GOLF FOR ENLIGHTENMENT: The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life

Deepak Chopra, Author , foreword by Jesper Parnevik. Harmony $21 (208p) ISBN 978-0-609-60390-1

Chopra turns his mind-body eye on golf, a recently acquired personal hobby. Unfortunately, he juxtaposes his metaphysical approach to enjoyment and mastery of the game with a less-than-masterful fiction about Adam Seaver, a 36-year-old Bostonian who often lets his emotions and ego interfere with his golf swing. Adam encounters a mysterious male stranger during a particularly horrendous round of golf. When Adam follows the stranger's instructions and shows up at an isolated shack for some much-needed lessons, a young, attractive woman named Wendy appears and proceeds to teach Adam about his inner game. Each lesson is separated into three parts: The Lesson (the fiction), Playing the Game (what the lesson taught Adam about golf) and Applied to Life (the relationship of golf to a happier, more spiritual life). Adam eventually falls in love with Wendy and achieves the perfect swing, only to have both suddenly disappear. Chopra posits that life and golf are similar games and each can be mastered—offering maxims such as, "You and the ball are one," "Play from your heart to the hole," and "Let the game play you"—but the appeal to the average golfer may be limited. (Mar.)

Forecast:While the golfing crowd may not flock to this book, with national publicity, national radio campaign, six-city author tour, cross-promotion with Taylor Made Golf Apparel and Golf for Enlightenment seminars, the bestselling author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind is sure to find an audience for this latest offering.

Reviewed on: 01/20/2003
Release date: 03/01/2003
Genre: Nonfiction
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