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Review: The Nine Lessons

June 20, 2009

The Nine LessonsLondon Witte loves golf so much he named his only child Augusta Nicklaus Witte.  London’s beloved wife died when August (as he preferred to be called) was four.  London immersed his young son in golf, thinking it was what his wife wanted him to do.  Their relationship wasn’t easy, though, since August wasn’t a good golfer, and it suffered what seemed irreparable damage when London cut August from the high school golf team.

Years later, August is married and he and London have a tenuous relationship, at best.  August doesn’t want children, so he’s floored one evening when his wife announces she’s pregnant.  In a fit of anger, August hops into his car and rushes to his father’s home.  His car gets stuck in the mud and he walks to his father’s house to get help.  His father shows him an odd journal he’s kept on golf score cards through the years and agrees to allow August to read it on one condition – August must take one golf lesson a month from his father throughout his wife’s pregnancy.

August reluctantly agrees and the lessons end up to be life lessons rather than golf lessons.   For example, they played during torrential rain during one lesson – they couldn’t use a cart and there were large puddles on the course.  The moral of the lesson was, “Some days we play the game of life in the bloody rain.  Not all days can be sunny skies and fair weather.  But sooner or later the dark clouds dissipate. . . and the light shines through.”  August learns about life through the lessons and about his father through the journal and slowly comes around to anticipating the birth of his child.

The Nine Lessons by Kevin Alan Milne is a sweet, endearing book.    It’s an emotional tale about forgiveness and father-son relationships.  There are great golf quotes at the beginning of each chapter, like this one from Charles Rosin – “Golf isn’t a game, it’s a choice that one makes with one’s life.”  You don’t need to be very knowledgeable of golf to enjoy this book, though.   I think anyone looking for a light, inspirational book will enjoy this one like I did.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2009 7:36 am

    Sounds like a wonderful Father’s Day gift idea! I wish I could pick it up right now and read it this weekend!

  2. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 20, 2009 7:48 am

    I was thinking the same thing as Julie- perfect for Father’s Day!

  3. June 20, 2009 9:43 am

    I always enjoy the golf-is-life parallel. Sounds good!

  4. June 20, 2009 9:56 am

    I’m going to have to read it….sort of sounds like my favorite, Big Sid’s Vincati, but with golf instead of motorcycles!

  5. June 20, 2009 10:17 am

    This is a good review. Sounds great for my husband!

  6. June 20, 2009 11:06 am

    Sounds like a good father/son book. Perfect to review for Father’s Day weekend.

    I’m not always that crazy about inspirational books, but I’ll keep it mind for gift giving.

  7. June 20, 2009 11:47 am

    I wasn’t keen when I read it was about golf, but really it isn’t about golf, it’s about life and that appeals to me.

  8. June 20, 2009 7:38 pm

    Sounds like a book that people can take something away from it…life lessons!

  9. June 20, 2009 10:22 pm

    I imagine this might be a great way to sneak some “mushy” stuff into the hands of a golfer who might not read it otherwise! Love the cover photo!

  10. June 21, 2009 2:19 am

    This sounds like the perfect Father’s Day book. 🙂

  11. June 21, 2009 12:54 pm

    Wonderful review Kathy. This sounds like a good book.

  12. June 22, 2009 12:03 am

    This one sounds like a tear jearker!

  13. July 7, 2009 1:28 pm

    Sounds like an endearing book, and definitely a good Father’s Day pick. Thanks for the review!

    –Anna

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