Do Hard Things: Week 2 Chapter 2 DISCUSSION

July 16, 2008

For discussion guidelines click here.

The following is verbatim from the Do Hard Things Study Guide:

In this chapter, Alex and Brett tell the story of their journey from being bored teens to being Supremem Court interns, campaign workers, and blog hosts.  But before they had new experiences they had new ideas – big ideas like:

  • Our generation is getting robbed!
  • There has to be more to the teen years than goofing off.
  • Ordinary teens can make a big difference in the world.
  • Young people can handle big responsibilities.
  • With big dreams come big challenges.
  • What teens working together can accomplish is amazing!

They close the chapter by inviting readers to join them in an uprising “against a cultural mind-set that twists the purpose and potential of the teen years and threatens to cripple our generation.

Questions for discussion and reflection:

    • Looking back, do you see a season, a book, or an event that changed what you believe or how you live?  If so, talk about it.  How are you different now?


    • One teen told Alex and Brett, “Everyone I know at school is shackled by low expectations.”  Could you say the same thing?  If so, talk about why.


    • Have you ever found yourself responsible for a task that seemed too big for you to succeed at?  If so, what happened?  Did that experience turn out to be a bad thing or a good thing your life?


    • Did you identify with the story of shy Heidi Bentley (pages 19-22)?  If so, talk about it.


    • History shows that youth movements against God-established authority have generally amouunted to much.  How do the authors set their message apart from such movements? 

Do Hard Things: Week 1, Chapter 1 DISCUSSION

July 9, 2008

The following questions were made available from the study guide found at 

The discussion guidelines can be found here and my introductory comments on chapter 1 here.

Questions for discussion:

As you read the inside flaps of the book and the first chapter, how did you react to the authors’ talk about change, hard things, and “rebelution”?

Usually we try to look to older (hopefully wiser) people for life advice.  Do you see any risks when teenagers – in this case, two nineteen year olds – try to persuade other young people to change how they think?  On the other hand, what might be some advantages to the authors’ age?

“We don’t think ‘average teenagers’ exist,” write the twins.  Do you feel average?  If so, why?  Does that ever feel like a good thing?  If not, what is it that makes you feel not average?

The fictional Dundress monks were well intentioned but unhappy Christians who believed that more misery must mean more holiness.  Have you ever thought that?  Where do you think that kind of thinking comes from?

In what ways do you think popular culture misrepresents what the teen years are for?  Can you think of one thing that would change if you and your friends believed – really believed – that low expectations were ripping you off?

Remember, AT LEAST 1 comment and AT LEAST 1 response to someone elses comment. 

Looking forward to chatting with you!