Fran Grace

Dr. Fran Grace serves as founding director of Inner Pathway, as well as Professor of Religious Studies and Steward of the Meditation Program at the University of Redlands (CA), where she has helped to pioneer a contemplative and inter-generational approach to university education.  You can see a short video (4 min) that gives highlights of her work from 2007-2020.

She has been recognized for her teaching and research into spiritual life by appearances on CSPAN, NPR, The History Channel, a Pew Fellowship from Yale University, a Luce Fellowship in Comparative Religion and Theology, and several teaching awards. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1997 from Princeton Theological Seminary, she wrote Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life, which Publisher’s Weekly named a “landmark” biography. Her latest book, The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World (2019) was a Silver Award winner in the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for “Best Inspirational Books in 2019” and has been received well by reviewers: “a masterpiece,” “splendid and moving narrative,” “reveals love in all of its facets,” “awakens the mind again and again.”

In 2004, a life crisis opened up her deeper interest in the spiritual side of life, and she encountered her teacher, Dr. David R. Hawkins, who taught her a path of inner freedom that respects the essence of all spiritual traditions. In 2008, following his directive, she created Inner Pathway Publishing (Institute for Contemplative Life), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the “inner pathway” common to all religions. Before her teacher’s death in 2012, she edited and wrote the Forewords to his widely popular books Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender and the official revision of his Power vs. Force.  In 2020, she edited a primer of his work, The Map of Consciousness Explained.  Her book, The Power of Love, is dedicated to him and his wife Susan.

ONLINE COURSE. August 31 to October 21, 2021. Dr. Fran Grace teaches an interactive, online, live 8-week course “Paradigms of Healing and Wholeness,” based on her book, The Power of Love, and other materials. 24 CEs or CEUs for some professions.  Enriching for the personal growth of people of all ages and walks of lifeGo to short video and details about the course.