Mari Perron of St. Paul is a writer whose passion is to assist us in getting back to our most natural, or given selves. As a single-parent and returning adult student at the University of Minnesota, she won the Jean Keller Bovier award for literary accomplishment. When an "accidental" spiritual journey came her way, she co-wrote a series of books with two women friends and co-workers called The Grace Trilogy. In 2001 New World Library published the first edition of A Course of Love, followed by the second and third books of the series: The Treatises of A Course of Love and The Dialogues of A Course of Love. Her newest book, The Given Self is from O Books.