Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nathan Nelson Book Blog #4

Nathan Nelson
Composition 105

Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker
HarperCollins Publishers
260 pages

"I simply pray that i will continue to have the humbling privilege to touch others and lift them up through His Word-all for His glory."

The second half of the book deals with Tim's life after his sophomore year in college. After breaking numerous school records, he was given the Heisman, which is given to the top player in college football. After this, he decided to use his profile to help kids in need, so Tim started a fundraising event titled First and 15. This was a tournament that raised $13,000 for the designated charities. In his junior year, while his stats weren't nearly as great, he led his team to the National Championship. The team was a lot better than a year before. A lot of the players were more focused on the team rather than their individual achievements, which helped lead to the success. Playing against the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners and the Heisman winner of that year, Sam Bradford, Tebow was still able to lead his team to victory. In that game, on his eye black, he had John 3:16 written. 90 million people searched this bible verse on Google and received the word of God. This is Tim's favorite verse, which means, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Despite the amount of people interested in the verse, players were soon banned from writing inscriptions on their eye black. After his junior season, Tim had a huge decision to make. Should he return for his final season, or should he enter the NFL Draft? He decided to come back in an attempt to win another National Championship. However, their hopes fell short, and they ended up having to settle with a Sugar Bowl Victory. Tim graduated with a degree in family, youth, and community sciences. Instead of getting a career in this field, he decided to test out the NFL. Although he was ridiculed for his strange throwing motion, he was determined. Never once did he listen to the scouts saying he wouldn't make it. Tim's hard work paid off, and he was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos. After this big event, he started the Tim Tebow Foundation to help out children in need. Tim had to wait many weeks before his first start, but he finally earned it and performed very well. The book ends as he is training for the upcoming season.
This book has many lessons, and Tim Tebow is a great role model for kids for a handful of reasons. For one, he volunteers his time to benefit those in need. He says it is a great way to feel good about yourself, knowing you did something to help others. I have volunteered in the past, and I agree that it makes you feel good about yourself. Everything Tim does, he thinks about what God has planned for him. When he was injured, he would often ask God why he did that. How does being injured help him? Eventually, he would realize in the long run that something would come out of it, and God always knew what he was doing. I often find myself doing the same thing. If something bad happens, I might question why God had to do that. God doesn't give you more than you can handle, and He knows what is best. Tim is very involved in God, and while I am not nearly as religious, it is something that I strive to do better at. Tim is very determined. People would criticize his throwing motion all the time, yet he made it to the NFL and proved the doubters wrong. Sometimes, I feel like people may doubt my abilities, but I am determined to show them that I am capable. Tim Tebow is someone that I would like to meet one day. He is a great role model for kids, and it was very interesting learning how he lives his life.



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