Bob Hope once said, "My favorite hobbies are hunting, fishing and swimming. But, enough talk about my golf game." It is that sort of levity that abounds in Golfing with the Master: Inspiring Stories to Keep You on Course by Phil Callaway. Callaway's 36 short chapters begin with humorous quotes about the game of golf, and end with personal golfing tips from Callaway that are obviously wisdom from a duffer. One example: "Chip the ball when the lie is poor, the green is hard, and you've had a bad day. Pitch the ball when the lie is good, the green is soft, and all is well with the world. If you don't know the difference between a chip and a pitch, just hit the thing."
Obviously, this is not a golf tips book that Tiger Woods or Lee Travino would take advice from. However, that isn't its purpose. By using golf as a metaphor for life, Callaway talks about key issues men need to be concerned about in their Christian walk. If Callaway is talking about "getting out of the rough," it's a golf term that he is applying to the harsh stages of life. My favorite chapter is titled "Clubhouse Christian," in which Callaway talks about golf historians. These fellows can tell you every detail about the rules of golf and its history ("Did you know that Sandra Day O'Connor was the only Supreme Court Justice ever to make a hole in one?"), but they are absolutely terrible at actually playing golf. Callaway says that some Christians are just like that; they can spout dozens of memorized verses, win sword drills, and offer hours of lectures on biblical facts and statistics, but the problem is, they have never used that knowledge to win a soul to Jesus Christ. Ouch! The comparison is blunt, but accurate.
Admittedly, for the non-golfer some of the replayed jokes get stale about half-way through this book, and the passion (obsession?) for golf is not something all men share. Nevertheless, if a reader were to use this book as a devotional text and read just one chapter per morning, it would be a good change of pace prayer and meditation guide. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
In these 36 devotional readings, Phil Callaway draws from his experience on the golf course to share inspiring insights about life with Christ. Phil sees golf as more than “a good walk spoiled” and shares penetrating applications from it to the Christian’s walk with God. Believers will appreciate these fresh and candid meditations, and unbelievers will be won over by the humor and tender warmth in Phil’s writing.
Phil’s books and articles have won more than a dozen international awards as well as the admiration of thousands of loyal readers. Golfers young and old alike will benefit from Phil’s passion for telling stories that help people laugh and learn about the things that matter most.