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Turning Point: A History of Early A.A.'s Spiritual Roots and Successes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    A Masterful Coverage of A.A. Spiritual Roots and History

    When this magnum opus was written after A.A.'s major spiritual roots had been investigated, it was very much needed. The Roman Catholic priest who endorsed it pointed to the 'lacuna' (hole)that had previously existed in the A.A. history picture. There had been no adequate investigation of, or depiction of A.A.'s major roots--the Bible, the teachings of Rev. Sam Shoemaker, the life-changing program of the Oxford Group, the practical guides in Anne Smith's Journal, the large number of religious books read and circulated by Dr. Bob, and the Quiet Time principles and practices. When one looked at the two fairly recent A.A. published histories (Pass It On and DR. BOB), he or she would find a gaping hole. The Bible roots were barely mentioned. Anne Smith's important journal was not mentioned at all. The twenty-eight impacting principles of the Oxford Group were shucked aside as showing 'what not to do.' The quiet time meditation practices went undescribed. The immense number of Christian devotionals and books were barely discussed. In other words, A.A. literature didn't report A.A. history to any usable degree. Nor did the doctoral thesis which became the non-A.A. history reference cover the gaping holes. At that point, the author of this book had completed his initial research on A.A.'s six major spiritual roots. And Turning Point not only described the language Sam Shoemaker wrote about self surrender. It also described the true endeavors of Dick and later writers to discover and report the large number of other well-springs (at least sixteen in all) that constituted the real comprehensive whole. This book is massive in researched detail. It is astonishing in the doors it opened to early spiritual recovery practices. And it is immensely valuable as an authentic, complete, A.A. history work.

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