the alternative book

The Alternative: Awaken Your Dreams, Unite Your Community and Live in Hope focuses on the big issues in life: friendship, dating, anxiety, self-esteem, faith, and the future—to name a few. Caleb Stanley and Austin Dennis, cofounders of The Alternative, bring together inspirational voices such as Jefferson Bethke, Luke Lezon, Chelsea Crockett, Masey Mclain, John Luke Robertson and many more to tackle tough issues with honesty and transparency.

Based on the core principles of The Alterative movement, Caleb and Austin inspire readers to awaken their dreams, to unite communities in today’s tumultuous world, and to amplify hope in themselves and the people around them.


dream + create

From as early as I can remember, I've loved to build things. When I was 3 years old I built with building blocks. As a teen I built tree houses with scraps from the neighborhood burn pile. As I grew older I started designing websites and graphics. Creating has never been an obligation to obey, but a calling to live in. Today, my favorite things to build are dreams. Taking intangible things like ideas and concepts and turning them into realities. It's at this intersection, our creativity and God's plan, that we find our greatest purpose. Out of every canvas we are given to design, the most incredible perhaps is our own life. This is mine.