Colorado Springs, Colorado, (May 18, 2016)— Tim Tebow has reached agreement with WaterBrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, to author a new book scheduled for publication on October 25, 2016. Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms combines never-before-told, personal stories from Tebow’s football experience and life with biblical teaching on anchoring identity and self-worth. As part of the agreement, WaterBrook will create a companion video Bible study and other products.
The book deal was announced today by Tina Constable, Senior Vice President, WaterBrook. Alexander Field, Vice President, Publisher, WaterBrook, acquired world rights to the work in print and digital formats from Esther Fedorkevich of The Fedd Agency. Bruce Nygren, Senior Editor, and Andrew Stoddard, Editor, will serve as editors for the products in the deal.
The very public highs and lows of Tebow’s college and professional football career have given him a unique perspective on what it means to maintain a sense of self when your dreams do not go as planned. With compelling honesty, Tebow writes about how others have tried to define him by his circumstances and how, through it all, he has used these opportunities to grow in the understanding that identity comes from God alone.
Tebow writes in the book, “Was my identity found in those highs when we were making a playoff run? No. Was my identity found a year later when I was being let go? No. I was excited, proud, happy, disappointed, and sad at times, but that’s not what made me—that’s not who I was and that’s not who I am. The world doesn’t get to define you because God already did that.”
“I am so excited about this book,” said Tebow. “I have the opportunity to share about some highs. But I also have the opportunity to share about some lows, and be vulnerable, and pull back the curtain a little bit. I will be able to give people a glimpse at what happens when you fall short. What happens when you don’t reach your dreams? What do you hold onto? Who do you hold onto?”
“Tim has such a profound and inspiring message for anyone who has faced any sort of disappointment in their lives—which is every one of us,” said Alex Field. “Because of that, we’re thrilled to launch this new work with Tim this fall. He will share about how he faced everything in his career all while remaining anchored in God. We know this book is going to encourage many, many people!”
In the three years since Tebow departed from the NFL, he has continued to have a prominent public profile. According to a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, Tebow was ranked the fifth most popular NFL quarterback in 2016. In February 2016, The Tim Tebow Foundation, along with 200 churches across 48 states and in seven countries, hosted “A Night to Shine” giving 32,000 people with special needs and 70,000 volunteers an amazing prom night experience. This summer Tebow is co-hosting the FOX television program “Home Free” with home renovation TV Star Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes®).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner. Tebow is co-hosting the second season of the FOX program “Home Free” with home renovation TV Star Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes®), starting June 16, 2016. In addition, he is a college football analyst for the SEC Network, which launched in August 2014. He appears mainly on the SEC Network as co-host of SEC Nation, a traveling pre-game show. Tebow also contributes to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary SEC player himself. Prior to joining the SEC Network, Tebow played three years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. In 2011, Tebow was the first quarterback featured in ESPN’s “Year of the Quarterback” series. He later published Through My Eyes, which was named the #1 sports book of 2011 and the best-selling religion book of 2011.
Tebow grew up the son of missionaries, and even after moving to Florida as a child, he returned to the Philippines as a teenager to serve the needy. He carried that calling with him to the University of Florida, where in addition to leading the Gators to two national championships, and winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007, he devoted himself to charity—raising money for pediatric cancer patients and disadvantaged children. In 2010, he started the Tim Tebow Foundation to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.