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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.



"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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