You know him on the football field. You know him for his faith. Now, Tim Tebow wants you to know him when life has him shaken, literally. And he wants you to know it happens to all of us.
In life, there are going to be a lot of highs and lows, and eventually, everything around you will be shaking, so what will you have to hold on to?
It’s a question Tim Tebow poses in his newly released book, Shaken, and it’s something that you’ll be faced with more than once in life.
Tim Tebow knows better than many that ‘There is more to this world than money, fame and power.’ So, he asks, what is your identity?
Who are you when the chips are down?
When the going gets tough?
Do you rise above, or wallow in the misery?
Because, honestly, that’s the person who matters to me.
Of course we will all be at our best when times are great, but who you become when life doesn’t go your way shows your true character.
That is your true identity.
It doesn’t take long in the book for Tebow to share some of his disappointments. He walks us into Gillette Stadium, into the meeting with Coach Belichick, when he was cut from the Patriots the night after a big win. He explains how stunned he was, thinking he was finally safe from the cuts, hoping he was reading all the signs right, when the organization decided he was no longer a fit.
It would have been easy to get angry and let the insults fly, but instead, Tebow wished the coach all the best. He rallied around his family for support. Then found another cause to fight for, a cause off the football field.
Not that he left forever, we all know that.
But he found another place to pour his energy.
He explains that his religion guided him through. And yes, even that would have been easy to ignore at his lowest moments, but he realized his faith is too big a part of his identity.
To me, the book is more an offer of hope than a memoir. Even Tebow explains that. Heck, he still has way too much life to live to even begin to contemplate what his memoir would look like.
But he already knows to stop searching for more.
He wants you to know that, too. He wants you to know you have purpose. There is a plan. You are loved. You are special.
More than anything, he wants you to know your circumstances do not define you. Your identity does.
If you or someone you love needs to be reminded there is a light at the end of the tunnel…a solid foundation when you feel it is shaken…this book will help. He may not be leading up a team as quarterback, but in my opinion, Tebow is winning at the game of life.
(Reader note: I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. As always, my opinion remains my own.)