Friday, June 06, 2008

ORB: Bringing Do Hard Things to the bookstore nearest you

Our generation is stuck in a bag of cultural lies, and we enjoy it.

Do Hard Things, a book authored by teens Alex and Brett Harris, is God's amplified call to us. A call to get out of the bag and walk in the path without faltering. A call to wake up from the slumber of low expectations and start doing something different. Something extraordinary. Something hard.

How do we do that?

Do Hard Things, Exciting?!
It may not seem that way, but it is! We can attest to that. God knows how many smileys we want to deck all over this post just to express our joy. The moment we stepped out of our comfort zone, we learned to lean completely on God. It was hard, but God was there.

What is ORB?
ORB - or Operation Rebelizing Bookstores - is a mission impossible mission that we (and we want you, too, wherever you are) want to undertake to bring Do Hard Things in our country, the Philippines.

Why ORB?
Books come to the Philippines only a year or so after they have been published. Or, if they do come at all, the bookstores that have them have less than ten copies - not enough for all who want to read them.
Our goal then is to rebelize these bookstores in less than a year by bringing Do Hard Things to their shelves for all the people to see and read.
Hard, yes, but after all, it is a book entitled "Do HARD Things."

What to do
Start with the local bookstores near your place. Ask them if they have copies of Do Hard Things. If yes, spread the word to your friends. If not, don't get discouraged. This is a chance for you to do Hard Things. Ask to speak with the manager, or, like in the case of OMFLit (when Christin and I went), a person from the publishing committee. Tell them about The Rebelution, your ORB mission, and what a great book Do Hard Things is. It might also help to print the statistics and details from Amazon, and perhaps even a few reviews.

If Do Hard Things is not yet in your local bookstores, then it's time to do ORB (Operation Rebelizing Bookstores). We'll keep you posted on how we are ORBing in the Philippines. And if you have your own version of ORBing, let us know! We'd love to hear from you.

In everything, Soli Deo Gloria!

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