Monday, December 24, 2012

The Term "God of our understanding" - the Myth

The Term “God of Our Understanding,”

Occurrences of the Word “God” and Related Words in the Big Book, and a Big Myth


By Ken B.

© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved


Aloha to you, Paul, from Maui, Hawaii!

Thank you for keeping us “in the loop.” Here are some comments on the A.A. history portions of the email message you sent out today.

1. The term "God of our understanding" does not occur on pages 1-164 of the fourth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (2001). Please see the attached file "The Term 'God of Our Understanding' Is Not in the Big Book or the 12 and 12" for a detailed discussion.


[If you are reading this article on a Dick B. blog or Web site, please contact Ken B. at about the availability of this file.]

A.A. cofounder Bill W. decided to write what he described as "the new version of the program, now the 'Twelve Steps.'" (Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 162; bolding added). A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob's sponsee Clarence S. founded the third A.A. group in the world in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 11, 1939. Clarence's biographer, Mitchell K., states: "Two years after the publication of the [Big] book [on April 10, 1939], Clarence made a survey of all of the members in Cleveland. He concluded that, by keeping most of the 'old program,' including the Four Absolutes and the Bible, ninety-three percent of those surveyed had maintained uninterrupted sobriety." (Mitchell K., How It Worked: The Story of Clarence H. Snyder and the Early Days of Alcoholics Anonymous in Cleveland, 108; bolding added). Frank Amos' summary of the seven-point "old program"--which he prepared for John D. Rockeller, Jr., in February 1938 (the month and year in which Clarence S. got sober in Akron under Dr. Bob)--is quoted on page 131 of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers. There is no mention in those seven points of "God as we understood Him," "a Higher Power," or "a Power greater than ourselves." Rather, item #2 states:


He must surrender himself absolutely to God, realizing that in himself there is no hope.

Dr. Bob--whom A.A. cofounder Bill W. called "the prince of all twelfth-steppers" because he, accompanied by Sister Ignacia, helped 5,000 alcoholics recover between 1940 and 1950--stated:

I didn't write the Twelve Steps. I had nothing to do with the writing of them. [The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches: Their Last Major Talks, 14]

In speaking of very significant "battle over the book," Bill W. stated:

All this time I had refused to budge on these steps. I would not change a word of the original draft, in which, you will remember, I had consistently used the word "God," . . . We [i.e., Bill W., Hank B., John Henry Fitzhugh M. ("Fitz"), and Ruth Hock] finally began to talk about the possibility of compromise. Who first suggested the actual compromise words I do not know, . . . In Step Two we decided to describe God as a "Power greater than ourselves." In Steps Three and Eleven we inserted the words "God as we understood Him." . . . Such were the final concessions to those of little or no faith; this was the great contribution of our atheists and agnostics. . . . God was still there in our Steps, but He was now expressed in terms that anybody--anybody at all--could accept and try." [Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 166-67; italics in original, bolding added]

Bill W. states the following on page 12 of the fourth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous:

My friend [i.e., Ebby T.] suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, "Why don't you choose your own conception of God?"

That paragraph was part of a four-paragraph, handwritten insertion that was made in the "printer's manuscript" of the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous.. The four handwritten paragraphs were not present in the so-called "Multilith Edition" or "Original Manuscript" of which Bill W. states "four hundred mimeograph copies . . . were made and sent to everyone we could thin of . . ." (Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 165). For a very extensive analysis of the question "Why don't you choose your own conception of God?" see Appendix 1: "Why Don't You Choose Your Own Conception of God?" in our new title, Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God's Role in Recovery Confirmed! by Dick B. and Ken B., which is now available in 6" x 9" format from ( and in Kindle eBook format ( It should be available in other eBook formats (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Nook, etc.) from and other sources within the next few days.

The 29 testimonies by the early A.A. pioneers contained in the "Personal Stories" section of the 1939 edition are talking about the "old," highly-successful(!) Akron A.A. "Christian fellowship" program which A.A. cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob began developing together over the summer of 1935. Bill W.'s "new version of the program" did not exist! 22 of those personal stories in the first edition were not included in the second edition published in 1955. And four more of the original stories were not included in the fourth edition published in 2001. Thus readers of today's Big Book are receiving very little information about the "old program" for which A.A. claimed a 75% success rate up to the time the first edition was published in April 1939. If you want to see the many testimonies to the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes among "seemingly-hopeless," "medically-incurable" alcoholics, check out Alcoholics Anonymous: The Original 1939 Edition with a 23-page Introduction by Dick B.:



2. Here are some facts about the word "God," capitalized pronouns, and biblical descriptions as they used of the Creator of the heavens and the earth on pages 1-164 of the fourth edition of the Big Book:

  • The word "God" [and related word-forms including "God-consciousness" (p. 13), "God's" (pp. 24, 25, etc.), "God-sufficiency" (p. 52), "God-given" (p. 69), and "God-conscious" (p. 85)] occurs 135 times on pages 1-164. If one chooses to omit/disqualify "for God's sake" (p. 24) and "the God of reason" (p. 54), that would leave 133 occurrences fairly clearly referring to the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
  • Capitalized pronouns (i.e., "He," "His," "Him," "Thou," "Thy," "Thee") referring to the Creator of the heavens and the earth (i.e., God) occur 81 times on pages 1-164.
  • Biblical descriptions of the Creator of the heavens and the earth (i.e., God), other than the word "God" (i.e., "Creator," "Maker," "the Father," and "the Father of Light") occur 16 times.

So there are 232 (or 230, see above) occurrences of the word "God" and related words on pages 1-164 of the fourth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have attached three documents providing all of the actual occurrences of the words and phrases just discussed. In addition, I have attached a document containing the 41 occurrences of non-biblical descriptions of the Creator of the heavens and the earth (i.e., "God") for your review.

[If you are reading this article on a Dick B. blog or Web site, please contact Ken B. at about the availability of this file.]

3. There is a myth that has been floating around A.A. for a long time that needs to be put to rest:

The "first 164 pages," "The Doctor's Opinion," and "Appendix II: Spiritual Experience" are the "basic text" of the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous.

That statement is NOT true. If one looks up the meaning of the word "text" in the dictionary, most of the questions would be answered. But for the purpose of exploding this myth, one only needs to look at the front cover of the dust jacket of the fourth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. The front cover states:

Alcoholics Anonymous: This is the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, the Basic Text for Alcoholics Anonymous

If that isn't clear enough, one may go to page xi of the Preface for clarification:

[Paragraph two:] ". . .[T]his book has become the basic text for our Society . . ."


The original "Big Book"--i.e., the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous published April 10, 1939--was 410 pages. It contained 10 pages of "front matter" and 400 pages of "main text." (At that time, the chapter titled "The Doctor's Opinion" was included in the "main text," and its pages were numbered 1-9, with "Chapter One: Bill's Story" beginning on page 10. Chapter 11, "A Vision for You," ended on page 179. The "Personal Stories" section--containing 29 personal testimonies from early A.A. pioneers for whom A.A. claimed a 75% success rate among those "who really tried" and "thoroughly followed our path"--was 396 pages long, with Dr. Bob's personal story beginning on the renumbered page 1. Then there was an Appendix about the Alcoholic Foundation.

In today's fourth edition (2001), the "front matter" is 32 pages long and includes "The Doctor's Opinion." Chapter 1: "Bill's Story," now begins on page one, and the first eleven chapters of the book end on page 164. The "Personal Stories" section now begins on unnumbered page 165 and ends on page 559. Pages 561-73 consist of seven Appendices.

Why are these details important? First and foremost, because the whole book, Alcoholics Anonymous, is the "basic text" for the Alcoholics Anonymous Society, and the Big Book says so! Second, because vitally-important testimony to the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes are contained in the "Personal Stories" section beginning after page 164. Have you seen the last line of Dr. Bob's personal story?

Your Heavenly Father will never let you down! [p. 181]

Have you seen this statement by A.A. cofounder Bill W.:

"Henrietta, the Lord has been so wonderful to me, curing me of this terrible disease, that I just want to keep talking about it and telling people." [p. 191]

Have you seen this statement by A.A. Number 3, Bill D.:

Bill [W.] was very, very grateful that he had been released from this terrible thing, and he had given God the credit for having done it, and he's so grateful about it he wants to tell other people about it. That sentence, "The Lord has been so wonderful to me, curing me of this terrible disease, that I just want to keep telling people about it," has been a sort of a golden text for the A.A. program and for me.


In GOD's love,

Ken B.

PS: Please check out the International Christian Recovery Coalition. It is FREE to become a "Participant": And please check out the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show, the "Russell S. Talks," and other Christian Recovery resources available at:



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Speaking of Jesus and the Bible in an A.A. Meeting

How to Share about
Jesus and the Bible at an A.A. Meeting

Free Audio Talks by
International Christian Recovery Coalition Participant

Russell S. of Miami, Florida

(from—used by permission from Russell S., May 2012)

Russell S., The Office, Men’s Stag, Santa Monica, CA, 2012
Russell S., Unity of Pompano, 2012
Russell S., Saturday Night Sobriety, 2012
Russell S., WICYPAA Convention, 2012
Russell S. Sabal Palms 2011-2012
Russell S. Xmas Eve Old Timers Meeting 12 Step House 2011
Russell S. Fort Lauderdale Speaker Group
Russell S. North Miami Group Upper Room 2011
Russell S. Grenada Presbyterian Church Alive Again
Russell S. New Year’s Day 2011
Russell S. New Year’s Day 2011
Russell S. I’m Compelled 4/2010
Russell S. Greensboro Mind 2006

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Latest Group of International Christian Recovery Participants to Join Us

Add to the International Christian Recovery Participants List






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Friday, November 30, 2012

Huge Holiday Saving on Dick B. 30 Volume A.A. History and Christian Recovery Set

Friday, November 30, 2012

Huge Holiday Saving on Dick B. 30 Volume A.A. History and Christian Recovery Set

This is a holiday suggestion for your use, your library, your group, your meeting, your fellowship, your friends, and those you wish to help if they want to rely on God for healing of alcoholism and drug addiction.

Out of his 46 published A.A. history and Christian recovery titles, Dick B. has selected 30 to be available at a major discount and as an A.A. History and Christian Recovery Reference Set of 30 Volumes. There is no history of A.A. or relevant guide in existence that is even close to this set in accuracy, scope, timeliness, and utility.

Here is the offer:

The entire 30 reference volume set has a retail/list price of about $690.00 if the books are purchased separately.

Right now, you can purchase all thirty as a set for $249.00 - free shipping within the continental United States.

To acquire this set in 2012, contact Dick B. at 808 874 4876 , or go to the front page of the Dick B. website (

Happy holidays! Dick B. dickb@d

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dick B. Adds Additional Radio Talks on International Show

A.A. Historian and Christian Recovery Movement Expert


Dick B.


Will Be Appearing Regularly on


Gina Bea’s Talk Radio Show








Gina Bea Live! USAP








Gina Bea Radio Shows with Dick B. are archived at:


(Go to the bottom of the Web page to see the link to interviews with Dick B.)


Dick B. is a writer, historian, retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and an active recovered A.A. member with over 26 years of continuous sobriety. He has published 46 titles and over 1,250 articles on Alcoholics Anonymous history and the Christian Recovery Movement.


Dick B. is Executive Director of the International Christian Recovery Coalition:



Dick B.’s main website is:



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Compelling Statements by A.A. cofounders Dr. Bob and Bill W.

Very probably, the two most compelling and useful statements ever made by A.A. Cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob are these:

1. On Page 181 of the 4th edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob Smith wrote:

"Your Heavenly Father will never let you down!"

2. On page 191 of the 4th edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. cofounder Bill W. is quoted:

"Henrietta, the Lord has been so wonderful curing me of this terrible disease that I just want to keep talking about it and telling people."

Vermont A.A. History Slideshow Photos by Jim H.

Christian Recovery Radio Interview of Jim H. of Auburn Washington by Dick B. on Jim’s More than 800 Slide-Show Photographs of the Entire Vermont A.A. History Research and Discoveries



Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved.


Though yet to be organized, labeled, and indexed, the Jim H. Vermont A.A. History Slide-Show Photographs are available for view on the web right now. See the links below and enjoy them as a preview of what’s to come soon



The Second Interview of Archivist Jim H. on September 24, 2012


Our guest will be Jim H. of Auburn, Washington. He participated in and photographed every phase of the International Christian Recovery Coalition’s Alcoholics Anonymous History and Christian Recovery Movement workshops and studies of the beginnings in the State of Vermont. His interview covers his recollections, photography work, slide-show photographs, and comments on the workshops. The subjects are listed below. The links to the slide-show photographs are set  forth below. And these are the topics that are the subject of Jim’s interview:




A.A.’s Treasure House of Christian Beginnings


A Project of International Christian Recovery Coalition


By Dick B.

© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved


In Appreciation and in Summary


We all deeply appreciate the effort and devotion of A.A. Archivist Jim H. of Auburn, Washington. Jim traveled and researched with us, and drove us around Vermont to St. Johnsbury, Northfield, Manchester, East Dorset, Rutland, East Dorset, Emerald Lake, and Burlington. He also drove us to Gill, Massachusetts, where the Moody Mount Hermon School. Jim took pictures and even some video throughout our trip, and has now posted on the Web hundreds of pictures of cities, towns, schools, churches, academies, libraries, books, articles, pamphlets, wall plaques, photos, histories, manuscripts, newspapers, participants, hotels, motels, restaurants, and inns in every place our cadre of recovery leaders and workers held workshops. There are still more photos to be gathered from participants. There is still processing in progress and work to be done on labels. But Jim’s efforts constitute the greatest single assemblage of visual history of the role God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the origins, history, founding, original program, and astonishing successes in Alcoholics Anonymous history and the Christian Recovery Movement in New England. Those photographed items show the stage set for the Christian upbringing of A.A. cofounders as well as the “Christian fellowship” they founded in Akron, Ohio, in June, 1935.


Preliminary Presentation of Vermont Historical Slide Show Photographs



Among the Historical Slide-Show Pictures Included:


As indicated, there is lots of work still to be done in labeling, describing, identifying, etc. And there are many more photos to be added from the work of other Workshop participants.


The following subjects and others are or will be included:


Burlington, Vermont: our arrival and kickoff of the workshops on Sept. 2.


St. Johnsbury, Vermont: center of Dr. Bob’s boyhood Christian upbringing, Sept. 3-5

            Fairbanks Inn--many historical photos

            Fairbanks Scales Plant--many photos and paintings

            Fairbanks family members, homes, patents, and gifts

            Dr. Bob’s boyhood home at 20 Summer Street (now 297 Summer Street)

            Summer Street School--where Dr. Bob attended

            North Congregational Church--where the Smith family attended

                        Pictures of participants with Pastor Jay Sprout

                        Pictures of the Dr. Bob Core Library and the resource binder subjects

                        Pictures at dedication of the library by Pastor Sprout

                        Pictures of the sanctuary, baptismal font, pews, organ, pulpit, and windows

                        Pictures of the church itself--located on Main Street

            Fairbanks Museum--location of thousands of historical records, papers, and manuscripts

Young Men’s Christian Association building and activities (building destroyed by later


            Courthouse where Bob’s father, Judge Walter P. Smith, was Probate Judge

            Firehouse and public offices across the street--where we obtained Bob’s birth certificate

            Athenaeum--beautiful library containing newspapers on microfilm and many items

            St. Johnsbury Academy and Grace Orcutt Library

            Photos of workshop participants and the restaurant where they dined together.

            Village Welcome Center and new location of Town Offices


Panoramic views of village, signs, and well-known historical locations including banks, hotels, and railroad


The importance, significance, influence, and activities involving the “Great Awakening” of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Evangelists, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, Congregationalism, churches, and the United Society of Christian Endeavor are thoroughly covered and documented in Dick B. and Ken B., Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous: His Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont; and their new book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont: The Roots of Early A.A.’s Original Program


Northfield, Vermont--location of Norwich Military Academy attended by Bill W. and Ebby Thacher--September 6

Kreitzberg Library--filled with pictures, plaques pamphlets, records, books, histories,

curricula, religious emphasis, chapel data, and more.

            More data pertaining to Bill W. still to arrive.


Gill, Massachusetts--location of Dwight L. Moody schools and Mount Hermon home—Sept. 6

Schauffler Library--filled with archives and books about the schools, the teachers, Vermont people and evangelists and students who attended, visited, taught, or spoke. YMCA activities; Christian Endeavor; school news; and Moody speeches and events

Place where Dr. Bob’s foster sister, Amanda Carolyn Northrop, taught,

Place where Professor Henry Drummond taught and delivered his famous talk on

            1 Corinthians 13. Extensive material by him.

Place where Colonel Franklin Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury, Vermont frequently visited, held meetings, and became a trustee of the school where F. B. Meyer, the evangelist and Christian Endeavor-YMCA leader spoke.

Place where Dr. Robert E. Speer, author of The Principles of Jesus (origin of A.A.’s Four

            Absolutes), taught and later became Vice President.

“Launching pad” from which Dwight L. Moody and his partner Ira Sankey visited and

held revivals and meetings in Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and other Vermont locations.


Manchester, Vermont--Sept 7-8

            Location of Burr and Burton Seminary, attended by Bill Wilson, Ebby Thacher, Bill’s

girl-friend Bertha Bamford, and Reverend Perkins’s son Roger.

            Location of the home of Rev. Sidney K. Perkins, pastor of the First Congregational

Church where Ebby boarded with Rev. Perkins and got to know his son Roger quite well.

Location of First Congregational Church of Manchester, where Burr and Burton “scholars” (i.e., students) attended each Sunday and for special events; and whose members actually help found the East Dorset Congregational Church where Bill Wilson and his family attended.

Location of the huge Burnham “summer home,” where Lois Burnham, her brother

Rogers, her father Dr. Clark Burnham, and other family members lived half of

the year as “summer people” and then went on to spend much time at their bungalows at Emerald Lake, Vermont (quite near East Dorset) where Bill met Lois and became engaged to her, and where the Thacher family became good friends.

Location of the adjacent, large, George Thacher “summer home,” where the Thacher

family (including Ebby Thacher) lived half of the year; where Ebby got to know his Oxford Group mentors Rowland Hazard, Shep Cornell, and Cebra Graves; and where the Thachers also summered at Emerald Lake near the Burnham bungalows.

            The Manchester Journal newspaper contains many articles about these personalities

The Mark Skinner Library is where our workshop people did a good deal of research on

Manchester, Burr and Burton, the Congregational Church, Bill Wilson, Rev. Perkins, and the Burnhams, Thachers, and Bamfords.

Zion Episcopal Church, where Bertha Bamford’s father was rector; where there is a

memorial plaque about Bertha and her death; and where Bill Wilson and Roger Perkins were pall bearers at Bertha Bamford’s funeral.


The Manchester period, people, and events are well covered in the Dick B. and Ken B. Book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont; Dick B.,  The Conversion of Bill W.: More on the Creator’s Role in Early A.A.; and some excellent histories of Burr and Burton, First Congregational Church, and Vermont people.


East Dorset and Emerald Lake, Vermont—Sept. 7 and 8

The East Dorset Congregational Church, the Wilson House, the Griffith House and Library, and nearby Mount Aeolus all played important roles in the Christian upbringing of Bill Wilson, the church and Bill’s parents, the church and Bill’s grandparents, and the Sunday school itself, as well as Bill’s Bible studies with his maternal grandfather (Gardner Fayette Griffith) and his friend Mark Whalon.


The events are well covered in Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.; and Dick B. and Ken B., Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys, as well as Dick B., The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010).

            More photos and reports are yet to come.


Rutland, Vermont—Sept. 8

This is the town to which Bill’s parents, Bill, and his sister moved and where they lived from about 1902 to 1905.

We have photos of the Wilson home on Chestnut Street, the Longfellow School where

Bill attended.


We also have photos of the nearby Grace Congregational Church and are working with its pastor and others to see if there are records of attendance or activity by any of the Wilsons during the period of their Rutland residence.


Burlington, Vermont—Sept. 9: We researched extensively at the Bailey Howe Library on the Central Campus of the University of Vermont at Burlington. The library contains a wide variety historical records on Moody, Congregational Churches, and other locations.



Gloria Deo

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dick B. on Radio about Overlooked AA Big Book Personal Stories

The “Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B.” Show


Dick B. Is Interviewed about His New Book:


God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible:

The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories

in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous


(archived at)


By Dick B.

© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved



You Can Hear This Important Radio Interview of Dick B. Right Now!


You may hear Dick B. discuss his new title, God, His Son Jesus Christ & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous by Dick B. and Ken B. (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012), on the September 22, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show here:


or here:


Episodes of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show are archived at:



Today’s Introductory Remarks by Dick B.


[These will shortly be followed in our next article by a more detailed synopsis of the Christian Recovery Interviews given September 21 and 22 by both Ken B. and Dick B. on their new book, God, His Son Jesus Christ & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012]


Dick B.’s Radio Interview covered the newly-released book by Dick B. and Ken B., God, His Son Jesus Christ, & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012).



The personal stories by “old-school,” early A.A. pioneers have been in limbo for decades. This means they have been put on the shelf and ignored. Yet they show exactly how those pioneer AAs practiced the early A.A. “Christian fellowship” program founded in June of 1935. Piece by piece, the stories were removed after the first edition and their removal left AAs in a quandary as to what their original program looked like and whether it could be applied today.


The early program is summarized on page 131 of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers. The 16 principles and practices of the early AAs are specified and explained in The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010).


In this interview, Dick B. reads many excerpts from what is now A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature (as of the release of Experience, Strength & Hope: Stories from the First Three Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous in 2003). Each excerpt is from a testimonial by an A.A. pioneer in his own language and from his own point of view as to how he practiced the pioneer “old-school” program. Also, how he turned to God for help. And how he freely read the Bible, prayed, sought God’s guidance, and endeavored to obey God’s will after having renounced liquor permanently. Once cured, these pioneers set about helping others apply the same program and get well.


These are not war stories. These are not “drunkalogs.” These are not recitals about the Twelve Steps and Big Book because, in early A.A., there was no Big Book, and there were no Steps at all.


We hope you will remember these pithy statements long after you have forgotten the endless, wearying, drinking tales that have become so commonplace in today’s 12 Step programs. You will remember these personal stories because they speak of the power and love of God. You will remember them because they show that the Lord cured early AAs of their alcoholism. And you will remember them because they illustrate that the successes of early A.A. were grounded on the help one drunk provided to another.


[Please be sure to read the next article which will contain the summary of the new book by Dick B. and Ken B. as they told of it in their interviews Sept 21-22]


Gloria Deo