Testimonials for The Gift
Wow, what a discovery!
To explain the context:
I’ve just woke-up early this morning so I could finish reading your
The Gift before university. This is unlike me, as
I have only read « required» books to date in my life as well as
The Alchemist by Coehlo. I devoured your book in three
days, to the great surprise of my family and I. I’ve been looking
at your book for 2 years every time I went to visit one off my good
friend and this past weekend, he lent it to me.
To thank you:
I want to thank you personally because your character Pirsig really
took hold of me. I even re-read the book in diagonal to make sure
I truly understood everything. I am really at the same point where
Pirsig was at the beginning the book: I am gifted, I am good, but
I don’t have the passion required. I have all the levels of Maslow’s
pyramid (friends, family, success), what is missing is the little
tip of the pyramid that will make all the difference: personal accomplishment.
Let’s call it as we may (the quest) is that part that Irving finally
finds in your novel. For a while now, I have been looking for personal
accomplishment. I have been making my way and feel that I am getting
closer to it. I surround myself with people who can talk about it,
but rare are people my age who are engaged on a quest.
Again, I would like to really emphasize what your book has brought
me. I have never met you, but you are a hero to me. One that had
the courage to push the boundaries and that shares what he has discovered
in a splendid way. I have always thought important to share with
people I admire what I believe, because few have qualities like
yours. I believe it is important that that you are motivated by
the fact that your message stuck — that it had a profound effect.
I am an avid reader and I put
The Gift on
my TOP 5 of all time and. My husband loved this book, because it
is about golf. I loved this book because it isn’t.
--Karen Sorensen, President, Catalyst Consulting, Alberta,
The Gift over the weekend and it is truly remarkable!
Congratulations! You deserve much success with it.
--John Amatt, President, One Step Beyond World Wide, Alberta,
Richard, I want to tell you what a great book
is. I received it as a gift (no pun intended) during a visit in
the Canadian Rockies, and I must say that reading it was the highlight
of my trip!
-- John Shea Senior, Retired Insurance executive, Ontario,
Richard: I read your book over the weekend, once I started reading
it couldn't put it down. Where did you come up with thoughts like:
" Imagine in your old age having the wisdom of the world and no
time to fear"...."Embrace the uncertainty of your swing"? I guess
you were in your "zone" and your programmer took over.
Enjoyed your book, I can see you getting with a screenplay writer
and developing a "Field of Dreams" type movie with your book.
-- Joe Ciancio Lake Forest, California
Richard, what an excellent book you wrote. Couldn’t put it down
and I read it in 3 days. A great display of male sensibility!
-- Marc Biron, Teacher and Sport Psychology consultant,
The Gift is a very good book!! I am making everyone I know read
--Sterling Mintzer, Wallace Lake, Michigan
The Gift while on a golf retreat with my college
roommates. The gift is very good reading – a very interesting book
that is different from anything I have read before. I found it fun
and very thought-provoking
--Mike Anton, Woodland Hills, California
The Gift is a riveting story built around the
metaphor of learning golf as a means of achieving heightened performance
in business and life. Life is about pursuing the person that we
want to become and about creating stories that lead to perfect
fulfillment. "Ben Hogan would never play to his potential if he
didn't quiet down the endless self-doubt that demolished his game
from the inside." This well written novel is worth reading and
--Vera Goodman, author and founder of the Reading Wings
The Gift now sits atop a list of truly great
reads in my life. Reading
The Gift brought me back to
the many Joseph Campbell books I used to devour when I was younger
and searching for answers. Irving Pirsig Jr's story was indeed
the classic hero's journey. A reminder to all of us to follow
This book has had a profound impact on how I will return to my
work and my golf game. Pirsig's story will stay with me. Thanks
again for a great book, Richard.
-- Stephen McDermott, Regional Vice President, Manulife
It was a pleasure to read Richard's book. The story is compelling
and the life experiences the main character goes through to develop
awareness is very revealing of the path we all need to walk in order
to be who we really are to express our uniqueness powerfully. I
had a few ahah moments when the main character learns to manage
his inner voices. That is brilliant. I knew this but it is expressed
in a manner that hit home. I use some of these concepts on working
with our inner voices in coaching regularly. When you learn to manager
your inner voices so your "inner team" is on board with
the vision and the passion, extraordinary performance is truly possible.
-- Diane Bonneau, CUCG, PCC, Executive Coach
Richard has done a great job at creating a wonderful book that
combines a captivating story with performance enhancement teachings.
I will include this book as part of my initial introduction with
all my clients and athletes. As I told Richard personally, I think
everyone should read this book for ideas on how to improve the quality
of their life
-- David Pollitt, CSCS*D, Optimal Performance Strength &
Conditioning Consulting, DpHockey.com/Duquesne University Ice Dukes
Strength & Conditioning Coach
I have a habit of rating all books that I read from 1 to 10; 1 being
poor and 10 being excellent. A rating of 7 or more I consider worthy
reading a second time, either for entertainment value or factual
knowledge. I have never rated any book 10 of 10.
I am not a golfer but still considered Richard's book a 9. There
is excellent entertainment mixed in with what I believe tremendous
tools. The tools being; practice and focus. Practice, practice,
practice does not make you better, only perfect. Practice with focus
leads you to perfection. I enjoyed the book very much.
-- John W Doyle / Non-Golfer, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
THE GIFT is one of those hard to put down reads, and I finished
it in two days. Very compelling to the golfer and corporate leader
-- Doug Macnamara, Executive Leadership Consultant
THE GIFT is not just a golf book, not just a self-help book,
but a combination that is captivating. An intriguing path to finding
purpose and performance in all aspects of life.
-- Tracy Lyn Moland, Author of the Amazon.com best seller
I couldn't put the book down, I read it in one session. I am
currently going through some inner turmoil about what I want out
of life and I found it hit a nerve regarding the search for some
meaning in our lives.
-- Nick Holyome / Non-Golfer Bristol-Myers Squibb
What intrigues me in
THE GIFT is it profound yet simple
blueprint for how anyone can experience the rare, joyous thrill
of real success and peace of mind. Richard Monette has unearthed
a mother lode, and the gold are here for the taking.
-- Printer Bowler, Author of the The Cosmic Laws
of Golf and Everything Else
Without a doubt this is an incredible book with significant
meaning, depth and valuable insight. I was inspired, entertained
Though the story centers around golf, (which I'm not really
into), it is really the author's symbol of life...either work,
personal or whatever element you want to understand and improve.
THE GIFT teaches us that we are all players...in sport,
in life, in business. Those who succeed in any and all aspects
of life have a purpose, a quest, a desire...a relentless pursuit
of achieving perfection.
"Play Life"...(loved the inscription)...play it
like a game you love, play every shot like it was your last. If
you give it everything you have you will indeed succeed. I sincerely
-- Karen M Bishop / Non-Golfer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Richard, you have crafted a book which is at once thought-provoking
and thoroughly enjoyable to read.
-- Tom Jones, Regional Development Manager North
America and The West Indies, International Rugby Board