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Posted April 29, 2008
A Towering A.A. Cofounder and Friend of A.A.
This is a massive study of the life and role of Rev. Shoemaker, Bill Wilson, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Shoemaker remained in the shadows for almost 20 years before Bill began calling him a cofounder of A.A. and one of its greatest teachers of Step and recovery ideas. It's a long read, a thorough study, and a great means of understanding the Twelve Steps and basic A.A. ideasWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2006
A voluminous treasure of details about A.A. co-founder Rev. Sam Shoemaker
This book covers so many items in such great depth: Details some of Rev.Sam Shoemaker's life, his personal relationship with A.A. and Bill Wilson, and specifically reviews almost every Shoemaker book written from 1921 through the year A.A.'s Big Book was published, plus touching on those published thereafter which commented on A.A. It lists the dozens of words and phrases from Shoemaker writings that can be found in the Big Book, Twelve Steps, and A.A. materials. And, in its body and appendices, it covers the astonishing body of Shoemaker treasures Dick unearthed at the Episcopal Church Archives in Austin, Texas at Shoemaker's two Calvary churches in Pittsburgh and New York in Shoemaker's books and articles and sermons in Sam's personal journals--never before seen or reported and in the minds and memories of those friends who knew and worked with Sam. th lots of enthusiams. There's plenty more. But I've learned much much more in the last few years about the Rev. Sam Shoemaker that every A.A. ought to know. For it was to Sam that Bill turned and asked if Sam would actually write the Twelve Steps--Sam humbly declining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.