Debbie Ford (October 1, 1955 – February 17, 2013) was an American self-help author, coach, lecturer and teacher, most known for 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 to write eight more books including Spiritual Divorce, Why Good People Do Bad Things, and The 21 Day Consciousness Cleanse, which sold over 1 million copies, and have been translated into 32 languages. She led workshops on "Shadow Process" and hosted TV and radio shows, and also established the "Ford Institute for Transformational Training".
After Oprah Winfrey discussed, Ford's first book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers (1998), on her show in late 2000, it spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in late 2000 and early 2001. Her other books that made to the list were Why Good People Do Bad Things (2008), and The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self (2010), written in collaboration with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson.
Over the years, in career spanning 20 years, she gave workshops and lectures across US and also trained coaches on the 'Shadow Process'. She appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and Fox & Friends, and was regular contributor to Oprah.com and Huffington Post She hosted a weekly talk radio show on Hay House Radio, titled "Shadow Talk". She produced and appeared on documentary The Shadow Effect (2009), and also in 3 Magic Words (2010). She also appeared as a life coach helping people with divorce on ABC's short-lived reality series The Ex-Wives Club (2007). In 2012, she appeared on Super Soul Sunday (Season 2), a talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in an episode titled, Debbie Ford: Out of the Shadows, on which she talked about her eleven year-old struggle with cancer.