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Alcoholics Anonymous History
The Role of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous

By Dick B.

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The Role of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous

Grace S. - That Amazing Grace This is the story of the beloved wife, companion, and willing student of A.A.'s venerable pioneer Clarence S. The lady was called by Clarence, and is known by her admirers as, "Amazing Grace." The story is important because, at the time of his death in 1984, Clarence claimed to be the AA with the most sobriety and the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and was a man who—along with Grace—helped thousands take their Twelve Steps, recover, and find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Grace here recalls the history of early A.A.'s spiritual roots and successes as Clarence specifically related them to her. She also tells of the spiritual retreats for A.A. people that Clarence founded and that she carries on to this day. The life of this unusual lady attests to the availability of an assured recovery program based on the power of God and the reliability of His Word.

Foreword by Harold E. Hughes, former U.S. Senator from, and Governor of, Iowa, and founder of S.O.A.R. 

Contents of That Amazing Grace: The Role of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous


Part 1:  Getting Acquainted with Grace and Clarence

Chap. 1:           My Introduction to Grace
Chap. 2:           “Amazing” Grace: A Biographical Sketch
Chap. 3:           Now about Clarence

Part 2:  As Grace Recalls

Chap. 4:           Clarence and A.A.’s Founding Years
Chap. 5:           A.A.’s Roots in the Bible
Chap. 6:           The Oxford Group Ideas and Influence
Chap. 7:           T/he Big Book, Steps, and A.A. Fellowship

Part 3:  The Ministry of Clarence and Grace

Chap. 8:           Ambassadors for Christ in A.A.
Chap. 9:           Grace Carries On
Chap. 10:         The Point of It All



"As one of Clarence's sponsors and as one who has had his life changed by the examples of Clarence and Grace, I can vouch for this book's accuracy and value for those who want to know the facts."

Dale M.
(Over 30 years of sobriety in A.A.), Amery, Wisconsin

"I have read with relish and a grateful wonder the excellent historical books by Dick B. Professionals in the addiction medicine field and/or personal recovery can gain invaluable benefit from the research, depth and truth of his books."

Tom Claunch, CAC
Past President of NAADC
Chairman of the European Conference on Addictive Diseases (EuroCAD/1996)

"Though there have been excellent histories of A.A.'s beginning years, each and corporately, have left one major lacuna—the precise origins of A.A.'s spiritual principles. Fortunately, the void has been filled by the series of histories by Dick B. His latest, That Amazing Grace, explores virginal ground with scholarly documentation. We of Roman Catholic persuasion are grateful for That Amazing Grace since Grace's husband, Clarence, opened A.A.'s doors to us. Dick's books are immensely informative and a joy to read."

Father Paul B.
M.A., Ph.D., Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri

"Dick's valuable titles will greatly help Christians working with AA. His books point the way to spiritual growth in the Word of God based on A.A.'s own history and traditions."

Rev. Dennis Murai
Coordinator, Hawaii Bible Fellowships, Honolulu, Hawaii

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 160 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1996; $22.95; ISBN 1-885803-06-0


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