Monday, March 15, 2010

Book Review: Start Here

About a year ago, a reviewed a book called Do Hard Things—not because someone sent it to me to review, but because I was just so impressed. I told you then:
If you have a teenager, are a teenager, work with teenagers, know a teenager, or have a heart for building God’s Kingdom whatever your age, you must read this book. Don’t argue with me—go get it today. I’m not kidding! Go!
Now Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group has provided the sequel, Start Here, for my review. I haven't been disappointed. This book takes readers through the next logical step.

Start Here answers questions about doing hard things--what to expect, what to consider, challenges one might face, and, naturally, how to start. Alex & Brett Harris write to teenagers who wish to join the Rebelution—a teenage rebellion against low expectations. They've taken the questions teens most often ask, divided them into chapters such as Getting Started, Matters of First Importance, and Now What?, and answered them using their own experience, the experiences of other rebelutionaries, and the wisdom of adults who mentor and support them in what they do.

The appendix includes a list of 100 hard things actual rebelutionaries have done, provided to give ideas and encourage participation. It also has discussion questions for each chapter should someone want to lead a small group study of the book.

I love that the book is written by now young adults for teenagers, and I strongly encourage teens to read the book and absorb the ideas. But the advice isn't just for teenagers. The Harris brothers offer great encouragement, guidance, and wisdom for anyone who wants to serve God, who longs to find a meaningful project, who wants to make a difference in our world.

I'm glad to recommend this book!

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