David Richo, PhD, MFT,
is a psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader who shares his time between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, Calif. He combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work. He is the author of many books, most recently, The Power of Grace.
If we think back over the relationships and milestones of our lives, we notice that often something wonderfully helpful or surprisingly beneficial happened without our choice, effort, plan, or expectation. We met just the right person or found the relationship that helped us grow in important ways at just the right time. That special assistance, unearned, unforeseen, unplanned, and often unnoticed, is a description of grace — the gift dimension of life.