Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris is an inspiring and challenging book. The premise of the book revolves around the idea that our culture has virtually no expectations for teenagers beyond the pursuit of pleasure. While culture at large views adolescence as the time to revel in gratifying childish desires, Alex and Brett Harris counter that adolescence is the very time when people should begin to put childishness behind them. The Harris brothers argue that the teenage years are the perfect time to step up, to take challenges, to do mighty things for God's glory, and they back up their assertion with inspiring examples of teenagers who have done just that: taken a risk for God and watched as He has used them to make a difference in the world.
I loved this book. Its message is timely and caused me to consider afresh what hard things I can do for God. Part of the beauty of the message of this book is that Alex and Brett define "hard" not just as "huge," though hard things may be that for some people, but they also define "hard" as being disciplined in doing the right thing, such as practicing Godly disciplines in a consistent manner. We all are called to do hard things for God, and, regardless of our ages, we need to step up and then watch God work.