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
Deepak Chopra's part.
Debbie Ford: no way. The other two: probably
Debbie Ford's way of reading made me want to cry. I skipped that section instead.
I find Debbie Ford's choice of language very "Hollywood". She uses words like "superstar" to describe our higher self. In addition, her voice is beyond annoying. It's not the actual sound of her voice, which is kind of nice, but the way and tone in which she reads the material. She sounds very inauthentic and superficial. Her overall writing and reading style are, to me, very "American". After maybe 5 minutes I decided to skip over her part of the book.Marianne Williamson uses the word "god" a lot. I know what she means, and I just substitute the word "spirit" or "universe"...but if the word "god" is difficult for you, as it is for me, then it may be hard to listen to her.Deepak Chopra's part was excellent, although his reading style is rather dry and flat. I got used to it though and I really enjoyed his part.I found it hard to rate this audiobook, because the parts that touched me did so deeply and have changed the way I look at other people and the difficult relationships in my life. I have done a lot of therapy and workshops and read a lot of these types of books, and yet this was something new and different.Overall worth the annoying bits!
Again I bought the audio version, and have always been a fan of Marianne...really nice to hear Deepak (sometimes his accent is tricky, but who cares!) and I had never heard of Debbie, and it was nice to experience her as well. I always assume that there is something I can learn from Marianne...I believe she should work with our President Obama and be one of our Spiritual Leaders of this country...her wisdom and point of view, not mention her humor (which is not really evident in this book as much as it is in so much of her work)...would certainly make this a kinder, gentler, world. If you don't mind the use of the word "God" (and you can always substitute another word: Universe, Love, Nature, Higher-Self) I think you would get a lot out of this book. I love the audio version, because I can walk or jog or workout at the gym while listening.
I first read this book a few months back and was blown away. I got the most out of Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. I purchased the book so I could re-read it while driving. Once again I found those two authors to be amazing. Just one of these authors is worth the price of the book. Debbie Ford not so much but has some great ideas. I find myself in the audiobook version skipping over Mr Chopra. The only voice I find more bothersome is Eckhart Tolle. I know that if I could quiet my mind to hear the message instead of the voice all would be well, but thats exactly why I picked up the audiobook in the first place, to hear a message, not trying to strain to hear the message.
Again, Marianne Williamson alone is worth the price of the audiobook.
Good books are hard to find!
Section 2 was Debbie Ford's part, and was the only good part of the book. The part by Deepak was torture, and Williamson was OK but not great.
only Section 2.
This was so disappointing. I really enjoy Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson in the past but Debbie Ford's introduction was overly dramatic and repetitive, it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the book. I really felt they where stretching trying to come up with something interesting to say. If I could return it and get my money back I would.
I am attempting to get through this book. The book is read, not expressed. The tone is monotonous and I am having trouble staying with it.... there is no inspiration in the thoughts being expressed and the thoughts are worth hearing.
This is a great piece of work overall and I'll listen to it again. While I respect Deepak's vast knowledge and expertise, this reading is a little difficult to stay with. I would have preferred to see a professional reader take his part, but Marianne and Debbie's parts were very good. Another excellent addition to my audio collection for powerful listening.
This book gave me a new perception of the Human side insede of us...
And helps me accept the part of me and our society that we do not necessarily like...
But that is a part of us...
This book helps people become Better Human Beeings...
Someone already walked part of the path of life... and they are donating their experiances...
I found Deepak's portion great... enlightening and rewarding. The remainder would be well-received by a teenage girl having problems in school. I found it narrow and tough to get through.
This is a very simple audio, Debbie Ford is the most significant speaker. Deepak Chopra just keeps rehashing the same information in different audiobooks for what appears to be financial gain. Less spiritual and organic in my view.
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