Sunday, November 6, 2016

Shaken, by Tim Tebow

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity In The Midst Of Life's Storms, by Tim Tebow, is an uplifting book that delivers exactly what it promises: both a personal story and a broader encouragement about the staying grounded when life throws us disappointment, heartache, and rejection.

I have always sort of had a soft spot for Tim Tebow, even though I didn't particularly follow his career. What I saw was a man who very publicly lived out his dream, and his faith, and who was subsequently skewered by both the media and the general public when he fell out of favor. The more negative Tebow-related things that popped up on my newsfeed, the more compassion I felt. This honest and refreshing book showed me a real and vulnerable side of Tim Tebow that the media couldn't (and wouldn't!) ever capture.

Tebow isn't perfect, and this book doesn't pretend otherwise.  In fact, it takes us deep into the myriad of ways that he - just like the rest of us - struggles with things like disappointment, and failure, and arrogance, and a too-competitive spirit.  He takes us through both the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, how he handled them, how he wished he handled them, and what he learned.

At its heart, this book is one man's story of how he remembers who he is (and whose he is) even when the rest of the world seems like it is conspiring against him.  It is honest, raw, and relatable to anyone who's ever experienced disappointment of any kind - which is all of us.

Great and inspiring read.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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