Tim Tebow is most widely known for the Christian life he leads in the sports world. More recently, however, Tebow has enhanced the scope of his mission field to include written texts. Hence this new book, directed specifically at homeschool audiences, Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters.
In this 196-page book, Tebow provides homeschool students with 36 devotionals, urging them to discover their true identity in Christ and the implications this identity poses. The book is designed to be completed over the course of the academic school year (36 weeks = 36 devotionals), and each 1-3 page devotional is followed by writing questions and/or assignments (letters, short stories, dialogues, etc.) to maximize application and understanding of the concepts presented.
The book is divided into four sections, each 9 weeks long. The first section discusses a Christian’s identity in Christ. The second section focuses on “uncover[ing] guidance when the going in life gets tough” (pg. 3), while the third section focuses on building and maintaining godly relationships. The final section challenges students to “Live Bigger” – to dare to “do” the hard and often by-passed love that is demonstrated for us in the life of Christ.
- Sequence – The book starts off with a necessary foundation – knowing who you are in Christ – and ends with the most challenging weeks of actually living out one’s faith in the hard places.
- Personable Structure – Each devotional features a personal anecdote from Tebow’s life in order to more readily engage learners.
- Reflection Opportunities – The writing opportunities at the end of each chapter allows students to make the lessons personal, to examine their spiritual lives and listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they draw closer to Christ.
- Sincerity – This is the real Christian walk. Nothing fake or artificial. It’s sometimes hard, but as Tebow encourages readers, it’s always worth it.
- Gaps – This book provides a great start on knowing who you are and living like it matters. But, the book simply does not contain enough “material” to cover a whole week of study for students. Parents would be well advised to either include supplementary material, perhaps service learning or Bible study, as well as parental and/or peer discussion for this book. The concepts themselves are definitely worth focusing one week of study on, but more material will likely be needed to really get the most out of this book.
Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters. is now available from retailers. For more information, or to purchase a copy, check out Amazon or Waterbrook Publisher’s web pages. This book is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion, as represented in this review.