I am circulating this to help some of the folks who recently have written asking about forming a study group.
To some, I have suggested resource books of mine: The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., 2010; The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook; The James Club; By the Power of God; and others.
I have also written a number of articles through the years which have spawned James Club groups, Christian recovery groups, Big Book/Bible study groups and others.
To make these articles available to each of you and others, I suggest first that you click on my dickb articles page: http://www.dickb.com/articles.shtml
Then go to the blue boxes which list the following articles and plug into them:
A.A. History Study Guide
A.A. Study Groups
Guide for Recovery Groups
Study Group Topics
The James Club Groups
Study The Steps
New Study Groups
The James Club
Each week I receive several phone calls and/or emails inquiring about starting such groups. And I try to answer each one in some depth because these groups are a vitally important way for Christians in recovery, recovered Christians, and AAs seeking God’s help to study, learn, and share facts about the Christian origins of early A.A., its founding, its program, and its successes—and the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in early A.A. and can play today for those who want God’s help.
We are about to release a new class of four sessions on video. Its resources will include the 4 DVD’s, a Class Instructor Guide, a Student Guide, and the new Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide. Taken together, these can instruct, provide incentives for your work, and be used over and over and over again in a particular group, entity, fellowship, program, or meeting.
Pilot classes are already set up at New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc. in Huntington Beach, California; and at Pacific Hills Treatment Centers, Inc. in San Juan Capistrano, California. Many more have been requested to date.
In addition, many of you ask for names of people or groups in your area who are already succeeding. We started a World-Wide History Fellowship Group which, though slightly outdated, contains specific information about many who are doing what you are doing or want to do.
In addition, we have posted many many more supporters, leaders, and directors and their areas of Christian recovery efforts. And, if you wish to pursue that further, you may select from the International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com) and then email me for specific people and information. Your own initiative will have to be used because our communication resources are simply in the hands of my son Ken and myself and we cannot spend much time on specific people unless asked.
We have held many meetings, seminars, and conferences over the past two years—in Northern and Southern California and in Oahu. We know how well this study idea is prospering, and we urge you to join the groups and—preferably—form your own with our help. Plan too to obtain a license for our class as soon as it becomes available and is announced in the next few days.
Author, 39 titles on A.A. History
Exec. Dir., International Christian Recovery Coalition
PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837