This Is The Day: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite Your Passion. Live Your Purpose., by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah/Waterbrook Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Tim Tebow, former quarterback for the Florida Gators and Denver Broncos and current member of the New York Mets farm system in baseball, has lived an exciting life, and in this quick and easy-to-read book, the author discusses the exciting ways that he has leveraged his money and fame in order to serve others. Yet readers like myself will be at some disadvantage in reading this book, as the author refers to other books that he has written before, and this book will be most appreciated by those who are either big fans of the author’s athletic career or very familiar with his faith and his previous writings . As someone who is at best a mild fan of the author, this book was mainly of value in demonstrating the author’s commitment to service and his optimism and faith that God will fulfill his plans through believers, and that is sufficient to get a lot out of the book.
This book is about 200 pages and is divided into twelve chapters that are divided into various thematic rather than chronological chapters. Tebow reminds the reader to tell their loved ones about their love (1), get in the game (2), and leave the past behind (3). He tells readers to listen to the right voice (4), believe in what really matters (5), and to say yes (6) to the opportunities that God is giving us to make our life less self-absorbed. After that Tebow writes that readers should put in the work necessary to live a more godly life (7), open their eyes to what is going on around them (8) and live in generosity with open hands (9). Finally, the author looks at how God flips the script of the expectations we tend to have (10), how we need to go back to the well and depend on God and His strength (11), and make every moment of our life count for what most matters (12). All of this is told through the author’s personal stories about his background as the son of American missionaries in the Philippines, his experience as a football player in college and the pros, and his struggle to overcome haters and to serve others as God would have us do.
As someone who appreciates what the author has to say about serving others and who does this a fair amount in my life, what I found most worthwhile about this volume was the way it described the life of a talented athlete seeking to live his faith while making a living through his talent. And the life of an athlete, full of agents and personal assistants and charitable foundations is not the sort of life I am familiar with. It is interesting to note the author’s commitment to honing his craft and developing his faith and his struggle with large amounts of injuries as he faces over and over again in this volume. As I write this, the author missed the chance to be called up by the Mets in the big leagues because of an injury that has put him on injured reserve, and that appears to have been a trend. There is no question that the author has been able to overcome a great deal of pain in the past and has been a worthwhile two-sport athlete to be considered among the most notable in that regard, especially in recent years. As a straightforward book from someone who doesn’t strike this reader as being full of pretense, this is definitely a worthwhile look into how the author lives a life of faith and wishes to encourage others to do so as well.
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