Book Review: The Golfer’s Prayer Book

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on March 17, 2011

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Book Review: Golfer’s Prayer Book: Walking the Fairway with the Master

Dorothy K. Ederer’s The Golfer’s Prayer Book: Walking the Fairway with the Master, Mahwah, New Jersey: HiddenSpring, 2010.

What can I say about Dorothy K. Ederer’s The Golfer’s Prayer Book? I should have known better.

Sr. Dorothy is a Sister with the Dominican order of the Roman Catholic Church. She serves as Campus Minister at the University of Michigan and has written several books.

The Golfer’s Prayer Book includes prayers, various stories, life lessons, inspiring tales, and biblical paraphrases, all revolving around the game of golf. Sister Dorothy is an avid golfer herself and finds in the game a metaphor for living life with her God.

Sorry Sister. The book simply did not speak to me. Not surprisingly, the Sister and I do not share the same spirituality, which is why I should have known better. She probably would not like my books either. The book is fine for what it is, a light devotional geared around golf. As I read, though, I kept thinking that her book was too much like Sunday School. I am compelled to award Golfer’s Prayer Book: Walking the Fairway with the Master one ball only.

I use a three-ball rating system. A one-ball award means that I regret spending my money to buy the book and my time to read it. Two balls means that I am ambivalent about spending my money and time on the book. Three balls means that I am happy I spent my money and time on the book.

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