by Dick B., Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
Despite the plethora of biographies, autobiographies, films, TV presentations, and other literature about A.A. Cofounder Bill Wilson and even his wife Lois Wilson, many an AA, codependent, 12 Step Fellowship member, clergyman, professional therapist, treatment program worker, and Christian leader simply knows virtually nothing about the enormous role and wise sayings of A.A. Cofounder Dr. Robert H. Smith of Akron (usually called “Dr. Bob”).
This particular article will help make the 2012 Founders Day in Akron a great deal more understandable, meaningful, and significant. It will quote just a fewof the many remarks made by A.A. Akron leader, Dr. Bob. Made as he guided others to new lives. And these are they:
“Do you believe in God, young fella? Not a god. God” See DR BOB and the Good Oldtimers, p. 144.
“Your Heavenly Father will never let your down!” Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., 2001, p. 181.
“. . . we were convinced that the answer to our problems was in the Good Book. To some of us older ones, the parts that we found absolutely essential were the Sermon on the Mount [Matthew 5, 6, and 7], the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, and the Book of James,” The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches Their Last Major Talks, p. 13 [From Dr. Bob’s last major address to AAs in 1948].
“I have found that no one can be permanently happly unless he lives in harmony with the rules set down in the Good Book. Try it some time. You don’t need to wait till you’re down and out before you ask for help. There’s help waiting for you right now, if you just ask God to help you,” “I Saw Religion Remake A Drunkard,” September 1939, Your Faith Magazine, p. 84.
“Dr. Bob was always positive about his faith, Clarence [Clarence H. Snyder] said. If someone asked him a question about the program, his usual response was, ‘What does it say in the Good Book?’ Suppose he was asked, ‘What’s all this First Things First?’ Dr. Bob would be ready with the appropriate quotation: ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousners, and all these things shall be added unto.'” DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, p. 144. [Matthew 6:33]
“Dr. Bob, another founder of A.A., also addressed the Shrine assembly. As he was introduced, the audience rose to its feet in tribute. The fame of Dr. Bob is great in A.A. In soft, confident and unhurried words he too reiterated the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous: ‘Read religious literature. Resume church attendance, cultivate the habit of prayer, and transmit the desires and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous to others.’ He particularly recommended reading the Bible,
Tidings, Friday, March 26, 1948, p. 17.