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AA-How to Study, Understand, and Take the 12 Steps

A.A.: How to Study, Understand, & Take the 12 Steps

by Dick B.

2011 Anonymous. All rights reserved


The Bible;

Dr. William D. Silkworth (The little doctor who loved drunks);

William James (The Varieties of Religious Experience);

Anne Smith (and her personal journal which she kept between 1933 and 1939);

The Oxford Group (also known as A First Century Christian Fellowship); and

Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr.


To learn about those key sources for material in the 12 Steps, I suggest you study:

Dick B., Twelve Steps for You: Let Our Creator, A.A. History, and the Big Book Be Your Guide (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2006):

The sources of the 12 Steps and the taking of the Steps to completion

Dick B., By the Power of God: A Guide to Early A.A. Groups & Forming Similar Groups Today (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2000):

Details for study and for study groups

Dick B., The James Club and the Original A.A. Program's Absolute Essentials (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2006):

Relating Jesus Sermon on the Mount, the Book of James, and 1 Cor 13 to the Big Book

Three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-timers and Their Wives, Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community: A Twelve-Step Guide for Those Who Want to Believe (Winter Park, FL: Came to Believe Publications, 2005)

A 12 Step Guide for Retreats, Groups, and Individuals that also includes A.A. history

FOR: AAs, 12 Steppers, Sponsors, Speakers, Writers, Bible students, Christian recovery groups


You may read more about and order Dick B.'s titles here:

You may order the Our A.A. Legacy book here:

Dick B.


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If anyone is reading this, and it looks like quite a few are, as a matter of balance I felt I should reply to this.

This post is highly misleading, in that it emphasises a religious organization which is in NO WAY affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you are struggling with getting away from alcohol, please do not be led to think that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated to Christianity or any other organized religion, because it quite simply is not. There are members who come from many religious backgrounds, and members who are agnostics. There are those who find benefit and increased depth of meaning in their existing religious practice and those who are trying to recover from the ill effects of it.

If my post sounds strong, it is simply because I have been in recovery in AA a long time now, and seen people from every conceivable kind of background recover, as well as many unable to connect with AA because they believe it is affiliated with a religion. It is not.

It is a huge strength of AA that it is open to absolutely anyone who feels they may have a drink problem, so that they may confirm this, or otherwise, and recover.

It is also simply NOT TRUE that this post represents THE WAY through the steps. There is a way which will work for you. Most of what is mentioned in this post is NOT necessary. It simply refers to one person's suggestions, and in fact there are as many styles of working the steps as there are members. You will find yours.

And finally to the author of this post. Please keep your religious preferences to yourself, and stop misleading people into believing that this is a Christian-orientated program

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