Golfing with God: A Novel

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005 - Fiction - 277 pages
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In a previous life, Herman " Hank" Fins-Winston had been a golf pro-- an excellent teacher of the game who never quite made it on the circuit, having missed his one real shot at greatness. He now lives in a lovely condominium on the thirteenth fairway of one of heaven's 8,187 golf courses. God and His closest companions, you see, play the game often. And though Jesus never bothers to keep score, Buddha never takes a practice swing, and Moses doesn't consider it cheating when h parts the courses' water hazards, they all take the sport very seriously. In heaven, even God replaces His divots.
Hank's afterlife takes an unexpected turn when he is summoned to help a player whose game is in a slump. To his dismay, his new pupil is God Himself. Or Herself. Depending on the day. As they play the most heavenly courses in paradise and back on earth, Hank realizes that it's he who's learning the lessons-- about fearing failure, about second chances, about the connectedness of all living things, about not taking the next breath for granted, and about our God-given ability to improve ourselves-- one stroke at a time.

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User Review  - burnit99 - LibraryThing

Okay, so Hank Fins-Winston, a golf pro when he was alive, is summoned by God for help with His (or Her) golf game. They play courses on Heaven and Earth, with a fascinating array of fellow golfers ... Read full review

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User Review  - mfoltz80 - LibraryThing

I'm not a golfer, but this book was very fun to read. And I was never quite sure how everything was going to turn out. It was also a very easy, quick read, which I liked since I could finish the book ... Read full review


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Roland Merullo is the critically acclaimed author of five books of nonfiction and twelve novels, including the Revere Beach Trilogy, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, The Vatican Waltz, and Dinner with Buddha. He lives with his wife and children in Massachusetts. His website is

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