Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow

November 4, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow 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 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 brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell—from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between.

At every step, Tebow’s life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.

Liked:

  • This was truly an inspirational book for me. Not in a “finding the Lord” sense, though I’m sure that will probably happen to some people, but just in strictly a work ethic/giving it your all sort of way. To hear about how Tebow prepared for everything and took his training so seriously made me feel like adopting the same attitude towards my daily workouts.
  • Tim Tebow strikes me as one of the sincerest professional athletes around. He doesn’t just talk the talk; he actually walks the walk. That’s very rare in this day and age, and I have a lot of respect for the young man on this account.
  • Although Tebow “wears his religion on his sleeve,” as has been said a thousand and one times, he’s not overbearing and in-your-face about it. He doesn’t try to convert you with every word. He basically says what the Lord means to him and his life, but doesn’t say “You’re condemned to eternal damnation if you don’t covert RIGHT NOW.”
  • Details, details, details. I’m not really a college football fan and have never been a part of Gator Nation in any way, shape, or form, but Tebow’s firsthand accounts of his four seasons at the University of Florida made for riveting reading. (Yes, you DO hvae to be a football fan of some sort to appreciate what he’s saying.) In fact, I was so intrigued by some of his exploits that I spent several hours on YouTube looking up clips of some of the specific incidents that he talked about. What an amazing career!
  • I like that Tebow plans to use his platform as a professional athlete to spread a good message. Just from what I’ve read and what I’ve seen of him in interviews, I wouldn’t mind having my child look up to him as a role model.

Disliked:

  • Yes, the religion stuff and the bible quotes got old after a while. On the one hand, I know that’s part and parcel of who Tebow is. On the other hand, I’m not religious at all, so just for me personally, the quotes got to be tiresome.
  • I wish Tebow had given fans a better look at his relationship with coach Urban Meyer. He offered a few random scenes, but never fully articulated what Meyer meant to him beyond generic descriptions such as they were “close” and Meyer was a “father figure.” That could be determined even without reading the book; I wanted to know more specific ways that Meyer influenced Tebow.
  • I wanted to learn more about Tim’s life as the big man on campus at UF. How did he deal with the celebrity aspect? Did students hound him for autographs in his classes? Was he able to walk across campus without getting stopped for pics and autographs? How did the professors treat him?

Rating:

Overall, I was pretty impressed by Through My Eyes. I was not a Tebow fan going into the book, but was merely curious as to what all the hype was about. Now, however, I really am a fan and am rooting for him to succeed even more than he has already. Tebow lovers and Gators would obviously love this book, but I think it has broader appeal as well (to football fans and/or Christians, at least). I give it 4 stars out of 5.

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