Book Review: Shaken

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Confession time: When he first appeared on the college football scene, I was not the biggest Tim Tebow fan. It miiiiiight have had something to do with the fact that he turned down offers to play at my beloved Alabama and instead chose the Florida Gators, where he was having tremendous success. Like winning two national championships and the Heisman. And I miiiiiight have taken some tiny pleasure in seeing him cry when Bama beat the Gators in the 2009 SEC championship game, avenging its loss at the hand of Tebow in the 2008 game. (The Tide went on to win the 2009 BCS National Championship, but I digress.)

Since his graduation and the end to his SEC dominance, however, I’ve taken much more of a liking to Tebow. I admire his outspoken faith, for which he has been equally lauded and ridiculed by fans and the press alike. That’s why I was delighted to be chosen to be part of the launch team for his new book, Shaken.

In the book, Tebow chronicles the ups and downs of his NFL career, which has been a rocky journey compared to the overwhelming success he had in college. Being traded and released from multiple teams, facing sharp criticism and intense media scrutiny  have been recipes for disappointment. Tebow draws on those experiences to show what he’s learned throughout the process, namely a renewed sense of reliance on God and finding his identity not on the playing field but in his relationship with God.

Tebow also shares stories from inspiring people he’s met who have battled serious illness and other adversities and have achieved joy and peace despite the burdens they’ve faced.

While the vast majority of us will never know the disappointment of being rejected by NFL teams like Tebow has, we can identify with having dreams that get derailed or dealing with people who let us down. Overall, I found Shaken to be an enjoyable and encouraging read, one that I think will be used to reach many who have followed Tebow throughout his playing days as well as those who, like me, admire his faith and want to know about his life off the playing field.

Want to win a signed copy of Shaken?  Click here to enter Penguin Random House’s giveaway by October 14, 2016.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Penguin Random House as part of the Shaken launch team. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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