Breakfast with Buddha

Publisher Algonquin, October 2, 2007

Otto Ringling is a straightlaced publishing executive with two kids, a lovely wife, a fine home in a fancy New York suburb, and a nagging suspicion that something’s missing. How, then, does he end up on traveling through Middle America with a berobed Mongolian monk? Ah. The real question to ask is, Why?

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he’d planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger-and amuse himself-he decides to show the monk some “American fun” along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cub’s game at Wrigley Field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world-and more important, his life-through someone else’s eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing.

In Roland Merullo’s masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he he’s missing in the most unexpected place.

“Amid the laughs and playful banter, Golfing with God is a serious story of self-examination and growth, the hardest games of all.” — The Washington Post Book World

“Merullo weaves humor and humane theology into his engaging plot.” — The Boston Globe

“Merullo’s patient good humor makes the journey with Hank a surprisingly universal undertaking.”
— The Sunday Seattle Times & Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Breakfast with Buddha