One moment we have it all together. We know who we are. There are specific defining attributes that we cling to that define our identity. These things might be our job title, status, looks, and desires. They mean something to us because they say something about who we are. Identity is important. But what happens when bad things happen? What happens when catastrophe strikes or when our dreams don’t pan out? What do we do when the things we have defined ourselves by no longer exist? How do we understand or see our identity?
This is the topic that Tim Tebow explores in Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms. Through personal narrative, stories, and scripture, Tebow shares about the most important identity that we have in belonging to God. While everything else in the world around us might change, the one constant is that we will always belong to God. This is encouraging because it can never be taken away, unlike our dreams and desires. Remembering this will help keep us rooted during the turbulent times. It is from this identity that our actions should stem. Tebow shares the struggles he endured when aspects of his identity were threatened or taken away. However, he also shares the encouragement and empowerment he received from remembering his identity as one of God’s children.
I really enjoyed this book and Tebow’s down to earth nature. Shaken was easy to read and the stories (both personal and of others) were heartwarming. The message is simple, genuine, and uplifting. We are not alone. We do not have to worry about the world and all the possible things that can define us. Only one identity is important. The identity of being God’s beloved.
FTC disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.