The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible (The Bridge Builders edition)

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The author shows conclusively that A.A.'s program of recovery came primarily from the Bible. This is a history of A.A.'s biblical roots as they can be seen in A.A.'s Big Book, Twelve Steps, and Fellowship.

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I believe the most widely purchased and distributed and the most widely used of my titles is this book on A.A. and the Bible. It was reviewed in Bookstore Journal and The Anglican Bookstore materials, distributed by Christian...

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The author shows conclusively that A.A.'s program of recovery came primarily from the Bible. This is a history of A.A.'s biblical roots as they can be seen in A.A.'s Big Book, Twelve Steps, and Fellowship.

From the Author:

I believe the most widely purchased and distributed and the most widely used of my titles is this book on A.A. and the Bible. It was reviewed in Bookstore Journal and The Anglican Bookstore materials, distributed by Christian Book Distributors, and used for classes in Christian treatment programs, counselor certification programs, and Bible study groups in and out of A.A. And that is still the case. Why the Bible should have been so much ignored in studies of A.A. is a mystery to me. A.A.'s ideas came from the Bible. Both A.A. co-founders said its fundamental philosophy was based on Jesus's sermon on the mount. A.A. literature told of early enthusiasm for 1 Corinthians 13, the Book of James, and Matthew 5, 6, and 7 (the sermon). There were endless other references to the Bible in literature early AAs read. And their mentors in Sam Shoemaker's circle and in the Oxford Group were regular readers and students of the Bible. This book presents and documents the Biblical roots of A.A. It can be used for seminars, panels, classes, pleasure, discussion, and Bible study meetings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781885803160
  • Publisher: Paradise Research Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: History of Early A. A.'S Spiritual Roots
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    The Alcoholics Anonymous Bible Roots

    Here is a book that lays out the specifics of A.A.'s original focus. They believed the answer to their problems was in the 'Good Book.' They intensely studied the Book of James, the Sermon on the Mount, 1 Corintians 13. They even wanted to call their society The James Club. They regularly read Henry Drummond's The Greatest Thing in the World. And their Twelve Steps are heaped with Bible sources. This book has been the most popular book ever written by author Dick B.--a Christian, a recovered AA, and a Bible student, as well as historian and writer. He points to the specific Bible verses found in A.A. literature. He points to specific Bible words in A.A.'s Big Book--Creator, Maker, Father, Spirit. He underlines common A.A. phrases such as Faith without Works is dead Thy will be done and love thy neighbor as thyself. For those who want to know where the basic A.A. ideas came from, this is a must read. For those who want to work with A.A. literature as well as Bible literature, this is a must. For those who want to reach recovery by relying on the Creator, learning about Jesus Christ, and finding the truth of God's Word, this book is more than a must--it is an inspiring guide to cure. I love the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Everyone that attends AA should read this book.

    What a great book to add to my collection. I wish everyone could read this book. The Bible (the good book)was the book the AA pioneers read everyday before the Big Book was written.

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