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Posted November 18, 2006
A refreshing tool guiding programs to use of history
I've been in Maui on the production line during the closing days of this new 'Training the Trainers' guide by Dick B. He devoted an immense amount of time to laying out in full the history and details of the original A.A. Program developed in Akron. Dick's new book begins with a summary of the healing records by God throughout the ages. Then he turns to explicit details that put to shame the still-prevailing idea that Akron A.A. was Oxford Group A.A. The Akron program borrowed its abstinence ideas from the Salvation Army and the Rescue Missions. It borrowed its hospitalization ideas from Dr.Bob's own understanding of withdrawal problems and Bill's beginnings at Towns Hospital in New York. It then insisted on belief in God--certainly not unique to the Oxford Group, and a surrender to Jesus Christ as Saviour--which bore no resemblance to Oxford Group dogma. Instead, it followed the lead of Dr. Bob's Christian Endeavor Society where Confession of Christ was the starting point and it adopted the approach of salvation that was a vital part of the Salvation Army and the Rescue Missions. The remainder of the Akron program principles and practices - conversions, Bible study, prayer, Quiet Hour, reading of Christian literature, and espousing love and service were direct parts of the 3,500,000 membership practices found in the United Christian Endeavor Society of Dr.Bob's youth. The book treats the leaders, facilitators, and sponsors who want to know how to approach history with a study of James, the Sermon on the Mount, and Corinthians which were foundational in early A.A. and suggests that these key Good Book teachings be revitalized. It shows the completely different origin of the New York program from Dr. Carl Jung's conversion thesis to Bill Wilson's focus and eventual adoption of most of the 28 Oxford Group principles that did impact A.A. This fresh, carefully researched and documented new book for teachers and students alike can change your program approach, a part of your program content, and your frustration over failing success rates. It's good. It's topical. It's practical. And its approach is being used more and more by study groups and Christian/AA treatment approaches.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.