Thursday, July 08, 2010

AA Steps 5-9 More on the teachings of Dr. Bob Wife

Two more articles have been written on the materials covered by Dr. Bob's wife Anne Ripley Smith in her journal--Dick B., Anne Smith's Journal: A.A.'s Principles of Success, 3rd ed., 1998. See

The first article was about Anne Smith herself, and her role in A.A.
The second covered Anne's writings that she shared about the materials Bill Wilson included in Steps 1 - 4 in the Big Book.
The third and latest covers Anne Smith's writings about the topics Bill Wilson included in Steps 5-9 of the Big Book.

Anne's writings, of course, preceded the publication of A.A.'s Big Book and were placed in her journal and shared with others between 1933 and 1939, and probably for the remainder of her active participation in the A.A. fellowship before her death. They have special value too because of the major role Anne Ripley Smith played in the founding days of Al-Anon Family Groups as influenced by Anne's Women's Group founded in Akron in 1935 and Anne's frequent conversations with Lois Wilson in which Anne counseled Lois in her travails with Bill Wilson.

These articles are posted on and on a number of the social forums such as cyberrecoveryfellowshipforum, Christianrecoveryministriesforum, InternetFellowshipForum, and aasoberliving forum.

Look them up. They are prizes that show the real meaning running through Bill Wilson's mind as Bill discussed the Step ideas he had heard Anne Smith discuss and had heard so often at Oxford Group meetings he and Lois had attended in New York. These were refined and discussed and ultimately codified in Bill's proposed Twelve Steps as originally drafted. And Bill said the ideas came directly from the teachings of Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr. See Dick B., New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.

In His Service, Dick B.,;

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