Book Review: Shaken: Discovering your true identity in the midst of life’s storms, by Tim Tebow with A. J. Gregory
Failure teaches us more profound and meaningful lessons than does success. God never wastes any of our experiences in shaping our lives. Those two statements form the main idea of Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken: Discovering your true identity in the midst of life’s storms.
Tebow shares the lessons he learned after being traded from the NFL Denver Broncos, and later cut from the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles. Using personal illustrations, he explains the importance of finding one’s identity in Christ rather than in success. He talks about overcoming challenges, dealing with criticism, and learning to trust God and his plan for our lives. He stresses the importance of having a “circle of trust” that we can share our ideas with and who can advise us when we need help. The author also challenges the reader about standing up for the truth and investing one’s life in something that will last.
If you are a Tim Tebow fan, you will be encouraged by his stories. He talks more about his failures than his successes. If you are not a fan of Tebow, you will get the sense he spends too much time talking about the people he knows, his activities, and the lives he has touched. I found myself in the middle. I enjoyed his stories but grew tired of what felt like bragging. There is also a sense of disconnect in that he spends much of the book telling how much he wanted to be an NFL quarterback and yet he is in the news for trying to make the New York Mets baseball team.
While his principles and ideas are sound, none of what he says is original. The same material has been presented better by other authors. What sells the book is the one telling the stories. It is an ok book, but not a great one.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.