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Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia Paperback – September 1, 2006

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"I personally couldn't put this book down. Golf's Sacred Journey gives you m any great insights and a different perspective to the game of golf and then finishes with truth about life." --Aaron Baddeley, PGA Tour Winner<br /><br />"Read it. Devour it. Keep it as a reference book. You'll be glad you did. Golf's Sacred Journey is a remarkable and encouraging story with an entirely different approach on how to excell in your golf game." --Zig Ziglar<br /><br />"This book floored me. It reminded me of the many discussions David and I had during my last 7 years in the NBA. This book is full of wisdom that will enhance your game and I believe it just may change your life. --David Robinson<br /><br />"All golfers should read Golf's Sacred Journey. It is a book that will change the way you think and the way you live." --Tom Lehman<br /><br />"This book floored me. It remindedme of the many discussions David and I had during my last 7 years in the NBA. The same truths I learned from him on the court are entrenched in this moving story of a young golfer who finds purpose at the Links of Utopia. This book is full of wisdom that will enhance your game, and I believe it just may change your life." --David Robinson, NBA, MVP, 2 time World Champion

"This book floored me. It remindedme of the many discussions David and I had during my last 7 years in the NBA. The same truths I learned from him on the court are entrenched in this moving story of a young golfer who finds purpose at the Links of Utopia. This book is full of wisdom that will enhance your game, and I believe it just may change your life." --David Robinson, NBA, MVP, 2 time World Champion

"I personally couldn't put this book down. Golf's Sacred Journey gives you m any great insights and a different perspective to the game of golf and then finishes with truth about life." --Aaron Baddeley, PGA Tour Winner

From the Back Cover

In life you never really know when you might meet someone who will change your life. And more important, you never know when your influence might change another. This book is about influence. It is about a man who lived in a simple place but had extraordinary insight. He also had something else on his side. He had time; time to invest himself in the life of another who was lost on his journey. This story is based on the thousands of athletes the author has counseled and the great mentors and teachers from whom he has learned. He has brought twenty plus years of peak performance coaching together and compressed them into a story of two fictitious characters; a rancher with a passion for teaching truth and a young golf professional at the end of his rope. They represent each of us in the various stages of growth. In life we must be willing to coach and be coached, for either one alone will leave us empty. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Sacred Journey Stories; 1st edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974265039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974265032
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my all time favorite book about golf - and life! I have read this book numerous times, and have recently shared it with my two children ages 8 and 12 who are junior golfers. On the surface, Golf's Sacred Journey is a story of an aspiring golfer dealing with the insecurities, frustrations, and failures of trying to make it as a professional golfer. But the deeper message in the book is how we travel through life, and how we touch others is the true measure of success. You can tell the true character of a person more by how they deal with adversity, challenges and failures, than by their golf score.

Each chapter is a lesson about life, and Dr. Cook uses the metaphor of golf to clearly illustrate how our decisions and convictions have brought us to the place we now reside. Patience, humility, forgiveness, and love will help us all to have a rich and rewarding life, and will also help us with our golf games. Plan and visualize your life's journey, practice patience and balance, and hold on to truth and tradition and you will live your greatest dreams.

See it, feel it, trust it!
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I don't give myself much time to sit and read books, even though I am currently reading three books and haven't finished any of them. When I received this one, I honestly couldn't put it down. Golf's Sacred Journey is so much more than a book of golf. It is a motivational book on life. I have taken some of the lessons that are mentioned in the book to my own personal life and has helped me deal with tough situations. It has also helped my game during the times that I used to get frusturated after a few bad shots, to get back up top and control my game (not someone else's).
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I've loved reading from a very youg age. I'm now 60 years old. I have read comic books, text books, even read most of the World Book Encyclopedia one summer while I was in junior high. I have read junk and some of the classics. I have read self-help books and most of all, I have read much of the Bible, but I have never read a book that has made such an impact on my life as Golf's Sacred Journey. (And it even helped my golf game.)
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. It not only covers the mental aspect of golf, it has a story line that many golfers have gone through. Then, it points you toward what truly is important in life. I thought enough of it that I bought 12 books to give to friends. I probably will buy more.
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Being a struggling golfer, which caused me to be interested in this book I enjoyed it very much. The book deals with the emotional aspect of the game and nails the feelings one goes through. The author paints some wonderful pictures and I had a hard time putting this book down. The ending of the book was excellent.
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I purchased this book and read it at the suggestion of a good friend, despite knowing absolutely nothing about golf. It reads surprisingly like an autobiography, yet it is a novel whose author had a very poignant agenda in writing. The story unfolds by a pro-golfer who earns the distinction of the hightest score in a professional tournament. Needing to refocus his game and skills he take a week out to do so at a small golf course in Utopia, Texas. There he meets a coach that helped him find his game again, probably better than before his embarrassing tragedy. Each day was full of completely different experience that helps him transform not only his golf game but his priorities and life. I could not put this short book down.
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You will get a few "somethings" to improve your golf game after reading this book and, after reading it, I can almost guarantee you will mentally say "see it, feel it, trust it." I sure did, and continue to do so almost three years after reading it for the first time.

You will also have deeper insight into the fictional character of the story as he struggles with personal and profession frustrations, failure in a recent gold tourney, and overcoming life's obstacles. No matter your affiliation in life, if you read this book with an open mind you will have your own personal attitude adjustment in your walk in life.
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This is a great book, and has an outstanding movie that can be watched on Netflix. We are using it to teach a "men's Sunday School Class" at church. There's a companion guide too although I haven't received it yet. Easy, short read and very interesting. It's how to learn about life from playing golf.
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