Monday, October 17, 2016

Shaken by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory

First, he was a beloved college football champion, Heisman trophy winner, media sensation, and best-selling author drafted in the first round of the 2010 Draft. Then he had a miracle playoff run with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets. After one season he was cut by New York. Next he was signed by the New England Patriots then let go after training camp—a scenario that repeated itself the following summer with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tim Tebow has achieved big victories and plunged the depths of failure, all while never letting go of his faith, even in the face of doubt and disappointment. In Shaken he explains why neither the highs nor the lows of his life can define him—and he reveals how you, too, can find confidence in your identity and know who you are. In revealing passages, Tebow pulls back the curtain on his life, sharing the vulnerable moments of his career that have shaken him to his core—while also teaching the biblical principles that will enable you to keep the faith, no matter what comes your way.

My review:

   I hate football..... really, really hate it. So it may seem weird for a guy who hates football to read and review a book by a football player. Maybe so, but this book isn't really about football. I have been impressed with Tim as a man and Christian for quite some time, even if I never watched a game that he played in, so I was intrigued enough to request the book.

 Tim talks a lot about being cut from a team, and how that feels, and then goes on to say how he - and all of us - need to focus on God and the fact that we are His when life deals us a blow like that.

 I honestly can't say what I expected from the book, but I definitely didn't expect what I read. Sure, he talks about football a lot... but he talks about God, his relationship with Him, and our identity in Him a lot more than football.

 To put it in simple terms, there is a lot of good stuff in this book. The book is an interesting read, and I didn't find myself bored at all. Tim's faith comes through on every page, and I was encouraged and challenged by what I read, and it made me want to be a better man and Christian. It didn't make me like football, but that isn't the intent of the book anyway.....

 Tim relates a few stories of people he has met who have challenged in their lives, and it helped bring home the truth that God is the answer to whatever we face in life.

 I read through the book much faster than I had expected, for it being a non-fiction book..... and by a football player..... but it is a book I would definitely recommend. If this football hater enjoyed it and was encouraged and challenged by it, anyone will.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick, and Heisman trophy winner. After playing in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tebow joined the SEC Network. In addition to his role on SEC Nation, the network's traveling road show, Tebow also contributes to a variety of other ESPN platforms. Through everything Tim's true passion remains the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation which he began in 2010. The foundation's mission is to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The foundation is fulfilling that mission everyday by serving thousands of deserving children around the world.

Shaken is available from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing.

Thanks to Waterbrook/Multnomah for the review copy.