New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A. (Second Edition)

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A comprehensive history and analysis of the all-but-forgotten specific contributions to A.A. spiritual principles and practices by New York's famous Episcopal preacher, the Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr.--dubbed by Bill W. a "co-founder" of Alcoholics Anonymous and credited by Bill as the well-spring of A.A.'s spiritual recovery ideas.

This title is particularly vital to an understanding of A.A.'s spiritual program of recovery. In the earliest days of A.A., Bill Wilson ...

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A comprehensive history and analysis of the all-but-forgotten specific contributions to A.A. spiritual principles and practices by New York's famous Episcopal preacher, the Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr.--dubbed by Bill W. a "co-founder" of Alcoholics Anonymous and credited by Bill as the well-spring of A.A.'s spiritual recovery ideas.

This title is particularly vital to an understanding of A.A.'s spiritual program of recovery. In the earliest days of A.A., Bill Wilson defined spirituality as dependence upon our Creator. And this is precisely what the pioneers did to recover. They prayed to God, using the Lord's Prayer in Matthew, Chapter 6. They sought God first, following the teachings in Matthew 6:33. They accepted the necessity for doing the will of God, as mandated in Matthew 6:10 and Matthew 7:23. And there was no more dedicated Bible teacher for Bill Wilson and for other AAs through his books than the Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr., rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in New York. You can find Shoemaker language in the Twelve Steps of A.A. You can find Shoemaker language in A.A.'s Big Book. You can hear it in the meetings. Yet few know that it came from Shoemaker. This book shows the specific items A.A. borrowed, covers the books and teachings of Sam, describes in detail the relationship between Bill Wilson and Sam, and shows the direct impact that Sam had on A.A. as he spoke at two of its International Conventions, wrote for its Grapevine, and kept in regular touch with Wilson from the very first of Bill's sobriety. It is not without accuracy that Bill called Sam a "co-founder" of A.A. and a wellspring of its ideas. They were close friends and mutually respected each other. To the extent that Bill actually asked Sam Shoemaker to write the Twelve Steps. Thus if you wish to understand A.A. talk, ideas, and literature, you will profit from reading this much-revised book about Sam and A.A. It is the up-dated product of 9 years of extensive research.

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Norman Vincent Peale
Study the impact of Sam Shoemaker on the early years of AA-...a great communicator, an excellent preacher, a talented counselor - loved & respected by all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885803276
  • Publisher: Paradise Research Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: History of Early A.A.'s Spiritual Roots Ser.
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    A Towering A.A. Cofounder and Friend of A.A.

    This is a massive study of the life and role of Rev. Shoemaker, Bill Wilson, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Shoemaker remained in the shadows for almost 20 years before Bill began calling him a cofounder of A.A. and one of its greatest teachers of Step and recovery ideas. It's a long read, a thorough study, and a great means of understanding the Twelve Steps and basic A.A. ideas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    A voluminous treasure of details about A.A. co-founder Rev. Sam Shoemaker

    This book covers so many items in such great depth: Details some of Rev.Sam Shoemaker's life, his personal relationship with A.A. and Bill Wilson, and specifically reviews almost every Shoemaker book written from 1921 through the year A.A.'s Big Book was published, plus touching on those published thereafter which commented on A.A. It lists the dozens of words and phrases from Shoemaker writings that can be found in the Big Book, Twelve Steps, and A.A. materials. And, in its body and appendices, it covers the astonishing body of Shoemaker treasures Dick unearthed at the Episcopal Church Archives in Austin, Texas at Shoemaker's two Calvary churches in Pittsburgh and New York in Shoemaker's books and articles and sermons in Sam's personal journals--never before seen or reported and in the minds and memories of those friends who knew and worked with Sam. th lots of enthusiams. There's plenty more. But I've learned much much more in the last few years about the Rev. Sam Shoemaker that every A.A. ought to know. For it was to Sam that Bill turned and asked if Sam would actually write the Twelve Steps--Sam humbly declining.

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