Friday, March 19, 2010
I passed up my first opportunity to read the book Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris because it is a book for teens on how they can be Rebelutionary (yes that is the correct spelling I will explain more later). Since my oldest is nine and I am not involved with the teens at my church I didn't think I would get anything from it.
When I received a second e-mail from Staci at Waterbrook Multnomah about copies still being available I decided I would read it. I am so glad that I did.
This book may be targeted at teens and young twenty-somethings, but it is a book that even me a 32 year-old benefited from greatly.
The first book by the Harris brothers titled Do Hard Things was all about challenging peers to rebel against low expectations and rediscover the true purpose and potential of the teen years.
This second book Start Here is a guidebook on where to start making a difference, and questions you should ask yourself before you start to do hard things for God.
I am in the process of doing one of those hard things for God and this book is exactly what I needed to read. Within the first few pages I read a statement that said, "Being a rebelutionary means committing to doing even ordinary things extraordinarily well. As each of us is faithful in that, God will e faithful to prepare us for whatever calling He has for us." The title of this section was Pursuing Faithfulness, Not Success.
That statement stopped me in my tracks. Everything I do should be based on being faithful to God, not on achieving success for me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with teens or that works with teens. I also recommend it for you. It may be a book geared towards teens, but anyone striving to good work for God will benefit from this book.
Here is a little more about the book and the authors.
This highly anticipated companion to Do Hard Things is filled with stories and insights from Alex and Brett Harris and other rebelutionaries who are making a difference right where they are. Start Here is a powerful and practical guide for young people who are ready to blast past apathy and “do hard things” for the glory of God.
Alex and Brett Harris are the coauthors of the best-selling book Do Hard Things, which they wrote at age eighteen. Today the twins speak regularly to audiences of thousands on The Rebelution Tour, maintain a hugely popular online presence 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.
You can read their blog here. You can buy an autographed copy of the book here!