Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A.A. Daily Readings and Devotionals

For those who engage or want in A.A. and recovery fellowships to engage in daily prayer, "meditation," use of devotionals, Quiet Time, and the regular reading that early AAs were urged to do by Dr.Bob and his wife Anne Smith, here are some major guides:

First, The Runner's Bible, the quarterly Upper Room, My Utmost for His Highest, Victorious Living, Daily Strength for Daily Needs, and The Greatest Thing in the World top the list. And most are still available and in fact have been reprinted. See The Books Early AAs Read for Spiritual Growth, 7th ed.

Second, Quiet Time (sometimes called Quiet Hour or Morning Watch) was a broader term for daily Bible reading, prayer, devotionals, and asking God for guidance. See Good Morning! Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A.A.

Third, for an understanding of the specific literature Dr. Bob owned, studied, recommended and circulated, see Dr. Bob and His Library, 3rd ed.

Also, a major part of early A.A. observances took place at the Smith Home each day early in the morning. They were led by Dr. Bob's wife. They were held for AAs, their wives, and their children. Anne's own perspective on these important readings and devotionals can be found in Anne Smith's Journal 1933-1939,

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