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Writing in the voice of the wounded healer, Ford tells her own story of embracing the wisdom and direction she found in facing family and addiction problems. She skillfully offers examples from participants in her workshops at the Chopra center who have leveraged the lessons of a painful past into a purposeful life. She invites readers to "own their whole story" by asking: What is the secret [about you] that your story conceals? What wisdom can you contribute to the world that you couldn't if the events in your life hadn't happened?"
At times, Ford's approach seems derivative of 12-step programs and ersatz Buddhism. And she mixes metaphors of shadows and light with those of a recipe and ingredients. Readers also know that self-reflection, acceptance of life's mixed blessings, and making lemonade from lemons are not new ideas. Yet Ford's passion and persuasiveness make a fresh case for daring to be yourself, learning from experience, and discovering the divine spark that is beyond our understanding. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows me well and my own battles with recursive "toxic" thoughts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Veronika Krejci
The book by Chopra, Ford and Williamson is a better resource for understanding the shadow. I just can't get into Debbie's style, not succinct enough for me.Published 9 months ago by Melissa Lyckberg
Book contains a lot of info about where and how to look for the beliefs you need to change in your life. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fantasy
If you want a book that does make you think and re-evaluate how you think this the book is for you
I also shared this book with someone else and read it together even more... Read more
Debbie's presentation of the shadow was like none other I'd ever seen. She let us know that there are special abilities and talents hidden in the dark, and that we must embrace... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Connie S. Stewart
the type of book that shakes you from within in order to wake up to a better version of yourself. I had to pause my reading sometimes letting all this new points of view really... Read morePublished 18 months ago by gaby z
Debbie Ford is one of the best writers in her field. She will be missed but fortunately, her writings are here to stay. Her honestly and courage are inspiring to me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patricia A. Phillips
the book made me think and laugh at myself. i can see why and how i get stuck in my own story but also work my way out and move on. Read morePublished 21 months ago by lissa
This is a great book. Most self help books are a good read, but they don't offer steps to actually implement the changes we read about. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Xanadu