An inspiring chronicle of life-changing encounters, personal transformation and a vision of love that transcends the everyday definition, to embrace universal kindness and compassion, based on the knowledge that all beings are one family and that our capacity to love is one of the world's most hidden yet powerful resources.
The book is groundbreaking in its affirmation of love as a pathway for people of widely differing viewpoints.
Unexpectedly changed by love, Fran Grace went on a journey to learn more about its power to transform and heal. She interviewed renowned spiritual teachers, scientists, activists and artists, all chosen with the help of her spiritual teacher. Each encounter helped her overcome obstacles on her path.
The book gives readers a direct encounter with teachers of love in the world today. 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.
Includes photographs and unique contributions from: Dr. David R. and Susan Hawkins - H. H. the 17th Karmapa - Father Pavlos of Sinai - 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.
Fran Grace's personal narrative is pulsed by her encounters with the pioneering teachers of love listed above, 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 the many obstacles to love.
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, laboratory of a Stanford physicist, home of a Sufi sheikh, largest meditation hall in N. America, and a college classroom in California. She interviews those 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.
Inspiring story of personal transformation. Compelling account of how the world is transformed through everyday acts of kindness. A rich resource of teachings on love, healing and compassion from a wide range of spiritual traditions, with a rare inside view of some of the world's most respected teachers. Includes index, biographical profiles, bibliography, endnotes.
Fran Grace serves as Professor of Religious Studies and founding Steward of the Meditation Program at the University of Redlands in California, where she has helped to pioneer a contemplative and intergenerational approach to university education. She has received numerous recognitions for her teaching and research into spiritual life, including appearances on CSPAN and NPR. Her academic awards include a Pew Fellowship from Yale University, Luce Fellowship in Comparative Religion and Theology, Lily-Luce Teaching Fellowship, and many teaching awards. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1997 from Princeton Theological Seminary, she wrote the biography of iconic moral reformer, Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life (2001), called a landmark biography by Publisher's Weekly. In 2004, a life crisis opened up a deeper interest in the existential and spiritual sides of life, and thus she spent many years investigating the inner arts and sciences, expressed in publications such as Meditation and the Classroom (2011, co-edited with Judith Simmer-Brown) and the 50-minute documentary film she directed, A Semester Within (2008). Her quest was unexpectedly enriched by an encounter with a spiritual teacher who introduced her to a path of inner freedom that respects the foundational teachings of all spiritual traditions. Before her teacher's death in 2012, she edited and wrote the Forewords to his widely popular books Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender (2012) and the revised edition of Power vs. Force (2012), both by Dr. David R. Hawkins, who taught her: Love is both the means and the end. In 2008, she founded The Institute for Contemplative Life, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the inner pathway common to all religions: compassion, forgiveness, love, beauty, humor, and joy. Her new book, The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World, integrates her academic training with her own personal quest as she shares her encounters with fourteen renowned spiritual leaders from diverse traditions, scientists, activists, and artists, including Dr. David R. Hawkins, The 17th Karmapa, Mother Teresa, Viktor Frankl, Sadhguru Vasudev, Tenzin Palmo, International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Betty Eadie, and Huston Smith. A pre-release celebration of the book occurred at the 125th Parliament of World Religions, with its global theme for 2018 of "The Power of Love."