Golfing with God

Golfing with God

This witty tale is an “engaging story of golf, the after-life and ‘the spiritual education of one soul’” (Publishers Weekly).

Author: Roland Merullo

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565125919

Category: Fiction

Page: 286

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This witty tale is an “engaging story of golf, the after-life and ‘the spiritual education of one soul’” (Publishers Weekly). Herman “Hank” Fins-Winston was a professional golfer destined for greatness. Now he lives in a condominium on the thirteenth fairway of one of heaven’s glorious courses—a fact he finds surprising, since for one reason or another, a fair percentage of golfers never make it to paradise . . . and Hank wasn’t exactly an angel on Earth. Hank is having the time of his afterlife, until he’s summoned one idyllic morning to play a round with the Almighty. It seems that God is having some trouble with putting. As they play the heavenly courses, both in paradise and back on earth, Hank comes to realize that what began as a golf lesson has become a true spiritual journey . . . “Merullo, author of the critically acclaimed Revere Beach trilogy, writes with wit and subtlety rather than trying to pound inspiration into our heads with a titanium driver. And, best of all, he gets the golf right: precise, well-constructed descriptions of courses and shot making, revealing a respect for the game itself, not just its potential as metaphor.” —Booklist
Categories: Fiction

Golf s Holy War

Golf s Holy War

Golfing with God: A Novel of Heaven and Earth. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2007. Miller, Larry. Holographic Golf: Uniting the Mind and Body to Improve Your Game. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 1993. Murphy, Michael.

Author: Brett Cyrgalis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476707600

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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As Michael Lewis’s bestseller Moneyball captured baseball at a technological turning point, this “highly entertaining, very smart book” (James Patterson) takes us inside golf’s clash between its hallowed artistic tradition and its scientific future. The world of golf is at a crossroads. As tech­nological innovations displace traditional philosophies, the golfing community has splintered into two deeply combative factions: the old-school teachers and players who believe in feel, artistry, and imagination, and the technical minded who want to remake the game around data. In Golf’s Holy War, “an obvious hole-in-one for golfers and their coaches” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Brett Cyrgalis takes us inside the heated battle playing out from weekend hackers to PGA Tour pros. At the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California, golfers clad in full-body sensors target weaknesses in their biomechanics, while others take part in mental exercises designed to test their brain’s psychological resilience. Meanwhile, coaches like Michael Hebron purge golfers of all technical infor­mation, tapping into the power of intuitive physical learning by playing rudimentary games. From historic St. Andrews to manicured Augusta, experimental com­munes in California to corporatized conferences in Orlando, William James to Ben Hogan to theoretical physics, the factions of the spiritual and technical push to redefine the boundaries of the game. And yet what does it say that Tiger Woods has orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in sports history without the aid of a formal coach? But Golf’s Holy War is more than just a book about golf—it’s a story about modern life and how we are torn between resisting and embracing the changes brought about by the advancements of science and technology. It’s also an exploration of historical legacies, the enriching bonds of education, and the many interpretations of reality.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Golf Is My Life Glorifying God Through the Game

Golf Is My Life  Glorifying God Through the Game

set my a poem or novel. There is no greater example of this than the Bible. The Bible often uses water to symbolize cleansing or awakening. In Genesis, God cleansed the earth by forty days and forty nights of rain, which flooded the ...

Author: Jon Decker

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781635253443

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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God brought passion into Jon's life at an early age when he saw his very first golf club. This passion turned to love and gave birth to a dream. Fueled by this dream, he worked diligently to one day be a PGA Tour player. However, God's plan for his life did not include professional golf as a participant. Led by the hand of God to a path not foreseen in his childhood dreams, Jon became a teaching professional, teaching the game that he loves. The game of golf has allowed Jon to play and teach the game while moving in career and social circles unimaginable by a boy who grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. This book contains amazing stories and life-changing occurrences in a journey among some of golf's greatest players, world-class athletes, and Hall of Fame coaches. These include: PGA Tour players Tiger Woods Arnold Palmer Payne Stewart Seve Ballesteros Paul Azinger Phil Rodgers Bob Sowards Helen Alfredsson Top 100 Teacher Fred Griffin College Basketball Coaches Roy Williams Bobby Cremins Jim Valvano NFL Players Brad Johnson Gale Sayers NBA Player Brad Daugherty Television and movie star Bill Murray Chief Communications Officer LPGA/Former host of Golf Channel Kraig Kann The pages of this book represent more than the story of Jon's journey and experiences teaching the game. This book was inspired by a supernatural dream that occurred in his life as a teenage boy where he heard the audible voice of God, spoke with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and felt the power and fury of the Holy Spirit. His wonderful stories around the game and the unique personal stories of these great players and athletes, along with scripture are all woven into a book that will not only grow the game of golf but more importantly glorify God and His son Jesus Christ
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Widows of Eden

The Widows of Eden

A Novel George Shaffner ... According to the latest research, all the mass in the known universe was compacted into a space the size of a golf ball just before the Big Bang. ... “So God made heaven and Earth out of a golf ball.

Author: George Shaffner

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565126442

Category: Fiction

Page: 307

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A drought-stricken midwestern town gets some unexpected help in this “warm, whimsical novel full of humor and down-home wisdom” (Jennifer Chiaverini). It hasn’t rained in a hundred days, it’s hotter than Beelzebub’s oven, and the ground is harder than a cast-iron skillet. The good folks of Ebb, Nebraska, could surely use a miracle. Lifelong residents are fleeing, and the town is on the verge of collapse. Wilma Porter, the plucky owner of the Come Again Bed and Breakfast, and her indomitable friends from the Quilting Circle need to do something to save Ebb, and fast. But short of praying for rain, there’s little even the powerful Quilting Circle can do. Enter Vernon L. Moore. The last time this mysterious traveling salesman came to stay at the Come Again B&B, he turned the town around in six days. When he left, he became a legend. Wilma and her friends have come to expect surprises from Moore, but this time they’re stunned when he brings help: three widows from the town of Eden with pasts as enigmatic as his. The Widows of Eden is an entertaining, inspiring novel about community, hope, and a new way of looking at the things that matter most. Following In the Land of Second Chances and One Part Angel, “the third installment in Shaffner’s gently inspirational series provides a gracious reminder of the power of faith and the rewards of friendship” (Booklist).
Categories: Fiction

In God s House

In God s House

A Novel About the Greatest Scandal of Our Time Ray Mouton ... heaven and earth. ... golf games, tennis matches and plans toattend the Tulane–Navy footballgamewere all canceledby attorneys whoheaded some of the most prestigious law firms ...

Author: Ray Mouton

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 9781908800954

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Renon Chattelrault faces the most controversial case of his legal career. The defendant: a Catholic priest. The case involves the sexual abuse of hundreds of children under the age of ten. It is the first case of its kind, and it goes to the core of one of the oldest, richest and most powerful institutions on earth, the Roman Catholic church. As Chattelrault mounts his defense of Father Francis Dubois, he begins to uncover evidence of an epic conspiracy involving the sexual abuse of thousands of children – one that implicates not just the Louisiana diocese, but goes all the way to the Vatican itself. Most men would stand aside; but Renon Chattelrault is not most men. IN GOD'S HOUSE is a powerful thriller about the greatest conspiracy of our time, and one man's fearless crusade for justice.
Categories: Fiction

Breakfast with Buddha

Breakfast with Buddha

Previous. Novel,. Golfing. with. God. “Amid the laughs and playful banter, Golfing with God is a serious story of self-examination and growth, the hardest games ... His prose is as wonderfully down-to-earth as his tale is heaven-sent.

Author: Roland Merullo

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565126596

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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"Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel." —The Boston Sunday Globe When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger—and amuse himself—he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world—and more important, his life—through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing. In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.
Categories: Fiction

Windows on a Hidden World

Windows on a Hidden World

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory ...

Author: Jane Maycock

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 9780281065103

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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As a priest, married to a vicar, with four young children, Jane Maycock is all too familiar with the struggle not to be engulfed by busyness in the run-up to Christmas. As a result, the reflections she has written for this lovely book are engagingly infused with real-life happenings, even as they invite us to stop and consider what Advent itself really means. The author draws on the insights of the biblical authors, poets such as Robert Southwell, and contemporary hymn writers including Timothy Dudley-Smith, to present a series of windows through which we can explore the main ideas surrounding the season. We are taken through the themes of wilderness and of God's choice, and examine the place of conflict and confrontation in Christian faith. We look more deeply at the familiar nativity scene, and at the idea of the second coming. Underpinning Windows on a Hidden World is the conviction that we are bound up in an intimate relationship with a God of love, and these daily readings offer much encouragement to respond to the wonder of God's tender nearness with hope and joy.
Categories: Religion

Dinner with Buddha

Dinner with Buddha

A Novel Roland Merullo. Praise. for. Golfing. with. God. “Amid the laughs and playful banter, Golfing with God is a serious story of self-examination and growth, ... His prose is as wonderfully down-to-earth as his tale is heaven-sent.

Author: Roland Merullo

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781616205164

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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“We, like Otto, find our cynicism worn away by Rinpoche’s gentle instruction in the simple but terribly difficult art of letting go, living each moment to the fullest, seeing the sacred in the everyday . . . This brave, meditative author has carved a unique niche in American literature.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review If life is a journey--with detours, paths from which to choose, and myriad roadblocks to overcome--then Otto Ringling is most certainly on the journey of a lifetime. The first fifty or so years of his journey were pretty good. He felt that he had it all, until one day he didn’t. Looking for answers, he calls on his brother-in-law, Volya Rinpoche, a wise man and spiritual leader. A man who accepts the world as it comes to him; a man without pride or vanity. Someone who, as it turns out, is experiencing his own time of doubt. So, in hopes of finding answers to life’s mysteries, the two embark on a journey through America, a road trip that becomes a lesson in love and gratitude. “Merullo offers keen insight into and intelligent assessments of modern American life, but it is his compassionate portrait of a grieving Otto in search of inner tranquility that is most affecting.” —Booklist “Otto is such a full human, which is why we can empathize with his questions and immerse ourselves in his experiences. In the end, we are all humanized by the spiritual journey of Dinner with Buddha.” —Spirituality and Practice “Merullo masterfully depicts the struggles of practicing mindfulness moment by moment . . . [The] novel is full of nuanced, thoughtful prose and is an immensely satisfying conclusion to the series.” —Publishers Weekly
Categories: Fiction

Directions in Sound

Directions in Sound

Profiles The Radio Reader Sundays at 7 p.m. with Dick Estell " Golfing with God ” by Roland Merullo Beginning Monday ... N Novel 1000 GOLFING of Hearen WITH and Earth GOD January 29 - Josh Kornbluth In his autobiographical monologues ...

Author: WFIU (Radio station : Bloomington, Ind.)

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What in God s Name

What in God s Name

In the book that inspired the series starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi, God decides to close up shop on Earth unless two idealistic angels can pull off a miracle: getting two socially awkward humans to fall in love.

Author: Simon Rich

Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books

ISBN: 0316250554

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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God decides to close up shop on Earth -- unless two idealistic angels can make a miracle happen Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as "God") has been phoning it in. Lately, he's been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it's not to resolve wars or end famines, but to Google himself and read what humans have been blogging about him. When God decides to retire (to pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Asian Fusion restaurant), he also decides to destroy Earth. His employees take the news in stride, except for Craig and Eliza, two underpaid angels in the lowly Department of Miracles. Unlike their boss, Craig and Eliza love their jobs - uncapping city fire hydrants on hot days, revealing lost keys in snow banks - and they refuse to accept that earth is going under. The angels manage to strike a deal with their boss. He'll call off his Armageddon, if they can solve their toughest miracle yet: getting the two most socially awkward humans on the planet to fall in love. With doomsday fast approaching, and the humans ignoring every chance for happiness thrown their way, Craig and Eliza must move heaven and earth to rescue them - and the rest of us, too.
Categories: Fiction