Alcoholics Anonymous & History of AA
TWELVE STEPS FOR YOU
How do I take Twelve Steps in A.A. or any other12 Step Fellowship? How do I work those Steps? How do people practice the 10th, 11th, and 12th Steps? And how many times have you heard these questions asked - with no simple, complete answers? Author Dick B. has spent thirteen years researching the roots of Alcoholics Anonymous, its Big Book, its Twelve Steps, and the way in which these were developed. And now, he presents a group of simple instructions based on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous, the contributions of its founders, and the ideas of its predecessors.
In just a few pages, you can learn what the "Twelve" ideas were in Bill Wilson's mind, in the practices of the pioneers in Akron, in the so-called "six steps" in Bill's word-of-mouth summaries, in the journal kept by Dr. Bob's wife Anne Smith, in the teachings and writings of Bill's spiritual mentor Rev. Samuel Moor Shoemaker, Jr. of Calvary Church in New York, in the life-changing program of the Oxford Group from which A.A. sprang, and in the Bible - from which all of the basic ideas were borrowed.
More still, you will see how to take the Steps in accordance with the instructions in A.A.'s Big Book, how to understand each Step in terms of its historical roots, and how you can understand the Steps far better if you see how they fit into the A.A. spiritual concepts of "finding God," "reliance on the Creator," "establishing a relationship with God," and practicing the principles of the Bible as they found their way into the principles of the 12 Step program.
Long needed, this simple tool meets the requests of clergy, sponsors, counselors, therapists, facilitators, and those wanting accurate, helpful guidance from the Bible, A.A.'s founders, and A.A.'s Big Book. Dick B. is a hands-on AA. He has long been active in the program, gone to Big Book Seminars, attended thousands of meetings and conferences, conducted history programs, and sponsored almost 100 men and women in their recovery. He knows the questions. He researched the answers. He passed them on to those in need. And now he presents them for you.
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
Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 94 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $21.95; ISBN 1-885803-98-2.