Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Start Here by Alex Harris and Brett Harris (+ Giveaway!)

Summary: At the age of eighteen, Alex and Brett Harris wrote Do Hard Things—and launched a movement that would change a generation. Young people around the world were ready to be inspired, ready to move beyond complacency, ready to rebel against society’s low expectations.

Now the highly anticipated companion book, Start Here, answers the questions Alex and Brett have received from thousands of teens on their worldwide conference tour and popular online community: How do I get started? What hard things does God want me to do? How do I keep from getting discouraged or burned out? What is the best way to inspire others?

Filled with stories and insights from Alex, Brett, and other real-life rebelutionaries, Start Here is a powerful and practical guide for young people who are ready to take the next step and blast past apathy. Let the rebelution continue.

Authors: 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.

My Thoughts:  The Harris brothers are familiar names in homeschool circles.  Their big brother, Joshua, is now pastoring a church as well as authoring books himself.  I recently reviewed his book, Dug Down Deep, which I really enjoyed.  The younger brothers are following in his footsteps, so to speak, by attempting to reach the teens of their generations.  

I have heard of the first book, Do Hard Things, but have not read it.  I do believe it would have been helpful to have read this prior to Start Here.  I believe the former book gives the foundation for why Christians of this generation need to not be content with the image of adolescence created by our culture, but instead should strive for more. To do more, to be more, to Do Hard Things.    

Start Here contains stories of those who accepted that challenge, as well as answering the question of, "Okay, I'm ready to do hard things.  So where do I start?"  I appreciated that the authors pointed out that hard things are not always big things.  Starting with the small things may be just what you need for today.  Or perhaps there is a big thing God is leading you to do but you fear you're too young or can't do it.  This book strives to give the encouragement  needed to follow the call put forth in the first book.

It's a good book but not necessarily one I'm jumping up and down to assign to all of my teens for reading.  It didn't always grab me, although the content was pretty good.  Good book, not great.  Perhaps reading the first one first would have been good.

Start Here is available for $12.99 from the publisher, or at your favorite local or online bookstore.

Would you like to win a copy of this book?  Simply leave a comment on this post and be entered to win.  Follow or subscribe to my blog and/or Twitter, Tweet, blog or Facebook this giveaway and leave an extra comment for an extra entry!  Winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 31st.  US only for this one, please.

*Disclosure: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*


7 comments:

Debra said...

We really enjoyed the first book, and would love to win this :)

Debra said...

And I follow you :)

TerriG said...

I'm in. I love to win.

TerriG said...

I follow, but ask me in person my funny story about the first book.

terri said...

I would like to win

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terri said...

I am following you, too!

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MoziEsmé said...

I'd love to read this!

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