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This marks yet another book off the list of 14 books I was excited about in 2016, and I am yet to meet a disappointment from that list!
Title: Shaken: Discovering your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms
Author: Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory
Published by: Waterbrook (10/25/16)
Pages: 224 (Paperback)
Blurb: Who are you when life is steady?
Who are you when storms come?
Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak. And while this is not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth, we can endure the tough times.
In this powerful book, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny. Following an exceptional college football career with the Florida Gators and a promising playoff run with the Denver Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. He was released after one season.
In Shaken, Tebow talks about what he’s learned along the way, building confidence in his identity in God, not the world. This moving book also features practical wisdom from Scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted Tebow in life-changing ways.
Though traveling hard roads is not easy, it’s always worth it!
Your Circumstances do not Define You,
Your Identity Does.
What do you do when life takes an unplanned detour? When the unexpected happens? When doubt or negativity tries to rise above your faith? Most of us can relate to these questions.
Through a dynamic lens of story and insight, Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow tells what he’s learned during the highs and the lows of his journey in the NFL. Shaken also features practical wisdom from the pages of Scripture and moving narratives of individuals—from celebrities to cancer patients—who have impacted Tebow’s life. Their inspiring stories will encourage you also to tackle fear, overcome bitterness, and take on the obstacles life throws at you.
My Take: As a football fan and a Christian, I was aware of the carousel of events that transpired in the years that Tim Tebow was active in the NFL. Like many I know, I have been a supporter of the guy and am still hoping he gets another chance to quarterback a team in the NFL. And this book does discuss many of those events related to his time in the NFL, but to say that those are the focus of this book would be a major understatement. Rather than focusing on what happened to him, he uses those events to springboard into a hard look at who a person is when things aren’t turning out quite like they plan. When you get shaken, where do you put your faith and trust? And, as Tebow frankly admits, it can be very hard for even him to keep his faith in God having a plan for him when blow after blow comes and shatters the dreams that were expected.
This book was fun to read, and I would imagine that even people who are not sports fans would be able to enjoy the book. Tebow’s stories and the lessons within are ones that everyone can relate to in some fashion. The book left me encouraged as a Christian and eager to seek out ways that I can not only root myself in Christ, but also in finding small ways to reach out and affect the lives of others in the world. I highly recommend this book, and am confident that you will gain a stronger sense of identity, and where it should reside, by the time you are finished.
“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”