October 16, 2008

Has Success Cost This Athlete His Soul?

CLOVIS, Calif., Oct. 16, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Although many of us fear failure, sometimes it is success that can be most costly. One man on the verge of superstardom loses touch with himself and his family in the glare of the professional hockey world. This is the engaging story about the measure of man all set to begin with the release of Shift: A Novel, authored by Matt Brown.

Inspired by the stories of the many Olympians, athletes, coaches and other talents the author has worked with, Shift follows the struggles of Kevin Wilkins, whose life outside of hockey is deteriorating despite his on-ice success. He is challenged to overcome poor decisions, insecurities, and his greatest fears. But the incentive is substantial: true intimacy, a clear mind and conscience, comfort in his own skin, and the ability to surrender to and savor the moment he is in. With the help of an ailing old friend, he resets his focus, attempting to restore the most important relationships in his life -- including the one with himself. Can Wilkins recover the things dearest to him? Read the book to find out.

About the Author

A former collegiate football player and decathlete, Matt Brown has worked with performers from multiple environments as a performance consultant and counselor. He has worked with Olympians, professional hockey and football players, coaches, surgeons, musicians, and dancers. In all cases, they are guided in the process of optimizing potential both as performers and as people. This novel was inspired by their stories.

                            Shift * by Matt Brown                                A Novel                   Publication Date: September 12, 2007           Trade Paperback; $17.84; 150 pages; 978-1-4257-6505-7 

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