We encourage any participants of Vertigo to conduct a book study of Do Hard Things. Do Hard Things is a book that was written by Alex and Brett Harris, who were teenagers at the time. After our Youth Minister and College Minister read this book, they decided to share their thoughts with us.
When they told us that the event they had imagined would be youth led, they encouraged us to attend a book study in which we read and discuss each chapter in depth. This book is the inspirational philosophy and driving motivation behind Vertigo. Many of the short biographies in this book are about other youths stepping outside of their comfort zone in order to accomplish things they never would have dreamed of participating in.
Three of our teens got to meet Alex and Brett Harris at the Christian Book Expo in Dallas, TX this spring. The event deeply moved them, enough that they began to stray outside of their normal boundaries; they found themselves talking to complete stranger and Vertigo, and inspired more and more people to join this cause. After hearing these three teens explain Vertigo, the Harris brothers mentioned these teens in a session later in the day and stated that their next book would include stories such as these.
Along with this book study, a certain song has been very inspirational; the name of this song is "The Motions" by Matthew West. Many of us are afraid at first what other people will think of us, but we find that after taking that first shaky step, our fears subside. The youth planning Vertigo defies what others told us is impossible; we will make it happen.
1 Timothy 4:12 states: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." The entirety of this event revolves around that very verse. Our age does not determine for us what we can or cannot do.