Alcohol Rehab: The Bible in the Big Book of A.A.

Alcoholism Rehab: The Bible in the Big Book

By Dick B.
© 2013 Anonymous. All rights reserved

Dr. Robert H. Smith was the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous. He is affectionately called “Dr. Bob” by many AAs. By agreement with his partner and friend, Dr. Bob was given the task of handling hospitalization and Twelfth Step work.

Dr. Bob had much to say about the Bible in his talks with and to the more than 5,000 alcoholics he helped in Akron, where A.A. was founded. Perhaps the most important thing he said about Alcoholics Anonymous and the Bible was that the basic ideas for the Twelve Steps of A.A. came from the study and effort in the Bible by the early AAs. Dr. Bob particularly emphasized the importance of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), the Book of James, and 1 Corinthians 13. These remarks were made in Dr. Bob’s last major speech to AAs at Detroit in 1948. They are contained in the A.A. General Service Conference-approved pamphlet, The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (Item # P-53).

Recently, after years of being submerged, the interview of Dr. Bob by Your Faith magazine in 1939 makes even more clear Dr. Bob’s emphasis on God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, and prayer in his own and early Akron A.A. recoveries. This lengthy interview states and repeats that Dr. Bob read the Bible with and to the early Akron A.A. newcomers that were hospitalized. He mentioned the primary role of the Creator and quoted Jesus Christ several times. The thrust of the interview is that his life was saved and restored by prayer to his Heavenly Father.
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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.
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