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Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are, by Alex & Brett Harris

Book review & Giveaway

Don’t let anyone think less of you
because you are young.
Be an example to all believers.

1 Timothy 4:12 NLT

Alex and Brett Harris wrote, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, when they were just 18 and inspired countless teens worldwide to become rebelutionaries and live their lives with purpose. Now the Harris brothers follow that success with, Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are, which is a companion book for those who want to “do hard things”, but don’t quite know how or where to begin.

As a youth leader, this book excited my heart. Positive teen role models are hard to find in the media. Positive teen role models who help teens build their own self-esteem are in seriously short supply.  In, Start Here, Alex & Brett Harris offer constructive ideas for doable “Hard Things”; provide practical guidance for planning and starting a “Hard Things” project; offer suggestions for enlisting aid from friends, family and church members; and, include testimonies from other kids doing “Hard Things”.

Adults, don’t think this book is just for kids.  We are called to do “Hard Things”, too.  If you don’t know what they might look like or where you should start, this book might just be for you.

If you would like to own copies of both, Do Hard Things, and, Start Here, Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are, visit

If you would like a chance to win a free copy of Start Here, be sure to tell me in the comment section that you wish to be entered in the drawing.   The drawing will close at 12 noon, Sunday, March 21st, 2010. A winner will be chosen from among the entrants by using a random number generator.  I will post the winner on this blog entry and send him/her a congratulatory email.

Linda, from, Mocha with Linda, had the joy of interviewing Alex & Brett Harris.  She wrote a riveting interview and shared it on her website a few days ago.  If you are interested in this book, please don’t miss it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

UPDATE: 03.21.10 — The Giveway closed at 12 noon.  The random number generator picked #7, which is Melli.  Congratulations, Melli.  I hope you enjoy your book!


  1. With two teens living at home, this book might be a great asset. Would love to be considered! My son is working towards his Eagle, so he’s motivated to do hard things. The daughter could use some constructive advice!

    Thanks Quilly for the heads up!
    .-= southlakesmom´s last blog ..St. Pat’s Day Green =-.

  2. Quilly, this does sound interesting! If the random generator chooses me, I’ll be sure to share it with the youth group at church. One of the girls was so moved by a missions conference last year that she is feeling the call to become a pastor. Talk about doing hard things!!
    .-= kcinnova´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday =-.

  3. Hey Quilly. I see you a lot on the ppp forum, and wanted to check out your blog. You’ve tried to help me a time or two over there 🙂

    I have been seeing this book everywhere, and think it is something my kids would enjoy reading. I have a 14 year old son and an almost 13 year old daughter, and I think they could learn a thing or two from this book. (and maybe someday my 8 year old will read it, too)
    .-= jenn´s last blog ..Sex On Fire =-.

  4. 1. Nessa
    2. Thena
    3. Kelley
    4. Karen
    5. Jenn
    6. Barbara
    7. Melli

    And the random number generator picked #7. Congratulations, Melli. I’ll pop the book in the mail Monday.

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