Hear Great Radio Interview of Ken B. Today on Big Book 1st ed Personal Stories

“Ken B. speaks about the new title, Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed!, on the December 29, 2012, episode of the “Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B.” show.


By Dick B.
© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

You can hear the Ken B interview right now!

You may hear Dick B.’s son Ken speak about their new title, Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed! (December 2012), on the December 29, 2012, episode of the “Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B.” show here:


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[Ken’s attention is directed particularly to our new book just released: Personal Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed! The latest title is available right now in paperback and in eBook formats on http://www.Amazon.com (Kindle), and will be available any day now in a variety of eBook formats through http://www.Smashwords.com (use “Dick B.” as the search term and deactivate the “adult filter, even though these are not “adult” books), and other regular distribution sources.]

Synopsis of Ken B. Christian Recovery Radio Interview

Dick B.’s son Ken talks about the new book he and his dad released this month, Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed! (December 2012). When Bill W. and Dr. Bob met in Akron, Ohio, on May 12, 1935 (Mother’s Day), both were members of a group named “A First Century Christian Fellowship” (also known as the Oxford Group). Bill and Bob developed a program of recovery over the summer of 1935 which John D. Rockefeller’s agent Frank Amos summarized in seven points in February 1938. (See DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, 131.)

As Dr. Bob said in his last major talk: “In early A.A. days, . . . we were convinced that the answer to our problems was in the Good Book.” (See The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches: Their Last Major Talks, Item # P-53, page 13.) After Bill and Bob “counted the noses” of those who had recovered as of November 1937, Bill was commissioned to write a book that would present the highly-successful, original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” program. (See DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, 123 and 118.) Bill W., however, wrote what he called “the new version of the program, now the ‘Twelve Steps.'” (See Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, 162.)

Bill’s statement at the Rockefeller Dinner on February 8, 1940, that A.A. claimed a 75% success rate among “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable” alcoholics who thoroughly followed their path is mainly speaking about the original Akron program, as the Big Book had only been published April 10, 1939. When Clarence S. founded the A.A. group in Cleveland, which had a documented 93% success rate without relapse(!), he had done it with “by keeping most of the ‘old program,’ including the Bible and the Four Absolutes.” (See Mitchell K., How It Worked, 108.) Our new book talks about success!

[I took the liberty of closing out Ken’s enlightening talk about God and A.A. and mentioned the many healing books and talks and conferences that have taken place over the years since 1850. Efforts by Christian people and organizations such as
the great evangelists (Moody, Sankey, Meyer, Folger), the Gospel Rescue Missions, the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, and the Vermont Congregational Churches. These and the Congregational churches and academies that figured so prominently in the Christian upbringing of Bob and Bill in Vermont were focused on employing the power they received as children of God and helping others by serving God.

I read the following from Power to Heal: Experiencing the Miraculous, by Joan Hunter, where she wrote:

God is not looking for your ability. He is looking for your availability. He is not looking for superstars; He is looking for servants. Does the Scripture say: “Well done, good and faithful superstar”? No, it says, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23), page 49.]


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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