About the Book

Author Dr. Alan Shelton knows the pain of burnout. He’s struggled through those dark feelings himself. As Clinical Director of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, Shelton now oversees a large ambulatory clinic, which offers multiple services while seeing his own patients. Not long ago, however, burnout nearly sidelined him. Then a remarkable meeting with a Native Healer gave him surprising insight into his situation. Instead of resigning or changing professions, Shelton found a way to recover his passion for his work and use his new creative energy to address issues.

Life Beyond Burnout traces Dr. Shelton’s journey from a depressed, hopeless, and encumbered physician to an energetic, creative, and enthusiastic caregiver. In this self-help book, Shelton shares the secrets he discovered while finding his way back.

Whatever you do, if it involves helping people, you know how difficult it is to keep giving, day after day. But by rediscovering and growing your inner life, you can recover the joy and excitement you felt when you first began your career.

This self-improvement book shows how burnout doesn’t have to be a death sentence for a busy career and helps people recover the joy in their work.


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ISBN 13 (Trade Paperback): 9781982210489
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781982210502



I have just finished reading your book. Like most people these days, I wear many hats. As a forty-eight-year-old full time college student, mother, wife, and business owner my life is very hectic, to say the least. When I couldn’t fall back to sleep at 2:20 a.m., your book was calling to me from my nightstand, so I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I was finished! Your book has moved me on many levels. I’m at a cross roads right now in my life and your words of wisdom have helped me tremendously. Thanks for giving me hope and helping me to refocus my energy on what I know to be true!

– Julie A. Going, a rejuvenated reader

Since human resources professionals are particularly susceptible to job burnout, I decided to feature my favorite book on the topic. I met Alan Shelton about two years ago while doing some teambuilding work with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, specifically in the Tribal Health Authority where he worked as Medical Director. Before meeting him I heard others express how beloved and respected he was among his subordinates and co-workers, and among patients. I was eager to meet this man and when I did, I was not disappointed. When I later discovered he had written a book, I rushed to purchase it and read it in one big gulp. It is a small book and written in an easily readable style.

Having personally experienced burnout, I related instantly with Dr. Shelton’s words. In this book, Dr. Shelton tells you of his experience with burnout and his journey out of it and his insights along the way. Not only that but he provides a clear guide for us to recover from and avoid burnout in our own lives and careers. He shows us how to do this by accessing and nourishing our spirituality in a manner that complements our own beliefs, whatever they may be. Finally, he helps us reunite with our own gifts.

I highly recommend this book as a beautiful read and a useful guidebook for recovery.

– Lani Powell, SPHR

Life Beyond Burnout

Life Beyond Burnout