A Special Message for
Hurried, Hungry, History Hunters
By Dick B.
© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
[Christians in recovery are active, busy, and have a full platter with their families and friends, their jobs and activities, their church and fellowship activities, and the time they spend in A.A.
So who has time to read the Bible, the Big Book, Dick B.’s 44 A.A. history titles, and over 1,100 Dick B. articles on A.A. history and the Christian Recovery Movement to boot. Answer? Most people I’ve met have just wanted to get on with helping others in their own particular arena.
Yet, I have found that most of the people who have read and/or acquired Dick B. audio, video, and/or text-based materials have done so because they had: (1) known very little about early A.A.’s Christian origins and biblical roots; (2) sometimes been quashed when they had spoken about the Creator, His Son Jesus Christ, or the Bible in 12-Step recovery meetings; (3) known that A.A. without God is not enough; (4) learned that early AAs were able to develop a program that looked very much like First Century Christianity in the Book of Acts; (5) really wanted to help others find the same peace, power, love, guidance, healing, and deliverance by the power of God that the Bible promises; and (6) not been keen about the “wisdom of the rooms,” nor about “spirituality” (which was somehow supposed to be different from “religion”), nor about light bulbs as higher powers, nor about “choosing” one’s “own conception of” a “god.” They had known that there had to have been more!]
You have real choices:
• Encourage, organize or participate in a Christian Recovery program that meets daily needs. A program that includes opportunities for natural people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth; daily contact with believers; and frequent and regular participation in A.A. meetings and/or Christian Recovery meetings that are benefitting from the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing successes.
• Become a “Participant” in the International Christian Recovery Coalition-at no cost to you (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com).
• Acquire the A.A. and Christian Recovery tools that others are now using successfully throughout the world. For example:.
1. The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible (http://dickb.com/goodbook.shtml).
2. The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide (http://www.dickb.com/Christian-Recovery-Guide-files/).
3. 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. (http://www.dickb.com/Stick-with-the-Winners.shtml).
4. The 27-video “Stick with the Winners!” class. (http://christianrecoveryradio.com/Stick-with-the-Winners.shtml). Most of the videos in the class are fairly brief and complement the foregoing tools.
• Obtain as in individual–or for your study or recovery group, or for your church–at a big discount, the 29-volume “Dick B. A.A. History and Christian Recovery Reference Set.” (http://www.dickb.com/index.html#Major_Christian_Recovery_Resource_2). To read every line of every volume? Only a select few would pursue that objective. To study the volumes one-by-one? Some may do that. To keep on hand so that you can consult the appropriate volume for documented facts on the various topics you or your group want to know more about? Now we’re talking!
How can you use “The Dick B. A.A. History and Christian Recovery Reference Set?” Here are some ways: (1) If you want to know the content of, and how to study, the three sections of the Bible early AAs especially emphasized-Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7), 1 Corinthians 13, and the Book of James-use The James Club and the Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials. (2) If you want to benefits from the roots of the Eleventh Step, “prayer and meditation,” and Quiet Time, use Good Morning!: Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Mediation, and Early A.A. (3) If you want to know how the Oxford Group really did influence Bill Wilson and the Big Book’s program, use The Oxford Group & Alcoholics Anonymous. (4) If you would like to know exactly what Rev. Sam Shoemaker taught Bill W. that made Bill call him a “cofounder” of A.A. and the well-spring of the Twelve Step ideas, use New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.
• Become an informed leader for life so that you can easily pass on researched principles, practices, and biblical ideas that were and are the foundation for a prosperous and healthy life as a recovered and saved formerly suffering drunk or addict.
To begin benefitting from the Christian Recovery resources discussed above, please click on the links provided. Or, for more information, please contact:
Dick B., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837