Available February 14, 2019, The Power of Love reveals many ways to tap into one of the least utilized resources on the planet: the human capacity to love. 750 pp./softcover
Available February 14, 2019/ 750 pp./ softcover
The Power of Love is an inspiring chronicle of life-changing encounters, personal transformation, and a vision of love that transcends the everyday definition, to embrace unconditional goodwill, kindness, and compassion, based on the knowledge that all beings are one family, one with the entire universe, and that our capacity to love is one of the world’s most hidden yet powerful resources.
Summary: In her thirties, Fran Grace was a tenured professor enjoying life in a small college town. Yet underneath the success was a gnawing despair – What was the point of it all? Out of nowhere appeared a teacher who knew the answer. Opening her heart, he changed her life. His death many years later sent her on a journey to learn more about the power of love to transform and heal. She spent time with renowned spiritual leaders, scientists, activists, and artists—all selected with the help of her spiritual teacher who verified their capacity to transmit love. Each one helped her overcome obstacles on her path and showed humankind standing at a crossroads.
This book gives readers a direct encounter with pioneering teachers of love. From diverse faiths and fields of work, they reveal the power of love to be the next frontier of global consciousness, suggesting many ways to uncover it and live it. The book takes readers on a journey into Buddhist and Hindu monasteries in India, an Indigenous Grandmothers’ fire circle in the Black Hills, Mother Teresa’s Homes for the Poor in Rome, Calcutta, and Tijuana, the laboratory of a Stanford physicist, the home of a Sufi sheikh, the largest meditation hall in N. America, and a college classroom in California. The author interviews teachers familiar with the stark Sinai desert, slave dungeons in Ghana, and near-death experiences. In the end, love is found to animate every moment of ordinary life.
Fran Grace’s personal narrative is pulsed by her encounters with these teachers, each of whom has a chapter that includes a brief biography, excerpts from their dialogue with the author, and her sense of how the encounter helped her to overcome an obstacle to love.
Book Features: Includes photographs and unique contributions from: H. H. the 17th Karmapa – Father Pavlos of Sinai – Dr. David R. and Susan Hawkins – Llewellyn and Anat Vaughan-Lee – Mona Polacca and The International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers – Betty J. Eadie – Belvie Rooks & Dedan Gills – Dr. William and Jean Tiller – Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo – Huston Smith – Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev – Dr. Viktor Frankl (with grandson Alexander Vesely and Frankl family representative Mary Cimiluca) – Swami Chidatmananda.
Note: Any profits from the sale of this book go to the nonprofit organizations of the people who contributed to the book. Through their works of love, they do much to reduce the suffering in our world.
“In these pages are told the simple secrets of love, and Fran’s story to uncover and live them….. Here are our tears and crises, sudden moments of joy, simple human experiences combined with the taste of a deeper truth. This is the most precious offering we can make to life, to live this story, just as Fran has lived hers.”
— from the Foreword by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher, interviewed on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, author of over twenty books, including Sufism: Transformation of the Heart, Love is a Fire, and Spiritual Ecology.
“This spiritual autobiography is very timely for a fractured world that needs to be reminded of the One in whom we all—regardless of religious affiliation—live and move and have our being. Love, truly, is the underlying path for all of us.”
— Wilkie Au, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, and author of several award-winning books, including By Way of the Heart: Toward a Holistic Spirituality.
“This book is wonderful. It gives me hope. It’s such a good look at what people from all walks of life go through on a spiritual path. ‘Doc’ is still teaching…”
–Susan J. Hawkins, President, The Institute for Spiritual Research founded by Dr. David R. “Doc” Hawkins (author of Power vs. Force and Letting Go)
|Dimensions||8 x 12 x 4 in|