Debbie Ford

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Debbie Ford
BornOctober 1, 1955
DiedFebruary 17, 2013(2013-02-17) (aged 57)
OccupationSelf-help author
Notable workThe Dark Side of the Light Chasers (1998)

Debbie Ford (October 1, 1955 – February 17, 2013) was an American self-help author, coach, lecturer and teacher, most known for The New York Times best-selling book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers (1998), which aimed to help readers overcome their shadow side with the help of modern psychology and spiritual practices. In following years, she went on to write eight more books including Spiritual Divorce, Why Good People Do Bad Things, and The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, which have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 32 languages.[1] She led workshops on "Shadow Process" and hosted TV and radio shows, and also established the "Ford Institute for Transformational Training".[1][2][3]


After Oprah Winfrey discussed Ford's first book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers (1998), on her show in late 2000,[4] it spent several weeks on The New York Times bestseller list in late 2000 and early 2001.[5] Her other books that made the list were Why Good People Do Bad Things (2008)[6] and The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self (2010), written in collaboration with Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson.[7]

Over the years, in a career spanning 20 years, she gave workshops and lectures across the US and trained coaches on the "shadow process".[8] She appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and Fox & Friends, and was a regular contributor to[9] and Huffington Post.[1] She hosted a weekly talk radio show on Hay House Radio, titled Shadow Talk.[10] She produced and appeared in the documentary The Shadow Effect (2009), and also in 3 Magic Words (2010).[11]

She appeared as a life coach helping people with divorce on ABC's short-lived reality series The Ex-Wives Club (2007).[4] In 2012, she appeared on Super Soul Sunday (Season 2), a talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in an episode titled "Debbie Ford: Out of the Shadows", in which she talked about her eleven-year-old struggle with cancer.[12][13]

Ford lived in the seaside community of La Jolla, San Diego County. She died at her home on February 17, 2013, after a prolonged battle with cancer, aged 57.[14]


  • Embracing Your Shadow. Hay House, 2002. ISBN 1561709433.
  • Spiritual Divorce. Hodder Hb, 2002. ISBN 0340820950.
  • Dark Side of the Light Chasers. Hodder & Stoughton, (Reprint) 2011. ISBN 1444717456.
  • The Best Year Of Your Life Kit. Hay House, 2005. ISBN 1401904793.
  • A Letter from Heaven: God's Gifts to a Mother, Through the Death of Her Daughter, with Allen Guyer. Morris Pub., 2003. ISBN 0974088706.
  • Why Good People Do Bad Things. HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 0061756148.
  • The Secret of the Shadow. HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 0061847372.
  • The Right Questions. HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 0061870072.
  • The Best Year of Your Life. HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 0061738980.
  • The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self, with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson. HarperOne, 2010. ISBN 0-06-196265-1.
  • The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse: A Breakthrough Program for Connecting with Your Soul's Deepest Purpose. (reprint) HarperCollins, 2010. ISBN 0061783692.
  • Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence. Wayne Dyer (Foreword). HarperCollins, 2012. ISBN 0062068997.


  1. ^ a b c "Debbie Ford". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Debbie Ford, author of 'The Dark Side of the Light Chasers,' dies". The Christian Science Monitor. February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Bestselling Self-help Author Debbie Ford Has Died". Time. February 19, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Willian Yardley (February 20, 2013). "Debbie Ford, Author of Self-Help Books, Is Dead at 57". The New York Times. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Paperback Best Sellers: February 11, 2001". The New York Times. February 11, 2001. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Hardcover Advice (2008)". The New York Times. March 30, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Best Sellers: Advice, How To And Miscellaneous". The New York Times. May 30, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "Teachers: Debbie Ford". Omega Institute. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "Contributor:Debbie Ford". Archived from the original on December 28, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  10. ^ Debbie Ford: Shadow Talk Archived 2013-03-02 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Debbie Ford at IMDb
  12. ^ "Highlights from Oprah and Debbie Ford's 'Super Soul Sunday' Conversation". OWN. July 10, 2012. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  13. ^ Debbie Ford On 'Super Soul Sunday': God Is 'A Spiritual Energy' (Video)Huffington Post|access-date=February 20, 2013.
  14. ^ "Debbie Ford, bestselling self-help author of 'Dark Side of the Light Chasers' dead at 57". The Washington Post. February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013.[dead link]

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