·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 (http://aaagnostica.org/2014/12/11/aa-without-the-god).
·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
·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.
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.
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.
in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Prov 3:5-6 KJV)
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:
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,
B. and Ken B., Pioneer Stories in
Alcoholics Anonymous (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc.,
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:
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.
the newcomer asks God in the name of Jesus Christ to take alcohol and drugs out
of his life forever.
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
·Attention should be called to the literature
table and how to use it.
·The meeting should adjourn with a group prayer.
Variations as to
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 (http://mcaf.ee/okuca).
·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 www.CameToBelieve.org).
·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 (http://mcaf.ee/v1nh9)--in both cases
dealing with the Book of James, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, and 1 Corinthians
·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”
·The resemblance of the early Akron A.A.
“Christian fellowship” to the practices of the Apostles as recorded in the Book
·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
·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.
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.
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.
Anonymous: The Original 1939 Edition: Part 2
Anonymous: The Original 1939 Edition: Part 3
Appendix 1:“Why Don’t You Choose Your Own Conception of
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
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
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
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)
A Man with an Infirmity 38 Years
Lame People Healed
People Who Were Lunatick Were
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
1.Resources for “Old-School” 12 Step Recovery
2.Conference-Approved Literature Foundations23
The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous28
DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers29
3.The Real Akron A.A. Program33
4.16 Key Practices of the Real Akron A.A. Program35
5.“Old-School” A.A. and First Century Christianity47
Many Compared Early A.A. to First Century
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and his
“First Century Christianity” in the Book of
A.A.’s Christian Predecessors55
The Vermont of Dr. Bob and Bill W.’s youth55
Christian Recovery before A.A.57
Dr. Bob and Bill W.’s Christian Upbringings68
Conversion Factor in Bill W.’s Life69
Many Early AAs Claimed They Were “Cured”71
6.“Old-School” Elements That Can Be Used Today75
7.How to Conduct “Old-School” Recovery Meetings85
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
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.
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
The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous
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
Chap. 3:An Overview
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
Chap. 6:Anne Smith, Her Love, and Her
Chap. 7:Dr. Bob, His Library, and His
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
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
Part 4:The Akron Taproot
Chap. 14:Akron as One Part of the Picture
Chap. 15:Traces of Akron in the Big Book
1:Excerpt from The Upper Room
2:Excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest
3:Excerpt from Victorious Living
4:Excerpt from Daily Strength for Daily Needs
The Books Early AAs Read for Spiritual
Growth, 7th ed.
to the Seventh Edition
Chap. 1:The Bible: “The Main Source Book of
Chap. 2:Dr. Bob’s Reading and Recommendations
Chap. 3:Anne Smith’s Journal, 1933-1939
Upper Room and Bible Devotionals
Chap. 5:Henrietta Seiberling’s Books
Chap. 6:T. Henry and Clarace Williams’
Chap. 7:The Oxford Group Literature
Chap. 8:The Reverend Sam Shoemaker’s Books
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
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
Ch. 4:The Turning Point: Bill’s Decision for
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
Ch. 8:“Ye Shall Know Them by Their Fruits”
Ch. 9:Open Their Eyes That They May See: Manna
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”
“Conversion” in the Bible
Contents of The First Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference
Theme and Purpose of the Conference
Anonymous, the Founders, and Belief in Almighty God
Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.
Real Program of Early A.A.
Part 5A: Introduction
Part 5B: The Sermon on
the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
Part 5C: The Book of
Part 5D: 1 Corinthians
Part 6:Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an A.A. “Co-Founder”
and Spiritual Source
Part 7:What the Creator Did and Can Do for Our
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
The Pioneers Believed in God
The Pioneers Understood Who God
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
Self-help Will Not Cut It. That
Is Not a Solution
Help and Psychological Help Have Not Cut It
The Four Early A.A. Factors
Chap. 6:Two Challenges for Real Spirituality
Contents of The
Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible
to the First Edition
1."Lest We Forget Early AAs and Their
A.A.'s Success Rate Compared to Today
Historical Evidence of A.A.'s Good Book Roots
Oxford Group-Shoemaker Impact
Devotionals and Other Early A.A. Literature
Purpose of Our Book
Frequency of Biblical Names for God
Special "god" for A.A.?
Came "Higher Power?"
Wilson's Higher Power
As We Understood Him"
Power Greater Than Ourselves"
3.Biblical Impact on Big Book Language
Quotes from the Bible
Biblical Words and Concepts
Slogans and Watchwords with Biblical Roots
Other Biblical Concepts
4.The Parts Dr. Bob Found "Essential"
Thirteenth Chapter of First Corinthians
Book of James
Sermon on the Mount
5.The Good Book and the Twelve Steps
One and Deflation at Depth
Two, Willingness, Belief, and Seeking
Three and the Decision to Surrender
Four and Self-examination
Five and Confession
Six, Conviction and Readiness to Change
Seven, Humble Submission and Rebirth
Eight, Willingness To Make Amends
Ten and Daily Corrective Action
Eleven, Prayer, Guidance, Growth, Power
Twelve, Awakening, Witness, Practice of Principles
6.Keeping It Simple
Original Six Steps
Down to the Last (Love and Service)
7.The Good Book and A.A. Today
of The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook:
Include the Creator’s Impact on Early A.A. in Recovery Programs Today
The Inclusion in Recovery of A.A.’s Biblical Origins and Christian Fellowship
Healing Evidence at the Time When A.A. Was Born
Anonymous, the Founders, Belief in Almighty God, and Divine Healing
Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.
Real Program of Early A.A.
Materials from the Bible That Dr. Bob Considered “Absolutely Essential”
Approach Early Akron AAs Took While They Sought Christian Healing
Practical Use and Application of This Guide
History Study Meetings
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)
Chap. 3:A.A.’s Connection with The Greatest Thing in the World
1:Outline of the Original Program
Crucible Where It All Began
Program of Early A.A.
of What They Did in Akron
Amos Reports in 1938
The Big Book
Publication in 1939
2:Comparing the Christian Endeavor
3:The Two Different A.A. Root Streams
4:Background on the Bible’s Book of
James and James the “Author”
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.
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.
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
Bibliography (pp. 371-90)
Index (pp. 391-411)
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. 5:The Sections of the Bible Dr. Bob
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
Chap. 9:Sam Shoemaker—“Co-Founder” of A.A.
Chap. 10:Oxford Group Traces in A.A.’s Twelve
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!
1:The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics
2:Parallel Oxford Group-Big Book
Twelve Steps for You:
Twelve Steps with the Big Book, A.A. History, and the Good Book at Your Side
Your Step Study by Reviewing the Original Akron Program and Learning How A.A.
Your Study of the Steps by Looking First at the Bible and at Each Step’s Known
the Bible Origins in Mind, Study Each Step to Learn the Basic Ideas It Contains
from the Oxford Group
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
. . 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
Carefully This Study and Critique of What Bill W. Claimed Were Six Steps—Six
“Word-of Mouth” Ideas Already in Place
. . 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
the Steps Mindful of Other Major Contributing Literature
Taking Your Steps Precisely as Directed by the Big Book—Then Make Your
This Possible Biblical View of the 12 Steps Using History as Your Guide
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
Chap. 4:The Oxford Group and Alcoholics
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
Chap. 8:Utilizing A.A.’s Spiritual Roots
Early AAs Were Cured and Why
They Were Saying at Yale (in the 1940's about the Miracle of God’s Cure
Spiritual Origins of Alcoholics Anonymous:
A Much Needed Historical Perspective.
Bill Wilson's "Religious" Background
Dr. Bob's Bible training, Christian Beliefs, and
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
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
The Christian Endeavor Movement Impact
Descriptions of Christian Endeavor
The Oxford Group Bill W. Source
The Rowland Hazard Starting Point
Bill Wilson's Conversion
Real Message as to the New Man in Christ Not Yet Fashioned, and Not from Bill
the Two Different Sources Was the Appointed Task of Bill W.
Akron Crucible Where It All Began
The Real Program of Early A.A.
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
Special Role of Three Women Pioneers—Anne Smith, Henrietta Seiberling, Eleanor
Real Spiritual Roots of Early A.A.'s Program of Recovery
The Six Major Biblical Roots
Teachings of Rev. Shoemaker
Life-changing Program of the Oxford Group
Christian Literature the Pioneers Studied
Other "Spiritual" Roots
The “New Thought” crowd
The "Farther Out" crowd
Bill Wilson's Tight Rope
Confusions Among the Conclusions
Let the "goofy gods" into A.A.
Who Is God as Early AAs Spoke of Him
Injected Substitutionary Words—Never Intended to Invent "Other" gods
Not Intended as False gods
“God as We Understood Him”
“A Power Greater Than Ourselves”
Enter the "goofy gods" through the
A.A. People May Be Sick But They Are Not Stupid
Is There Any Prospect That the Nonsense Will Go?
Bible and Alcoholics Anonymous
Yahweh, the Creator
Three Segments Dr. Bob Considered Essential
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.
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
on the Path to Yahweh and Accomplishing the "Impossible"
Cure! A Miracle or a Myth. You Decide
1:The Creator's Personal Name Is
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
Richard G. Burns holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford University where he was Case Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He was a Phi Beta Kappa in his Junior Year at UC Berkeley. There he received an A.A. degree in economics with Honorable Mention. He was an Information and Education Specialist in the United States Army where he held the rank of Sgt. He attended the information-education school at Washington & Lee University. He practiced law in California from 1951 to 1986. He was president of the Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce, Corte Madera Center Merchants Council, Mill Valley Community Church, Redwoods Retirement Center, and Almonte District Improvemen Club. Also elected Director of the Almonte Sanitary District. He is a writer, historian, retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active recovered member of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous with continuous sobriety beginning April 21, 1986.
He writes under the pen name Dick B. He has devoted 24 years to researching the history and successes of the early A.A. Christian Fellowship in Akron; and published 46 titles, more than 1450 articles, and materials on Facebook, Twitter, MauiHistorian.Blogspot.com, Alcoholics Anonymous History.com, In the Rooms, Linked-in, Tumbler, MauiHistorian.Word Press.com, Aa Historian WordPress.com, AA History with Dick B. on cyber recovery social, Dick B. YouTube Channel, Articles Base, GoArticles.com, SearchWarp, Self Growth Experts, Social network forums on International Christian Recovery Coalition Forums, Recovery Internet Fellowship, Cyber Recovery, Daily Recovery, Christian Recovery Ministries, radio, TV, and over 70 audio blogs on the history subject. He regularly conducts radio interviews of Christian Recovery Leaders and Workers on www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com.
He is Executive Director of the International Christian Recovery Coalition and of Freedom Ranch Maui Incorporated. He is an Advisor to God's Way Ministry, a Christian Church and is also a consultant to Wyoming Pacific Oil Company. Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Law, Who's Who in Finance, and Gale's Contemporary Authors