The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17), and that is how I am compelled to view this book. The idea came to me in a flash, driving home from the first (and I’m sure only) half-marathon I’d ever run. I’d suffered an injury about a week before the race, and knew that to have any chance of running (or staggering) 13.1 miles that day I’d have to put it all in the Lord’s hands. So I did. And I finished the race.

Driving home to Milwaukee that evening, I was listening to worship music (as I had during the race), praising Jesus, and thinking about what my next challenge might be. I’d always wanted to write a book, probably about golf, and out of nowhere came this idea to explore the left-hand/right-hand phenomenon in golf by learning to play left-handed myself. Usually, when I come up with an idea like that, the more I think about it the more half-baked it seems. In this case, the more I thought, prayed, and discussed it, the more fully baked it became. That’s how I knew it was from God. So I dedicated a year to the process and had the time of my life.

Finishing the book was more of an ordeal than I anticipated, but I kept my eyes on God and never gave up, trusting that I would finish the book in God’s time, not my own. And that’s exactly what happened.

That is why, above all in the most literal way possible, I acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ and present this book for His glory.