Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The "End-of-April Your Choice sale" on titles by Dick B. is on now!

The "End-of-April Your Choice sale" on Dick B. titles

Nine (9) titles by Dick B. for only $9.95 each [plus Shipping; Limit of five (5) copies per title.]

Sale ends at 12 midnight Eastern (EDT) on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Get it while it's hot!

Dick B.'s son Ken :)

Check out the new "Dick B. on Recovery" page on Instagram!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bill Wilson's 1943 Affirmation of His Born Again Status: His Inscription “Yours in Christ” by Dick B., with Ken B. (rev. 12/27/16)

Bill Wilson's 1943 Affirmation of His Born Again Status:
His Inscription “Yours in Christ”

By Dick B., with Ken B.
(lightly edited by Ken B., 12/27/16)
© 2014-2016 Anonymous. All rights reserved

Born again

Bill Wilson said in his autobiography:

For sure, I'd been born again.

[Bill W., My First 40 Years (Center City, Minn.: Hazelden, 2000), 147.
For more examples of this language, see Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W., 110 (]

After Ebby's visit to Bill prior to Bill's decision for Christ at Calvary Mission, Bill Wilson wrote of Ebby:

The man was transformed; there was no denying he had been reborn.

[“Bill Wilson's Original Manuscript,” see lines 935-942, an unpublished manuscript located at Bill and Lois Wilson's home called “Stepping Stones” in New York. You may see what is purported to be a copy of this document here: (accessed 12/27/16). For more on this, see, for example: Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W., xv, 47, 49.]

After Bill Wilson made his own decision for Christ at the rail at Calvary Mission in New York about December 7, 1934, he told his wife Lois about his experience that evening. Speaking of Bill's experience at Calvary Mission in a speech she gave in Texas, Lois stated:

And he [Bill W.] went up, and really, in very great sincerity, did hand over his life to Christ.

[“Lois Remembers: Searcy, Ebby, Bill & Early Days.” Recorded in Dallas, Texas, June 29, 1973, Moore, OK: Sooner Cassette, Side 1.
For more on this, see, for example: Dick B. The Conversion of Bill W., 61.]

Lois Wilson wrote in her autobiography:

Although my joy and faith in his rebirth continued, I missed his companionship.

[(L.B.W.), Lois Remembers: Memoirs of the Co-founder of Al-Anon and Wife of the Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (New York: Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., 1979), 98.
For more on this, see, for example: Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W., 114.]

Even author Mel B., the man who dubs himself a casual historian, concluded:

His [Bill W.'s] was clearly a kind of “born again” experience, . . .

[Mel B., New Wine: The Spiritual Roots of the Twelve Step Miracle (Center City, Minn.: Hazelden, 1991), 88]

In John 3:7 (KJV), Jesus said to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

In 1 Peter 1:23 (KJV), the Apostle Peter wrote:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

In Christ

In January 13, 1943, Bill Wilson signed his full name “Bill Wilson” in an inscription in a first edition Big Book he gave to his friend, Dr. Jesse M. Bader. A photo of the inscription was sent to me (Dick B.) by Ken R. I have it in my archives and have shown it at A.A. History conferences. You may see a picture of the page in Alcoholics Anonymous on which Bill Wilson wrote the inscription including “Yours in Christ” to Dr. Bader, as published by PBA Galleries in conjunction with the auction of this book [Sale 389: Rare Books & Manuscripts (#389) 09/25/2008 1:00 PM PDT], here:

Ken R. also posted the following message on the web:

“I just purchased a First Edition, Third printing Big Book inscribed on the front free endpaper,

“To my friend Dr. Jesse M. Bader,
            Yours in Christ, Bill Wilson, 1/13/43.”

Jesse Moren Bader (1886-1963) was a noted evangelist, ecumenist and global leader. He
founded the global, ecumenical, World Communion Sunday which was launched on October 6, 1940 and continues on the first Sunday in October each year.

This is the first time I've ever seen Bill W. inscribe anything “Yours in Christ” and it's also notable that he signed his full name. He apparently stopped signing his full last name about the time the Traditions were coming out.

Ken R.”

And here is the detailed information PBA Galleries provided about this particular copy of the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous in conjunction with the auction:

PBA Galleries (Auctioneers & Appraisers)

Sale 389: Rare Books & Manuscripts (#389) 09/25/2008  1:00 PM PDT CLOSED!

Lot 3 of 145:
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than Six Thousand Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism

Lot closed - Sale Price: $13,200

Heading:         (Alcoholics Anonymous)
Author:           [Wilson, William (Bill W.)]
Place:              New York
Publisher:       Works Publishing Co.
Date:               1942
Description:    viii, [2], 400 pp. 9x6, original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, original jacket. First Edition, Third printing. Presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my friend Dr. Jesse M. Bader, Yours in Christ, Bill Wilson, 1/13/43." Jesse Moren Bader (1886-1963) was a noted evangelist, ecumenist and global leader. He founded the global, ecumenical, World Communion Sunday which was launched on October 6, 1940 and continues on the first Sunday in October each year. There were 5000 copies of this third printing published in June, 1942.
Lot Amendments
Jacket chipped and worn, lacking top 2½" of spine strip and some of adjacent front panel, repairs on verso; volume spine head bumped, shelf wear, darkening along front endpaper gutter, else very good in good jacket.

Item number:197329

Shortened link: [accessed 1/2/2015. If the auction page doesn’t immediately come into view, copy-and-paste this link into your browser’s address bar and then hit “Enter”.]

Some Examples of the Phrase "in Christ" in the King James Version of the Bible

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV), the Apostle Paul wrote:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. [emphasis added]

In Romans 8:1 (KJV), the Apostle Paul wrote:

There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [emphasis added]

Here are a couple of other examples of this phrase:

2 Corinthians 2:17 (KJV): “. . . in the sight of God speak we in Christ” [emphasis added]

1 Peter 5:14 (KJV): “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen” [emphasis added]

Additional Examples of Verses in the King James Version
in Which the Phrase “In Christ” Occurs

Rom 16:7: Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

1 Cor 1:2: Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

1 Cor 1:30: But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

1 Cor 3:1:  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

2 Cor 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Gal 1:22: And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:

Eph 1:1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Phil 1:1: Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Phil 4:21: Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

Col 1:2: To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thess 2:14: For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

1 Thess 4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 Pet 5:14: Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Gloria Deo

Monday, September 12, 2016

Obituary for Richard G. Burns (pen name: "Dick B.") who passed away one year ago on September 12, 2015


Dick B.'s son Ken here.

I maintain the "Dick B.: The Real 'Power' Behind Alcoholics Anonymous" blog that my dad started many years ago.

My dad, Richard G. Burns (pen name: "Dick B."), passed away one year ago on September 12, 2015.

Here is the Obituary for him that I had published in The Maui News:

Richard G. Burns, 90

Richard G. Burns, of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, passed away on September 12, 2015. He was born on May 15, 1925, in Stockton, California. He was the only child of Earl Gordon Burns (1895-1971) and Alberta Viola (Whale) Burns (1894-1980).
            He was predeceased by his wife, Eloise Estelle Beil (1928-2001), to whom he was married 1951-1985. He is survived by two children, Kenneth and Donald; and Don’s two daughters, Emily and Jessica.
            Richard was a U.S. Army Sergeant in WW II.
            He received an A.A. degree, with honors, from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1948. He also received a Phi Beta Kappa key in his Junior year at Berkeley. He received his A.B. degree from Stanford University in 1949; and also received his Juris Doctor degree at Stanford in 1951.
            Richard was an attorney with Clausen & Burns, San Francisco, 1951-1961; and was in private practice in Corte Madera, California, from 1961-1986.
            After going on a guided tour of the Bible Lands with his son Ken around 1980, Richard became a Bible-believing Christian.
            Later felled by alcoholism, he entered Alcoholics Anonymous in April 1986, sponsored more than 100 men in A.A., and had more than 29 years of continuous clean and sober time at his death.
            In 1990, a Christian A.A. member asked Richard, “Dick, did you know that A.A. came from the Bible?” Researching that question launched a 25-year quest. He founded Good Book Publishing Company in 1991. Using the pen name “Dick B.,” he wrote 46 titles and more than 1,750 articles, and presented numerous audio and videos, on the topic of the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing success. His best known title is: “The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible.” In 2003, he cofounded Freedom Ranch Maui, Inc. And in 2009, he cofounded the International Christian Recovery Coalition. His main website is Contact Dick B.’s son Ken for more info at

Sunday, June 05, 2016

How the Words “Recovered” and “Recovering” Are Used Regarding Alcoholism in “Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th Ed. (2001)

Posted by Dick B.'s son Ken

So how does one settle apparent controversies in A.A. such as the one swirling around the words "recovered" and "recovering?" The following wise words from the current edition of the Big Book might be of help: ". . . [O]ur literature has preserved the integrity of the A.A. message, . . ." ["Alcoholics Anonymous," 4th ed., xxiv].

According to a concordance available online of the current, fourth edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous” (“the Big Book”) published in 2001, the word “recovered” relating to alcoholism occurs 15 times [; accessed 6/5/16] up to and including page 164. The word “recovering” used in relation to alcoholism occurs twice, once in a footnote on page 104 in chapter eight, “To Wives” (which note was not present in the first printing of the first edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous” published in 1939); and once on page 122 in chapter nine, “The Family Afterward.” [; accessed 6/5/16]

“Foreword to First Edition” [1939]

We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., xiii]
“To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., xiii]

“Foreword to Second Edition” [1955]

“In that brief space [“Sixteen years . . . between our first printing . . . and . . . our second edition.”], Alcoholics Anonymous has mushroomed into nearly 6,000 groups whose membership is far above 150,000 recovered alcoholics.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., xv]
“Their very first case, a desperate one, recovered immediately and became A.A. number three.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., xvii]

“The Doctor's Opinion”

“This man and over one hundred others appear to have recovered.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., xxv]

“There Is a Solution”

“Nearly all have recovered.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 17]
“Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 20]
“Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 29]

“We Agnostics”

“If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 45]

 “Working with Others”

“If he says yes, then his attention should be drawn to you as a person who has recovered.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 90]
“He often says that if he had continued to work on them, he might have deprived many others, who have since recovered, of their chance.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 96]

“To Wives”

“But many of the suggestions given here may be adapted to help the person who lives with a woman alcoholic -- whether she is still drinking or is recovering in A.A.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 104, footnote (added after the first printing of the first edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous” was published in April 1939]
“He knows that thousands of men, much like himself, have recovered.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 113]

“The Family Afterward”

“Our women folk have suggested certain attitudes a wife may take with the husband who is recovering.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 122]
“We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 132]
“We, who have recovered from serious drinking, are miracles of mental health.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 133]

“To Employers”

“An alcoholic who has recovered, but holds a relatively unimportant job, can talk to a man with a better position.” [“Alcoholics Anonymous,” 4th ed., 146]

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dick B.'s son Ken "debates" the topic "Is A.A. Biblical" (Moody Radio Network: "Up for Debate": May 14, 2016, episode)

** Available Now!**

Hear Dick B.'s son Ken "debate" the topic "Is A.A. Biblical?" on the May 14, 2016, episode of the "Up for Debate" show on the Moody Radio Network:

According to A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature, A.A. was and is based on a biblical foundation. Here are some examples:

 A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob stated: ". . . [W]e [Dr. Bob and A.A. cofounder Bill W.] were convinced that the answer to our problems was in the Good Book. To some of us older ones, the parts that we found absolutely essential were the Sermon on the Mount, the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, and the Book of James." ["The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous," 13 (item # P-53)].

Dr. Bob also stated: "We already had the basic ideas [of the Twelve Steps], though not in terse and tangible form. We got them, as I said, as a result of our study of the Good Book." ["The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous," 14 (item ‪#‎P-53)].

"When someone asked him [Dr. Bob] a question about the [A.A.] program, his usual response was: 'What does it say in the Good Book?'" ["DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers," 144].

". . . Bill [W.] looked across at my wife [i.e., the wife of AA #3, Bill D.] and said to her, 'Henrietta, the Lord has been so wonderful to me, curing me of this terrible disease, that I just want to keep talking about it and telling people.'" ["Alcoholics Anonymous," 4th ed., 191].

Dr. Bob also stated in the last sentence of his personal story in the Big Book: "Your Heavenly Father will never let you down!" ["Alcoholics Anonymous," 4th ed., 181].

Dick B.'s son Ken J

Friday, April 22, 2016

The new Dick B. A.A. history & Christian Recovery Facebook page is now live!

The new Dick B. Facebook page is now up and "live"!

The page discusses: (1) Dick' B.s 25 years of research on the roles God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in early A.A.'s overall 75% success rate among those who really tried, and in the documented 93% success rate in early Cleveland A.A.; and (2) how Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena, as well as alcoholics and addicts who still suffer, and others affected by addiction, may apply the fruit of Dick B.'s research in order to enhance their success and effectiveness in today's recovery scene.

Most posts--including Facebook Live videos (coming soon!)--will be made there (with blog posts also being made on the "Dick B.: The Real 'Power' Behind Alcoholics Anonymous" blog) from now on.

Please visit the new Dick B. Facebook page; and "Like," "Share," and "Comment" about posts on that page.

In GOD's love, Dick B.'s son Ken J

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Dick B. A.A. History Reference Set--Tables of Contents of 30 of the 31 Volumes

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

Tables of Contents for the 30 of 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

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 Why Early A.A. Succeeded:
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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