An Inspired! Book Review
Bagger Vance is a wonderfully inspiring story that uses the quest of mastering ones golf swing as a metaphor for mastering ones self and ones existence.
The author, Steven Pressfield, weaves his tale using the unfolding lives of three men from three generations. Each man struggles to let go of emotional scars that haunt and torment his life. It is after each one reaches his lowest point that the presence of a mystical being, Bagger Vance, appears in the guise of a golf caddy to reveal a path that leads to greatness and self mastery.
The book is loosely based on the Bhagavad-Gita, the ancient Hindu epic and spiritual text of India. Bagger Vance represents the divine being that appears as a guide offering insight on how to live an authentic life.
The internal fight that each man faces is played out through his golf game. But the teaching here is not only about the golf swing. . .
Golf is just the perfect vehicle for Pressfield to convey a deeper message, that each of us is meant to stand up, explode into our existence, surrender to it completely, and be (without guilt or pride) all of what we can be. This is what is meant by mastering oneâ€™s self.
Bagger Vance will not only appeal to every athlete or performer, it is truly for everyone. Everyone has a game, an arena, or field in which they play. We all were meant to excel. It is up to each of us to find the field, know the field, and be the field. Reading this book will inspire you to do all three.
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