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

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How you can forrm an A.A. Good Book/Big Book Group today that resembles early A.A. groups and relies on the power of God Almighty.
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How you can forrm an A.A. Good Book/Big Book Group today that resembles early A.A. groups and relies on the power of God Almighty.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781885803306
  • Publisher: Paradise Research Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Why It Worked Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,256,587
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Starting an A.A. History and Bible Study Group

    Many in my Bible fellowship have wanted to know how to apply the Bible in the A.A. program of today. Here the author states the answer in terms of showing how early AAs were cured by the power of God and how they studied the Word of God to attain healing. It's good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    A case for returning to this earlier guide as to how early AA studied God's power

    Two reviewers have already praised both the purpose and content of Dick's book on the power of God and how groups can once again tap into that power despite A.A.'s ever-increasing drift toward idolatry, nameless spirituality, and absurd names for a deity. Their reviews can be found in other book listings. But I felt a refresher was due in the Barnes and Noble stable. When this book was first written, it was used to encourage and help people get started studying healing by divine means, and studying it within the 12 Step Fellowship ranks--just as the early AAs did. Since that time, more and more books have been coming out with specific references to the importance of reliance on God, Bible study and prayer--within the recovery fellowships themselves. This book turns us back to the close of Dick's initial research on A.A.'s Biblical roots and history and his decision to write materials on how to use the history in one's own program, in groups and meetings, in study fellowships, and in teachings. Its value grows as the interest in help from God is beginning to resurface in recovery. Note how many treatment programs are now incorporating 'Christian Track' segments. And if they add A.A.'s own Christian history to these Christian Tracks, they can produce winning results with Dick's book as one of their guides. I'd recommend just that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    A Christian History of AA and Guide to Starting Groups

    Dick B. has performed a great service in writing this guide to early A.A. Groups and conducting similar groups today. He puts in print what many of us have recognised as the biblical and Christian roots in the 12 Steps and the Serenity Prayer. He shows how the early meetings were conducted and gives guidance for conducting similar meetings today; such as Serenity Groups. Of special note is the MUST emphasis that early AA members placed on maintaining a daily Quiet Time. When I wrote the book _Prayer Steps to Serenity_, I very consciously took the same approach of early AA by writing daily devotions and prayers that encourage readers to keep on praying and take time to Listen To God. As I wrote in _Prayer Steps to Serenity,_ 'During your Quiet Time...pray for God's guidance and power to help you that day and in the coming days. Write your own devotional on the Step, and perhaps share it in your next group meeting or with your friends.' Dick indicates that Anne Smith, Dr. Bob's wife, did this in her Journal, which she shared with others in AA meetings. Dick B. emphasizes that those in early AA recovered from alcoholism and other addictions by the power of God. So can we, no matter what our addiction or compulsion. Dick's book, _By the Power of God_, gives us many good reasons to read good devotional books and spend time in prayer! Thanks, Dick, for a great job and for all the other AA books that you have written too! I am highly recommending your book to everyone! Thanks for reading! L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. Author of Prayer Steps to Serenity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2000

    The Book for A.A. Christians and Believers

    This title just released in January, 2000 is the only book addressed to Christians, potential Christians, and history searchers WITHIN A.A. and Twelve Step programs who want to know about the early Christian Fellowship of which pioneer A.A. was a part, how the Bible was used in early A.A. and fed into the Big Book, Twelve Steps, and Fellowship. It is for those who want to feel comfortable WITHIN A.A. when they mention God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, prayer, and healing as part of their own or their desired experience. It can be done with comfort today because it was done and was essential in early A.A. This book provides details.

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