The New Dick B. and Ken B. Book
Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Men of Vermont
The Roots of Early A.A.’s Original Program
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Paradise Research Publications, Inc.
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Men of Vermont: The Roots of Early A.A.’s Original Program by Dick B. and Ken B. reveals that A.A. cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob had very similar Christian upbringings. It discusses what they learned from their respective families, Congregational churches, revival and temperance meetings (in Bill’s case); Young Men’s Christian Association ties; and the strong emphasis on the Bible at their respective academies. The book examines how they were influenced by their Congregational Church-dominated academies, which required daily chapel (with sermons, Scripture reading, prayer, and hymns), and daily exposure to the Bible and prayer meetings. It considers Bill’s required four-year Bible study course at Burr and Burton Academy and required church attendance. The book discusses what Bill learned from his Vermont friends Ebby Thacher, Rowland Hazard, F. Shepard Cornell, Cebra Graves, and Mark Whalon; from the Christian churches and Sunday schools he attended in Vermont; and from his Bible study with his grandfather Griffith. The book describes Dr. Bob’s Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor participation, with its stress on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, conversions, Bible study, prayer meetings, Quiet Hour, and reading Christian literature. In short, learn how the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the Vermont Christian upbringings of Bill W. and Dr. Bob led to victory in Akron, Ohio, by men who had exhausted every human effort to overcome the curse of alcoholism (to use Dr. Bob’s words.)
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