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Through My Eyes Paperback – February 19, 2013
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From the Back Cover
His Life, His Words
Over the course of the past five years, Tim Tebow has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he has amassed an unparalleled resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy, and, in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow writes about life as he chooses to live it, revealing how his Christian faith, his family values, and his relentless drive to succeed have molded him into the person and the athlete he is today.
The son of Christian missionaries, Tebow detailshis early years—from the circumstances of his birth in the Philippines to his homeschooled upbringing to his parents' emphasis on developing his character and deepening his belief whenever possible. Setting the record straight, he tells the story of his long and difficult path to becoming a quarterback, a path that at every stage was blocked by coaches telling him he'd never make it, that he should just give up and switch positions. Yet despite the critics, he believed—not just in himself but in the plan God had laid out for him—and time after time his deter-mination and dedication proved his detractors wrong.
Taking you from his first week of Pop Warner practice to his record-setting career at Florida to his rookie season in Denver, Tebow goes inside the huddle on his biggest wins and most frustrating losses, showing how through both triumph and defeat he has grown as a leader, as a person, and as a follower of Jesus Christ. What emerges is a captivating portrait of a man whose passions demand the best from teammates, whose words inspire faith in others, and whose heart leaves everything on the field.
At every step, Tebow's life has defied conventionand expectation. While parts of his life have been well-documented, these stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. With this book he offers a firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened—on the field, behind the scenes, and through his eyes.
About the Author
Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback, who was a first-round draft pick in 2010. He was the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy and won the NCAA National Football Championships twice with the University of Florida Gators. His charitable organization, the Tim Tebow Foundation, was established in 2010 to bring faith, hope, and love to those in need.
Nathan Whitakeris the coauthor of three New York Times bestsellers including Quiet Strength, which he co-wrote with Tony Dungy. He lives in Florida.
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it is not easy to get to that level, as where
do you go from 5, but down. Second, I am part
of the GATOR NATION and ALL their sports
programs, swimming, tennis, soccer most of all.
Now then, this book takes us from Tim Tebow's early
life, up to his first NFL year. For those that don't
know it, Tebow was almost not with us, his parents
were told of the danger he was causing his Mother
during pregnancy and that maybe an abortion should be
considered. He has fought every day of his life,
with the help of God and the teachings of his Parents.
He has shown that you can be a Christian and still be
a Warrior and knock people over and be a WINNER. The
thing people need to remember about Tim Tebow is, what
you see, is what you get. He does not put on a "false
PC" face, he is what he is. And NO ONE will ever change
that. Great book for young people as he is a Great Role
The book covers Tebow's birth in the Philippines, his childhood, and his high school, college, and NFL football experience; but it mostly focuses on his years as a Gator in Florida. The only con to the book is this:
Sometimes whole chapters of the book are taken up by college games, and how they went. If you're not a football fan, just a fair warning, you may have some trouble reading through it. And sometimes it gets a little repetitive, too.
All in all, this is one of the better books I've read, and it's good to know that there's another God fearing man out there, doing the job that the Lord set out for him. I give this book a 5/5. GB2!
I do not have a problem with the age in which he published this memoir, although based on reading other reviews, it seems there are critics. I found it refreshing to hear from someone from my generation who not only has a good head on his shoulders but an impeccable work ethic. In the fashion of a good inspirational sports story, I found myself more motivated to work harder and longer in my training for an upcoming marathon after reading Tim's mantras and about his successes.
I also found myself more motivated to pray. Although I am Christian, I am embarrassingly lackadaisical when it comes to praying and I wouldn't say Tebow's excessive praying guilted me into wanting to be more devout, but he did make me realize where God's presence was missing in my life due to my own neglect.
So based on Tebow's goal of writing an inspirational autobiography, I believe he has succeeded in getting out his message and affecting at least one life. As for the story, his story, I enjoyed reading about his upbringing and collegiate career. There were times when I felt he could have elaborated more on events in his life which he briefly mentions but could have lead to some great stories (i.e. a road trip with a packed car, a date with a fan with a brain tumor). And despite the low page count, I found the book very dense, with almost play by play details of all of his collegiate games.
I really like Tim Tebow based on what I read, and I am proud of the platform he has worked so hard and diligently to create for himself. Whether you're a fan of the Gators or Broncos, you cannot deny the results, his championship wins and other accomplishments (i.e. Heisman) had to be earned.
Before reading "Through My Eyes", I was aware that he is a devout Christian and I also felt his actions on and off the field were commendable, that he is a good role model. I feared the naysayers and comedians like Maher would discourage him - eat him up for praying, then losing a handful of games, and the public tears - but after reading his autobiography, I learned that this is nothing new for this tough football player with a big heart. He is no stranger to critics. Hopefully he will continue to succeed both on the field with the Broncos and off with his TIm Tebow Foundation. I finished "Through My Eyes" just in time to watch the Broncos defeat the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Game; it looks like Tebow will continue to make a name for himself in the NFL and it's exciting to see him succeed.