For the holidays and to start 2011 in your reading, here are two winners for Christians who are members of 12 Step Fellowships. Most would like to know the real Christian roots of the early A.A. program founded in June of 1935.
The most immediate sources of those roots were spelled out by A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob when he stated that the oldtimers felt the answers to their problems could be found in the Good Book--the Bible.
Then Dr. Bob went on to say that the parts of the Bible which A.A. oldtimers considered "absolutely essential" were
Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, Chapters 5, 6, and 7)
1 Corinthians 13
The entire Book of James
You can do no better in starting your A.A. and 12 Step year than to pick up a Bible and actually read these three parts of the Bible.
Next, if you want to see a line-by-line, verse-by-verse study of A.A.'s Big Book and the Bible to see the real biblical influence, you can do no better than to study these books by Dick B.:
"The Good Book and The Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible" www.dickb.com/goodbook.shtml
"The James Club and the Original A.A. Program's Absolute Essentials" www.dickb.com/JamesClub.shtml.
Good reading, and have a wonderful New Year in 2011. Dick B. firstname.lastname@example.org