Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Review: Through My Eyes

I was asked a few months ago to review Tim Tebow's book Through My Eyes. I don't do reviews too often these days, but this is one I knew I wanted to do because E13 is a crazy college football fan. And truly, what is a better read for a homeschooled football fanatic than the story of Tim Tebow's life? For my son, the details of the football games and the player's career as a quarterback for the Florida Gators were absolutely enjoyable. As a parent of a young teenage boy, Tim's life and his example are extraordinary. And definitely worth the time to read.

My husband also read the book along with my 13 year old (who was still 12 in July) and asked him to write a review. So, here you are...

Tim Tebow is a well-known homeschooled, Christian football player who wrote this book about his life: Through My Eyes. This book goes through his entire life, from the time he was born in the Philippines to missionary parents, to his first couple games playing for the Denver Broncos. The first part of the book talks about growing up as a kid, between helping around the house, playing sports, and working out. When he was six he developed this mantra "somewhere out there, the other guy's working out, and I'm not. And when we meet on the field, he'll win. So I'm going to work twice as hard, so when we meet, I'll win."

It takes you through his high-school years, playing ball and doing school. The second part of the book is pretty much a page or two analysis of every college game he played in, so I would not recommend this book to non-football fans. To those who like football, like Tim Tebow, or wish to learn something, this is a great book. 

One of the things I appreciate most about this book is Tim's work ethic. While he is extremely disciplined (perhaps in a somewhat unhealthy way), he provides a really good example of putting your mind to something and working hard for it. At our house we find ourselves using another of Mr. Tebow's quotes, "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." What a great illustration for kids who like to coast and not work do to their best. Do you know anyone like that at your house? I do!

1 comment:

Kisha said...

Oooh, Heather, I love that quote! That sounds like something one or two of my kids need to hear.