12 Steps

Types of Recovery Support Group Ministries

Every day, recovering people meet at a variety of locations—churches, homes and community centers. No pre-registration is required for these meetings. Interested individuals simply locate a group that focuses on their particular problem and then attend the meeting. Group participants remain essentially anonymous; they need not reveal any personal information except their first names. During the meetings, they are free to speak openly and honestly about current issues in their lives or to remain silent and listen to others. In this environment, participants don't have to pretend their lives are perfect and free of problems.

AA: A "Christian Program"

If you have known anyone in Alcoholics Anonymous, you may have been struck by the rapidity with which men and women catch on to what they often call "The Program." A new person will come into a meeting and listen to two or three talks by alcoholics who tell about what life was like before they met AA, what happened to them through AA, and what life is like now. As one hears several such talks, it emerges that there is a kind of program which seems to consist of knowledge and experience.

Twelve Steps to Power

Note: This is one of Sam Shoemaker's most helpful articles which shows how "the program" so effective for alcoholics can work for all of us.

One of the most remarkable phenomena of our time is the growth of the movement called Alcoholics Anonymous. My interest in it is personal as well as objective, for the men who set it in motion first found the spiritual experience which changed their lives in my own church, though the first actual group of Alcoholics Anonymous was formed in Akron, Ohio.

Loss of All Confidence (Step 1)

The loss of all confidence in ones self, is the first essential in the believer's growth in grace! The Christian, conscious of his own frailty, will turn unto the Lord for strength. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak--then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Making the Change from Compliance to Surrender

…the person who has achieved the positive frame of mind, has lost his tense, aggressive, demanding, conscience-ridden self, which feels isolated and at odds with world and has become a relaxed, natural and more realistic individual who can dwell in the world on a "live and let live basis"…surrender is an unconscious event, not willed[1]
The Act of Surrender in the Therapeutic Process by Harry M. Tiebout, M.D., The National Council of Alcoholism 1949

The Bible tells us in many different ways that we must surrender our old ways in our walk with God so we can have peace and happiness.

Books on Early History of AA

Alcoholics Anonymous had its beginnings in Christianity, specifically the Oxford group. Here is a list of books that detail the history of AA and its evolution.

By the Power of God: A Guide to Early A.A. Groups and Forming Similar Groups Today

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

The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook

The Oxford Group & Alcoholics Anonymous: A Design for Living that Works

Why Early A.A. Succeeded: The Good Book in Alcoholics Anonymous Yesterday and Today

Joe &Charlie Workshop - Handout - Work Sheets - Page 6

Daily Inventory

When we retire at night, we constructively review our day.
Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid?

Personality Characteristics of Self Will  -  Personality Characteristics of God's Will

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