Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Huge Opportunity to Serve God, Help Others, and Improve Your Life

A Huge Opportunity to Serve God, Help Others, and Improve Your Life


By Dick B.

© Anonymous 2015. All rights reserved


·         I will be 90 years old tomorrow. (I was born May 15, 1925.)

·         I have more than 29 years of continuous sobriety in A.A. (I got sober April 21, 1986.)

·         I have dozens of clean, sober, accomplished, service-oriented, new friends in recovery.

·         I know thousands of Christians in recovery.

·         I encourage those who believe or seek to believe that they—and others suffering from alcoholism and addiction—can depend upon Almighty God for their recovery.

·         I well remember the many people who came from all over the United States and Canada to the huge conference my son Ken and I hosted at Mariners Church Community Center in May 2009 (with tremendous help from Rev. Jim Gaffney and others) for Christians concerned about recovery. And at that conference, Ken and I were able to describe and report the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible play and can play in recovery from alcoholism and addiction.

·         I know many Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena who have become “Participants” in the International Christian Recovery Coalition Ken and I founded in July 2009 (

·         I know many people who do not want to support any takeover of Alcoholics Anonymous by the atheists and agnostics who are trying to exclude God from recovery or re-write a program that will blot out the need for “Divine aid,” and obscure the facts about what God can do for those still suffering (

·         I know many who have not read or heard what Dr. Bob wrote in his Big Book story about his feeling sorry for atheists and agnostics, followed by his asserting in the final sentence of his personal story: “Your Heavenly Father will never let you down!”

·         I continue to reach out to all those who are friendly to each other.

·         I continue to reach out to those who believe they can help others by love and service.

·         I continue to reach out to those who grasp the fact that hatred of other beliefs or unbelief is poisonous.

·         I continue to seek out and encourage those who are friendly to A.A. fellowships.

·         I continue to encourage groups, meetings, and participants who are friendly to any who seek recovery from alcoholism and addiction, and want to stop the destroyers.

·         I continue to seek out and encourage people who are friendly to those in the fields of religion, science, education, charity, medicine, and psychology—fields composed of those who seek to help others and become informed themselves.

·         I continue to appreciate the dozens and dozens of sponsees who have asked and allowed me through the years to help them.


There has been growing a loud voice from opponents and destroyers of fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of you know how much you have enjoyed and profited from all the activities, achievements, and rewards of A.A. Most believe that God can and will and does do for suffering alcoholics and addicts what they could not do for themselves.


·         Please consider that thousands have participated in the International Christian Recovery Coalition and its conferences. We believe the strong testimonial approach of the original AAs is the most persuasive and effective method of standing tall for God’s help. It allows the many who have been rebuked for mentioning God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible to tell believers, other recovery participants, and others who strongly seek to help others, to stand on the ideas that A.A. will perish, if we forget where we came from; and that,  if we do not have before us the truth that God has the (best) solution for overcoming the problem of alcoholism, do not carry that message to those who still suffer, the (original, highly-successful) A.A. program will be lost.


·         Please communicate with us in any way you choose; and let us know your suggestions, questions, and views as to how to keep God, His Son Jesus Christ and the Bible in the same, clear, successful role that prompted millions to choose the “old-school” A.A. program for their complete healing. 


Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Prov 3:5-6 KJV)



Gloria Deo

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

How to Hold "Old-School" Akron-Style A.A. Meetings


Alcoholics Anonymous History

Reflections on How to Hold “Old-School,”

Akron-Style A.A. Meetings


Dick B.

© 2013 Anonymous. All rights reserved



Forming the Group


We regularly receive phone calls and emails from those who believe in God, want His help in recovery, and want to start a group in a 12-Step Fellowship or among church brethren that is patterned on the format and successes of the early Akron A.A. Christian Fellowship.


Our most recent published suggestions on how to conduct “old-school,” Akron-style A.A. meetings are embodied in our two titles:


1.      Dick B. and Ken B., Stick with the Winners! How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-Approved Literature (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012):; and


2.      Dick B. and Ken B., Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012):


Those forming a should, ordinarily, like the Akron pioneers, believe in God, establish their relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ, and look to both, as well as to the Bible, for answers to their problems. Or, they should be persons who want that type of help.


The qualifications for “membership” should thus focus on a newcomer who wishes to end the use of alcohol and addictive drugs in his life forever; will do whatever it takes to accomplish just that; and will surrender to God for relief from his problems—recognizing that neither he nor any human power has been able to cure him of his illness.


The group should begin its organizational efforts with a prayer to their Heavenly Father for His power, love, guidance, and suggestions for conducting the group. Which means, of course, looking to a loving God as He may express Himself in a group conscience. This is the beginning of reaching democratically an informed group conscience on group content.


Agenda items should include keeping a written record of all group decisions; selecting a Secretary; adopting a name; selecting the time and place for meetings; developing a format for the meeting; and deciding on what literature shall be used and where it shall be placed for view and use.


Conducting a Meeting


·         “Old-school” Akron A.A. opened its meetings with a prayer by the leader, reading from Scripture, and then having a selected individual give a brief “lead” (talk).


·         The content of a talk will be most helpful if it covers very briefly the speaker’s problem that brought him to the fellowship, what he learned about the original Akron A.A. program, what he did that fitted that mold, what his “vital religious experience” (if any) or “turning point” was; how he surrendered to God, learned from the Bible what obedience to God’s will included, practiced daily via Bible study, prayer, Quiet Time, and the reading of religious literature; what he has done to help others get well; and what he still needs and wants to hear.


If the speaker wishes to discuss the Big Book or Twelve Steps, his remarks will be the most helpful if focused on the language of the Big Book and of a Step, what he did, where he turned to God for help, how the Bible and prayer helped him, and what he still needs and wants to hear.


Drunkalogs and war stories were simply not a part of the early meetings. And Dr. Bob specifically said they didn’t amount to much. Other old-timers had different reasons for excluding such diatribes.


·         There can be group prayer and a group quiet time for communicating with God.


·         If, based on the speaker’s presentation, there can be a group topic; and the Secretary should permit very brief questions or comments to be raised by members present.


·         If there are members or newcomers who have not yet made a “full surrender,” the meeting may briefly adjourn. The prospect should be escorted to a private place by two or three selected leaders. The prospect should kneel in prayer; and the leaders should pray with him.


·         The prayers—if they are to be like those of the pioneers-- should consist of three parts:


1.      The newcomer professes his belief in God—Hebrews 11:6; and he accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior—Romans 10:9 and John 3:16.


2.      Then the newcomer asks God in the name of Jesus Christ to take alcohol and drugs out of his life forever.


3.      Then the newcomer petitions God in the name of Jesus Christ, with thanksgiving, and according to God’s will, to meet his particular needs as to guidance, healing, and forgiveness, as well as serving and glorifying God and serving God and others.


·         Attention should be called to the literature table and how to use it.


·         The meeting should adjourn with a group prayer.


Variations as to Meetings


Each group, after asking God for His guidance, should then be autonomous and free to decide what to include in meetings and how many meetings should be conducted in a week by the group.


·                     There should be a special period for orienting newcomers as to what Alcoholics Anonymous is all about, and the resources that are available—with particular emphasis on reliance on God, study of the Bible, prayer, obeying God’s will, and helping others as much and frequently as possible. See DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, page 131.


·                     There can be a Quiet Time meeting patterned on those conducted by Dr. Bob’s wife each morning where she opened with prayer, read Scripture, led the group in prayer, read from her journal, and discussed godly subjects raised. See Dick B., Anne Smith’s Journal, 1933-1939 (


·                     There can be a Big Book or a Twelve Step meeting where heavy emphasis is placed on using and reading from the Big Book and where an informed leadership as to how to take each Step. See Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community workbook by three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-timers and Their Wives (available from


·                     There can be a Bible study group--with particular emphasis on the three segments Dr. Bob said were considered “absolutely essential:” See The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches: Their Last Major Talks (A.A. Literature Catalog item # P-53); and Dick B., The James Club and the Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials ( both cases dealing with the Book of James, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, and 1 Corinthians 13.


·                     There can be an A.A. history study group--utilizing the forthcoming “Bill W., Dr. Bob, and the Cure of Alcoholism: The Rest of the Story” video series by Dick B. and Ken B. for teaching. 


Other history topics could include:


·         The roots of A.A. in Vermont.

·         The Christian upbringing of Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

·         How the first three AAs got sober.

·         The original seven-point A.A. program summarized by Frank Amos.

·         The 16 practices of the Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” members.

·         The resemblance of the early Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” to the practices of the Apostles as recorded in the Book of Acts.

·         Where Bill W. got the ideas for the Big Book and 12 Steps before they were changed.

·         The “Broad Highway” established by the last-minute changes in the printer’s manuscript of the Big Book before it went to press.

·         The immense support (still present in A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature) for the “old-school” practices and for applying those practices in today’s Fellowship.


Gloria Deo

Monday, May 04, 2015

Orthodoxy looks at A.A. and Author Dick B.

The 12 Steps are the Green way to recovery.
Yes, I am kidding.
Sure, the recovery rate in AA is low... because the meetings are open and most people take years to get to a point of willingness.  AA is meant for the 'hopeless alcoholic,' not the newbie abuser with plenty of spunk and lots of ambition.  Read the histories written by Dick B. and you will see that AA has changed dramatically in that respect.
The 'pill' does not rebuild the relationships broken by addiction, nor does it cure the inner suffering the Steps address.
No pill can replace the healing of repentance and conversion.  No pill can make your amends for you.  No pill can replace the sense of God's love and mercy.
No pill can make you Sober.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Alcoholics Anonymous History: Christian Endeavor Society Roots

Probably no account of the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous is more screwed up than the one or ones that tries to link A.A. to the (1) Bible, (2) A First Century Christian Fellowship, (3) Quiet Time, (4) The journal kept by Dr. Bob's wife (Anne Ripley Smith) from 1933 to 1939 and discussed in front of A.A. pioneers and family, (5) The books, articles, and sermons of Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr. (6) The contributions of William D. Silkworth on the nature of alcoholism and on the ability of Jesus Christ--the Great Physician--to cure it. (7) The huge writings and teachings of Professor William James of Harvard. (8) The vital spiritual experience thinking and teaching of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung of Switzerland (9) The ability of Dr. Robert H. Smith and William G. Wilson to formulate the rudiments of the actions which enabled them to move from alcoholic sickness and despair to abstinence, reliance on God, obedience to God, spiritual growth through the Bible, prayer, and Quiet Time, and the necessity for helping others once the first alcoholic is cured. Unfortunately, most AAs don't know the immense role that the basic ideas from the Bible put before AAs. They know that Bob and Bill had some experience with the "Oxford Group" and that A.A., to some extent, sprang from the Oxford Group ideas--all twenty-eight of them. They learned how much the Oxford Group people thought of William James, the Bible, and the life-changing art they developed as the means of their simple "design for living" -- sin, Jesus Christ, cure. This did not set well with Roman Catholic clergy. Others knock A.A. by calling it "spiritualism," "Masonry based, and "not-god-ness." Others caution AAs by warning that it depended upon some absurd "higher power" and not Almighty God, the Creator. Others objected to the Protestant ideas of AAs which came not only from their leaders but also from their extensive Christian upbringing in the Congregational Churches (baptism, profession of faith, the importance of the Word of God, and salvation) also including the materials from Christian Endeavor, the Rescue Missions, the Salvation Army, Young Men's Christian Association, Congregationalism, the great evangelists like Moody and Meyer, and the faithful teaching of the Bible as a foundation for the ideas. The bottom remedy for the hostile student of A.A. roots is to stop knocking God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, salvation, Protestant ideas, piety, religion, church, clergy, cure, and the treasures in academies and seminaries where young Congregationalists were required to attend daily chapel (with sermons, reading of Scripture, prayer observances, and hymns) and receive the immense contributions of founder's families in training their children about God--the one true God--and the evil of idolatry. The pioneers simply weren't on the warpath. They stressed dependence on God, cleaning house, and helping others get well. I have done extensive research into Christian Endeavor principles and practices. I have noted they attained a world-wide membership of 4.5 million. And I have note three important facts: (1) In the Book of Acts, the apostles reported on their fellowship--following the teachings of Jesus; breaking bread together; attending temple or home meetings together; continuous daily contact, learning the teaching of the apostles, healing, conversion, and witnessing. (2) Dr. Bob went through these same practices as a young member of Christian Endeavor; and those same First Century Christianity deeds were followed in the first century and influenced A.A. in a way which did not depend on William James, Carl Jung, William Silkworth, Samuel Shoemaker, Frank Buchman, or the so-called Oxford Group,(3) Just as early AAs strongly emphasized the Bible, prayer, conversion, healing and witnessing, they were dutifully emulating First Century Christianity; and they called themselves A Christian Fellowship.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tables of Contents for the 31 Volumes of "The Dick B. A.A. History & Christian Recovery Reference Set"

Tables of Contents for the 31 Volumes of

“The Dick B. A.A. History and Christian Recovery Reference Set”


By Dick B. and Ken B.

© 2015 Anonymous. All rights reserved



The 31-Volume


“Dick B. A.A. History and Christian Recovery Reference Set”





Contents of A New Way In


Part 1:  The Akron A.A. Christian Program That Cured Alcoholics

Part 2:  Teach the Puzzled Seeker Some Special Fragments of Early A.A. History and Roots

Part 3:  Tell the Newcomer the Pioneers Were Cured. Ask, “Why Not You?”

Part 4:  For Facts about Why Early A.A. Succeeded, Look at the Successful Powerhouses That Preceded and Influenced It

Part 5: Look at Several Newly-Researched Factors That Point up the Major Structure of the Early A.A. Program

Part 6:  What Every Christian in Recovery Ought to Know Individually



Contents of A New Way Out


Chap. 1:           Directions for “The New Way Out”

Chap. 2:           Additional History on Programs That Have Gone Before

Chap. 3:           The Two, Diverse Recovery Program Origins; and the Three Emerging, Varied Approaches in Akron, Cleveland, and New York

Chap. 4:           Parallels from the Groups Contributing to Akron’s Pioneer Program

Chap. 5:           Jerry Dunn’s Relevant Viewpoints [He wrote God is for the Alcoholic]

Chap. 6:           Picking Your Way along Today

Chap. 7:           Hindrances Today Blocking the Path of Return to Original Spiritual Roots and Power

Chap. 8:           The Importance of Choice

Chap. 9:           The Choice of “A New Way Out”





Contents of Anne Smith’s Journal, 1933-1939


Foreword to the First Edition

Preface to the Revised Paradise Edition



Chap. 1:           A Lady of Faith, Courage, and Love

Chap. 2:           The Elements of the Twelve Steps

Chap. 3:           The Books That Anne Read and Recommended

Chap. 4:           Anne’s Discussion of 28 Oxford Group Concepts

Chap. 5:           Spiritual Principles

Chap. 6:           Conclusion


Appendix:       28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A.



Contents of By the Power of God





Part 1:  The Starkness and Darkness of the Problem and the Simplicity of the Early Solution


Chap. 1:           My Personal Debt to, and Opportunities from, A.A.

Chap. 2:           What Believers Involved in Today’s Twelve Step Programs May Be Seeking

Chap. 3:           The Simple Program as A.A.’s Pioneers Described It

Chap. 4:           The Real Foundations of A.A.’s Pioneer Program


Part 2:  You Can Start a Good Book/Big Book Group in a Variety of Ways


Chap. 5:           The Basics Early AAs Borrowed from the Bible

Chap. 6:           The Oxford Group Path in Pioneer A.A.’s Steps

Chap. 7:           Quiet Time, Devotionals, and the Guidance of God

Chap. 8:           Anne Smith’s Specific Journal and Twelve Step Ideas


Part 3:  Sam Shoemaker, Bill’s Acknowledged Mentor, and A.A.’s Six Basic Roots


Chap. 9:           Oxford Group Leader Sam Shoemaker’s Input

Chap. 10:         Putting the Steps and Their Sources Together


Part 4:  A Vision for You


Chap. 11:         Can There Be Pioneer Groups in Today’s A.A.?

Chap. 12:         Guides for Groups Direct from A.A.’s Pioneers

Chap. 13:         What Such Meetings Can Accomplish

Chap. 14:         What You Can Do Today


Appendix:       Dr. Bob’s Bible and A.A. Group No. 1

Select Bibliography



Contents of Cured! Proven Help for Alcoholics and Addicts





Chap. 1:           The Earliest A.A. Days

Chap. 2:           Let’s Use Simple Words That People Understand

Chap. 3:           Newcomer Netting

Chap. 4:           What History Can Teach You in, and about, A.A. Itself

Chap. 5:           Offering More than Abstinence

Chap. 6:           Facing “Reality” with “Divine Help”

Chap. 7:           Talking Plainly about the Creator

Chap. 8:           There Is More to Cure than Abstinence

Chap. 9:           My Own Table of Tips

Chap. 10:         Cured and Victorious! Putting the Pieces Together





Contents of Dr. Bob and His Library


Foreword to First Edition

Preface to the Third Edition



1.      The Story of Dr. Bob’s Reading

2.      Sources of Information about His Books

3.      The Books Dr. Bob Owned, Read, and Recommended

a.       The Bible

b.      Books about the Bible

c.       Christian Classics

d.      The Life of Jesus Christ

e.       Daily Bible Devotionals

f.       Prayer

g.      The Sermon on the Mount

h.      Love

i.        The Oxford Group

j.        Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker

k.      Two of A.A.’s Other “Founders” (William James & Carl Jung)

l.        Authors of Special Interest to Dr. Bob

m.    Religion and the Mind

n.      Quiet Time

o.      Miscellaneous

p.      The Weatherhead Puzzle

q.      The Calvary Evangel List of Oxford Group Literature

r.        Healing

4.      What’s New

5.      Dr. Bob’s Biblical Sources Emerge

6.      Some Final Thoughts


Appendix 1: Dr. Bob’s Biblical and Christian Background

Appendix 2: Inventory of Books on Hand at Calvary House, September 12, 1933







1.         The “Great Awakening” of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont                        

2.         The Challenge and Direction of the Dr. Bob Resource Volumes                  

3.         A.A.’s Dr. Bob and His St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Roots                              

4.         Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home                                                    

5.         North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury                                                

6.         The Christian Endeavor Society and Its Legacy to Alcoholics Anonymous

7.         The St. Johnsbury Academy                                                                          

8.         The Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, Vermont                                         

9.         The Town of St. Johnsbury of Dr. Bob’s Youth                                           

10.       The YMCA and St. Johnsbury, Vermont: 1875-1898                                   

11.       The Original, Akron A.A. Spiritual Program of Recovery







Contents of God and Alcoholism: Our Growing Opportunity in the 21st Century


Chap. 1:           The Real Facts about A.A.’s Pioneer Group

Chap. 2:           A.A.’s Great Role: A Review of, and Experiences with, the Practices, Principles, and Values of A.A. in the 20th Century

Chap. 3:           The Good News: What God Can Do about Alcoholism

Chap. 4:           The Nonsense “gods” of Recovery

                                    Let’s Begin with Some Definitions

                                    Some “Higher Power” Homework

                                    Some Additional “Higher Power” Homework

                                    What Is “a Power greater than ourselves”?

                                    Another New “god” in A.A.? Or the Creator?

                                    “God as we understood Him”

                                    An Alleged Compromise That Opened the Door

Chap. 5:           The Opportunity

Chap. 6:           Why Bring up God—Again!





Contents of Good Morning! Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A.A.


Preface to Revised Edition



Chap. 1:           What’s It All About?

Chap. 2:           It Began in the Bible

Chap. 3:           Listening through the Ages

Chap. 4:           Quiet Time Roots

Chap. 5:           Quiet Time Practices

Chap. 6:           What Early AAs Borrowed

Chap. 7:           History to the Rescue






Contents of Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady with a Cause


Chap. 1:           A Brief Glance at Henrietta’s Life

Chap. 2:           An Accurate Description of A.A.’s Real Spiritual Roots

Chap. 3:           Henrietta’s Special Role as a Non-Alcoholic Woman Who Helped Found A.A.

Chap. 4:           Akron’s Oxford Group Encounters

Chap. 5:           Distinguishing Akron’s Program from Bill’s Later 12 Steps

Chap. 6:           The Exit of the Oxford Group: Observations about A.A.’s Connection with the

Oxford Group

Chap. 7:           Let Go and Let God



Contents of Introduction to the Sources and Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous


1.      Introduction to the Sources and Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous

2.      Part One: The Akron Genesis Period

3.      Part Two: The New York Conversion Period

4.      Part Three: The Original A.A. Program That Akron Developed

5.      Part Four: The Works Publishing Company Program That Bill W. Fashioned

6.      Part Five: The Reshaping of the Big Book Program Beginning in 1939

7.      Conclusion






Contents for Making Known the Biblical History and Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous




Part 1:  Historical Research Papers, Letters, Pictures, and Tapes


            Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Papers in Dick B.’s Personal Files

                        Materials Gathered from Archives

                        Materials Gathered on or about A.A. Founders

                        Materials Gathered Concerning A.A.’s Spiritual Sources

                        Materials from the Founders’ Homes

                        Materials about Special Early A.A. Personalities

                        Fragments of, on, or about A.A. History

                        Concluding Materials Pertaining to Dick B.’s Research

            The George Vondermuhll, Jr. Materials on the Oxford Group and Moral Re-Armament

            The Danny Whitmore Historical Materials

            The Dennis Cassidy Collections of Recordings of All Bill Wilson’s Public Talks

            Rare Items


Part 2:  Historical Books, Pamphlets, and Articles on Alcoholics Anonymous


            Publications about Alcoholics Anonymous

            Publications Approved by Alcoholics Anonymous

            Pamphlets Circulated in Early A.A.

            Alcoholics Anonymous: Pro, Con, and Evaluated


Part 3: Spiritual History and Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous


            The Bible Versions of and Books About

Quiet Time and Inspirational Books, Pamphlets and Bible Devotionals Popular with Dr. Bob and Early AAs, as Well as More Recent Meditation Books

Publications by or about the Rev. Dr. Samuel Moor Shoemaker, Jr.

Publications by or about the Oxford Group and Oxford Group People

Books by or about Oxford Group and A.A. Christian Mentors

Christian and Other Religious Literature Pertaining to Early A.A.

            The Books of Dr. Bob’s Library

            Background Books A.A. Pioneers Read

Miscellaneous Books Used in Dick B.’s Research and Writings


Part 4:  Temperance, Anti Saloon League, Prohibition, Abstinence, Alcohol Books and Pamphlets of an Earlier Time


Part 5:  Recent Books and Articles on Alcoholism, Addictions, and Dependency


Part 6:  Details on Contributors and Their Collections


Part 7: Our Advisory Council Supporting Members



Contents of New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.


List of Appendices

Foreword to the Pittsburgh Edition

Foreword by Nickie Shoemaker Haggart

Foreword by Julia Harris




Part 1:  Sam and A.A.’s Heart


Chap. 1:           Sam Shoemaker, “Co-founder” of Alcoholics Anonymous

Chap. 2:           Sam Shoemaker’s New Light

Chap. 3:           Sam’s Unmistakable Footprints in the Twelve Steps

Chap. 4:           The Parallels between the Shoemaker Language and Alcoholics Anonymous Language


Part 2: Sam’s Writings and Talks, and A.A.


Chap. 5:           The Shoemaker Writings Prior to A.A.’s Big Book

Chap. 6:           Sam’s Remarks to and about A.A.


Part 3: The Shoemaker Relationship with A.A.


Chap. 7:           Shoemaker’s Relationship with Bill Wilson

Chap. 8:           Sam, the Great Communicator, and His Letters

Chap. 9:           Shoemaker and His Bible

Chap. 10:         Shoemaker Ideas That “Took” in A.A.


Part 4: Sam’s Legacies for Us Today


Chap. 11:         The Pittsburgh Afterglow

Chap. 12:         What Shoemaker’s Contributions Can Mean for All of Us Today


Appendix 1:    28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A.

Appendix 2:    The Oxford Group Literature Read by AAs

Appendix 3:    The January 22, 1935, Letter from Sam to Bill W.

Appendix 4:    The Irving Harris Memorandum Regarding Bill W. and Sam

Appendix 5:    Entries in Sam Shoemaker’s Journals (1934-1939) about Bill Wilson

Appendix 6:    the Oxford Group Businessmen’s Team

Appendix 7:    Lois Wilson’s Oxford Group Notebook

Appendix 8:    Two Important Bill Wilson Letters

                                    Bill’s Letter of April 23, 1963, to Sam

                                    Bill Wilson’s April 1953 Memo as to “Original AA Steps”

Appendix 9:    The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Appendix 10:  Excerpts from The Calvary Evangel and Calvary Church Yearbook

Appendix 11:  Lessons from the Original Personal Stories of A.A. Pioneers

Appendix 12:  Alcoholism Statistics and A.A. Success Rates

Bibliography (pages 575-595)



Contents of Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed!


Chapter 1:       Experience, Strength & Hope: Stories from the First Three Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous

Chapter 3:       Alcoholics Anonymous: The Original 1939 Edition: Part 2

Chapter 4:       Alcoholics Anonymous: The Original 1939 Edition: Part 3


Appendix 1:    “Why Don’t You Choose Your Own Conception of God?”

Appendix 2:    Key Highlights in the Writing of the Big Book with Approximate Dates

Appendix 3:    The Expression “Religious Experience” and the “Solution” to Alcoholism

Appendix 4:    Occurrences of the Phrase “Spiritual Experience” in the 4th Edition

Appendix 5:    The 20 Personal Stories in “the Printer’s Copy” of Alcoholics Anonymous



Contents of Real Twelve Step Fellowship History: The Old-School A.A. You May Not Know




Part 1:  The Original A.A. Program of Recovery


Part 2:  The “Absolute Essentials” of the Good Book Program in Akron


Part 3:  The Substantial Changes in A.A. from 1939 to 1955


Part 4:  How Adding a History Element to Recovery Can Help the Newcomer Today


Appendix:       New Testament Healing Records Categorized

                                    Dead or Nearly Dead People Made Alive or Healed

                                    Lepers Cleansed

                                    Paralyzed People Healed

                                    People with Fevers Healed

                                    Woman with the Hemorrhage (or “Flow of Blood”) Healed

                                    Blind People Healed

                                    A Man with a Withered Hand Healed

                                    A Man with Dropsy (or Edema) Healed

                                    A Man with an Infirmity 38 Years Healed

                                    Lame People Healed

                                    People Who Were Lunatick Were Healed

                                    Several Types of Sickness and Disease Healed in the Same Setting

                                    Evil Spirits Were Cast Out




Contents of Stick with the Winners!


           Introduction: “Old-School” Christian Recovery         9


1.      Resources for “Old-School” 12 Step Recovery Meetings      15

Conference-approved Resources  17

Other Resources    18

2.      Conference-Approved Literature Foundations          23

Alcoholics Anonymous            23

The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous   28

DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers     29

3.      The Real Akron A.A. Program           33

4.      16 Key Practices of the Real Akron A.A. Program    35

5.      “Old-School” A.A. and First Century Christianity    47

Many Compared Early A.A. to First Century Christianity    48

John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and his representatives        49

 “First Century Christianity” in the Book of Acts      51

A.A.’s Christian Predecessors            55

The Vermont of Dr. Bob and Bill W.’s youth            55

Christian Recovery before A.A.         57

Dr. Bob and Bill W.’s Christian Upbringings 68

The Conversion Factor in Bill W.’s Life         69

Many Early AAs Claimed They Were “Cured”         71

6.      “Old-School” Elements That Can Be Used Today    75

7.      How to Conduct “Old-School” Recovery Meetings  85


Conclusion      93



Contents of That Amazing Grace: The Role of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous






Part 1:  Getting Acquainted with Grace and Clarence


Chap. 1:           My Introduction to Grace

Chap. 2:           “Amazing” Grace: A Biographical Sketch

Chap. 3:           Now about Clarence


Part 2:  As Grace Recalls


Chap. 4:           Clarence and A.A.’s Founding Years

Chap. 5:           A.A.’s Roots in the Bible

Chap. 6:           The Oxford Group Ideas and Influence

Chap. 7:           T/he Big Book, Steps, and A.A. Fellowship


Part 3:  The Ministry of Clarence and Grace


Chap. 8:           Ambassadors for Christ in A.A.

Chap. 9:           Grace Carries On

Chap. 10:         The Point of It All







Contents of The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous


List of Appendices

Foreword to First Edition






Part 1:  The Beginnings


Chap. 1:           The Roles of James D. Newton and Russell (“Bud”) Firestone

Chap. 2:           A Grateful Harvey Firestone, Sr., and the 1933 Oxford Group Events


Part 2:  A.A.’s Akron Progenitors and Their Major Contributions


Chap. 3:           An Overview

                                    Their Qualifications

                                    The Oxford Group Literature

                                    28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced Alcoholics Anonymous

                                    Dr. Bob and His Wife, Anne

                                    Lois Wilson’s Oxford Group Notes

                                    Bill’s Synopsis of What He Found

Chap. 4:           T. Henry and Clarace Williams

Chap. 5:           Henrietta Seiberling’s Spiritual Infusion

Chap. 6:           Anne Smith, Her Love, and Her Spiritual Workbook

Chap. 7:           Dr. Bob, His Library, and His Spiritual Studies

Chap. 8:           Bill Wilson and the Akron Genesis

Chap. 9:           The Oxford Group Crucible: 1933-1935


Part 3:  The Alcoholic Squad of the Oxford Group in Action


Chap. 10:         The Laboratories

Chap. 11:         Frank Amos Reviews the Evidence

Chap. 12:         Akron’s Part in the Big Book

Chap. 13:         The Alcoholic Squad in Akron Becomes Alcoholics Anonymous


Part 4:  The Akron Taproot


Chap. 14:         Akron as One Part of the Picture

Chap. 15:         Traces of Akron in the Big Book

Chap. 16:         Conclusion


Appendix 1:    Excerpt from The Upper Room

Appendix 2:    Excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest

Appendix 3:    Excerpt from Victorious Living

Appendix 4:    Excerpt from Daily Strength for Daily Needs





Contents of The Books Early AAs Read for Spiritual Growth, 7th ed.



Preface to the Seventh Edition




Chap. 1:           The Bible: “The Main Source Book of All”

Chap. 2:           Dr. Bob’s Reading and Recommendations

Chap. 3:           Anne Smith’s Journal, 1933-1939

Chap. 4:           The Upper Room and Bible Devotionals

Chap. 5:           Henrietta Seiberling’s Books

Chap. 6:           T. Henry and Clarace Williams’ Library

Chap. 7:           The Oxford Group Literature

Chap. 8:           The Reverend Sam Shoemaker’s Books and Writings

Chap. 9:           Bill and Lois Wilson’s Comments

Chap. 10:         Nell Wing’s Recollections

Chap. 11:         Pioneer Clarence S.

Chap. 12:         Comments of Other A.A. Oldtimers

Chap. 13:         Some Suggestions for You

Chap. 14:         Conclusion


Appendix:       Inventory of Books on Hand at Calvary House September 12, 1933




Contents of The Conversion of Bill W.




Ch. 1:   “The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth”

Ch. 2:   The God of the Preachers

Ch. 3:   Two Heralds of Divine Help on Its Way for Alcoholics

Ch. 4:   The Turning Point: Bill’s Decision for Christ

Ch. 5:   “For Sure I’d Been Born Again”

Ch. 6:   Repent, and Be Converted

Ch. 7:   “If There Be a Great Physician, I’ll Call on Him”

Ch. 8:   “Ye Shall Know Them by Their Fruits”

Ch. 9:   Open Their Eyes That They May See: Manna from Heaven

Ch. 10: The Touch of the Master’s Hand

Ch. 11: “With a Mighty Hand, and with an Outstretched Arm”

Ch. 12: As Bill Saw It: “Thy Will Be Done”



Appendix: “Conversion” in the Bible




Contents of The First Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference


Part 1:    The Theme and Purpose of the Conference

Part 2:    Alcoholics Anonymous, the Founders, and Belief in Almighty God

Part 3:    The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.

Part 4:    The Real Program of Early A.A.

Part 5A: Introduction

Part 5B: The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)

Part 5C: The Book of James

Part 5D: 1 Corinthians 13

Part 6:    Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an A.A. “Co-Founder” and Spiritual Source

Part 7:    What the Creator Did and Can Do for Our Fellowship





Contents of The Golden Text of A.A.: God, the Pioneers, and Real Spirituality


Chap. 1:           We Will Tell You about . . .

Chap. 2:           What Early AAs Thought about God Almighty

                                    The Pioneers Believed in God

                                    The Pioneers Understood Who God Is

                                    Willing Unbelievers Came to Believe in God

                                    The Pioneers Believed That, When Sought, God Heals

Chap. 3:           Their Path, Jesus Christ, and a Relationship with God

                                    Steps along the Path

                                    The Miraculous Result

Chap. 4:           The Golden Text of A.A. They Adopted

Chap. 5:           The Critical Need to Seek God Again Today

                                    Self-help Will Not Cut It. That Is Not a Solution

                                    Medical Help and Psychological Help Have Not Cut It

                                    The Four Early A.A. Factors Needed Today

Chap. 6:           Two Challenges for Real Spirituality Today



Contents of The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible


Foreword to the First Edition




1.      "Lest We Forget Early AAs and Their Bibles!"

Early A.A.'s Success Rate Compared to Today

The Historical Evidence of A.A.'s Good Book Roots

The Oxford Group-Shoemaker Impact

Bible Devotionals and Other Early A.A. Literature

The Purpose of Our Book

2.      God!

The Frequency of Biblical Names for God

God is

A Loving God

A Special "god" for A.A.?

Whence Came "Higher Power?"

Bill Wilson's Higher Power

"God As We Understood Him"

"A Power Greater Than Ourselves"

3.      Biblical Impact on Big Book Language

Direct Quotes from the Bible

Recognizable Biblical Words and Concepts

A.A. Slogans and Watchwords with Biblical Roots

Two Other Biblical Concepts

4.      The Parts Dr. Bob Found "Essential"

The Thirteenth Chapter of First Corinthians

The Book of James

The Sermon on the Mount

5.      The Good Book and the Twelve Steps

Step One and Deflation at Depth

Step Two, Willingness, Belief, and Seeking

Step Three and the Decision to Surrender

Step Four and Self-examination

Step Five and Confession

Step Six, Conviction and Readiness to Change

Step Seven, Humble Submission and Rebirth

Step Eight, Willingness To Make Amends

Step Nine, Restitution

Step Ten and Daily Corrective Action

Step Eleven, Prayer, Guidance, Growth, Power

Step Twelve, Awakening, Witness, Practice of Principles

6.      Keeping It Simple

The Original Six Steps

Simmered Down to the Last (Love and Service)

7.      The Good Book and A.A. Today






Contents of The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook:

How to Include the Creator’s Impact on Early A.A. in Recovery Programs Today


Chap. 1:           History: The Inclusion in Recovery of A.A.’s Biblical Origins and Christian Fellowship

Chap. 2:           The Healing Evidence at the Time When A.A. Was Born

Chap. 3:           Alcoholics Anonymous, the Founders, Belief in Almighty God, and Divine Healing

Chap. 4:           The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.

Chap. 5:           The Real Program of Early A.A.

Chap. 6:           The Materials from the Bible That Dr. Bob Considered “Absolutely Essential”

Chap. 7:           The Approach Early Akron AAs Took While They Sought Christian Healing

Chap. 8:           The Practical Use and Application of This Guide


Selected Bibliography

Appendix 1:    Catch the Wave

Appendix 2:    A.A. History Study Meetings



Contents of The James Club and the Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials




Chap. 1:           AA.’s Book of James

Chap. 2:           The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in A.A.

Chap. 3:           A.A.’s Connection with The Greatest Thing in the World


Appendix 1:    Outline of the Original Program

                                    The Akron Crucible Where It All Began

                                    The Real Program of Early A.A.

                                    An Overview of What They Did in Akron

                                    The Frank Amos Reports in 1938

                                    The Big Book Publication in 1939

Appendix 2:    Comparing the Christian Endeavor Root

Appendix 3:    The Two Different A.A. Root Streams

Appendix 4:    Background on the Bible’s Book of James and James the “Author”

Appendix 5:    The Difference an Identification of the Creator Makes



Contents of The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous






Ch. 1: The Roots of Early A.A.’s Success Rate (pp. 1-37)

Ch. 2:  Mentors Who Influenced the Oxford Group’s Founder (pp. 39-72)

Ch. 3:  Frank Buchman and His First Century Christian Fellowship (pp. 73-105)

Ch. 4:  Sam Shoemaker’s Oxford Group Role (pp. 107-35)

Ch. 5:  The A.A. Links: Arrivals and Departures (pp. 137-48)

Ch. 6:  28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A. (pp. 149-297)

Ch. 7:  Oxford Group Traces in A.A.’s 12 Steps and Big Book Language

Ch. 8:  Conclusion


            Bibliography (pp. 371-90)

            Index (pp. 391-411)



Contents of Turning Point: A History of Early A.A.’s Spiritual Roots and Successes






Chap. 1:           The Lacuna


Part 1:  A Spiritual Program for Drunks


Chap. 2:           The Oxford Group Roots

Chap. 3:           A.A.’s Spiritual Beginnings


Part 2:  The Good Book Source


Chap. 4:           God

Chap. 5:           The Sections of the Bible Dr. Bob Found “Essential”

Chap. 6:           Biblical Impact on Big Book Language

Chap. 7:           The Good Book and the Twelve Steps


Part 3:  The Oxford Group’s Contribution


Chap. 8:           28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A.

Chap. 9:           Sam Shoemaker—“Co-Founder” of A.A.

Chap. 10:         Oxford Group Traces in A.A.’s Twelve Steps


Part 4:  Other Spiritual Sources


Chap. 11:         Anne Smith—“Mother of A.A.”

Chap. 12:         Dr. Bob and the Literature

Chap. 13:         Quiet Time and the Devotionals


Part 5:  History to the Rescue


Chap. 14:         Putting It All Together

Chap. 15:         Use It or Lose It!


Appendix 1:    The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Appendix 2:    Parallel Oxford Group-Big Book Phrases





Contents for Twelve Steps for You:

Take the Twelve Steps with the Big Book, A.A. History, and the Good Book at Your Side




Chap. 1:           Begin Your Step Study by Reviewing the Original Akron Program and Learning How A.A. Really Began

Chap. 2:           Begin Your Study of the Steps by Looking First at the Bible and at Each Step’s Known Bible Origins

Chap. 3:           With the Bible Origins in Mind, Study Each Step to Learn the Basic Ideas It Contains from the Oxford Group

Chap. 4:           Once You Have Learned the Bible Sources and the Oxford Group Ideas, Then Study Each Step, Observing How Closely It Parallels the Language of America’s Oxford Group Leader, Sam Shoemaker

Chap. 5:           . . . Then See How Much of the Bible Material, Oxford Group Ideas, and Shoemaker’s Writings Were Being Taught in Early A.A. in Anne Smith’s (Dr. Bob’s Wife’s) Writings

Chap. 6:           Read Carefully This Study and Critique of What Bill W. Claimed Were Six Steps—Six “Word-of Mouth” Ideas Already in Place

Chap. 7:           . . . Consider the Steps in Company with the Three Bible Parts Dr. Bob Called “Absolutely Essential” Lest Some Highly Important Spiritual Resources of the A.A. Program Be Forgotten

Chap. 8:           Studying the Steps Mindful of Other Major Contributing Literature

Chap. 9:           Start Taking Your Steps Precisely as Directed by the Big Book—Then Make Your Judgments

Chap. 10:         Consider This Possible Biblical View of the 12 Steps Using History as Your Guide


Additional References



Contents of Utilizing Early A.A.’s Spiritual Roots for Recovery Today


Chap. 1:           The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.

Chap. 2:           The Bible in Early A.A.

Chap. 3:           Quiet Time, Morning Watch, and Meditation

Chap. 4:           The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous

Chap. 5:           Sam Shoemaker, “Co-founder” of A.A.

Chap. 6:           Anne Smith, “Mother of A.A.,” “Founder,” Dr. Bob’s Wife

Chap. 7:           The Books and Materials Early AAs Read

Chap. 8:           Utilizing A.A.’s Spiritual Roots Today



Contents of When Early AAs Were Cured and Why


Chap. 1:           What They Were Saying at Yale (in the 1940's about the Miracle of God’s Cure for Drunks)

Chap. 2:           The Spiritual Origins of Alcoholics Anonymous:

A Much Needed Historical Perspective.

Bill Wilson's "Religious" Background

Dr. Bob's Bible training, Christian Beliefs, and Religious     Affiliations

Historical Void Resulting from Failure to Distinguish Between Differing Inputs of Founder

The Bible Dr. Bob Source

The Akron Genesis and Its Bible/Dr. Bob Source

Dr. Bob's Youth, Religious Training, and Christian Church Involvement

Dr. Bob's Assertions on the Bible's Importance

Old Fashioned Prayer and Revival in Akron Meetings

The Christian Endeavor Movement Impact

Descriptions of Christian Endeavor

The Oxford Group Bill W. Source

The Rowland Hazard Starting Point

Bill Wilson's Conversion

The Real Message as to the New Man in Christ Not Yet Fashioned, and Not from Bill

Melding the Two Different Sources Was the Appointed Task of Bill W.

Chap. 3:           The Akron Crucible Where It All Began

The Real Program of Early A.A.

An Overview of What They Did in Akron

The Frank Amos Reports in 1938

The Big Book Publication in 1939

The Akron A.A. Recovery Pamphlets

The Special Role of Three Women Pioneers—Anne Smith, Henrietta Seiberling, Eleanor Forde

Chap. 4:           The Real Spiritual Roots of Early A.A.'s Program of Recovery

The Six Major Biblical Roots

The Bible

Quiet Time

Anne Smith's Journal

The Teachings of Rev. Shoemaker

The Life-changing Program of the Oxford Group

The Christian Literature the Pioneers Studied

Other "Spiritual" Roots

Carl Jung

William James

The “New Thought” crowd

The "Farther Out" crowd

Bill Wilson's Tight Rope

Confusions Among the Conclusions

Chap. 5:           Who Let the "goofy gods" into A.A.

Who Is God as Early AAs Spoke of Him

Bill's Injected Substitutionary Words—Never Intended to Invent "Other" gods

Not Intended as False gods

“God as We Understood Him”

“A Power Greater Than Ourselves”

“Higher Power”

Enter the "goofy gods" through the Back Door

A.A. People May Be Sick But They Are Not Stupid

Is There Any Prospect That the Nonsense Will Go?

Chap. 6:           The Bible and Alcoholics Anonymous

The Overview

Yahweh, the Creator

Three Segments Dr. Bob Considered Essential

Additional Parts

A Different Scene Today

A Study of the Sermon on the Mount in A.A.

A Study of the Book of James in A.A.

A Study of 1 Corinthians 13 in A.A.

Chap. 7:           The Creator and the Cure of Alcoholism: Miracle or Myth?

What Is the "Alcoholism" of Which the Pioneers Were Cured?

The Countless Claims of Cure by Early AAs

There Is Nothing New When It Comes to God's Miracles and Cures

The A.A. Detour

Back on the Path to Yahweh and Accomplishing the "Impossible"

Cure! A Miracle or a Myth. You Decide


Appendix 1:    The Creator's Personal Name Is Yahweh
Appendix 2:    Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an A.A. "Co-founder" and Spiritual Source
Appendix 3:    Miracles Not to Be Forgotten—Miracles through the Ages Documented
Appendix 4:    For A.A. Pioneers, Alcoholism Was Curable and Cured






The Good Book in Alcoholics Anonymous Yesterday and Today

(A Bible Study Primer for AAs and Other 12-Steppers)






1.      The Way Out (The real heart of early A.A. and its quest for deliverance by Almighty God)

2.      What Early AAs Said about Reading the Bible (The real Good Book endorsements by AAs)

3.      The Bible and Recovery (What the Bible was in A.A., what has been lost, where to find God)

4.      Begin Your Bible Study by Learning about God (God’s existence, kids, name, and qualities)

5.      Learning about God’s Word (God's Word--the Bible, His Will, guidance, victory)

6.      Learning about God’s Son, Jesus Christ (The vital importance of keeping Jesus in the picture)

7.      Sin, Love, Choice, Obedience (God’s ways, sin, the need to obey, questions for critics)

8.      Release from Your Prisons (God’s Will; the many releases available; free indeed!)

9.      More to Learn (Prayer, renewed mind, Holy Spirit, resisting the Devil, believing, understanding the Bible as an Eastern Book, figures of speech, manuscripts, word studies)

10.  It’s Not so tough (Believers and students have every right and need to stand tall on the Bible)

11.  What’s on the Platter Today  (What God says; the Bible in A.A.; know the Bible, be bold about God, His Son, and His Word; grow; learn your resources; pass it on; trust God!)


Appendix 1: The Creator’s Name is Yahweh!

Appendix 2: The Materials Dr. Bob considered "Absolutely Essential"

Appendix 3: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (statistics and more)




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