10 Great Books for College Golfers and Students

Looking for a great read or a helpful book you can give another college golfer? Check out these 10 books we recommend, organized into 3 categories: Golf, Life and Faith.

Books About Golf

1. Every Shot I Take

In Davis Love III’s inspirational work, “Every Shot I Take: Lessons Learned About Golf, Life, and a Father’s Love,” he shares the strength and value of his father’s teachings—from technical advice like, “When you begin your downswing, and your left foot returns to the ground, put your cleats in the same holes they were in originally,”  to practical advice for living: “Let your attitude determine your golf game; don’t let your golf game determine your attitude.” Through this moving tribute to his father’s love, DL3 passes along the benefits of those lessons in a gem of a book that will improve your golf game — and enhance your life.

2. Golf’s Sacred Journey

CGF Director Steve Burdick suggests David L. Cook’s Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia: “It is a great resource and book that I give out often! My personal story is not in the book. However, the character in the book lives out most of my life!” This book is about influence. The story is based on thousands of athletes the author has counseled, and the great mentors and teachers from whom he has learned, told through the lives of two characters—a rancher with a passion for teaching truth and a young golf professional at the end of his rope.

Books About Life

3. Welcome to College

Reading Jonathan Morrow’s Welcome to College is like having a friend guide you through the unique challenges of college life. He’ll help you get prepared not just for issues with dorm life, financial aid, and studying, but he’ll also help you navigate through the tough questions about the faith that will undoubtedly come up on campus or in the classroom. Great for high school seniors and college students!


4. The Life You Have Always Wanted

Want to take your spiritual journey to the next level? John Ortberg’s The Life You Always Wanted is all about the heart of Christianity—a real, vibrant relationship with God that impacts your entire life. Check out modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines.



5. Crazy Love

Here’s where Francis Chan’s Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God is coming from: It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe–the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor–loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Want to break free from the status quo? Learn how to develop a passionate love relationship with God.


6. Every Young Man’s Battle

How do men survive the relentless battle against the onslaught of lust? With powerful ammo. Stephen Arterbur’s book, Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation, will help you rise above today’s self-seeking culture by examining God’s standard, training your eyes and mind, cleaning up your thought life, and developing a biblical plan. Experience real hope for living the way God designed.


Books About Faith

God has provided enough compelling evidence to allow a logical and rational person to take a step of faith—not a step of blind faith into the darkness—but a step of intelligent faith into the light. Steve Burdick says:

One night, at a CGF retreat, a college golfer told me he felt like there was more compelling evidence for faith in Christ than he had originally believed, and he was intrigued to learn more. I gave him a few good books on investigating the claims of Christianity: More Than a CarpenterThe Case for Christ, and The Reason for God.

7. More Than A Carpenter

Former skeptic Josh McDowell’s More Than a Carpenter is a true classic examining the historical evidence about Jesus. Josh acknowledges that while the topic of God is widely accepted, the name of Jesus often causes irritation. “Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.” By addressing questions about scientific and historical evidence, the validity of the Bible, and proofs of the resurrection, McDowell helps the reader come to an informed and intelligent decision about whether Jesus was a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Check out the arguments that made Josh a believer.

8. The Case for Christ

A former legal editor for the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel, is another skeptic turned believer. His book, The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus, asks the tough questions an investigative reporter would ask: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields.

9. The Reason for God

Timothy Keller addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing The Reason for God.

10. Tactics

In Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, Greg Koukl shows you how to keep any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to be an effective ambassador of Jesus and get people seriously thinking about him. Greg’s practical guide shows you how to: – Initiate conversations effortlessly – Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively – Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking – Skillfully manage the details of dialogue – Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack. it’s a game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.