Book Review

Book Review: This is the Day by Time Tebow

9780525650300.jpegThe New York Times best-selling sports star and media icon motivates readers to stop postponing dreams and start making them happen now because–this is the day.

Beyond Tim Tebow’s exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel “stuck”–unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: “now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day.” In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from “pause” to “play” in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book’s themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including his an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career.

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This was such an interesting book. I had never read anything by him prior to joining the launch team for This is the Day, and only knew him by his reputation. He has such an authentic writing style, though, that after reading this book I felt like I had met him in person.

This book served a double purpose (to me, anyways) – one being to tell about Tebow’s experiences and testimony, and the other being to serve as a motivational book to inspire readers. I liked hearing about Tim’s life and how God has worked in and through it. His faith truly shines through his writing, and it was such an inspiration to read about a celebrity who is that confident in sharing their faith. As far as the motivational side, he has some solid questions that force you to evaluate yourself and reflect on the challenge he has given you.

All that being said, I did feel like the double purpose was a bit confusing at times, because while his stories were encouraging, I feel like they often detracted from the motivational point a bit because my focus, anyways, was on the story. My other concern with this model is that the stories are used to help readers connect with the message Tim is trying to convey, but most people would struggle with that since his lifestyle as a celebrity and professional athlete looks so much different than the majority of the people reading this book. So while his stories about going up and talking to people and finding ways to be a blessing to them were inspiring, it was a little hard to connect them to my own life.

Overall, this book is worth the read. Tebow has been such a light for Christ while in the spotlight, and while not all of his experiences were relevant to mine, it was such an encouragement to read about how Christ is working through him.

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