May 29, 2009
Alcoholics Anonymous History
THE AKRON GENESIS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
By Dick B.
Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous
Finallya history that ties together the events in New York and Akron during A.A.'s formative years from 1931-1939. It tells of the Bud Firestone Miracle and the 1933
Oxford Group events
in Akron. Then of the early meetings in New York and Akron. It details the specific contributions to
A.A. that T. Henry and Clarace Williams,
Henrietta Seiberling, Bill Wilson, and
Dr. Bob and
Anne Smith made at A.A.'s Akron birthplace. It covers the when, where and how of A.A.'s birth. There are details as to surrenders, hospitalization, meetings, literature, Bible study and prayer
and meditation, and what the Akron people did in their homes. And there are precise traces from the Bible, the Four Absolutes, Christian writers, and the
Oxford Group into the
Twelve Steps and
the Big Book. This book is about what Akron gave to A.A. and what A.A. can attribute to its Akron birthplace.
Foreword by former U.S. Congressman John F. Seiberling, Director of the Peace Center, Akron University, whose mother, Henrietta Seiberling, was instrumental in A.A.'s founding.
"Dick's book makes
Dr. Bob's home and the Akron A.A. story come alive. It vividly
shows the love and service that flowed from A.A.'s birthplace."
Archivist, Dr. Bob's Home
"I was glad to see this historical account of just how T. Henry and Clarace Williams,
Henrietta Seiberling, Bill
Dr. Bob and his wife,
Anne, worked together in Akron in the 1930's to build a program that touched the entire world."
Daughter of T. Henry Williams, an A.A. "founder"
"If you ever wondered about the amazing sequence of eventsand the divinely inspired focuseswhich converged to make Akron the birthplace of
Alcoholics Anonymous, this book is for you."
James D. and Eleanor Forde
Authors of Uncommon Friends and The Guidance of God
Oxford Group Activists for 70
Friends of Frank Buchman and Sam Shoemaker
Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 400 pp., 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1997; $23.95; ISBN 1-885803-17-6
P.O. Box 837
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