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A.A.'s own histories and Bill Wilson's own comments make it clear that A.A. was an integral part of A First Century Christian Fellowship, also known as the Oxford ...
From the Author:
A.A.'s own histories and Bill Wilson's own comments make it clear that A.A. was an integral part of A First Century Christian Fellowship, also known as the Oxford Group, during A.A.'s formative years. But that is as far as the materials go in terms of detailing what the Oxford Group really contributed to A.A.'s life-changing program. I spent several years reading all the Oxford Group books of that day, interviewing almost all the Oxford Group leaders of that day, visiting archives, and looking up the sources of Oxford Group ideas. The end result was shown to Oxford Group people and approved as an accurate presentation. This had never been done. Yet Oxford Group ideas contributed to A.A. fellowship practices (such as story-telling, meeting as groups, surrenders, fellowshipping, and witnessing) and most certainly contributed to its ideas on spiritual experiences, spiritual awakenings, and steps to a relationship with God. The very words in A.A. Steps and literature can be traced directly to the Oxford Group. There is no study anywhere which provides the details, specifics, and documentation that this work does. You will know more about A.A. and a lot about its origins when you read this account.
Posted April 29, 2008
This is a scholarly, meaty, informative, and highly useful tools for AAs and 12 step Fellowships. People within A.A. have no accurate resource that tells them their original relationship with the Oxford Group, with Rev. Sam Shoemaker, and with A First Century Christian Fellowship. They are told Frank Buchman was a Nazi(false). They are told the Oxford Group is an heretical sect (false). And they are led to believe the Oxford Group taught AAs more about what not to do, than what to do (false). The Oxford Group was one of SIXTEEN sources of A.A. ideas. Its ideas permeate the A.A. Big Book. Its major American leader Rev. Sam Shoemaker was asked to write the Twelve Steps, but declined. And the books of both were widely read and circulated. Thus to be misinformed about the Oxford Group is to be misinformed about an important A.A. influence and wellspring. The Bible was A.A.'s main root, but AAs and 12 Steppers should know about the Bible, the Oxford Group, New Thought, and all the other influences from William James to Dr. Silkworth. Here is an unvarnished valuable historical study. Much of the importance of this book is established by the number of times it has been reprinted and the large number of people who are still buying it. One of Dick B.'s best history books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2000
Dick B. has done his home work. If you belong to any 12 step program, this book is a must for your library. In it you will learn how the original 12 Step program, Alcoholics Anonymous got its roots and began to sprout to touch the lives of tens of millions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.