Book Review: This is the Day
First, thank you Waterbrook and Multnomah for providing an advance copy of This is the Day by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory. Thank you to Tim Tebow for your openness and point of view in the life stories you shared. I learned a lot from your experiences and was encouraged by your heart.
I remember reading the first book Tim Tebow wrote soon after it came out. I have a confession, I’m not a fan of his athletic accomplishments. My sports knowledge was limited, I learned a lot about football from his first book. I also learned a lot about finishing strong. A saying my dad has is, “love God, live right, and finish strong”, it was cool to see that committment to all of those three things playing out in someone else’s life.
Since then I've read every book he has written. From Through my Eyes to This is the Day, I've read his stories about his life and walk with Jesus. When possible, I volunteer and support the foundation that bears his name and is an extension of his heart for people. It is weird for me, but I guess I could be considered a fan...I prefer the term admirer of his faith and heart. It is his faith and heart that encourages me in my life.
Anyways, so this new book, This is the Day. From the very beginning, I felt like I was sitting down with a friend just chatting about life and the attitude we choose to take with us throughout the day. It is written in an encouraging manner, sharing life stories and lessons. Through the way it is written, you get his inside viewpoint on stories that made headlines and others. In reading the book you'll be getting to know him, you'll encounter someone who is tough with a tender heart. You'll also see how his faith in God impacts the way he lives his life. Through the process of reading the book, you may get pumped up like a team does right before a game. The stories he tells also encourage you to pursue that one thing on your heart. In the end, you realize failing at something you always wanted to do, is better than never trying and not knowing if you are able.
This year, my word has been hope. Each year I choose a word to learn more about it definition wise and from what the Bible says about it. I also have been learning about trusting God in every area of my life. Hope and trust go hand in hand, hope springs from a heart that trusts. This is the day reminds me of how many opportunities in life every day that we have to trust God, whether it is in following the nudge to talk with someone or stepping out to do that thing, we encounter things each day where we could choose trust or choose someday. Another thing I grabbed from reading this book, is how simple it is to serve God wherever you are at in life. It doesn’t take grand gestures or big events, there are simple things that can be done each day that have the ability to bless those around you. Its something I know and have seen to be true. This book was a needed reminder of how significant small things can be in your life. Sometimes I can make things more complex than it needs to be, or get caught up in reaching goals of which their value often fades with time.
This book reminders me of a verse, I often pray this prayer over anyone I encounter who has faith in God. It is this hope that what we do is done to honor God with our life and lifestyle. An honest pursuit of God, living in the shadow of his grace while being empowered to follow the call put on our lives today.
So, wherever life finds you today, my prayer is 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 over your life. May the truth of that verse sink into you, as you read This is the Day by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory. It is out today, if you want to know more of who this guy is and what his foundation does, check out the book, but also check out the Tim Tebow Foundation.