Former Guru and Alzheimer's Patient Elizabeth Clare Prophet Publishes Memoir

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Elizabeth Clare Prophet, one of America's best-known New Age religious leaders, writes candidly about her childhood: the onset of epilepsy, her father's alcoholism, and the beginning of her own spiritual quest.

I was 19 during that trip, and I'm so grateful for that time I had with her

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease ten years ago, Elizabeth Clare Prophet was in the process of completing a childhood memoir. That memoir was published today, according to her legal guardian and conservator, Erin Prophet. Now age 69, Mrs. Prophet is in the late stages of the illness.

The book, "Preparation for My Mission: Childhood Recollections," was edited by Erin Prophet, 42, and her sister Tatiana, 36, who are the eldest and youngest of Mrs. Prophet's three daughters. Both hold degrees in journalism, and worked with their mother for years on the more than 50 books that she published during her life.

The book was initially slated to be part of a larger memoir, but that was never finished. Mrs. Prophet initially began working on it with Tatiana Prophet while on vacation in 1991. "I was 19 during that trip, and I'm so grateful for that time I had with her," said Tatiana. "I didn't realize then how important the work would be later on. Although she didn't complete it, this story of her childhood is a gift to anyone interested in spirituality and psychology."

"Our mother wrote this book at a stage in her life where she was reassessing. She was doing inner child work and trying to make peace with her parents. She also was committed to honesty and not sweeping anything under the rug," said Erin Prophet. "In our editing work, my sister and I stayed true to her original intentions. We did not add anything that she hadn't put in, unless it was something she had told us verbally that we thought would add to the picture. We checked out her facts, and arranged the material into chapters."

In the book, Mrs. Prophet candidly describes the onset of her childhood epilepsy, her father's alcoholism, and her spiritual quest, which led her through Christian Science to the teachings of New Age groups such as the Theosophical Society and the "I AM" Religious Activity.

Mrs. Prophet had four children with the late Mark Prophet, who founded The Summit Lighthouse in 1958. After Mr. Prophet's death in 1973, his widow continued his work with The Summit Lighthouse, and went on to found the Church Universal and Triumphant, which attracted thousands of members in nearly every major world city. During their lives, the Prophets sold millions of copies of their books and hundreds of thousands of audio and video tapes. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1998, Mrs. Prophet retired from her role as church leader. The church is headquartered at Corwin Springs, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.

"Preparation for My Mission" is published and available at the print-on-demand site, and is also available for electronic download. It will soon also be available on Further information about Mrs. Prophet can be found at

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