The Masters golf tournament begins this week in Augusta, Ga., and a group of Christian golfers are “working to make the home of the Masters more famous someday as the ‘The Home of the Master’ – Jesus Christ.”
As reported to CBN News on April 7, this movement began when sports psychologist, David Cook, wrote a fictional book about a golfer meeting God, titled Golf’s Sacred Journey, which was made into the movie “Seven Days in Utopia.”
Both the book and the movie ended with a cliff-hanger; and the movie extended an invitation to go to DidHeMakeThePutt.com, if you were interested in finding out what happened.
Over one million people signed in and more than 10,000 wrote saying that ‘they’d come to salvation after reading his book and watching the movie.’
Cook told CNB News that over and over again he was hearing from so many ‘newly-saved’ golfers, “I have asked Jesus to become the Lord of my life’…10,000. We had 69 last month, 129 the month before – and this is two years after the movie.”
Golf’s Sacred Journey and its sequel, Johnny’s U.S. Open, have many Christian golfers realizing what an “evangelistic tool” these books have become.
Both books read like thrillers, offer game-improving tips, and “point to how adventuresome life can be with God.” Augusta resident, Jim Sechrist said, “People were buying the books – 10, giving them away – buying 100, giving them away.”
Cook added, “80,000 of the first 100,000 books went out in packs of 10. And that’s what we call ‘The Johnny Project.’” In Cook’s books, Johnny was the golf guru who ‘revolutionizes golfers’ play, but also points them to eternity.
Cook explained, both men and women are saying, “I want to be a Johnny, I want to make a difference in other people’s life,” and as a result, Johnny Project groups are now starting to form all around the country.
Cook said that leading men to the Lord is ‘the best thing that happens to him in life,’ and that, “golfers, just like everyone else, yearn for God and heaven,” he added, “and Christian golfers need to be ready to point the way.