great gift for a friend or for yourself. Anyone looking for inspiration
and motivation in life should read this classic. A New York Times
bestseller when first published in 1978, it quickly earned its
title as "the philosophical bible for runners." And
it has stood the test of time.
As Dr. Ken Cooper, bestselling author and founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center, states, "Running&Being helped change the world. This legendary book helped improve the lives of millions." And Joe Henderson of Runner's World says, "George set the standard .a genuine classic.This should be mandatory reading for any athlete looking for answers to the game of life."
It tells of an educated man's mid-life return to the world of exercise, play and competition. A book filled with beautiful observations and analysis of his new world -- "The world the other side of sweat," as he used to call it, where one can uncover the truths that lie deep within each of us. If you are a fan of George Sheehan's work or if you have just heard about him, you should give this book a good read. Running&Being is considered to be Dr. Sheehan's signature book.
In time we will have more of his work available, including audio and video cassettes. A portion of the proceeds will be used to benefit organizations dealing with children, exercise, and cancer awareness.
including shipping and handling
Send a check or money order made payable to The George Sheehan Foundation to:
George Sheehan Foundation, P.O. Box 1831, Red Bank, NJ 07704
or call (732) 758-1611
This month Delacorte Press is publishing my book,
"Chasing the Hawk," a memoir of my life and my relationship
with my father, Dr. George Sheehan. It is the story of a sometimes
distant, often times difficult father-son relationship, and it
traces the journey and struggle of two people. Their stories interweave
and resolve themselves as my father and I find ourselves and find
each other. In the end, it is a testament to the healing power
of honesty, forgiveness and love
I think of the book as a kind of an American odyssey, and I think that although my father lived an unusual life and became famous, the story will be familiar to many families. My father was a sort of visionary, and in his life, he anticipated many of the changes America went through in the last half of the 20th Century. His story is a reflection of our times. After World War II, he found suburban success and it left him cold. Then, he found running and all of its spiritual and emotional as well as physical benefits. He was early against Vietnam, but just as quickly, he abandoned politics and was looking inside for other answers. In articulating the potential of the individual, he became one of the founders of the fitness movement.
His vision made him famous. I believe, however, he became overly-enamored with that fame and its maintenance, and he left my mother and became distant to me. But as that fame ebbed, he realized that he had gotten off track. In his own words, "I had taken care of my mind and my body, but I had neglected my soul." My book celebrates his return home and also his return to his truer self -- a person characterized by humility and compassion. As he faces his final battle with prostate cancer, he is the first to notice that I myself am floundering in an alcohol addiction, and he throws me a lifeline. The final third of this book is about what we learn together as we face our separate afflictions together.
This is our story and written from my perspective. It is not the story of my family. A number of my brothers and sisters have privacy concerns and others do not ascribe to its point-of-view. I share their concerns. But in the end, I believe I am honoring his struggle and search by telling what I believe to be the truth. As with any long search, one must spend time in the darkness before they can even get a glimpse of the light. I believe his search and mine will strike a common chord in many of us as we strive to mend our relationship and find a true sense of spirituality in our lives. I hope readers will find my journey and my father's journey inspiring, and I am hopeful this book will enhance my father's legacy rather than detract from it.