The Secret of the Shadow: The Power of Owning Your Story
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The Secret of the Shadow: The Power of Owning Your Story

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Oprah had a lightbulb moment when she connected with Debbie Ford′s shadow work. Now, Debbie deepens our shadow work and shows how our shadow side holds the key to our happiness. Each of us has a shadow that whispers stories of our own self-defeating fears to us-for example: that we aren′t enough, that we are unworthy of being loved, that we will be deserted by those whom w...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by HarperOne (first published 1998)
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It seemed like it would have been a great book for me to read several years ago, when I first embraked on this healing path. It didn't sync up well with where I am on that path now, so a lot of information didn't apply, but there were some good things that I needed to refresh on, so it was useful for that. It's definitely great for anyone who is just starting out on that path & is still holding onto a false sense of self.
Heather Anne
First, a couple of things stood out for me in this book. One, she told the story of a self-help addict who was stuck for many years, and never did get out of her rut -- because this woman was never brave enough to experience the pain before attempting to let go (if that makes sense). The author makes a convincing case of not letting any teaching or book dominate your life, especially if you are still stuck after a year. At that point, she suggests trying something else (maybe a new therapist) --...more
Your "story" either powers or disempowers. Moves you forward or holds you back. Who knew that getting to know that shadow, that part we don't want to acknowledge, let alone own, has even the slightest to do with anything? :)

Transformative book for me - one I go back to.
Obviously, I loved this book. I had read "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" prior to this, and loved it as well. This book is great for someone struggling with self esteem, letting go of the past, and just not loving themselves. It gives realistic exercises to try (written ones) and challenges you to be your best self. Love it.
It's really intriguing to try and follow her ideas
Christian Buch
Fantastisk bog der handler om, hvordan du kommer i kontakt med dine skyggesider og at forstå hvordan du kan bruge det i din personlige udvikling. Debbie Ford formidler sit personlige udviklingsarbejde i et flydende sprog. Arbejder du med din personlige udvikling, er bogen absolut "must read" for dig som har indset, at skyggearbejde er styrkende. Bogen henvender sig til dig som allerede er i gang med din udviklingsproces, særlig fordi Debbie anvender en del metaforer for at komme i kontakt med de...more
Jo Ann
This book "popped out" at me from a box of books given to me for my Little Free does have value, and I learned a lot from it!
I really enjoy reading books by Debbie Ford. She thinks about things in different ways than a lot of other self help authors do. I've read this book several times and uncover new things about myself every time. The exercises are great, if you take the time to do them.
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Recommends it for: people who look for spiritual way to deal with their story of life
Debbie Ford proposes a new idea to me. Accept light and dark within yourself and make friends with your story. Own your story and don't let it own you otherwise I'd be in trouble. Profit from your story, not let it profit from you.
I wished for a much more substantial book, but the overall message of the necessity of acknowledging and accepting all parts of yourself is always a good one.
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This is one of those that one must own in order to (hopefully) process through. Incredibly poignant, and very fitting.
Debbie Welsh
This is the first book of hers I ever read and what a great read. I have re-read it again this year.
Fran B
Healing Steps at the end of each chapter
This is a good self-help book.
Nazila Arasi
Found my life story.
Ok self help book.
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Debbie Ford was an American author of self-help books. Her first book, "The Dark Side Of The Light Chasers", spawned eight more books in the genre and dealt with confronting one's "dark side" rather than ignoring it. Ford also hosted television and radio shows related to her books.

She passed away due to complications from cancer in 2013.
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