Monday, December 20, 2010

A.A.'s Dr. Bob, the Bible, and God's Availability to Help

There has been a long lost copy of the interview of Dr. Bob of A.A. in 1939 that was published in the Your Faith Magazine. Recently, to my delight, it surfaced.

The final thought A.A. Cofounder Dr. Bob left with the interviewer was as follows:

"I have found that no one can be permanently happy unless he lives in harmony with the rules set down in the Good Book

"Try it some time! You don't need to wait till you're down and out before you ask for help. There's help waiting for you right now, if you just ask God to help you."

The exciting fact is that by the time Dr. Bob gave this interview, each one of the first three AAs had gotten sober and stayed sober by same means Dr. Bob described. Bill W., Dr. Bob, and A.A. Number Three Bill Dotson were all Christians. They had all studied the Bible. And they had all turned to God for help at their lowest point--and been cured.

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., 2010;

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