WOW!!! Odd way to begin a book review I know, but I cannot think of any better way to express the impact this book has had on me. I chose to review the book not so much because of the author but because of the short review given about it. It sounded like this book covered many of the emotions that I have been dealing with for the past five years; emotions very similar to those that a young Tim Tebow has had to deal with as well. Throughout the book I just kept saying, “Bless his heart!” Due to his visibility as an exceptional athlete, I have no doubt that his trials were sometimes made larger than they would have been had he been just a “regular” person. Because of the age of this young man, I must admit that I never really expected it to be a very deep read. Thankfully, I was wrong.
I didn’t even know who Tim Tebow was until his name was mentioned in a Sunday School class I was in four or five years ago. Prayer was requested for him to be able to stand against what we Christians would call “the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16), but what in essence was the roasting that the media was giving him, yet again, for whatever happening they had found at that point in time over which to give him grief. Needless to say, no one with even less than half a brain puts much stock in what the media has to say these days, or shouldn’t if they do.
We tend to think that those who find themselves in the limelight have no worries or cares. How could they? After all, everything is always going their way. Right? This book dispels that myth and affords us the opportunity to realize that those who seem to have it all often struggle with the exact same problems and discouragements as the rest of us “regular” people. Actually, I would contend that their struggles are made more difficult because of their status and visibility. Should they react in the manner opposite of what we expect, even the most loyal fans are likely to join in with the media to tear down the one who moments before was on a pedestal or in the position of a hero, for whatever reason he or she was deemed to be so. What a sad commentary on humans that we are so fickle. Thankfully, as was pointed out in the book, our God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrew 13:5b) even if friends, family, or fans do.
Mr. Tebow reminded me of many Biblical truths throughout his book, the most needed reminder being that in Chapter 5 about Job. I have long read the last few chapters of the book of Job in order to put my own struggles into perspective and more often than not to adjust my bad attitude (Job 38-42). However, for some reason I have failed to do that these past few years, so for this reminder, I sincerely thank him.
While one would think that the focus of this book would be on his career in football, I didn’t find it to be so. Yes, many facts about happenings throughout his career on the field were included. After all, that has been a very big part of his short life. I found that information to be interesting for sure, but more importantly, he shared both events and people that have come into his life along the way which have helped him to keep his personal achievements and abilities in perspective. Winning games and trophies are all well and good, but thankfully, he realizes that winning souls for Christ will have a much greater impact, one that will last for all eternity.
I finished the book knowing that I would go back and read it again. There is a lot of content here that could be used for many purposes from personal devotions, to a group study, and especially as a Bible study for homeschoolers. In fact, I wish this book had been available for the latter when I was teaching my own children. I’m sure that by having a modern day role model, such as this young man seems to be, my children would have been encouraged when taking on the challenge of being different than those in the world who would cross their paths. I have no doubt that because of his example they would have found it helpful in standing up for what is right even when not the popular thing to do, much less the easiest. If there is a young person in your life, be they a Christian or not, I highly recommend that you gift them a copy of this book.
I trust “Shaken” will be used by God to shake up and wake up people of all ages and, hopefully, of all religions. More importantly, I hope that it will also shake up those who have no religion and those who deny that there is a God. If it is true that the pen is mightier than the sword, then the words that young Mr. Tebow has penned here will have a much needed and positive impact on all who take the time to read them. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.