Dick B. and Ken B. have spent 20 years researching the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the origins, history, founding, original program, and astonishing, documented 75% success rate achieved by the early A.A. Christian Fellowship founded in Akron, Ohio, on June 10, 1935.
To that end, Dick B. has published 39 titles, over 475 articles, and many web posts on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous as well as its roots in the Bible and the Christian organizations (such as Salvation Army, YMCA, rescue missions, and Christian Endeavor) that spawned it.
For the past two years, Dick B. and his son Ken B. have been traveling widely, particularly in California and Hawaii, to see how the early program is being received in Alcoholics Anonymous, in churches, in treatment programs, among counselors, and in Christian recovery fellowships.
The end result has been the unearthing of many elements of the recovery movement today which are, as Dick B. puts it, "A.A. Friendly, Bible Friendly, and History Friendly." Moreover, many former alcoholics and addicts who are practicing Christians have begun organizing Christian recovery fellowships, Christian Step Studies, and Christian A.A. history groups--to the end that the successes of early A.A. can be duplicated today if the recovery community simply learns the history and decides to rely on God for recovery and use the early A.A. Christian techniques.
In the next day or so, the regular Dick B. newsletter will contain the plans of International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com) of which he is Executive Director. These plans call for the development of a pilot program which will embrace the various elements of Christian recovery that are in use and available today, but are not being integrated into a simple, single program that resembles the early A.A. Christian Fellowship in Akron.
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