Good Morning!: Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A. A.

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A practical guide to Quiet Time--considered a "must" in early A.A. Discusses biblical roots, history, helpful books, and how to.

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Most in A.A. don't know that we have "lost" Quiet Time. Bill Wilson said that and also said he regretted the loss. But Quiet Time was never lost in early A.A., especially in Akron. Meetings were not considered necessary, but Quiet Time was a "must." A.A.'s own literature says so. And you will search ...

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Overview

A practical guide to Quiet Time--considered a "must" in early A.A. Discusses biblical roots, history, helpful books, and how to.

From the Author:

Most in A.A. don't know that we have "lost" Quiet Time. Bill Wilson said that and also said he regretted the loss. But Quiet Time was never lost in early A.A., especially in Akron. Meetings were not considered necessary, but Quiet Time was a "must." A.A.'s own literature says so. And you will search long and hard in A.A. histories and pamphlets to find out what quiet time, meditation, and reflection really meant to early AAs and to their recovery. It meant communion with God. It meant Bible study, prayer, seeking guidance, reading helpful books. And it meant real reliance upon the power of God in every day life. I went back to the Bible, to the writers through the ages, to Oxford Group literature, and to early A.A. people and learned the facts. They are presented here as a major source of A.A. ideas, as a guide to present-day "meditation," and as a needed alternative to the countless "meditation" and "reflection" books floating around today--books which have little or nothing to do with God Almighty or the Bible or what really counted in early A.A. recoveries.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781885803221
  • Publisher: Paradise Research Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: History of Early A. A.'s Spiritual Roots and Successes Ser.
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,298,552
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    An Historical Guide for Christian Recovery Devotions

    Several members of our Bible fellowship were AAs. All of us were familiar with the variety of 'reflection,' 'meditation,' and morning devotional guides. But the members wanted something that the early AAs themselves had used in their required morning meditations. The time was often called the 'Quiet Hour,' or the 'Morning Watch,' or 'Quiet Time.' In this book, Dick explains how they conducted their prayer, Bible study, literature, and guidance activities. He lists the books they really used--the Upper Room, The Runner's Bible, My Utmost for His Highest, Daily Strength for Daily Needs, The Meaning of Prayer, and The Greatest Thing in the World. If you combine his discussion of the early quiet time literature with his revelation of the actual quiet time practices, you have--and the members of our fellowship found--a relevant, useful, simple guide to a Christian Recovery morning devotion plan and practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    A Key Work on Morning Meditation and Prayer

    Early on, Dick B. discovered that there were plenty of meditation and prayer books, but practically none that showed what early AAs were doing with their Quiet Times. This is an excellent help to me in following the sequence of 'meditation' events: a new birth, Bible study, prayer, seeking God's guidance, studying a devotional like The Upper Room, The Runner's Bible, and My Utmost for His Highest. It's actually a guide in my own daily prayer life, and can be for anyone who wants to be in touch with God each day - just as AA pioneers were

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Good Morning: Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A. A.

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET SOBER AND STAY SOBER? THEN THIS IS A BOOK YOU WILL WANT TO READ. In the past, I have gone to my girlfriend's Grandpa's A.A. meetings which he led for over twenty years. Also with my girlfriend and sister to other A.A. and N.A. meetings. And have attended A.A. functions myself. Sadly, 80% of the participants fail to achieve sobriety. But I was never taught HOW to stay sober, only exhorted at meetings to STAY sober. Later, I found out a major factor in the success of early AAs. They achieved a documented 75 to 93% success rate in Akron and Cleveland and they would get together in the morning for at least an hour. They would read the Bible, pray to God, and write in their daily journal. I know this works because I met with no success until I praciced this formula for morning quiet time myself. Something that shed light on an old proverb that says: Better to give instruction on 'how to feed the poor: than merely to give verbal exhortation to feed the poor.' And Dick B.'s book provides the why and how. You need a guide to help you adopt and maintain this essential ingredient. You need to know that AAs themselves considered that quiet time in the morning was more important than attending meetings. And you need to know it included prayer, readings from the Bible, and journaling. The book explains that the Biblical and spiritual foundations of A.A. were rooted and grounded in Christianity and in the morning Quiet Time taught and observed in the mid-1930's to the mid-1950's. It was encouraged, without the prejudices against it that predominate today. Learn how prayer and meditation with God really began, how it was practiced, and how it can be utlized with great success today. Find out from Dick's book exactly how early A.A.'s own root sources spent a very substantial amount of time at the beginning of each day in the whole Quiet Time process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Good Morning: Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A. A.

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET SOBER AND STAY SOBER? THEN THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK FOR YOU. In the past, I have gone to my girlfriend's grandpa's A.A. meetings which he led for the past twenty years with my girfield and my sister to other A.A. and N.A. meetings and to N.A. or A.A. meetings myself. Sadly, 80% of those attending fail in maintaining sobriety). Yet I was never taught 'HOW to stay sober,' but was merely exhorted at meetings 'to STAY sober.' Later, I found out that early A.A. was highly successful through the practice of getting up early in the morning for at least an hour. The first thing in the day, AAs read the Bible, prayed to God, and many wrote in their faily journal. And I know this meets with success because I personally had no success until I practiced the quiet time formula myself. Shedding light on an old proverb that says it is better to give instruction on 'how to feed the poor' than merely to give 'verbal exhortation to feed the poor.' Dick's book teaches all you need to know and practice quiet time, and why it was such an essential ingredient (a 'must') in the program that made early A.A. so successful. It shows that the 'musts' meant prayer, reading from the Bible, and journaling. It also makes clear that the Biblical and spiritual roots of A.A. were rooted and grounded in Christianity and in the morning Quiet Time taught in the mid-1930's, 40's, and 50's. It was encouraged without any prejudce against it, unlike the situation today. Learn how 'prayer and meditation' with God really began in A.A., how it was practiced, and how it can still be utilized with great success today. Find out how early A.A.'s root sources also spent a very substantial amount of time at the beginning of each day, and often throughout the day, in the whole Quiet Time process. John Albert Hill, Jr.

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