Book Review: “Church Of Golf” by Spencer Stephens

July 12, 2015 at 10:41 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Spencer Stephens in his new book, “church of gold book coverChurch Of Golf” published by Saint Pete Press gives us a novel about second chances.

From the back cover:  Donald Gibson and his fabulous blond hair found fame and success too easy and too early. He starred as a football player for the University of Maryland and brought his alma mater its first national championship. Out of college, he prospered as a celebrity salesman. But he took his good fortune for granted and his life went to hell. By his mid-forties, he’s deep in debt, drunk, lumpy around the middle and sucking for air.

Donald makes a life-changing choice when the aunt who raised him dies and leaves him a unique bequest: he can have her fortune and her house on Lanai, a tiny and unheard-of Hawaiian island, but only if he remains on the island for three years. He moves into what looks like a community of religious kooks and discovers that golf, his passion, is the village religion. For Donald, the way back looks like a tap-in putt. It turns out to be a slippery, downhill four-footer that runs thirty yards past the hole.

A second chance is something that everyone gets, but only few actually are able to seize. Donald Gibson is not a nice fellow. Well at least he starts off that way. Through the course of the book he changes, mellows actually, and we begin to like him. It is interesting to see just how far down he has to go before he can begin to change and come back to life. But that is the idea of the book. My big complaint about this book is that it is rated “R” for the language. I had no idea of the volume of foul language that Mr. Stephens would inject into this book. If that will not bother you then you are certainly going to enjoy this ride.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Saint Pete Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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