Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are and a Give-away

This book review is a bit of a departure from the books I generally pick to read. Actually, I have several inspirational/self help books waiting for me as we speak, but this book was received from Multnomah Press as a part of a blog tour, and that has helped me to place it as a priority in my TBR pile.

Although directed at teens, Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are by Alex and Brett Harris is inspirational and practical, and could be easily adapted for adults. This is the follow-up book to the the Harris brothers' first book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. Within this second installment, Alex and Brett give detailed explanations and descriptions of ways to give glory to God. Their focus is on helping each individual find a way to contribute positively in this world - all while serving our Lord. While it may be your dream to help build a school in Sudan, in reality, small things such as setting the table without being asked may be one way to start doing hard things. Not all hard things have to be big, there are many small ways each of us can help every day. And, if the chance arises to help with a big hard thing, there is yet another way to serve God.

Things I liked about this book:
- this book is Scripture-based. The Harris' share the way they understand their role as Rebelutionaries, and provide Scripture to back it up.
-The vignettes in this book share real life experiences of other teen-agers, providing motivation and inspiration.
-the Appendix providing a list of 100 different hard things - giving some suggestions for those still unsure of how to make an impact.

While this is not my typical book pick, I am going to be recommending it to my minister to use with our church youth group. It definitely would give teenagers something to think about and discuss as they search for ways to incorporate their faith in their everyday lives.

I have one extra copy of Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are by Alex and Brett Harris to give away to one lucky person. Leave a comment and email address on this post by Sunday, March 21 at midnight to enter.


Peaceful Reader said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. mcmholt[at]gmail[dot]com

ksr said...

Sounds like a good book for the girl I mentor at church for confirmation. Hopefully I'll be a winner!