Are the Golf Gods Real?

The Golf Gods, Photo Property of Paul Buckley

“Finding Ti Ming & Tem Po, Legend of the Golf Gods”, by Mark Button is a wonderful book for young or old. According to the author on his blog, “While it’s targeted at children and teens aged 8-17, the book will be enjoyed by anyone who loves golf, regardless of age.”

I have to say when I  received the request to review this book I was a little hesitant, as I know nothing about golf! However, as I continued to read the stories, the lessons found on these pages are beneficial for any age or sport.

As the author Mark Button told me, “It is filled with character building values and lessons.” He is so right, the reader will learn about Confidence, Honesty, Respect, Judgement and Perseverance.

The story begins when the Golf Gods find themselves trapped for many years in an attic, until finally a young boy finds them.  What happens to them when they are lost again? 

You will find yourself on a journey with these two wise, patient and yet lovable wooden statues of the Golf Gods, as they come to life in the dreams of the main characters and touch their lives.

As you read it will seem as if you are walking along side the Golf Gods on the fairway. You will feel the light breeze as it blows in different directions, you are barefoot and the wet grass feels like a soft cushion to your feet. Which club will you choose? If you choose the wrong one and you lose focus, will you know how to react and learn from that decision? Or will you give up and throw your clubs to the ground in a fit of anger?

I encourage you to read this book and then give it to your children. Discuss these valuable lessons with them. My son who runs for his college track team is going to receive this book! I know it will help him Stay in the Present!

Here are some of my favorite quotes said by Ti Ming and Tem Po:

  • “Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is the space between your ears”, Tem Po
  • “Don’t hope for it, you must expect it”, Ti Ming
  • “Sometimes what appears to be a small bird, in fact turns out to be a great eagle”, Tem Po
  • “In order to hit the shot you desire, you first must see it in your mind”, Ti Ming
  • “It’s your responsibility to focus only on the next shot.  Nothing going on around you, or what happened in the past or what might happen in the future matters.  The only shot that matters-the only thing that matters-is the next shot.  Stay in the present…”, Ti Ming
To learn more about the book, please visit the Author’s website at Timing and Tempo!

Disclaimer: I received the book from the author in order to write this review.  I did not receive any monetary payment for this review.  There are affiliate links found in this post. Which means that if you were to click on the links and purchase, then and only then would I receive a small commission. 

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Lisa Ladrido (87 Posts)

Lisa is an R.N. Mom Blogger and the author of Mom Blogger Buzz. She writes about Social Media, Personal Development, Blogging Tips, Travel, Family, Health and Wellness. She and her husband live in the Seattle area. They have 5 sons, 4 grandchildren and 7 furry four legged children!

21 comments for “Are the Golf Gods Real?

  1. Gerry Wendel
    January 30, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Great review and love the quote "Don't hope for it, you must expect it" …that is positive thinking!

  2. Lisa Ladrido
    January 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Thank you Gerry! It is a great book and I love that quote too! Lisa

  3. Sue
    January 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    As a children's writer – I love to find books on every topic! I had another author in a writer's group I belonged to who wrote YA books for golfing boys ( and I thought that was highly unusual! Which of course, in the world of publishing, is a GOOD thing!

  4. ClaireEJ
    January 31, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Some fab quotes there! My husband is a golf fan and is desperate for our son to start (he's only 4!) Maybe I should suggest he reads this book first…

    Love your blog design, by the way :)


  5. kim
    January 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    hmmm.. sounds really really interesting..

  6. Digital Mom Blog
    January 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    "In order to hit the shot you desire, you first must see it in your mind", Ti Ming oh gosh, this one totally gets me.

  7. beth
    January 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    There are so many wonderful aspects about the game of golf! Well, all except Tiger, of course! ;) The PGA sponsors a mentoring program called, The First Tee, which helps underprivileged kids get into the game. Imagine if we all could learn what golf teaches!

  8. Michelle
    February 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Thanks for an excellent book review. I would probably never consider a book like this for my 10 year old daughter if I had just seen the title etc.. after reading your review I'm fascinated. Golf gods might just interest my daughter :) From what I've read in your review it does teach some valuable lessons. I absolutely love the quote "Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is the space between your ears", Tem Po. Made me chuckle, so true, so true and I'm even guilty sometimes of this. Thanks for a wonderful review, I will put this on my daughter's reading list.

  9. Jewelsy
    February 2, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Very good review! Looks like there are a lot of great lessons to be learned from golf! I am Julie from the FB group "soaring bloggeristas".

  10. Mrs. Sullivan
    February 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    How neat! All of my older kids play sports and I'm going to get them this book for Christmas! And yes, I am actually planning that far ahead!

  11. mrsmomx6
    February 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Those were some great quotes! Never thought about life and gold before, kinda cool :)


  12. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Hi Sue! Since I am not a golfer I would have missed this great book. I am so happy I was offered the opportunity to review it! Thank you for visiting! Lisa

  13. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    @ClaireEJ Oh how cute! Yes, give it to your husband to read, 4 years old is a good time to start! Thank you I love birds and flowers as you can see! I am so happy you stopped in for a visit! Lisa

  14. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    @Digial Mom Blog, Me too! There were so many good ones in this book that I had to post several!

  15. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    That sounds like a wonderful program Beth. Will check it out! Thank you for visiting again! Lisa

  16. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Hi Michelle! I think your daughter will enjoy it. One of the characters in the book that the Golf Gods help is a teenage girl. Thank you so much for the nice comment! Lisa

  17. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Hi Julie! Love our Bloggeristas! I truly enjoyed the book, will be passing it on to my son for sure! Thank you so much for stopping in!Lisa

  18. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Hi Annie! So glad to see you here! My goal is to start shopping this far ahead. It simplifies everything, especially during the rush of Christmas! Lisa

  19. Lisa Ladrido
    February 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    I know Sharon, me either. Especially since I don't play golf yet! I learned a lot from reading this book.

  20. Jewelsy
    February 9, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    Love your blog Lisa! I'm Julie from soaring Blogeristas!

  21. Its So Very Cheri
    February 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

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