Courage to Change: The Christian Roots of the Twelve-Step Movement

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Courage to Change deals with the influence of Sam Shoemaker on the early years of Alcoholics Anonymous, the writing of the Twelve Steps, and the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill Wilson proclaimed at the 1955 International AA Convention, "The early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgment of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Group and directly from Sam Shoemaker."

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Overview

Courage to Change deals with the influence of Sam Shoemaker on the early years of Alcoholics Anonymous, the writing of the Twelve Steps, and the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill Wilson proclaimed at the 1955 International AA Convention, "The early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgment of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Group and directly from Sam Shoemaker."

The writings of the Reverend Sam Shoemaker, Episcopal minister, are examined in this volume in the light of their contribution to the principles of Twelve Step recovery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568382456
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 626,840
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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Bill holds advanced degrees in applied sociology and archival methods. Having worked in this field for over twenty years, he has also authored 15 books on the history of AA and 12-step recovery. He worked at the headquarters of Alcoholics Anonymous for five years. Bill's primary interest is the founding period of AA and the writing of their text in 1939.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    An Early Dick B. Title on Rev. Sam Shoemaker and A.A.

    When Bill Pittman and Dick B. collaborated to write this early book on Sam Shoemaker and early A.A. it was a classic and one of a kind. I thoroughly enjoyed it for its precise talk about the Bible, the Twelve Steps, and Sam. Since that time, Dick has written a number of new titles on the Shoemaker/A.A. influence including his latest The Conversion of Bill W.

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