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Alcoholics Anonymous History
God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.

By Dick B.

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God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.

Sam Shoemaker - New Light on AlcoholismThe Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an Episcopal rector at Calvary Church in New York City and later at Calvary Church in Pittsburgh, was dubbed a "co-founder" of Alcoholics Anonymous by A.A.'s Bill Wilson. The degree, details, and importance of Sam Shoemaker's impact on early A.A. were virtual unknowns until author Dick B.--an active, recovered AA­-devoted eleven years of research and writing to these subjects. This book will show you the enormity of spiritual words, ideas, and language Shoemaker contributed to A.A.'s spiritual program of recovery. Shoemaker helped the Bible, Christianity, and the power of God come alive in the Twelve Step program of the 1930's. A knowledge of Shoemaker's legacy can help reverse the dismal drug and alcohol recovery state today.

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)



"Delighted you are including in your study of Alcoholics Anonymous the impact Dr. Samuel Shoemaker, Jr., had in the early days of A.A. . . . He was a great communicator, an excellent preacher, a talented counselor­loved and respected by everyone."

Norman Vincent Peale
Author, The Power of Positive Thinking

"Another thread in the A.A. fabric fashioned by Bill W. and Dr. Bob."

Bob Smith
Co-author, Children of the Healer; Dr. Bob's son

"This book will be most helpful to those seeking growth in 12 Step programs."

Joe McQ.
Little Rock, AR, co-author, The Steps We Took

"Sam Shoemaker helped to shape the spiritual roots of A.A.'s life-changing power. All of us who labored to help suffering alcoholics can be grateful to Dick B. He has documented the contribution of this giant of faith to our entire movement."

Paul Wood, Ph.D.
President, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 776 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1999; $24.95; ISBN 1-885803-27-3


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