Dear Alex and Brett Harris,
There aren't words to describe Do Hard Things. So eloquently and yet bluntly written, there has never before been such a book that has affected or touched me in quite a way as this one has. It has such a powerful and meaningful theme and idea.
I am one of those people who sometimes has to see or do things twice before I get the idea of it. Your book, on the other hand, was blunt, and yet not forward in its mannerism and writing. With me, I read it, and it clicked first thing. I saw what I hadn't seen before: our generation as it really is. We as teenagers aren't taking life a step at a time, but rather we aren't taking any steps at all! We aren't learning anything. Sure, there's that new algebra strategy we learned yesterday, or maybe that science equation that's going to be on the test tomorrow, but that's the extent of our learning and comprehension.
Through a few words you helped me see this and more. When you talked about "kidults," I had one of those "duh" moments. How had I not seen it before? Our world is full of kidults, even those who are beyond their teenage years. A lot of people go for the easy way out and have the "that's good enough" attitude rather than the "do my best" mindset. The world and the people are warped by the idea that sliding by is fine, okay, and that it's not going to hurt anybody.
By your organization, your way of showing the world that this is not so, says otherwise. The Rebelution (which, by the way, I like the word) is an army for God that you are strongly leading, and I'm sure God is looking down on you with pleasure. The Rebelution shows us what we were so blind to see before because of the way the world presented the easy way of life to us. The Rebelution was life changing for me, and I thank you for it. There really are other people out there that have my same problems and share my same feelings, which you showed by all the examples you gave in Do Hard Things.
I know where I need to be, but I don't really know where to begin. Thanks to your book, though, I know that all I have to do is to take that first step, do that first hard thing.
There is proof within my life that your book stirs the hearts of people. The one who introduced it to me is actually a boy in my Youth Group who thought it was amazing. I think, though he has not specifically said, that he wants to be doing something bigger, something harder, and all because of your book. I think he's getting kind of impatient because it's taking a while for all the rest of us in the Youth Group to read it. Everyone who has agrees that it is truly amazing.
Thank you for all that you have done to many lives through this book. Remember to just keep on keepin' on when the times are tough, although you probably know that better than me and have had more experience with it than I have. You are making a difference. God bless you in your future endeavors and the things that are hard and the things that are not so hard. Do hard things!