to think that Do Hard Things was the very first stepping stone into my own pursuit of a relationship with Christ. Up until that point, as many times as I would’ve denied it, my faith really was my parents’. I went to church because I was supposed to. I sang songs because I had to. I professed my faith because it was all I’d ever known. If I wasn’t a Christian, who was I? Reading DHT was the kickoff (or the diving board, if you will!) for my own relationship with Christ.

    My love for Christian literature probably began with this book, as well. Since DHT, I’ve read a lot of A.W. Tozer (my favorite Christian author right now), Francis Chan, and a lot of other Christian authors. If I hadn’t picked up DHT and tried really applying it to my life, I don’t know that I would be doing the same with other books today. I’m really thankful that God brought the Reb into my life–while I haven’t been as active on the community up until now, the book and its challenge have permeated my life and given me a great starting point to further my relationship with Christ.

    Thanks so much, Alex and Brett! I really hope you can be blessed by all the people you’ve inspired to follow Christ with everything they have. :)

  • Violin with Feet

    It was given to me by my older sister who had done a study on it with some other friends. It was really cool to think that God is conjuring up some really really passionate people in our generation to encourage and inspire us to live more fully and with the purpose that we were created for.
    I think that “Do Hard Things” has not been the MOST influential book in my life, but definitely one of the most convicting and inspiring. I was able to come across other books as a result of reading “Do Hard Things” which is pretty cool :) I love “Blood Brothers” by Elias Chacour, “He Walks Amoung Us” by Richard and Renee Stearn, “Start Here” by Alex and Brett Harris, “Cross-Cultural Servanthood:Serving the World in Christ-like Humility” and “Kaffir Boy” by Mark Mathabane. I highly encourage you to read them (especially those who are interested in African/Palestinian Jews/Israeli/Middle East or global missions).
    “Do Hard Things” has given me a gateway into other books and great reads! I definitely recommend it to my friends and family members.

    • Amanda

      Hey, I was gonna be a violin…lol :-)

      • Violin with Feet

        Lol, I bet there are a ton of people that share your same sentiment ;P

        • Amanda

          Probably!

  • Emma

    I know this is an old discussion, but I am really excited about how God has used DHT in my life.
    I am the average teenager who had the mindset that you have to “grow up” before you can do anything. Now, after reading Do Hard Things, my friends and I are planning our “big hard thing” that I would have never ever thought I could have done last year!
    My friend told me about the book, and I got really… I mean REALLY excited!!!
    BEFORE I got the book, I had already accepted the 100 Hard Things challenge, and looked around the blog! When I did get the book, I read it in 2 hours, and ordered Start Here the next day.
    As I said before I am doing a hard thing every day and I already am seeing a difference! For instance, the two mornings last week I woke up at 5:30 A.M. to read my Bible and get some school done; today I made a much needed A on my Biology test.
    Anyway I am thankful for DHT and the Rebelution!

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