I haven’t done a specific book review in a couple of weeks although I have mentioned books in my posts. But this book has been weighing on my heart to share with you so I hope it helps someone. Do Hard Things written by Alex & Brett Harris is a book about rising above teenage rebellion. Yes, it is written by teenagers for teenagers but it is an excellent book for adults to read too and here’s why.
Now are you with me? You see where this is going?
Yes, this is a great book for teenagers who are trying to challenge themselves but Do Hard Things is a great motivator for adults, too. It also provides some great online resources and shares real life stories. We read this book in our Adult Sunday School class.
Did you know that the word “teenager” has been around for less than 70 years? Used to, you were either a child or an adult. The Bible never mentions the word either. The world has created this word for this awkward stage in life where used to children were becoming adults. This process now doesn't typically take place until they are out of college.
Check this excerpt out from the book. “George was born in northern Virginia in 1732 to a middle-class family. When he was eleven years old, he lost his father. Even though his peers never considered him very bright, he applied himself to his studies and mastered geometry, trigonometry, and surveying by the time he was sixteen. At seventeen years old, George had the chance to put his studies to use at his first job. Official surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia…George endured the hardships of frontier life as he measured and recorded previously unmapped territories. His measuring tools were heavy logs and chains. George was a man at seventeen.” This George the authors refer to is George Washington, who as you know, goes on to be our first President of the United States of America.
At an early age, George was given increasing levels of responsibility and he rose to the occasion. And at that time in history, it wasn’t unusual to see this age group accept the challenges of this world. Nowadays, we are lucky to get our teenagers to make their bed, clean their room, or take out the trash.
Furthermore, we have the irresponsible adults we have today because of the low standards and expectations that were set for them as children. And so a cycle has been put into place the same as abuse, addiction or any other cycle. It is learned behavior.
I challenge you to get this book and read it as an adult and raise the standard for your children, grandchildren, students, or whomever God has placed in your path.
Let me close with a verse from 1 Corinthians 14:20, “Brethren, be not children in understanding; howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” Our culture today encourages just the opposite. It says be childish in your thinking and behavior and yet makes available adult sins to our children.
Think about it. Choose to do hard things.
Rebecca Debter is the Ministries Coordinator at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Women's Bible Study beginning January 17, 2017 with an online Calling All Women group using the book Redeemed by Angela Thomas-Pharr.