Sunday, April 26, 2015

Alcoholics Anonymous History: Christian Endeavor Society Roots

Probably no account of the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous is more screwed up than the one or ones that tries to link A.A. to the (1) Bible, (2) A First Century Christian Fellowship, (3) Quiet Time, (4) The journal kept by Dr. Bob's wife (Anne Ripley Smith) from 1933 to 1939 and discussed in front of A.A. pioneers and family, (5) The books, articles, and sermons of Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr. (6) The contributions of William D. Silkworth on the nature of alcoholism and on the ability of Jesus Christ--the Great Physician--to cure it. (7) The huge writings and teachings of Professor William James of Harvard. (8) The vital spiritual experience thinking and teaching of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung of Switzerland (9) The ability of Dr. Robert H. Smith and William G. Wilson to formulate the rudiments of the actions which enabled them to move from alcoholic sickness and despair to abstinence, reliance on God, obedience to God, spiritual growth through the Bible, prayer, and Quiet Time, and the necessity for helping others once the first alcoholic is cured. Unfortunately, most AAs don't know the immense role that the basic ideas from the Bible put before AAs. They know that Bob and Bill had some experience with the "Oxford Group" and that A.A., to some extent, sprang from the Oxford Group ideas--all twenty-eight of them. They learned how much the Oxford Group people thought of William James, the Bible, and the life-changing art they developed as the means of their simple "design for living" -- sin, Jesus Christ, cure. This did not set well with Roman Catholic clergy. Others knock A.A. by calling it "spiritualism," "Masonry based, and "not-god-ness." Others caution AAs by warning that it depended upon some absurd "higher power" and not Almighty God, the Creator. Others objected to the Protestant ideas of AAs which came not only from their leaders but also from their extensive Christian upbringing in the Congregational Churches (baptism, profession of faith, the importance of the Word of God, and salvation) also including the materials from Christian Endeavor, the Rescue Missions, the Salvation Army, Young Men's Christian Association, Congregationalism, the great evangelists like Moody and Meyer, and the faithful teaching of the Bible as a foundation for the ideas. The bottom remedy for the hostile student of A.A. roots is to stop knocking God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, salvation, Protestant ideas, piety, religion, church, clergy, cure, and the treasures in academies and seminaries where young Congregationalists were required to attend daily chapel (with sermons, reading of Scripture, prayer observances, and hymns) and receive the immense contributions of founder's families in training their children about God--the one true God--and the evil of idolatry. The pioneers simply weren't on the warpath. They stressed dependence on God, cleaning house, and helping others get well. I have done extensive research into Christian Endeavor principles and practices. I have noted they attained a world-wide membership of 4.5 million. And I have note three important facts: (1) In the Book of Acts, the apostles reported on their fellowship--following the teachings of Jesus; breaking bread together; attending temple or home meetings together; continuous daily contact, learning the teaching of the apostles, healing, conversion, and witnessing. (2) Dr. Bob went through these same practices as a young member of Christian Endeavor; and those same First Century Christianity deeds were followed in the first century and influenced A.A. in a way which did not depend on William James, Carl Jung, William Silkworth, Samuel Shoemaker, Frank Buchman, or the so-called Oxford Group,(3) Just as early AAs strongly emphasized the Bible, prayer, conversion, healing and witnessing, they were dutifully emulating First Century Christianity; and they called themselves A Christian Fellowship.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tables of Contents for the 31 Volumes of "The Dick B. A.A. History & Christian Recovery Reference Set"

Tables of Contents for the 31 Volumes of

“The Dick B. A.A. History and Christian Recovery Reference Set”

By Dick B. and Ken B.

© 2015 Anonymous. All rights reserved

The 31-Volume

“Dick B. A.A. History and Christian Recovery Reference Set”

Contents of A New Way In

Part 1:  The Akron A.A. Christian Program That Cured Alcoholics

Part 2:  Teach the Puzzled Seeker Some Special Fragments of Early A.A. History and Roots

Part 3:  Tell the Newcomer the Pioneers Were Cured. Ask, “Why Not You?”

Part 4:  For Facts about Why Early A.A. Succeeded, Look at the Successful Powerhouses That Preceded and Influenced It

Part 5: Look at Several Newly-Researched Factors That Point up the Major Structure of the Early A.A. Program

Part 6:  What Every Christian in Recovery Ought to Know Individually

Contents of A New Way Out

Chap. 1:           Directions for “The New Way Out”

Chap. 2:           Additional History on Programs That Have Gone Before

Chap. 3:           The Two, Diverse Recovery Program Origins; and the Three Emerging, Varied Approaches in Akron, Cleveland, and New York

Chap. 4:           Parallels from the Groups Contributing to Akron’s Pioneer Program

Chap. 5:           Jerry Dunn’s Relevant Viewpoints [He wrote God is for the Alcoholic]

Chap. 6:           Picking Your Way along Today

Chap. 7:           Hindrances Today Blocking the Path of Return to Original Spiritual Roots and Power

Chap. 8:           The Importance of Choice

Chap. 9:           The Choice of “A New Way Out”


Contents of Anne Smith’s Journal, 1933-1939

Foreword to the First Edition

Preface to the Revised Paradise Edition


Chap. 1:           A Lady of Faith, Courage, and Love

Chap. 2:           The Elements of the Twelve Steps

Chap. 3:           The Books That Anne Read and Recommended

Chap. 4:           Anne’s Discussion of 28 Oxford Group Concepts

Chap. 5:           Spiritual Principles

Chap. 6:           Conclusion

Appendix:       28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A.

Contents of By the Power of God



Part 1:  The Starkness and Darkness of the Problem and the Simplicity of the Early Solution

Chap. 1:           My Personal Debt to, and Opportunities from, A.A.

Chap. 2:           What Believers Involved in Today’s Twelve Step Programs May Be Seeking

Chap. 3:           The Simple Program as A.A.’s Pioneers Described It

Chap. 4:           The Real Foundations of A.A.’s Pioneer Program

Part 2:  You Can Start a Good Book/Big Book Group in a Variety of Ways

Chap. 5:           The Basics Early AAs Borrowed from the Bible

Chap. 6:           The Oxford Group Path in Pioneer A.A.’s Steps

Chap. 7:           Quiet Time, Devotionals, and the Guidance of God

Chap. 8:           Anne Smith’s Specific Journal and Twelve Step Ideas

Part 3:  Sam Shoemaker, Bill’s Acknowledged Mentor, and A.A.’s Six Basic Roots

Chap. 9:           Oxford Group Leader Sam Shoemaker’s Input

Chap. 10:         Putting the Steps and Their Sources Together

Part 4:  A Vision for You

Chap. 11:         Can There Be Pioneer Groups in Today’s A.A.?

Chap. 12:         Guides for Groups Direct from A.A.’s Pioneers

Chap. 13:         What Such Meetings Can Accomplish

Chap. 14:         What You Can Do Today

Appendix:       Dr. Bob’s Bible and A.A. Group No. 1

Select Bibliography

Contents of Cured! Proven Help for Alcoholics and Addicts



Chap. 1:           The Earliest A.A. Days

Chap. 2:           Let’s Use Simple Words That People Understand

Chap. 3:           Newcomer Netting

Chap. 4:           What History Can Teach You in, and about, A.A. Itself

Chap. 5:           Offering More than Abstinence

Chap. 6:           Facing “Reality” with “Divine Help”

Chap. 7:           Talking Plainly about the Creator

Chap. 8:           There Is More to Cure than Abstinence

Chap. 9:           My Own Table of Tips

Chap. 10:         Cured and Victorious! Putting the Pieces Together


Contents of Dr. Bob and His Library

Foreword to First Edition

Preface to the Third Edition


1.      The Story of Dr. Bob’s Reading

2.      Sources of Information about His Books

3.      The Books Dr. Bob Owned, Read, and Recommended

a.       The Bible

b.      Books about the Bible

c.       Christian Classics

d.      The Life of Jesus Christ

e.       Daily Bible Devotionals

f.       Prayer

g.      The Sermon on the Mount

h.      Love

i.        The Oxford Group

j.        Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker

k.      Two of A.A.’s Other “Founders” (William James & Carl Jung)

l.        Authors of Special Interest to Dr. Bob

m.    Religion and the Mind

n.      Quiet Time

o.      Miscellaneous

p.      The Weatherhead Puzzle

q.      The Calvary Evangel List of Oxford Group Literature

r.        Healing

4.      What’s New

5.      Dr. Bob’s Biblical Sources Emerge

6.      Some Final Thoughts

Appendix 1: Dr. Bob’s Biblical and Christian Background

Appendix 2: Inventory of Books on Hand at Calvary House, September 12, 1933




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

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

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

4.         Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home                                                    

5.         North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury                                                

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

7.         The St. Johnsbury Academy                                                                          

8.         The Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, Vermont                                         

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

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

11.       The Original, Akron A.A. Spiritual Program of Recovery





Contents of God and Alcoholism: Our Growing Opportunity in the 21st Century

Chap. 1:           The Real Facts about A.A.’s Pioneer Group

Chap. 2:           A.A.’s Great Role: A Review of, and Experiences with, the Practices, Principles, and Values of A.A. in the 20th Century

Chap. 3:           The Good News: What God Can Do about Alcoholism

Chap. 4:           The Nonsense “gods” of Recovery

                                    Let’s Begin with Some Definitions

                                    Some “Higher Power” Homework

                                    Some Additional “Higher Power” Homework

                                    What Is “a Power greater than ourselves”?

                                    Another New “god” in A.A.? Or the Creator?

                                    “God as we understood Him”

                                    An Alleged Compromise That Opened the Door

Chap. 5:           The Opportunity

Chap. 6:           Why Bring up God—Again!


Contents of Good Morning! Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A.A.

Preface to Revised Edition


Chap. 1:           What’s It All About?

Chap. 2:           It Began in the Bible

Chap. 3:           Listening through the Ages

Chap. 4:           Quiet Time Roots

Chap. 5:           Quiet Time Practices

Chap. 6:           What Early AAs Borrowed

Chap. 7:           History to the Rescue



Contents of Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady with a Cause

Chap. 1:           A Brief Glance at Henrietta’s Life

Chap. 2:           An Accurate Description of A.A.’s Real Spiritual Roots

Chap. 3:           Henrietta’s Special Role as a Non-Alcoholic Woman Who Helped Found A.A.

Chap. 4:           Akron’s Oxford Group Encounters

Chap. 5:           Distinguishing Akron’s Program from Bill’s Later 12 Steps

Chap. 6:           The Exit of the Oxford Group: Observations about A.A.’s Connection with the

Oxford Group

Chap. 7:           Let Go and Let God

Contents of Introduction to the Sources and Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous

1.      Introduction to the Sources and Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous

2.      Part One: The Akron Genesis Period

3.      Part Two: The New York Conversion Period

4.      Part Three: The Original A.A. Program That Akron Developed

5.      Part Four: The Works Publishing Company Program That Bill W. Fashioned

6.      Part Five: The Reshaping of the Big Book Program Beginning in 1939

7.      Conclusion



Contents for Making Known the Biblical History and Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous


Part 1:  Historical Research Papers, Letters, Pictures, and Tapes

            Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Papers in Dick B.’s Personal Files

                        Materials Gathered from Archives

                        Materials Gathered on or about A.A. Founders

                        Materials Gathered Concerning A.A.’s Spiritual Sources

                        Materials from the Founders’ Homes

                        Materials about Special Early A.A. Personalities

                        Fragments of, on, or about A.A. History

                        Concluding Materials Pertaining to Dick B.’s Research

            The George Vondermuhll, Jr. Materials on the Oxford Group and Moral Re-Armament

            The Danny Whitmore Historical Materials

            The Dennis Cassidy Collections of Recordings of All Bill Wilson’s Public Talks

            Rare Items

Part 2:  Historical Books, Pamphlets, and Articles on Alcoholics Anonymous

            Publications about Alcoholics Anonymous

            Publications Approved by Alcoholics Anonymous

            Pamphlets Circulated in Early A.A.

            Alcoholics Anonymous: Pro, Con, and Evaluated

Part 3: Spiritual History and Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous

            The Bible Versions of and Books About

Quiet Time and Inspirational Books, Pamphlets and Bible Devotionals Popular with Dr. Bob and Early AAs, as Well as More Recent Meditation Books

Publications by or about the Rev. Dr. Samuel Moor Shoemaker, Jr.

Publications by or about the Oxford Group and Oxford Group People

Books by or about Oxford Group and A.A. Christian Mentors

Christian and Other Religious Literature Pertaining to Early A.A.

            The Books of Dr. Bob’s Library

            Background Books A.A. Pioneers Read

Miscellaneous Books Used in Dick B.’s Research and Writings

Part 4:  Temperance, Anti Saloon League, Prohibition, Abstinence, Alcohol Books and Pamphlets of an Earlier Time

Part 5:  Recent Books and Articles on Alcoholism, Addictions, and Dependency

Part 6:  Details on Contributors and Their Collections

Part 7: Our Advisory Council Supporting Members

Contents of New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.

List of Appendices

Foreword to the Pittsburgh Edition

Foreword by Nickie Shoemaker Haggart

Foreword by Julia Harris



Part 1:  Sam and A.A.’s Heart

Chap. 1:           Sam Shoemaker, “Co-founder” of Alcoholics Anonymous

Chap. 2:           Sam Shoemaker’s New Light

Chap. 3:           Sam’s Unmistakable Footprints in the Twelve Steps

Chap. 4:           The Parallels between the Shoemaker Language and Alcoholics Anonymous Language

Part 2: Sam’s Writings and Talks, and A.A.

Chap. 5:           The Shoemaker Writings Prior to A.A.’s Big Book

Chap. 6:           Sam’s Remarks to and about A.A.

Part 3: The Shoemaker Relationship with A.A.

Chap. 7:           Shoemaker’s Relationship with Bill Wilson

Chap. 8:           Sam, the Great Communicator, and His Letters

Chap. 9:           Shoemaker and His Bible

Chap. 10:         Shoemaker Ideas That “Took” in A.A.

Part 4: Sam’s Legacies for Us Today

Chap. 11:         The Pittsburgh Afterglow

Chap. 12:         What Shoemaker’s Contributions Can Mean for All of Us Today

Appendix 1:    28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A.

Appendix 2:    The Oxford Group Literature Read by AAs

Appendix 3:    The January 22, 1935, Letter from Sam to Bill W.

Appendix 4:    The Irving Harris Memorandum Regarding Bill W. and Sam

Appendix 5:    Entries in Sam Shoemaker’s Journals (1934-1939) about Bill Wilson

Appendix 6:    the Oxford Group Businessmen’s Team

Appendix 7:    Lois Wilson’s Oxford Group Notebook

Appendix 8:    Two Important Bill Wilson Letters

                                    Bill’s Letter of April 23, 1963, to Sam

                                    Bill Wilson’s April 1953 Memo as to “Original AA Steps”

Appendix 9:    The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Appendix 10:  Excerpts from The Calvary Evangel and Calvary Church Yearbook

Appendix 11:  Lessons from the Original Personal Stories of A.A. Pioneers

Appendix 12:  Alcoholism Statistics and A.A. Success Rates

Bibliography (pages 575-595)


Contents of Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed!

Chapter 1:       Experience, Strength & Hope: Stories from the First Three Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous

Chapter 3:       Alcoholics Anonymous: The Original 1939 Edition: Part 2

Chapter 4:       Alcoholics Anonymous: The Original 1939 Edition: Part 3

Appendix 1:    “Why Don’t You Choose Your Own Conception of God?”

Appendix 2:    Key Highlights in the Writing of the Big Book with Approximate Dates

Appendix 3:    The Expression “Religious Experience” and the “Solution” to Alcoholism

Appendix 4:    Occurrences of the Phrase “Spiritual Experience” in the 4th Edition

Appendix 5:    The 20 Personal Stories in “the Printer’s Copy” of Alcoholics Anonymous

Contents of Real Twelve Step Fellowship History: The Old-School A.A. You May Not Know


Part 1:  The Original A.A. Program of Recovery

Part 2:  The “Absolute Essentials” of the Good Book Program in Akron

Part 3:  The Substantial Changes in A.A. from 1939 to 1955

Part 4:  How Adding a History Element to Recovery Can Help the Newcomer Today

Appendix:       New Testament Healing Records Categorized

                                    Dead or Nearly Dead People Made Alive or Healed

                                    Lepers Cleansed

                                    Paralyzed People Healed

                                    People with Fevers Healed

                                    Woman with the Hemorrhage (or “Flow of Blood”) Healed

                                    Blind People Healed

                                    A Man with a Withered Hand Healed

                                    A Man with Dropsy (or Edema) Healed

                                    A Man with an Infirmity 38 Years Healed

                                    Lame People Healed

                                    People Who Were Lunatick Were Healed

                                    Several Types of Sickness and Disease Healed in the Same Setting

                                    Evil Spirits Were Cast Out

Contents of Stick with the Winners!

           Introduction: “Old-School” Christian Recovery         9

1.      Resources for “Old-School” 12 Step Recovery Meetings      15

Conference-approved Resources  17

Other Resources    18

2.      Conference-Approved Literature Foundations          23

Alcoholics Anonymous            23

The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous   28

DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers     29

3.      The Real Akron A.A. Program           33

4.      16 Key Practices of the Real Akron A.A. Program    35

5.      “Old-School” A.A. and First Century Christianity    47

Many Compared Early A.A. to First Century Christianity    48

John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and his representatives        49

 “First Century Christianity” in the Book of Acts      51

A.A.’s Christian Predecessors            55

The Vermont of Dr. Bob and Bill W.’s youth            55

Christian Recovery before A.A.         57

Dr. Bob and Bill W.’s Christian Upbringings 68

The Conversion Factor in Bill W.’s Life         69

Many Early AAs Claimed They Were “Cured”         71

6.      “Old-School” Elements That Can Be Used Today    75

7.      How to Conduct “Old-School” Recovery Meetings  85

Conclusion      93

Contents of That Amazing Grace: The Role of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous




Part 1:  Getting Acquainted with Grace and Clarence

Chap. 1:           My Introduction to Grace

Chap. 2:           “Amazing” Grace: A Biographical Sketch

Chap. 3:           Now about Clarence

Part 2:  As Grace Recalls

Chap. 4:           Clarence and A.A.’s Founding Years

Chap. 5:           A.A.’s Roots in the Bible

Chap. 6:           The Oxford Group Ideas and Influence

Chap. 7:           T/he Big Book, Steps, and A.A. Fellowship

Part 3:  The Ministry of Clarence and Grace

Chap. 8:           Ambassadors for Christ in A.A.

Chap. 9:           Grace Carries On

Chap. 10:         The Point of It All




Contents of The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous

List of Appendices

Foreword to First Edition




Part 1:  The Beginnings

Chap. 1:           The Roles of James D. Newton and Russell (“Bud”) Firestone

Chap. 2:           A Grateful Harvey Firestone, Sr., and the 1933 Oxford Group Events

Part 2:  A.A.’s Akron Progenitors and Their Major Contributions

Chap. 3:           An Overview

                                    Their Qualifications

                                    The Oxford Group Literature

                                    28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced Alcoholics Anonymous

                                    Dr. Bob and His Wife, Anne

                                    Lois Wilson’s Oxford Group Notes

                                    Bill’s Synopsis of What He Found

Chap. 4:           T. Henry and Clarace Williams

Chap. 5:           Henrietta Seiberling’s Spiritual Infusion

Chap. 6:           Anne Smith, Her Love, and Her Spiritual Workbook

Chap. 7:           Dr. Bob, His Library, and His Spiritual Studies

Chap. 8:           Bill Wilson and the Akron Genesis

Chap. 9:           The Oxford Group Crucible: 1933-1935

Part 3:  The Alcoholic Squad of the Oxford Group in Action

Chap. 10:         The Laboratories

Chap. 11:         Frank Amos Reviews the Evidence

Chap. 12:         Akron’s Part in the Big Book

Chap. 13:         The Alcoholic Squad in Akron Becomes Alcoholics Anonymous

Part 4:  The Akron Taproot

Chap. 14:         Akron as One Part of the Picture

Chap. 15:         Traces of Akron in the Big Book

Chap. 16:         Conclusion

Appendix 1:    Excerpt from The Upper Room

Appendix 2:    Excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest

Appendix 3:    Excerpt from Victorious Living

Appendix 4:    Excerpt from Daily Strength for Daily Needs



Contents of The Books Early AAs Read for Spiritual Growth, 7th ed.


Preface to the Seventh Edition



Chap. 1:           The Bible: “The Main Source Book of All”

Chap. 2:           Dr. Bob’s Reading and Recommendations

Chap. 3:           Anne Smith’s Journal, 1933-1939

Chap. 4:           The Upper Room and Bible Devotionals

Chap. 5:           Henrietta Seiberling’s Books

Chap. 6:           T. Henry and Clarace Williams’ Library

Chap. 7:           The Oxford Group Literature

Chap. 8:           The Reverend Sam Shoemaker’s Books and Writings

Chap. 9:           Bill and Lois Wilson’s Comments

Chap. 10:         Nell Wing’s Recollections

Chap. 11:         Pioneer Clarence S.

Chap. 12:         Comments of Other A.A. Oldtimers

Chap. 13:         Some Suggestions for You

Chap. 14:         Conclusion

Appendix:       Inventory of Books on Hand at Calvary House September 12, 1933


Contents of The Conversion of Bill W.


Ch. 1:   “The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth”

Ch. 2:   The God of the Preachers

Ch. 3:   Two Heralds of Divine Help on Its Way for Alcoholics

Ch. 4:   The Turning Point: Bill’s Decision for Christ

Ch. 5:   “For Sure I’d Been Born Again”

Ch. 6:   Repent, and Be Converted

Ch. 7:   “If There Be a Great Physician, I’ll Call on Him”

Ch. 8:   “Ye Shall Know Them by Their Fruits”

Ch. 9:   Open Their Eyes That They May See: Manna from Heaven

Ch. 10: The Touch of the Master’s Hand

Ch. 11: “With a Mighty Hand, and with an Outstretched Arm”

Ch. 12: As Bill Saw It: “Thy Will Be Done”


Appendix: “Conversion” in the Bible


Contents of The First Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference

Part 1:    The Theme and Purpose of the Conference

Part 2:    Alcoholics Anonymous, the Founders, and Belief in Almighty God

Part 3:    The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.

Part 4:    The Real Program of Early A.A.

Part 5A: Introduction

Part 5B: The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)

Part 5C: The Book of James

Part 5D: 1 Corinthians 13

Part 6:    Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an A.A. “Co-Founder” and Spiritual Source

Part 7:    What the Creator Did and Can Do for Our Fellowship


Contents of The Golden Text of A.A.: God, the Pioneers, and Real Spirituality

Chap. 1:           We Will Tell You about . . .

Chap. 2:           What Early AAs Thought about God Almighty

                                    The Pioneers Believed in God

                                    The Pioneers Understood Who God Is

                                    Willing Unbelievers Came to Believe in God

                                    The Pioneers Believed That, When Sought, God Heals

Chap. 3:           Their Path, Jesus Christ, and a Relationship with God

                                    Steps along the Path

                                    The Miraculous Result

Chap. 4:           The Golden Text of A.A. They Adopted

Chap. 5:           The Critical Need to Seek God Again Today

                                    Self-help Will Not Cut It. That Is Not a Solution

                                    Medical Help and Psychological Help Have Not Cut It

                                    The Four Early A.A. Factors Needed Today

Chap. 6:           Two Challenges for Real Spirituality Today

Contents of The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible

Foreword to the First Edition



1.      "Lest We Forget Early AAs and Their Bibles!"

Early A.A.'s Success Rate Compared to Today

The Historical Evidence of A.A.'s Good Book Roots

The Oxford Group-Shoemaker Impact

Bible Devotionals and Other Early A.A. Literature

The Purpose of Our Book

2.      God!

The Frequency of Biblical Names for God

God is

A Loving God

A Special "god" for A.A.?

Whence Came "Higher Power?"

Bill Wilson's Higher Power

"God As We Understood Him"

"A Power Greater Than Ourselves"

3.      Biblical Impact on Big Book Language

Direct Quotes from the Bible

Recognizable Biblical Words and Concepts

A.A. Slogans and Watchwords with Biblical Roots

Two Other Biblical Concepts

4.      The Parts Dr. Bob Found "Essential"

The Thirteenth Chapter of First Corinthians

The Book of James

The Sermon on the Mount

5.      The Good Book and the Twelve Steps

Step One and Deflation at Depth

Step Two, Willingness, Belief, and Seeking

Step Three and the Decision to Surrender

Step Four and Self-examination

Step Five and Confession

Step Six, Conviction and Readiness to Change

Step Seven, Humble Submission and Rebirth

Step Eight, Willingness To Make Amends

Step Nine, Restitution

Step Ten and Daily Corrective Action

Step Eleven, Prayer, Guidance, Growth, Power

Step Twelve, Awakening, Witness, Practice of Principles

6.      Keeping It Simple

The Original Six Steps

Simmered Down to the Last (Love and Service)

7.      The Good Book and A.A. Today



Contents of The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook:

How to Include the Creator’s Impact on Early A.A. in Recovery Programs Today

Chap. 1:           History: The Inclusion in Recovery of A.A.’s Biblical Origins and Christian Fellowship

Chap. 2:           The Healing Evidence at the Time When A.A. Was Born

Chap. 3:           Alcoholics Anonymous, the Founders, Belief in Almighty God, and Divine Healing

Chap. 4:           The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.

Chap. 5:           The Real Program of Early A.A.

Chap. 6:           The Materials from the Bible That Dr. Bob Considered “Absolutely Essential”

Chap. 7:           The Approach Early Akron AAs Took While They Sought Christian Healing

Chap. 8:           The Practical Use and Application of This Guide

Selected Bibliography

Appendix 1:    Catch the Wave

Appendix 2:    A.A. History Study Meetings

Contents of The James Club and the Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials


Chap. 1:           AA.’s Book of James

Chap. 2:           The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in A.A.

Chap. 3:           A.A.’s Connection with The Greatest Thing in the World

Appendix 1:    Outline of the Original Program

                                    The Akron Crucible Where It All Began

                                    The Real Program of Early A.A.

                                    An Overview of What They Did in Akron

                                    The Frank Amos Reports in 1938

                                    The Big Book Publication in 1939

Appendix 2:    Comparing the Christian Endeavor Root

Appendix 3:    The Two Different A.A. Root Streams

Appendix 4:    Background on the Bible’s Book of James and James the “Author”

Appendix 5:    The Difference an Identification of the Creator Makes

Contents of The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous




Ch. 1: The Roots of Early A.A.’s Success Rate (pp. 1-37)

Ch. 2:  Mentors Who Influenced the Oxford Group’s Founder (pp. 39-72)

Ch. 3:  Frank Buchman and His First Century Christian Fellowship (pp. 73-105)

Ch. 4:  Sam Shoemaker’s Oxford Group Role (pp. 107-35)

Ch. 5:  The A.A. Links: Arrivals and Departures (pp. 137-48)

Ch. 6:  28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A. (pp. 149-297)

Ch. 7:  Oxford Group Traces in A.A.’s 12 Steps and Big Book Language

Ch. 8:  Conclusion

            Bibliography (pp. 371-90)

            Index (pp. 391-411)

Contents of Turning Point: A History of Early A.A.’s Spiritual Roots and Successes




Chap. 1:           The Lacuna

Part 1:  A Spiritual Program for Drunks

Chap. 2:           The Oxford Group Roots

Chap. 3:           A.A.’s Spiritual Beginnings

Part 2:  The Good Book Source

Chap. 4:           God

Chap. 5:           The Sections of the Bible Dr. Bob Found “Essential”

Chap. 6:           Biblical Impact on Big Book Language

Chap. 7:           The Good Book and the Twelve Steps

Part 3:  The Oxford Group’s Contribution

Chap. 8:           28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A.

Chap. 9:           Sam Shoemaker—“Co-Founder” of A.A.

Chap. 10:         Oxford Group Traces in A.A.’s Twelve Steps

Part 4:  Other Spiritual Sources

Chap. 11:         Anne Smith—“Mother of A.A.”

Chap. 12:         Dr. Bob and the Literature

Chap. 13:         Quiet Time and the Devotionals

Part 5:  History to the Rescue

Chap. 14:         Putting It All Together

Chap. 15:         Use It or Lose It!

Appendix 1:    The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Appendix 2:    Parallel Oxford Group-Big Book Phrases



Contents for Twelve Steps for You:

Take the Twelve Steps with the Big Book, A.A. History, and the Good Book at Your Side


Chap. 1:           Begin Your Step Study by Reviewing the Original Akron Program and Learning How A.A. Really Began

Chap. 2:           Begin Your Study of the Steps by Looking First at the Bible and at Each Step’s Known Bible Origins

Chap. 3:           With the Bible Origins in Mind, Study Each Step to Learn the Basic Ideas It Contains from the Oxford Group

Chap. 4:           Once You Have Learned the Bible Sources and the Oxford Group Ideas, Then Study Each Step, Observing How Closely It Parallels the Language of America’s Oxford Group Leader, Sam Shoemaker

Chap. 5:           . . . Then See How Much of the Bible Material, Oxford Group Ideas, and Shoemaker’s Writings Were Being Taught in Early A.A. in Anne Smith’s (Dr. Bob’s Wife’s) Writings

Chap. 6:           Read Carefully This Study and Critique of What Bill W. Claimed Were Six Steps—Six “Word-of Mouth” Ideas Already in Place

Chap. 7:           . . . Consider the Steps in Company with the Three Bible Parts Dr. Bob Called “Absolutely Essential” Lest Some Highly Important Spiritual Resources of the A.A. Program Be Forgotten

Chap. 8:           Studying the Steps Mindful of Other Major Contributing Literature

Chap. 9:           Start Taking Your Steps Precisely as Directed by the Big Book—Then Make Your Judgments

Chap. 10:         Consider This Possible Biblical View of the 12 Steps Using History as Your Guide

Contents of Utilizing Early A.A.’s Spiritual Roots for Recovery Today

Chap. 1:           The Spiritual Beginnings of A.A.

Chap. 2:           The Bible in Early A.A.

Chap. 3:           Quiet Time, Morning Watch, and Meditation

Chap. 4:           The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous

Chap. 5:           Sam Shoemaker, “Co-founder” of A.A.

Chap. 6:           Anne Smith, “Mother of A.A.,” “Founder,” Dr. Bob’s Wife

Chap. 7:           The Books and Materials Early AAs Read

Chap. 8:           Utilizing A.A.’s Spiritual Roots Today


Contents of When Early AAs Were Cured and Why


Chap. 1:          What They Were Saying at Yale (in the 1940's about the Miracle of God’s Cure for Drunks)

                        The Yale Summer School of Alcohol Studies
                        The Lecture of the Reverend Francis W. Mc Peek
                        The Lecture of the Reverend Dr. Otis R. Rice
                        The Lecture of A.A.’s William Griffith Wilson
                        The Point? The Miracle of God’s Cure Became the Golden Text of A.A.

Chap. 2:          The Spiritual Origins of Alcoholics Anonymous:

A Much Needed Historical Perspective
Bill Wilson's "Religious" Background
Dr. Bob's Bible training, Christian Beliefs, and Religious Affiliations
Historical Void Resulting from Failure to Distinguish Between Differing Inputs of Founder
The Bible Dr. Bob Source
The Akron Genesis and Its Bible/Dr. Bob Source
Dr. Bob's Youth, Religious Training, and Christian Church Involvement
Dr. Bob's Assertions on the Bible's Importance
Old Fashioned Prayer and Revival in Akron Meetings
The Christian Endeavor Movement Impact
Descriptions of Christian Endeavor
The Oxford Group Bill W. Source
The Rowland Hazard Starting Point
Bill Wilson's Conversion
The Real Message as to the New Man in Christ Not Yet Fashioned, and Not from Bill
Melding the Two Different Sources Was the Appointed Task of Bill W.

Chap. 3:          The Akron Crucible Where It All Began

The Real Program of Early A.A.
An Overview of What They Did in Akron
The Frank Amos Reports in 1938
The Big Book Publication in 1939
The Akron A.A. Recovery Pamphlets
The Special Role of Three Women Pioneers
Anne Ripley Smith
Henrietta Buckler Seiberling
Eleanor Napier Forde (Newton)

Chap. 4:          The Real Spiritual Roots of Early A.A.'s Program of Recovery

                        The Six Major Biblical Roots
                                    The Bible
                                    Quiet Time
                                    Anne Smith’s Journal
                                    The Teachings of Rev. Sam Shoemaker
                                    The Life-Changing Program of the Oxford Group
                                    The Christian Literature Early A.A. Members Read
                        Other Spiritual Roots
                                    Carl Jung
                                    William James
                                    The New Thought Crowd
                                    The Farther Out Crowd
                                    Bill Wilson’s Tight Rope
                                    Confusions among the Conclusions

Chap. 5:          Who Let the Goofy gods into A.A.?

                        First, Who Is God as Early AAs Spoke of Him?
                        Second, Bill Injected Substitutionary Words into the Big Book—
                                    Which Still Were Not Intended to Mean, and Did Not
                                    Mean, Idols or False gods
                        God As We Understood Him
                        A Power Greater Than Ourselves
                        Higher Power
                        Enter the Goofy gods through the Back Door
                        A.A. People May Be Sick, But They Are Not Stupid
                        Is There Any Prospect That the Nonsense Will Go?

Chap. 6:          The Bible and Alcoholics Anonymous

                        The Overview
                        Yahweh, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth
                        Three Bible Segments Dr. Bob and Old-timers Considered
                                    Absolutely Essential
                        Additional Portions of the Bible the Pioneers Studied
                        A Different Scene Today
                        A Study of “the Sermon on the Mount” in A.A.
                                    “The Lord’s Prayer”: Matthew 6:9-13
                                    The Full “Sermon on the Mount”: Matthew Chapters 5-7
                                    Matthew Chapter 5
                                    Matthew Chapter 6
                                    Matthew Chapter 7
                        A Study of the Book of James
                                    James Chapter 1
            James Chapter 2
            James Chapter 3
            James Chapter 4
            James Chapter 5
A Study of 1 Corinthians 13 in A.A.

Chap. 7:          The Creator and the Cure of Alcoholism: Miracle or Myth?

                        What IS the Alcoholism of Which the Pioneers Claimed Cure?
                        The Countless Claims of Cure by Early AAs
                        There Is Nothing New When It Comes to God’s Miracles and Cures
                        The Detour
                        Back on the Path to Yahweh to Forgiveness, Healing, and Accomplishing the
                        Cure! A Miracle or a Myth? You Decide

Appendix 1: The Creator’s Personal Name Is Yahweh!
Appendix 2: Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an A.A. “Cofounder” and Spiritual Source
Appendix 3: Miracles Not to Be Forgotten
Appendix 4: For A.A. Pioneers, Alcoholism Was Curable and Cured


The Good Book in Alcoholics Anonymous Yesterday and Today

(A Bible Study Primer for AAs and Other 12-Steppers)




1.      The Way Out (The real heart of early A.A. and its quest for deliverance by Almighty God)

2.      What Early AAs Said about Reading the Bible (The real Good Book endorsements by AAs)

3.      The Bible and Recovery (What the Bible was in A.A., what has been lost, where to find God)

4.      Begin Your Bible Study by Learning about God (God’s existence, kids, name, and qualities)

5.      Learning about God’s Word (God's Word--the Bible, His Will, guidance, victory)

6.      Learning about God’s Son, Jesus Christ (The vital importance of keeping Jesus in the picture)

7.      Sin, Love, Choice, Obedience (God’s ways, sin, the need to obey, questions for critics)

8.      Release from Your Prisons (God’s Will; the many releases available; free indeed!)

9.      More to Learn (Prayer, renewed mind, Holy Spirit, resisting the Devil, believing, understanding the Bible as an Eastern Book, figures of speech, manuscripts, word studies)

10.  It’s Not so tough (Believers and students have every right and need to stand tall on the Bible)

11.  What’s on the Platter Today  (What God says; the Bible in A.A.; know the Bible, be bold about God, His Son, and His Word; grow; learn your resources; pass it on; trust God!)

Appendix 1: The Creator’s Name is Yahweh!

Appendix 2: The Materials Dr. Bob considered "Absolutely Essential"

Appendix 3: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (statistics and more)


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