New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A. (Second Edition)by Dick B.
This title is particularly
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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