Thursday, March 18, 2010

Book Review: START HERE by Alex and Brett Harris

Start Here by Alex & Brett Harris is an inspirational guide encouraging teens to live above societal expectations and empowering them to do extraordinary work for God. I am not a teenager any longer, but I wish this book had been available when I was a teen. As an adult, I was even inspired after reading this book. I think back to my teen and young adult years, and wish I had had the guidance of this book to learn to listen for God’s voice and do something extraordinary.


The twin, co-author brothers first wrote best-selling Do Hard Things at age 18 and talked about “Rebulution,” a combination of rebellion (what teen doesn’t want to be rebellious) and revolution. They define Rebulution as “a teenage rebellion against low expectations.” This book continues with the idea of “rebulution,” taking it one step further to answer the questions of where to start.

I was very impressed by their insight about pride and remembering to stay humble and give credit to God. They give very practical, sound advice for things to watch out for and how to handle praise, etc. without giving into the sin of pride.

One of my favorite parts of the book is the appendix, where they list 100 Hard Things that young people have done. Some of the ideas are simple ideas that anyone could do, but it would take guts to actually do them. I also like that they have discussion questions for each chapter.

As a counselor who has worked with young people, I think this book would really inspire young people. I think anyone working with youth groups should read it and have the teens read it and discuss it as well.   I am also interested in reading their first book as it sounds like it would be an excellent teaching tool.  If you are a parent of a teen or know a teenager, please get this book for them.  It may make all the difference in the world.

The message I took from this book is that you can “START HERE” and start now.

For more information on this book, click here: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781601422705&ref=externallink_mlt_starthere_sec_0127_01

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. This review contains my honest opinion.

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