cover image Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms

Tim Tebow, with A. J. Gregory. Waterbrook, $25 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7352-8986-4

"God's got it" is the life-affirming slogan of Heisman Trophy%E2%80%93winner Tebow, the football player remembered by many for his impassioned speeches, hybrid talents, and commitment to his faith%E2%80%94he once stirred up controversy by writing Bible verses in his eye black. "Have faith," "trust God," "it's not so much who you are as whose you are," and "God has a plan" are among the encouragements that run through every chapter of this uplifting memoir. There's a lot to like here, including personal details that football fans and Christians alike will savor, as well as inspiring stories of ill and disabled children whom Tebow has helped through missions and his own charitable foundation. Critics might say it's easy for such a famous and successful person to have powerful confidence, but Tebow reminds readers that no one is immune to disappointment and doubt, and that success can bring its own burdens. Some may take issue with Tebow's simplistic affirmations of faith (including seeing God in coincidence); others will see them as the book's greatest strength. All readers will be won over by Tebow's dedication and perseverance, and admire him for staying true to service-oriented Christianity through a quite unconventional life. (Oct.)