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Christian A.A. Days—Dr. Bob’s Wife Anne & Jesus Christ

Who Anne Smith Was, and How She Helped Found A.A.

The Runner's Bible Devotional

In the early A.A. days, the days of the Alcoholics Anonymous Christian Fellowship that Bill W. and Dr. Bob founded in June of 1935, morning quiet time, the use of daily devotionals, and looking to God for guidance were required. These were the Christian A.A. days. Basic solutions to the problems of A.A. members were drawn from the Bible. And morning quiet time—Bible study, prayer, seeking God’s guidance, discussion, and the use of devotionals—was the tool used to get in touch with God, thank Him, ask Him, and believe Him.

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.

Higher Power: Alcoholics Anonymous Basics

Some of us have spent a lot of time puzzling over the question "What is a Higher Power?"

Sometimes we hear that it is, "Something." Sometimes, the answer is that it is,"Somebody." Sometimes the answer is "Anything that keeps me from drinking." Many have said, "it" is a light bulb, a radiator, a chair, the Big Dipper, a rock, "Her," a tree, the Big Dipper, Ralph, a rainbow, or "nothing at all." I have personally read, heard, and recorded all of these strange characterizations. One compilation is in my book, God and Alcoholism. But whatever we hear, such answers have sounded pretty screwy to some of us. And they certainly are.

Bill Wilson’s Call on God for Help

Dr. William D. Silkworth advised Bill Wilson that Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, could cure Bill of his alcoholism. At the time of Bill Wilson's third hospitalization in Towns Hospital, Bill had a discussion with his physician, Dr. William D. Silkworth, on the subject of the "Great Physician." And Silkworth's biographer Dale Mitchel wrote in Silkworth: The Little Doctor Who Loved Drunks:

A.A. and the Pioneers’ Basic Principle: The Love of God

Back to Our Creator and His Love

You may be a believer. You may be a Christian believer. And you may wonder what in the world recovery literature today is talking about when it speaks of a mysterious "higher power" or "not-God" or Santa Claus or a Coke bottle in connection with taking one of the Steps, achieving recovery, or learning how to believe.

That's what revisionist historians, writers, and unbelievers are telling the world today. Just pick some inanimate "Something" as your "higher power," they say. And their sayings dominate 12 Step literature and recovery literature – even some Christian recovery literature.

Christian Organizations and People that Shaped A.A.

Christian organizations and people that shaped the recovery ideas of A.A. before it began.

Influences of the seven pre-A.A. Christian organizations and people:

    (1) Evangelists and Revivalists (1846, beginning perhaps with John B. Gough—“an apostle of Temperance”)

    (2) The Young Men’s Christian Association (1851, when the first YMCA was established in America in Boston)

    (3) The Salvation Army (1865, founded by William Booth as the Christian Revival Association, later rechristened the Salvation Army)

    (4) Gospel Rescue Missions (1872 when Jerry McAuley founded the Helping Hand for Men, soon to become the Water Street Mission)

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

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