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.   In addition to her teaching work, she was certified in 2000 to be a Spiritual Director/ Mentor/ Companion, and offers private sessions.

NEW:  Monthly “Friday Zoom at Noon: In Conversation with Dr. Fran Grace.” Based on the book, The Power of Love.   Bring your questions.  Not necessary to read the book!  Every last Friday of the month, Noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time.  For the schedule and registration:  Click here.

Brief Bio:

Fran Grace 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.” Reviewers say: “a masterpiece,” “splendid and moving narrative,” “reveals love in all of its facets,” “awakens the mind again and again.”

In 2003, 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.

Recently she completed her NEDA proficiency badges in End of Life Doula and After-Death Care Education, in order to serve the dying and their loved ones.