Monday, March 25, 2019

This is the Day - Review

This is the Day: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite Your Passion. Live Your Purpose.

By: Tim Tebow with AJ Gregory

Publication: September 25th 2018 by Waterbrook Press

244 pages

Genre: Christian, Non-fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--The 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

I read Tim Tebow's last book Shaken and was so impressed with him. His constant use of his platform to glorify God, his constant work to keep himself humble, and his foundation work are the biggest things that impressed me about him. Before Shaken I only knew him as the quarterback who wore scripture on his blackouts and took a knee in prayer for scoring a touchdown. But that book showed me there was much more to him than I expected. So when I saw he had a new book available for review I decided to check it out.

This is the Day is a different sort of book than Shaken. This is a call to action and what Tim decides to write about and share is all designed to ignite a spark in the reader a desire to get up and do something. Shaken was more of a call to faith, to trust God even if the path He leads us down isn't one we could have predicted and calls our identity (or who we think we are) into question. Personally, I preferred Shaken.

I enjoyed getting more of Tim's personal story, specifically, his thoughts about transitioning from football to baseball and how the struggles that go along with that change have affected his faith and lessons he's learned from God. But it's always the personal stories of people he's met and those he's taken his personal time to affect for good that has the biggest impact. A few of those stories had me tearing up.

My biggest frustration with Tim's message is the "watered down" message about how to be saved that he shares in every book. If you read the entire Bible or even the New Testament Scripture or even just the words of Christ, you will not find "the sinner's prayer" anywhere within. I believe this prayer came about in an attempt to combat the theory that good works can earn you salvation. That is not taught within the entire Bible, the New Testament, or the words of Christ either. But we are taught that our actions matter. While we can never be perfect enough to earn heaven and there is no scale weighing your good deeds against your sins, you cannot read the Scripture and come away thinking that God doesn't care what we do. He cares deeply about what we do. And He's outlined in His Word what he wants us to do in order for us to be in a covenant relationship with Him. And certainly, He wants us to pray to Him. Certainly, He would love for us to ask Him into our hearts and call Him our personal Savior. But things don't end there. If you're curious as to what more Jesus has called us to, I'd love to discuss this with you, but more importantly, I'd direct your attention to God's Word where He can tell you Himself what His plan is.

This is the Day wasn't quite as good as Shaken for me, but it did motivate me to continue making the steps forward on starting my Etsy shop. This is the Day gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read This is the Day? What did you think? Let me know.

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