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The Gospel According to Tim (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Bottum

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What’s there left to say about Tim Tebow? He’s brilliant and appalling, inspiring and annoying--a straightforward young man who somehow played and prayed his way into being the most enigmatic figure in American sports.

In the essay-length Kindle Single “The Gospel According to Tim,” Joseph Bottum argues that Tebow strikes a nerve because he has slipped beyond all the usual categories of our wink-and-nudge culture of irony. And he’s done that mostly by being simply who he is: not a football-playing theologian but, in essence, a mystic:

“Isn’t that what everyone who has met Tebow does? Believe in him, I mean: believe that he’s for real. The young man is drunk on charity, in the same way he’s drunk on the endorphins that race through his body during his strenuous daily workouts. In the same way he’s drunk on the excitement of winning and losing football games before roaring crowds. In the same way he’s drunk on what the medieval mystics used to call “the gift of tears,” weeping easily and often. In the same way he’s drunk on his constant conversation with the Lord, referring all his victories and all his losses up to heaven.

“Tim Tebow isn’t a Christian theologian. He’s a Christian mystic — intoxicated, as all mystics are, with God. He’s King David, dancing in the joy of his youth before the Ark of the Covenant.”

Joseph Bottum, a writer in the Black Hills, is the author of the bestselling Kindle Single “Dakota Christmas.” He is, the essayist Andrew Ferguson has written, “one of America’s most gifted writers, with a perfect ear and a matchless style."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 87 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZQEQ9O
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #693,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars America's Un-Ironic Christian 27 Jan. 2012
By Benjamin Isaac - Published on
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This 9,000 word essay uses Tim Tebow as a platform to make commentary on America and sports. The essay is divided into three parts, the first part examining how America reacts to Tebow, and, more broadly, how American sports and American faith intermingle. The second part is what I might pre-emptively describe as classic Joseph Bottum. It discusses Tebow's unfeigned earnestness in contrast to a culture steeped in irony. Americans tend to expect the subtle twist, the ideal to be exposed as a cover for a typically selfish agenda, the absurd or too-clever juxtaposition. Is that happening with Tebow? Is there more to his mystique, or is he simply a (desirable) rarity for our time? The third part considers Tebow's heart, and in doing so, suggests that the soul of evangelicalism yearns not so much for theological depth but ethical purity.

For all this, Bottum seems more at home writing about the last half-century of Catholicism than about sports. And his Kindle Single memoir, Dakota Thanksgiving, is prefered above 'The Gospel According to Tim'. But for $.99 you can't go wrong. Joseph Bottum is a great writer, and I would pay to read his Craigslist ads. You do not have to enjoy football to enjoy this Kindle Single.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel According To Tim 23 Jan. 2012
By Catherine Nicol - Published on
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Mr Bottum articulated the phenomena who is Tim Tebow very eloquently. He showed clearly that Tebow is not 'pushing his religion down our throats' and that if anything, given the fullness of Christianity he experiences at every moment, he is very reserved and private about it. Also that Tebow did not put himself in the limelight, but that the media and the fans put him there. I like how we come away from the essay with a feeling that Tebow is not someone to 'pin down'; that he is only age 24 and still forming; that at this point he as definable as a mist. His being 'indefinable' gives one a sense that it will be wonderful see him unfold.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, philosophical, and accurate 26 Jan. 2012
By DDC - Published on
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This is a wonderful essay (most readers can finish it in one hour) that tackles the phenomenon of Tim Tebow, as it concerns his early life and, more specifically, the 2011-2012 football season. It is very timely, and includes analysis of the Broncos loss to the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs.

The essay presents a wonderfully broad perspective on Tebow. It addresses theological trends (and how Tebow is somehow different sometimes) and also serves a discourse on current ethics and media relations. Quite honestly, I was amazed as the breadth and intelligence of it. I particularly loved the discussion of how our current society views irony and how Tebow stands apart for it.

The essay is neither a hit-job nor a hagiography. It presents a very accurate picture. I think that football fans, pop-culture fans, and people interested in media, theology, and psychology/sociology will find this very interesting. (Full disclosure: I'm a football fan with a decent football IQ, having playing in college, and I have an interest in psychology and theology. So, this essay was totally in my sweet spot).

If this represents the quality of Kindle Singles, I'm sure I will get more of them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Take on Tebow Out There 4 Feb. 2012
By Hunter Baker - Published on
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I have read many excellent articles on Tim Tebow, but Joseph Bottum's long essay is the best. Earlier today, I read several of the passages I highlighted with my kindle to a colleague at the university. He listened appreciatively and said, "That Bottum guy sure can write, can't he?" He sure can. Spring for the 99 cents and a really good read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Mystic meets Evangelical 31 Jan. 2012
By J. Stoops - Published on
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This an excellent essay offering insight on Tebow but also our perceptions of the man and of faith. Social justice meets Christian Mysticism in an unexpected vessel, a 24 year old evangelical protestant quarterback.
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