Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy

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The bestselling classic novel about an American traveler’s spiritual journey into the world of golf When Michael Murphy first meets golf pro Shivas Irons on one of the most beautiful courses in Scotland, he doesn’t know that his life—and his golf game—will change forever. But with the first swing of the Scotsman’s club Murphy realizes he is in for a most extraordinary day. By turns comic, philosophical, mythic, and autobiographical, this tale traces the arc of twenty-four hours—from a round of golf on the Links of Burningbrush to a night fueled by whiskey, wisdom, and wandering. This story delves into the transformative power of golf and reveals a unique and unforgettable approach to the game.

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Michael Murphy began his quest into the nature of human potential in the late 1950s while a psychology major at Stanford University. After a year of graduate school, he spent 18 months in India, at the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. Aurobindo started him thinking about the relationship between the evolution of consciousness and the physical body. In 1961, shortly after his return to the United States, Murphy met Richard Price, another Standford Psychology major, and in 1962 they founded the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. The Esalen Institute, the leading growth center in the world, has hosted thousands of human potential workshops and conferences led by such notables as Abraham Maslow, Joseph Campbell, Rollo May, Fritz Perls, Aldous Huxley, Carl Rogers, Ida Rolf, Joan Halifax, Stanislov Grof, Joan Borysenko, Allen Ginsberg, and Linus Pauling, to name a few. In 1980, he helped create the Esalen Institute's Soviet American Exchange program which, among other things, initiated the first live television space bridges and hosted Boris Yeltsin during his first visit to the United States. Michael Murphy is the author of The Future of the Body, Gold in the Kingdom (released by Penguin Books/Arkana), Jacob Atabet, and End to Ordinary History, and co-author of The Psychic Side of Sports. He lives in San Rafael, California.
Published June 7, 2011 by Open Road Media. 244 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Self Help, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Horror. Fiction

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The 25th anniversary of a young man's encounter with golf spirit incarnate Shivas Irons coincides with the publication of a sequel, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, from Broadway Books. (Oct.)

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I am reminded of a line in Jonathan Livingston Seagull (not coincidentally dating to about the same time as Golf in the Kingdom - 1970): You seek problems because you need their gifts.

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