Reading group guides


The Practical Mystic: Life-Lessons from Conversations with Mrs. Booth

  1. Which story from the life of Annice Booth had the most impact on you and why? What did you learn?
  2. Do you have a teacher in your life? What have you learned from your teacher and how has it affected you?
  3. Think about the life of Annice. What was mystical about her and what was practical? Describe one occasion where the two sides, the mystical and the practical, merged.
  4. Have you thought that you might have lived before? What impact, if any, does your past life have on your life now?
  5. What did you learn from Annice’s lessons from past lives?
  6. What did you learn from the descriptions of Mrs. Booth’s teacher Mark Prophet?
  7. One of the qualities that Mark Prophet appreciated about Annice was her adaptability. How did this show in her life? Are you adaptable? How could you be more adaptable than you are?
  8. The master Morya told Annice through Mark Prophet, “Trust no man. Trust only God.” How did Annice apply this instruction? How can you apply it in your life today?
  9. One of the precepts of the book is that we need a teacher. The best teachers are the ascended masters, those who have graduated from earth’s schoolroom. Think about apprenticing yourself to an ascended master. What would it be like to invite an ascended master into your life? What changes might you have to make?
  10. The story of the shrinking baby clothes is a graphic example of how we can get off-center and upset by the little things in our lives. Is there anything in your life right now that is taking you off course or causing you to lose your harmony? What could you do about it?
  11. Mark Prophet says that “I can’t” means “I won’t.” Are there any areas of your life where you are limiting yourself—or limiting what God could do through you?
  12. Annice taught that we need to be humble enough to accept help from others. How are you doing in that department?
  13. Annice decided to give up chocolate at the request of El Morya. Is there anything that you feel that God is calling you to let go of?
  14. The book speaks of the ascension as the goal of life. Is this your goal for this life? What practical steps could you take to make your ascension a reality at the conclusion of your life?