I have long been a fan of Tim Tebow ever since his days as a Florida Gator. Despite not being a Gator fan, I found it hard to not like Tebow. He was bold in his faith then and has continued to be bold in his faith now. The things he has done for those with special needs have been amazing. I appreciate how he values life and it shows in everything he does and in all the choices he makes. No person is beneath him.
I hadn’t read Tim Tebow’s first book on his life, but I’d like to go back and read it now. I’m assuming this book picks up where that one left off. Shaken focuses on the newest chapter in his life. It picks up when he was asked to be part of a few different football teams and then when he was let go. I appreciate his honesty in addressing that time in his life. I actually had never stopped to think about how being let go could be a humiliating experience. While we heard the news plastered all over ESPN and other new channels and received alerts on our phones, Tim shared his thoughts and how he dealt with each disappointment. It takes humility to discuss hard things, like failure. The reader clearly sees humility in the pages of this book.
Shaken takes readers through not only Tim Tebow’s storms in the last few years, but he addresses the storms that every reader most certainly has or has had in their lives. He reminds his readers over and over again that God’s got it….we don’t, but He does.
I’ve always wondered how Tebow felt when people made fun of him for “tebowing” when he made a touchdown. His answer to that was “stay true to who you are.” That sums up the book. Tim has been shaken but has not lost who He is because His foundation is built on Christ. Likewise, when we are shaken in the trials of life, we won’t fall because our foundation has been rooted in Christ.
There is a Bible study that has just come out to go along with the book. I have not done the study, but if it’s like the book then I think it would be a great small group study. I could see this book being used greatly to help facilitate discussion among teen boys.
Whether you like Tebow or not, I think most people can respect him and many of the decisions that he makes in his life. Shaken is an excellent book that shares his story, but that also reminds you that your identity is in Christ and not in your successes or failures.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.