Thursday, October 03, 2013

Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous and His Excellent Training and Christian Upbringing in Vermont

Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous and His Boyhood Roots in Vermont


Dick B.

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After one of our several research visits to the birthplace and Christian upbringing locations of A.A. Cofounder Dr. Bob, we established the Dr. Bob Core Library in the North Congregational Church of St. Johnsbury.


The entire Smith family attended this church four, and sometimes five, times a week. And we realized that very little had been researched, gathered, or published about Dr. Bob’s Christian upbringing in his boyhood village of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The more we researched, the more we found. And there is currently a vibrant move in St. Johnsbury itself to bring the community’s importance to A.A. and its history back to public attention.


Our first major contribution along these lines was to publish Dick B. and Ken B., Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous: His Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont. See This landmark book has now been accompanied by a number of Dick B. articles posted on the internet. And it has two companion books to fill out the picture:


(1) Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.: More on the Creator’s Role in Early Alcoholics Anonymous.


(2) Dick B. and Ken B., Bill W. and Dr. Bob: The Green Mountain Men of Vermont. This later book shows the immense number of parallels in the Christian upbringing of both Bill and Bob as youngsters in the State of Vermont.It depicts many other facets of the great influence Vermont has had on the origins, history, founding, founders, and original program of the Akron A.A. Christian Fellowship founded by Bill W. and Dr. Bob in June of 1935.


The following Table of Contents shows you what is covered in great depth in our book Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous:



Table of Contents




Ch. 1:   The “Great Awakening” of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Ch. 2:   The Challenge and Direction of the Dr. Bob Resource Volumes

Ch. 3:   A.A.’s Dr. Bob and His St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Roots

Ch. 4:   Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home

Ch. 5:   North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury

Ch. 6:   The Christian Endeavor Society and Its Legacy to Alcoholics Anonymous

Ch. 7:   The St. Johnsbury Academy

Ch. 8:   The Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Ch. 9:   The Town of St. Johnsbury of Dr. Bob’s Youth

Ch. 10: The YMCA and St. Johnsbury, Vermont: 1875-1898

Ch. 11: The Original Akron A.A. Spiritual Program of Recovery





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1 comment:

Daniel Driscoll said...

What a great post on Alcoholics Anonymous and Dr Bob;s Christian Roots! I myself have been sober now for over 16 years, One Day at a Time

Daniel D