U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson Featured in Life in the Fairway

On Father’s Day, PGA golfer Webb Simpson placed first in the U.S. Open Championship Golf Tournament in San Francisco, CA.  Considered an underdog to some, Simpson placed above past champions Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell. “It was a cool day,” Simpson said. “I had peace all day. I knew it was a tough golf course. I probably prayed more the last three holes than I ever did in my life.” Huffington Post Sports- Antonio Gonzalez

During Simpson’s title ceremony an unruly fan decided to interrupt the festivities, but in true Webb fashion, he showed much focus and respect as he chose to deflect attention from the fan and kept in line with his interview with Bob Costas.

This is just another example of why Simpson is included in a brand new inspiring Christian book titled, Life in the Fairway: What Golf Teaches Us About Integrity by Chad Bonham. He is among an elite group of Christian PGA golfers featured, which include: Ben Crane, Stewart Cink, and Jonathan Byrd just to name a few. You can get your digital copy beginning next week for Kindle, Nook, and iPad, and the physical copy is due out mid-July at all fine Christian retailers. Life in the Fairway is a book for golfers, those who know someone that plays golf, and anyone who appreciates biographies that are encouraging and inspiring.

From Life in the Fairway (Webb Simpson):  “One thing I want people to know about me is just how much I care for my wife and my son and how important family is to me,” Simpson says. “It’s easy to get wrapped up in this golf world and find my identity in being a golfer. But I want everyone to know that I want my identity to be in the fact that Christ and my wife and son mean more to me than golf.”

Get to know these four guys and how integrity is at the heart of their professional and personal choices. Explore their relentless desire to achieve flawless excellence on the course- eliminating the mistakes in their individual quests for achievement, not just with athletic skill but also with honor.

Life in the Fairway
is published by New Leaf Press, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group. New Leaf Press, and author and Christian sports writer Chad Bonham, hope to shed light on these impressive individuals and challenge people to live their own lives in the fairway.

Praise Others & Him

We are continuing our ‘Praise Him’ blog series today with a guest post from one of our New Leaf Press authors Jim Sheard. Dr. Sheard is the author of Beyond the Score.


Praise is feedback that is positive and uplifting. Recall a time when someone praised for something you had done or meant to them. You probably recall it was (1) sincere, (2) applicable to you, (3) well-timed, and (3) clearly presented. If so, how did it make you feel?

Praise is one of the nicest things that happens to us. Unfortunately we do not get a lot of sincere feedback and praise because people are unwilling or unable to offer it to friends, family, and coworkers. We can all become better at providing sincere feedback and praise to people around us.

We can also become more willing to offer praise to God. To realize how the Lord feels about your praise consider how much you appreciate it.  Remember these characteristics of praise…

  1. Sincere Thanks and Appreciation to God
  2. Personally Applicable to How You Feel Toward Him
  3. Well-Timed is Anytime and Frequent
  4. Clearly Presented is any Positive Thoughts or Words

“Encourage Others” is one of the eighteen relationship keys in my book Beyond the Score: Relationship Keys for Golf and Life. It is a gift idea that will encourage the golfer on your list.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring…”- Leo Buscaglia

Beyond the Score is a book you will want to keep around for years. And it’s the perfect gift for friends, executives, and team members. Jim Sheard is an industrial psychology and human resources expert. After a 35-year career in corporate America, he has authored and co-authored eight books including In His Grip which has sold over 750,000 copies.

10 Life Lessons Learned from Golf by Jim Sheard Ph.D.

For the past 15 years, since writing In His Grip with Wally Armstrong, I have used the game of golf as a metaphor to describe lessons on life and faith. Here are a few of the life lessons I have learned from the game.

  1. You do not always win.
  2. Everybody gets into the bunker now and then.
  3. “Play it as it lies” means you don’t get to change your circumstances.
  4. In the real game there are no mulligans.
  5. Enjoy the scenery.
  6. Anger does not help the situation.
  7. The little strokes count the same as the big ones.
  8. The game is more fun when played with others.
  9. Treating people nicely is part of the game.
  10. There is life beyond the score.

See my latest book, Beyond the Score, New Leaf Publishing Group, 2011, for more life lessons on building relationships that make a lasting difference.

You can also connect with Jim Sheard at www.beyondthescore.net

Relationship Keys…On and Off the Golf Course

Relationships remain one of the most important treasures in a person’s life. Relationships are irreplacable and one special place many are nourished is on the golf course.

The game of golf is played with someone you value, trust, and enjoy spending time with. You are expected to be honest, trustworthy, and respectful as you move throughout the course. Such as the game of golf, these ideals are important throughout ones life.

Jim Sheard has authored a book titled, Beyond the Score: Relationship Keys for Golf and Life. In this book you will explore 18 keys to success and a powerful plan for follow-through. Every relationship has a beginning. The key is to connect in such a way that you give the relationship an opporunity to grow and thrive. Striving to be the best in all relationships can be an empty pursuit if God is the not the center of your life, Beyond the Score helps you get there!

“For me it is much more than a book about golf, it is a book about relationships- horizontal relationships with other people and the vertical relationship with God through Jesus.”– Jim Sheard

Jim Sheard is the co-author of eight highly acclaimed gift books including, In His Grip.
You can connect with him by clicking here.

Beyond the Score is published by New Leaf Press, an imprint of New Leaf Publishing Group. New Leaf Press offers a broad spectrum of pertinent and inspirational titles for families and ministries; including gift books, church leadership resources, and children’s Bibles.