From the Author:
As the years have passed since I first began my research and writing in 1990, I have found, studied, and analyzed more and more books that early AAs read, studied, circulated, and used to establish their spiritual program of recovery. Several years ago, one bibliography commented that the particular edition for that year was the most comprehensive work available on the books of early A.A. And that was then. Since then, more and more books have come to my attention and review from Sam Shoemaker's own library, from Oxford Group people, from A.A. people such as Clarence Snyder, and from visits to archives and libraries such as Episcopal Church Archives in Austin, Texas; Hartford Seminary in Connecticut; Calvary Episcopal Church in New York; Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh; Moral Re-Armament Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and on and on. People have wanted to know about, locate, and study these books. And this title will answer their questions. The Seventh Edition is probably the last edition, representing 9 years of research, and the work done on fourteen published titles. It will help students, scholars, collectors, archives, Twelve Step members, the recovery community, and others to get an accurate picture of A.A. "spirituality" which really meant dependence upon God.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was delighted to see this comprehensive review of almost every Christian and other religious title that A.A. pioneers read in the 1930's. The author covers the information gained from his research of the books owned, read, and circulated among AAs by Dr. Bob, Anne Smith, Henrietta Seiberling, Clarence Snyder, and other early AAs. In day when a few AAs are trying to exclude 'outside' reading by claiming it is not 'conference approved,' here's a delightful compendium of the real, enlightened, searching A.A. at the beginning. Nothing can change that.
This book is an expansion of Dr. Bob and His Library because it includes the books that Dr. Bob, his wife Anne, Henrietta Seiberling, T. Henry and Clarace Williams, Clarence Snyder, and other early AAs read. I wanted a guide that would clue me in to good books the early pioneers read on prayer, healing, daily devotions, love, Jesus Christ, the Oxford Group, Rev. Sam Shoemaker, New Thought, and Bible study. And this was and is the book for me. It provides a complete and well-rounded guide to recovery reading when you acquire and use this 7th edition along with related titles like Making Known, Dr. Bob and His Library, Anne Smith's Journal, the Oxford Group and A.A., That Amazing Grace, and the Akron Genesis.