The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymousby Dick B
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The story of A.A.'s birth at Dr. Bob's Home in Akron on June 10, 1935. It tells what early AAs did in their meetings, homes, and hospital visits; what they read; and how their ideas developed from the Bible, the Oxford Group, and Christian literature. It depicts the roles of A.A. founders and their wives, and of Henrietta Seiberling, and T. Henry & Clarace Williams. Foreword by John F. Seiberling
Finally--a history that ties together the events in New York and Akron during A.A.'s formative years from 1931-1939. It tells of the Bud Firestone Miracle and the 1933 Oxford Group events in Akron. Then of the early meetings in New York and Akron. It details the specific contributions to A.A. that T. Henry and Clarace Williams, Henrietta Seiberling, Bill Wilson, and Dr. Bob and Anne Smith made at A.A.'s Akron birthplace. It covers the when, where and how of A.A.'s birth. There are details as to surrenders, hospitalization, meetings, literature, Bible study and prayer and meditation, and what the Akron people did in their homes. And there are precise traces from the Bible, the Four Absolutes, Christian writers, and the Oxford Group into the Twelve Steps and the Big Book. This book is about what Akron gave to A.A. and what A.A. can attribute to its Akron birthplace
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This book completely dispells any belief that A.A wasn't based soundly upon the teachings of Jesus, his Apostles and the Holy Bible. Akron Genesis of A.A. tracks its humble origin from Bill And Dr. Bob's acceptance of Jesus as their Savior, through the Bible studies in New York and Akron and into the printing of the Big Book.Dick B. uses letters, books and interviews from those on the ground floor of A.A., and those that greatly influenced the founders. The manner of writing is in the style of a textbook, with the author being concerned only with reinforcing the main point of the book, namely that A.A. is a Christian based group. This is not a book of lively stories and anecdotes.Akron Genesis is thoroughly footnoted.
It was not until Dick B. went to Akron, visited the archives and founding places, interviewed those who had participated in the beginnings of A.A. way back in 1931, then in 1933, and then in 1935, did the real founding of A.A. in Akron come alive. This is an easy read, an entertaining account, and a historical effort that rightly earned the applause of Dr. Bob's family, the Seiberlings, and many others. It's great.