Inspiring Athletes

Inspiring Athletes

Seven Days In Utopia drives golf-themed inspiration to the big screen

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends!

About six years ago, I had the chance to interview Dr. David Cook about his brand new book Golf’s Sacred Journey. This fictional title was at first self published and then went on to become a bestseller. PGA tour members and scratch golfers alike gravitated to its inspirational yet challenging story.

Now, the book has been adapted into a film (that opened last weekend) titled Seven Days In Utopia starring Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall.

Back when I first talked to Cook about his novel, the renowned Christian sports psychologist revealed a little bit about his philosophy and how it shaped the book’s characters.

“The Lord gave me the vision that (sports psychology) really didn’t have eternal value,” Cook said. “What really had eternal value was to help men that feel ordinary in life to become extraordinary in life and for eternity.”

That’s not to say Cook hasn’t been extremely successful at helping athletes achieve their fullest potential. While at the Kansas University, he helped legendary coach Larry Brown turn a selfish group of athletes into the 1988 NCAA men’s basketball championship team.  Cook has also worked with the San Antonio Spurs and numerous PGA golfers. But ultimately, his hope for this film is the same as his original goal for the book along with his daily profession working with elite athletes.

“Performance enhancing and sports psychology has no eternal value,” Cook said. “Helping somebody run faster, throw better, shoot better, make more money, reach a higher level of performance has no eternal value. If I had ended my life only helping people attain a higher level of performance, then in the long run I would have a wasted the greatest opportunity given to me.”

Take a look at the official trailer below:

YouTube Preview Image

Visit the official Seven Days In Utopia website by clicking HERE.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rhonda Flem

    After seeing the trailer to this movie and going to their website, I am going to go see this movie tomorrow. It sounds amazing and appears to be spiritually power!

Previous Posts

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch
Blake Koch has never been afraid of hard work. And that’s a good thing considering how difficult it is to break into NASCAR—especially when drivin

posted 12:00:48pm Aug. 25, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell has been quietly building confidence and a solid résumé over the past seven years. It hasn’t been the easi

posted 12:00:42pm Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Kevin Durant wins first career NBA MVP Award
On Tuesday, Kevin Durant won his first career NBA Most Valuable Player award. His acceptance speech has quickly become the source of great inspiration across the country. Dura

posted 12:00:26am May. 07, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with two-time Olympic bobsleigh athlete Elana Meyers
Elana Meyers was born into an Episcopalian family that later became Lutheran. More recently, she was baptized in a Baptist church. She’s also been known to attend non-denominational services. So Meyers really isn’t sure how to label her Christian faith. But the two-time Olympian and 2010 bron

posted 7:00:31pm Feb. 14, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with Olympic freestyle skier Nick Goepper
Action sports athletes are often pegged as rebellious, freewheeling and borderline reckless. Freestyle skier Nick Goepper certainly doesn’t dispute the stereotype. But what might surprise some is that there’s a strong remnant of Christians within the various winter disciplines. And as more ac

posted 12:00:40am Feb. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.