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The Gospel According to Tim (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Bottum
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What’s there left to say about Tim Tebow? He’s brilliant and appalling, inspiring and annoying--a straightforward young man who somehow played and prayed his way into being the most enigmatic figure in American sports.

In the essay-length Kindle Single “The Gospel According to Tim,” Joseph Bottum argues that Tebow strikes a nerve because he has slipped beyond all the usual categories of our wink-and-nudge culture of irony. And he’s done that mostly by being simply who he is: not a football-playing theologian but, in essence, a mystic:

“Isn’t that what everyone who has met Tebow does? Believe in him, I mean: believe that he’s for real. The young man is drunk on charity, in the same way he’s drunk on the endorphins that race through his body during his strenuous daily workouts. In the same way he’s drunk on the excitement of winning and losing football games before roaring crowds. In the same way he’s drunk on what the medieval mystics used to call “the gift of tears,” weeping easily and often. In the same way he’s drunk on his constant conversation with the Lord, referring all his victories and all his losses up to heaven.

“Tim Tebow isn’t a Christian theologian. He’s a Christian mystic — intoxicated, as all mystics are, with God. He’s King David, dancing in the joy of his youth before the Ark of the Covenant.”

Joseph Bottum, a writer in the Black Hills, is the author of the bestselling Kindle Single “Dakota Christmas.” He is, the essayist Andrew Ferguson has written, “one of America’s most gifted writers, with a perfect ear and a matchless style."

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January 20, 2012: Say what you will about Tim Tebow, his white-hot celebrity is at least a welcome change from extracurricular NFL stories about dog-fighting, concealed weapons, steroids, and sexual harassment. Some see the 24-year-old superstar as simply a sports phenomenon, others as a beacon of sincere Christian faith. For both groups, there's much to ponder in Joseph Bottum's timely portrait of the superstar quarterback. In elucidating the man, the myth, and the moment, Bottum indulges in memorable detours on a range of related topics, from Muhammad Ali and Pilgrim's Progress to the history of locker-room theology and changing fashions in the attempt to reduce the Bible to a bumper sticker. In the end, regardless of how Tebow performs on the field or what he does off of it, the man constantly refers to the bedrock importance of hope and love, which--last time I checked--remained foundational aims for thinkers as diverse (and decidedly not Christian) as Gandhi, Rumi, and Bill Hicks, to name just a few. So whether you take inspiration from Tim Tebow, or wait with white-knuckled anticipation for some great public fall from grace (or both), The Gospel According to Tim offers a level-headed look at the NFL's biggest story this year. --Jason Kirk

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars America's Un-Ironic Christian January 26, 2012
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This 9,000 word essay uses Tim Tebow as a platform to make commentary on America and sports. The essay is divided into three parts, the first part examining how America reacts to Tebow, and, more broadly, how American sports and American faith intermingle. The second part is what I might pre-emptively describe as classic Joseph Bottum. It discusses Tebow's unfeigned earnestness in contrast to a culture steeped in irony. Americans tend to expect the subtle twist, the ideal to be exposed as a cover for a typically selfish agenda, the absurd or too-clever juxtaposition. Is that happening with Tebow? Is there more to his mystique, or is he simply a (desirable) rarity for our time? The third part considers Tebow's heart, and in doing so, suggests that the soul of evangelicalism yearns not so much for theological depth but ethical purity.

For all this, Bottum seems more at home writing about the last half-century of Catholicism than about sports. And his Kindle Single memoir, Dakota Thanksgiving, is prefered above 'The Gospel According to Tim'. But for $.99 you can't go wrong. Joseph Bottum is a great writer, and I would pay to read his Craigslist ads. You do not have to enjoy football to enjoy this Kindle Single.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel According To Tim January 23, 2012
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Mr Bottum articulated the phenomena who is Tim Tebow very eloquently. He showed clearly that Tebow is not 'pushing his religion down our throats' and that if anything, given the fullness of Christianity he experiences at every moment, he is very reserved and private about it. Also that Tebow did not put himself in the limelight, but that the media and the fans put him there. I like how we come away from the essay with a feeling that Tebow is not someone to 'pin down'; that he is only age 24 and still forming; that at this point he as definable as a mist. His being 'indefinable' gives one a sense that it will be wonderful see him unfold.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, philosophical, and accurate January 26, 2012
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This is a wonderful essay (most readers can finish it in one hour) that tackles the phenomenon of Tim Tebow, as it concerns his early life and, more specifically, the 2011-2012 football season. It is very timely, and includes analysis of the Broncos loss to the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs.

The essay presents a wonderfully broad perspective on Tebow. It addresses theological trends (and how Tebow is somehow different sometimes) and also serves a discourse on current ethics and media relations. Quite honestly, I was amazed as the breadth and intelligence of it. I particularly loved the discussion of how our current society views irony and how Tebow stands apart for it.

The essay is neither a hit-job nor a hagiography. It presents a very accurate picture. I think that football fans, pop-culture fans, and people interested in media, theology, and psychology/sociology will find this very interesting. (Full disclosure: I'm a football fan with a decent football IQ, having playing in college, and I have an interest in psychology and theology. So, this essay was totally in my sweet spot).

If this represents the quality of Kindle Singles, I'm sure I will get more of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Take on Tebow Out There February 3, 2012
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I have read many excellent articles on Tim Tebow, but Joseph Bottum's long essay is the best. Earlier today, I read several of the passages I highlighted with my kindle to a colleague at the university. He listened appreciatively and said, "That Bottum guy sure can write, can't he?" He sure can. Spring for the 99 cents and a really good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Mystic meets Evangelical January 31, 2012
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This an excellent essay offering insight on Tebow but also our perceptions of the man and of faith. Social justice meets Christian Mysticism in an unexpected vessel, a 24 year old evangelical protestant quarterback.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel According to Tim Tebow March 24, 2012
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Kudos to the author for writing this little book and to Mr. Tebow for standing strong in his beliefs. It is interesting to note that the scripture he bore on his face was read by over 1,000 people on the internet. Whether you are a Christian or not, this book provides insight into a young man who has been embroiled in controversy and holds his head high. I am a huge football fan and a Christian; I enjoyed reading about well known NFL greats from the past. Mr. Tebow has stepped out on faith and he's an inspriration to many, including myself. It was a perfect small book that was easily read and enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A gospel May 1, 2014
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This was a 'gospel' as it said. This is a young man who has deep beliefs which he lives everyday. It proves you can be religious and still be a 'normal' guy. Not a bad read, but just repeated what I already knew about Tim Tebow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great football interpetation for many to read February 18, 2014
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I valued Tim's personal testimony on and off the professional football game. Praise God for Tim being willing to show his love for his Saviuor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Tebow Reflection
I always enjoy Joseph Bottum's writings. In the Gospel according to Tim he certainly does not disappoint. I am grateful for a good read.
Published 19 months ago by William J. Oconnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Wake up
The author is neither friend nor foe of Tebow, and I appreciated his ability to bring to light once again the sad truth that humans cannot cheer on those making sacrifices to live... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel
since I have to type several words to rate this I shall say I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT
Published on December 9, 2012 by ATNET
4.0 out of 5 stars Adds something new to the discussion
A good essay adds something new to the discussion of well-worn issues. The author writes a good essay by taking a topic much debated in the media and by the public and looking at... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Artemis825
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book.
I received this book and read it quickly. I enjoyed reading about Tim Tebow and found him to be interesting both as a humanitarian and an athlete.
Published on May 20, 2012 by Connie A. Lundt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thoughts
After reading this - I still have not changed my opion of Mr. Tebow , in fact it re-inforced my thoughts of him.
Published on April 27, 2012 by StevieB
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions
I believe Tim Tebow is exactly what you see. I mean that literally. If you don't believe in a personal God that cares for you, and Tim knows this, than you won't believe anything... Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Grace M. Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, Interesting Essay
Tim Tebow may not be a mystic like this book claims, but it's an interesting IDEA piece. That said, don't look for a ton of research in this. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Jen L.
3.0 out of 5 stars so much more could be said...
I understand that this was written as a 'kindle single' but the author did not go far enough IMO. I think the author correctly identifies what Tim Tebow is in relation to our... Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Joshua Collier
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More About the Author

The author of bestselling Kindle Singles, from "The Gospel According to Tim" to "Dakota Christmas" (revised and expanded as part of his new seasonal volume, "The Christmas Plains"), Joseph Bottum is a widely published essayist and poet, with work in magazines and newspapers from the "Atlantic" to the "Wall Street Journal."

The former literary editor of the "Weekly Standard" and former editor in chief of the journal "First Things," he holds a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and has done television commentary for networks from the BBC to EWTN, including appearances on NBC's Meet the Press and the PBS NewHour. His books include his latest poetry collection, "The Second Spring."

He lives with his family far off in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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