Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson - New York Times best-selling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers - have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life. For it is only when we embrace our shadow that we discover the gifts of our authentic nature.
The shadow exists within all of us. It is a part of us and yet we spend most of our life running from it. But far from being scary, our dark side holds the promise of a better, more fulfilling life. Our shadow makes itself known every day. It is the reason we get furious over a friend showing up 10 minutes late, yell at our parents or kids when they have done nothing wrong, and sabotage our own success at the worst possible time. Until we are able to embrace our dualistic nature, we will continue to hurt ourselves and those closest to us and fall short of our potential.
Combining the wisdom of three experts, The Shadow Effect is a practical and profound guide to discovering the gifts of our shadow. These three authors powerfully pierce the veil of our unclaimed self, releasing us from the past and propelling us on a journey to wholeness. No longer living a half life, we are capable of achieving our dreams and reclaiming the happiness that is our birthright.
©2010 Deepak Chopra and Rita Chopra Family Trust, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
I love all three of these authors, and I enjoyed all three parts of the book. But at times, the authors conflict each other and it makes it hard to take what they're saying really on board. It's still definitely worth listening too. Each of the authors have valid and important points. I got something from every single section. I just wish that the messages of the meaning and purpose of the darker sides of ourselves, our so called "shadows", weren't so conflicting.
I think what these amazing authors has to say is really important, but the production quality and performance detract so badly for me that I can't stand to listen to the audio book. There is a loud buzzing constantly throughout the narration. It only stops when there is a break between narration. Please Deepak, Marrianne and Debbie re-record this professionally so that we can consume this great content.
I would prefer to read the book over listening to this performance twice. The content was very interesting and worth the single listen, but I WILL NOT listen twice.
I really enjoy the work of Deepak Chopra, but I find his narration very distracting. I was further distracted from the other authors who presented their own chapters.
I recognize and appreciate that some listeners find comfort and sincerity in hearing the authors words spoken by the authors themselves, as if they were attending a seminar with the author. I am not one of those people. After listening to well over 75 audio books I have become accustomed to professional narrators. With professional narrators I am able to relax and take in the content. When hearing professional authors perform like amateurs I become distracted and spend more time trying to become adjusted to their voice and pace.
To help quantify my personal bias, I would much prefer to listen to a musical album that was done in the studio than listen to a concert performance of the same album.
In the future, I will not purchase any audio books that are narrated by their authors. I will save those for print format.
there's a great deal of theory here that supports the shadow process. all three authors are spectacular in their presentation. I highly recommend this book.
Two thirds was ok ...but just ok. One third (sorry Debbie Ford) was lacking in terms of content (what content?! Repeating the same things doesn't count...) ABC unpalatable in terms of narration. In fact repeating the same things in THAT tone of voice was a draining shadow effect indeed.
I found the book to enlightening but also somewhat conflicting between what they said and what they suggested you do.
Honestly just about anyone! While I am sure Deepak Chopra's message is deep and important. As an audio book you want to be able to understand what he is saying clearly. I found that even though I listed to his portion twice I floated away and picked up little since it was so hard to focus enough while driving to decipher what he was saying.
Debbie Ford was sappy and again, great message, but unengaging narration.
Marianne Williamson was excellent.
It was the first book I wanted to return. I did get through it but it was a hard book to listen to and even harder to get meaning from when you're frustrated that you do not know what is being said or can't really make out the words to listen.
The best thing about these three spiritual Master's, is it's all put together and they're bringing it home on different levels so take it wherever you are.
All three authors helped me to see where I am stuck and how I can become unstuck.
I'm very happy I chose it. Thanks to previous reviewers who helped me choose!
The book is inspiring and intriguing - it made me think like no other experience I have had before. The concept of accepting wholeness is such an important one. Also very important notes for parents who want to avoid leaving marks on their children's memories that may haunt them in years ahead
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