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 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 THE POWER OF LOVE book, but not necessary to read it. Bring your questions. Every last Friday of the month, Noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time.
Dr. Fran Grace is an author, lecturer, and certified spiritual director.
She received her Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997 and 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.
Academic life, however, did not fulfill her deep inner quest for truth. 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. She spent many years working closely with him.
In 2008, by his directive, she created Inner Pathway Publishing (The Institute for Contemplative Life), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the “inner pathway.”
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 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.” It is dedicated to her teacher.
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. Her recent e-Book, Love is Forever, traverses the heart’s journey of loss and love, graced with stories of hope and landscapes of beauty.