“Stick With The Winners” Old School A.A. Resources 12, 13, 14, plus new Guidebook

“Stick With The Winners” Old School A.A. Resources (Numbers 12, 13, 14); (12 Dick B., That Amazing Grace) ; (13) Mitchell K., How It Worked; (14) Our Legacy, by Three Oldtimer Clarence Snyder Sponsees and Their Wives

Dick B.

International Christian Recovery Coalition Old School A.A. Resources, Numbers 12, 13, 14 – plus the newly published Dick B. Guide, Stick with theWinners: How To Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings.

Number Twelve: Dick B., That Amazing Grace: The Roles of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, 1996)

This is the book where Dick B. and Ken B. visited Grace Moore Snyder at her home in Florida and interviewed her for a week as to the beliefs, life, Alcoholics Anonymous contributions, Step techniques, Biblical approaches, literature read, family retreats, and other details concerning her late husband Clarence H. Snyder and the founding of the Cleveland A.A. Group in 1939.

Clarence was sponsored by A.A. Cofounder Dr. Bob and organized the first Alcoholics Anonymous group in Cleveland—which grew from one group to thirty in a year, attained a 93% success rate, kept rosters, utilized the Cleveland Central bulletin, Clarence’s pamphlet on Sponsorship, his pamphlet Going Through the Steps, and his idea of rotating leadership.

Number Thirteen: Mitchell K., How It Worked: The Story of Clarence H. Snyder and the Early Days of Alcoholics Anonymous in Cleveland, Ohio (Washingtonville, NY: A.A. Big Book Study Group, 1997)

From Clarence Snyder’s widow, Grace, Mitchell K. obtained the papers of Clarence Snyder and used them to prepare the above biography of Clarence and of the Cleveland A.A. beginnings. He covers Clarence’s story, his relationship with Dr. Bob and Anne Smith, his contributions to A.A., and his positions on the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions, the Four Absolutes, the Oxford Group, the Bible, hospitalization, rotating leadership, and

Number Fourteen: Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community: A Twelve-Step Guide for Those Who Want to Believe, by Three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-Timers and Their Wives, compiled and edited by Dick B. (Winter Park, FL: Came to Believe Publications, 2005).

Three of Clarence Snyder’s sponsees, who spent a great deal of time with both Clarence and Clarence’s wife Grace, have been conducting Life Enrichment Retreats (originally founded by Clarence) for many years. With the help of their wives, they drafted a complete workbook telling exactly how Clarence took his sponsees through the Twelve Steps.

Ample citations to the Big Book and the Bible are provided, as well as a guide for leaders of the retreats.

Clarence’s three male sponsee contacted Dick B., the A.A. historian and writer who had attended and spoken at many Clarence Snyder retreats, become well-acquainted with the three oldtimer sponsees and their wives, interviewed Mitchell K. and helped him prepare his biography, and wrote That Amazing Grace.

The Step and Leader guide is the product of at least a year’s work by the three sponsees and Dick B.; and Dick B. then compiled the Guide and added the explanatory Foreword, historical materials, appendices, and numerous bibliographic references and citations.

This Guide is now used at almost every Snyder retreat and by many AAs, their families, and other recovery folks who conduct their own seminars, classes, retreats, and fellowships.

Plus the Just Released Title by Dick B. and Ken B., Stick with the Winners How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-approved Literature: A Dick B. Guide for Christian Leaders and Workers in the Recovery Arena (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012).

This Guide was written and compiled to help the hundreds who have contacted Dick B. and asked for suggestions as to how to conduct Old School A.A. meetings today, how to enable them to utilize present-day A.A. Fellowship materials, and how to use the biblical roots and history of A.A. to achieve more effective 12-Step recovery meetings.

The Guide has been circulated initially by inexpensive email attachments and downloads; has been used in California and Hawaii recently to establish such groups; and will be widely available soon for use throughout the reach of International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com), and at its May, 1012 meetings, classes, workshops, and conferences in Southern California

Gloria Deo


About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement. www.dickb.com
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