Itâ€™s a book that creates a new genre â€“ friction. Friction is a new genre Iâ€™ve created â€“ fact, not fiction, that creates a lot of friction. How we deal with that friction determines whether weâ€™re inspired or uninspired.Â Â How we respond to friction determines whether we are uplifted or crushed.
Lifting is both a central character and a theme.Â Â The book is not about weightlifting. The book transcends weightlifting. But weightlifting is a main character â€“ a multi-dimensional character representing a metaphor for the countless life struggles needed to get uplifted and build success by whatever definition you attach to the word success.Â
Another type of lifting is the leading character â€“ the star of the showâ€¦the lifting of a soul â€“others and ours.Â Reaching out and putting up ladders for someone else, while hoping to have a ladder put up for ourselves. The elusive quest to get lifted is a separate character. The search to feel inspired when the odds build up against you. Soul-lifting is an art â€“ a science. Thereâ€™s no blueprint, no template, no instruction manual. It has to be learned within the context of each individualâ€™s personalized existence.
The connection between souls of lifters is a character in the book. That connection is a force of nature and nurture. A team of unified lifters moving in one direction is one of the most powerful forces that can beat any odds.
The rest of the cast is diverse â€“ policing, football, fitness, teaching, business, writing. The book is not about any of those topics. They simply have starring roles, giving the readers a behind-the-scenes look into one experience, one soul-searching journey to solve some mysteries. Then there are more complicated characters in Soul of a Lifter â€“ misery, suffering, outcasts, and the pumpâ€¦the rush – the physical pump, intellectual pump, the emotional pump, and the spiritual pump that come from facing fears, fighting them, and scoring some points.
What is a soul of a lifter?Â Â Itâ€™s guiding force that leads us in mysterious ways. Itâ€™s up to us to investigate the mystery and try to solve it.