If you are a teenager or care about them, please consider this:
I recently heard about a newer Christian youth ministry by two 19 year olds called "The Rebelution." There website can be found here. Alex and Brett Harris, who are younger brothers of Joshua Harris, started this ministry to challenge teenagers to "rebel" against the western youth culture of low expectations and teenagers. This low expectation for teenagers is just is prevalent in the church and Christian homes. The Harris brothers have just released a book that they wrote called "Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations." In it they begin:
Most people don't expect you to understand what we're going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don't expect you to care. And even if you care, they don't expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don't expect it to last.
This is a different kind of teen book. Check online or walk through your local bookstore. You'll find plenty of books written by fortysomethings who, like, totally understand what it's like being a teenager. You'll find a lot of cheap, throwaway books for teens, because young people today aren't supposed to care much about books, or see any reason to keep them around. And you'll find a wide selection of books where you never have to read anything twice--because it's been dumbed down. Like, just for you.
What you're holding in your hands right now is a challenging, hardcover book for teens by two teens who believe our generation is ready for a change. Ready for something that doesn't promise a whole new life if you'll just buy the right pair of jeans or use the right kind of deodorant. We believe our generation is ready to rethink what teens are capable of doing and becoming. And we've noticed that once wrong ideas are debunked and cleared away, our generation is quick to choose a better way, even if it's also more difficult.
We're nineteen-year-old twin brothers, born and raised in Oregon, taught at home by our parents, and striving to follow Christ as best we can. We've made more than our share of mistakes. And although we don't think "average teenagers" exist, there is nothing all that extraordinary about us personally.
Here is a preview of "The Rebelution Tour":