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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (May 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159995074X
  • ASIN: B002YX0FOC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sappy melodrama reigns in Milne's second novel (after The Paper Bag Christmas). Haunted by childhood memories of his golf-obsessed father, August Witte balks when he learns that he is going to be a father himself. August goes to his widower father, London, to confront him about his failures as a parent and reach some measure of inner peace. London instead offers him a deal: meet every month for a golf lesson and in exchange, London will give August his journal of memories of August's mother, written on golf scorecards. August agrees and as the lessons pass, he realizes that his father knows about more than golf after all. It's aggressively soft-focused, and though the conflicts between London and August are believable enough, the overarching theme is heavy-handed, while the preachiness can reach gag-worthy levels. This hits just in time for Father's Day, and the low hardcover price may incite more than a few impulse buys for the golfing man already stocked with single malt. (May)
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Review

"No book has ever inspired me more to be a better father, son, and husband . . .Simply put, The Nine Lessons is a book every father and son should read. You will reflect on its powerful message long after the book returns to the shelf. Guaranteed." (Jason Wright, 'New York Times' bestselling author of 'Christmas Jars' and 'The Wednesday Letters' 2008)

"The Paper Bag Christmas is one of the most inspiring and emotionally endearing books I've ever read." (Shirley Howard, President, The Children's Cancer Foundation 2008)

"[An] affable yuletide yarn...The story is unexpectedly heartwarming, and Milne mostly avoids sap while delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic." (Publishers Weekly on "The Paper Bag Christmas" 2008)

"The Paper Bag Christmas reads like a Christmas classic -- warm, funny, sweet, inspiring, humbling, and nostalgic." (Gift Basket Review Debra Paulk )

"The Paper Bag Christmas is the rare kind of story that makes your eyes teary while your heart smiles. I was truly moved." (Jason Wright, 'New York Times' bestselling author of 'Christmas Jars' and 'The Wednesday Letters' )

More About the Author

Kevin Milne was born in 1973 in Portland, Oregon. Although Oregon was always considered home, he also spent portions of his childhood in Virginia, Hawaii, and California. In 1991 he graduated from Sherwood High school, followed by undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, then an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. As an adult he has lived in such varied places as Vermont, New Jersey, Nevada, Austria, and Croatia.

Since beginning his writing career in 2007, Milne's novels have been reproduced in 16 languages worldwide. His first published work, "The Paper Bag Christmas", was converted to a stage play in 2011.

Today, Kevin resides once more in his home town of Sherwood, Oregon. He and his wife, Rebecca, were married in Washington DC in 1995, and are the proud parents of five children.

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It took me an afternoon, and the next morning to read.
Harold Wolf
The relationship with his father as a contest of personalities, that covered up true love is the same for my personal life.
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Even if you never played golf you will relate to this book.
Linda Morneau

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lawrence on May 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When August Wilte learns his wife is pregnant, he's terrified. His own father, London, was less than perfect. To make things worse, his mother died when he was very young, so he's never been exposed to "good" parenting.

August confronts his father, demanding an explanation for his failures. Instead, London suggests that meet once a month for a round of golf. Both men get what they want: London gets the chance to reintroduce his son to the game of golf, and August receives tidbits of memories of his mother on golf score cards that London used as a sort of diary.

August soon learns that his father's motive isn't just golf. Each golf lesson is actually a life lesson. By the time his wife has reached the end of her pregnancy, August has received nine lessons in life from his father.

I'll have to admit, I was apprehensive about reading THE NINE LESSONS when I read the description. However, I enjoyed Milne's other book THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS I thought I'd give him another chance. I'm glad I did. Milne's characters are genuine and experience emotions we've all experienced. The messages relayed in THE NINE LESSONS are messages that we can all take to heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wright on April 29, 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 29, 2010
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A GUY BOOK, novel, not a study. Powerful life lessons put into a story form with a golf greens setting. "The Nine Lessons" is better than football.

August, animal vet, age 27, is shocked when his wife's pregnancy test is +. 7 years of birth control found a loop-hole. Now August must face up with the fact he knows nothing about being a father, will likely fail, just like his widower father did with him. But after another fight with his golf-nut dad, and wanting to know more about his mother who died when he was only 4, he agrees to 9 monthly golf lessons from dad. One for each month of the pregnancy. With each lesson he gets information about his mom. Blackmail? Will Augusta, named after a golf course, learn to play the game, finally? Will relations improve? Will he be a real dad?

With this book came pleasant surprises. LOL fun; can't stop suspense; and each chapter is led with a golf quotation worth the book's bargain price in 2010. I was `GOT' with the final or 9th golf lesson. And that wasn't even the powerful climactic ending. The best Christian Men's book I've ever read. But beware, guys, after reading so many paragraphs, lines, and so much laughing out loud, my wife is reading it now. It took me an afternoon, and the next morning to read. I did sleep between, but it was hard to set it aside even for a good night's rest. When she's done, it goes to my sons, or I'll buy each one.

Best chapter started with the line "Other than the words `I'm pregnant,' the most terrifying thing my wife has ever said to me is `baby shower.'" Humorous chapter--almost red-neck jokes funny. Maybe it's because I've been drug to a baby shower. It's also enlightening, about mulligan's; forgiveness; do-over; & second chances.
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Format: Hardcover
The Nine Lessons: A Novel of Love, Fatherhood, and Second Chances
August Witte doesn't want to be a father; after all, his own father wasn't a very good one. When his wife delivers the news that she is unexpectedly pregnant, August storms off and drives to his father London's house in the middle of the night to confront him about their shared past. London Witte's life is all about golf, but August was never a very good golfer despite London's frustrating attempts to teach him as a boy. When London finally cuts August from the golf team in his freshman year of high school, it drives a wedge between the men that never heals. When August also accuses London of refusing to share his memories of August's deceased mother, London proposes a deal. He has a chest containing dozens of golf scorecards on which he kept a journal of his experiences during his marriage. He will give the cards to August in installments, and in return August will agree to play nine games of golf with his father. London believes that golf is life and life is golf, and that golf can teach August to be a better father.

Over the course of the next nine months, August learns a series of lessons from his father that are accessible even to non-golfers. When his wife is touchy and temperamental due to morning sickness, he learns that you play golf faithfully even in the rain. When she humiliates him at their baby shower, he learns to give her a "mulligan", i.e., to forgive her. And when he begins to consider how to teach his children how to behave properly, he learns about golf etiquette.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Taylor VINE VOICE on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Who knew I would like a book about golf so much?

August Witte has been married to Erin for seven years and he is happily childless. That happiness is threatened when Erin announces she is pregnant. She's quite happy about it, but August has some grave reservations. His father, London, is a golfer--not just someone who occasionally golfs, but someone for whom golf is life and life is golf. Since August really cares nothing about golf, he and his father seldom see each other and very rarely communicate. But upon learning he's about to become a father, August visits his father to complain that he's not ready to be a parent.

His father makes a deal with him--if August will take nine golfing lessons from London (one for each month of the pregnancy), London will share stories of August's mother who died when August was quite young. What follows is the delightful story of August's monthly golf lessons with his father and, slowly, August's awakening to the life lessons presented to him.

Although I'm not a golfer, I found the story engaging and easy to read. While at first I absolutely did not like August, over time and over the golf lessons with his father, I liked him more and more, coming to understand his fears of fatherhood. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who might have an uncomfortable relationship with a parent, anyone who is a parent, but especially to anyone about to become a parent.
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