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 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.
I normally give ratings but do not write reviews, but Debbie Ford's section was so bad that I had to write a review to warn any potential buyers about it. Her voice was very painful to listen to (it sounded very nasal and she read in a very drawn out, monotonous way). It was extremely annoying, like a school girl droning on a book that she did not want to read in the first place. In fact, it was so bad that I skipped over to Marianne's section after wincing through 2 chapters.
From reading the other reviews, it seems a couple other listeners had issues with Debbie Ford's narration as well.
On the other hand, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson did great. Deepak's content was more factual and theoretical, which adds a nice dimension to Marianne's content which is more on personal experience and personal insights (which is great too). Some listeners seemed to have issues with Deepak's voice/narration, but being brought up in a multi-cultural environment I have no problems understanding him at all. Marianne's voice has a very nice and gentle touch to it, and I really enjoyed hearing her narration.
This is my first book from Deepak so I can't comment about some listeners' comments about how he rehashed the same content from his other books. This is my second book from Marianne (first being A Course in Weight Loss) and I enjoy her work a lot.
(PS: I would have given the book 4-5 stars for Overall/Performance/Story if not for Debbie Ford's section.)
Will recommend Deepak and Marianne's sections. Will definitely NOT recommend Debbie's section.
Deepak and Marianne's performances are great. I love Marianne's voice - it's soft and gentle. Debbie Ford's performance is terrible. She should have gotten a professional narrator instead.
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.
Deepak Chopra's half of the book was just okay, Other half does NOT deliver in my opinion. I Have almost all of Chopra's books, this one ranks low amongst them.
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