Friday, February 19, 2010

The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook

As more and more meetings, fellowships, groups, and recovery studies grow, so grows the question: And what books do I use as a guide?

Certainly the most popular book we have published is "The Good Book and The Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible."

Since that writing, we have published several excellent guides as to how to study A.A.'s roots in the Bible and utilize those studies in 12 Step Fellowships today. Some of these guides are: (1) The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guidebook, 3rd ed.2010; (2) By the Power of God; (3) Twelve Steps for You. (4) The James Club and The Original A.A. Program's Absolute Essentials.

But, for a book that moves you through recovery with a Big Book and a Bible and relates recovery to the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in early A.A. and can and should play today, a good starting point is Dick B., The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook: How to Include the Creator's Impact on Early A.A. in Recovery Programs Today, 2006, ISBN 188580391-5.

And this table of contents might help you decide to use this guide:
1. History: The Inclusion in Recovery of A.A.'s Biblical Origins and Christian Fellowship.
2. The Healing Evidence at the Time When A.A. Was Born.
3. Alcoholics Anonymous, the Founders, Belief in Almighty God and Divine Healing.
4. The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.
5. The Real Program of Early A.A.
6. The Materials from the Bible That Dr. Bob Considered Absolutely Essential.
7, The Approach Early Akron AAs Took While They Sought Christian Healing.
8. The Practical Use of This Guide.
9. Selected Bibliography
10. Appenedix One - Catch the Wave.
11. Appendix Two - A.A. History Study Meetings - studying the history, Bible roots, Big Book, and Twelve Steps.

Happy reading! God Bless, Dick B.;

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