Despite carrying the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, subsequently being cut from 3 NFL teams, and receiving constant media hostility, Tim Tebow’s faith was not shaken.
On October 25 Tebow, who now plays outfield for the New York Mets in an instructional league, released his new book titled, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms. According to the description on Amazon, Shaken discusses “glimpses of [Tebow’s] journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny.” Tebow probably has a lot to say about media criticism, considering the leftist sports media has either ignored or belittled his achievements.
Tim Tebow went on Good Morning America to talk about his book on October 24. He remarked that his Christian faith helped guide him through difficult times: “When you have an identity that’s bigger than what you do, even when that fails or you crumble or someone says you’re not good enough or you can’t or you won’t or you shouldn’t, you can still prevail over that because your life is bigger than that."
In the book, which includes insights from Scripture and people who have impacted his life, Tebow talks about the lessons he’s learned and how he built confidence in his identity in God rather than the world.
In an interview with his publisher posted on Amazon, Tebow mentioned the biggest lesson he learned as a result of the criticism he received during his career: “I’m a people pleaser by nature, and I want to make everybody happy. But at the same time, it’s not fulfilling to make everybody happy. What is fulfilling is to stand for something that’s right.”
Tebow explained the title of the book, stating that despite the highs and lows in his life, “My identity lies as a child of God, and that is something that will never be shaken.” No matter how much the media tries to smear him.
In response to the question, “How important is serving others to your identity,” Tebow responded, “I feel like the closest that we get to fulfilling our calling is making a difference in other people’s lives.”
According to ABC News, the Tim Tebow Foundation operates a hospital in the Philippines that cares for 2,000 orphans.
Singer Bon Jovi and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton both gave the book positive reviews. Bon Jovi referred to Tebow as “a role model, an inspiration,” while Newton claimed, “Tim has always inspired me with his dedication to grow and improve in all aspects of life, especially his faith.”
Lucky for Tebow, the media will probably just ignore his new book rather than take the time to disparage it.