Alcoholics Anonymous & History of AA

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April 21, 2011



Alcoholics Anonymous History
The "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" Class

“Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery”
A Four-Session Class on DVD

By Dick B. and Ken B.

As you may know, about 20 years ago—just prior to the International A.A. Convention in Seattle in 1990—a young Christian man involved in A.A. approached my dad (Dick B.) and asked him the following question:
 

Did you know that A.A. came from the Bible?

With three-plus years of sobriety with no relapse, attendance at perhaps 1,000 meetings or more, and a number of sponsees “under his belt,” my dad replied:
 

I've never heard anything like that.

The young man replied:
 

Why don't you read DR. Bob and the Good Oldtimers?

The reading of that A.A. General Service Conference-approved book—still in print and available from A.A. in New York, but largely unknown to most AAs—launched my dad on a 20-year quest to discover what role, if any, God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the astonishing 75% success rate early A.A. claimed for the period of the summer of 1935 until the publishing of the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (the “Big Book”) in April 1939 among "seemingly-hopeless," "medically-incurable," "last-gasp-case," "real" alcoholics who thoroughly followed the original Akron A.A. "Christian fellowship" program developed by A.A. cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

The Power and Love of God Present in Early Akron A.A. Are Still Available Today
to Alcoholics, Addicts, and Others Still Suffering with Life-Controlling Problems

The “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class on four DVD's not only summarizes Dick B.'s 39 published titles, many recorded seminars and audio talks, and hundreds of published articles, but also brings to light many newly-discovered facts about the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the miraculous cure of “medically-incurable” alcoholics claimed by early A.A. (and its Christian predecessors, such as the Young Men's Christian Association, the Salvation Army, the rescue missions, the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, Christian evangelists and revivalists, and others). The “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” (“IFCR”) class was filmed and edited by Dr. Robert Tucker and his wife Stephanie in March 2010 at their New Life Spirit Recovery facility in Huntington Beach, California. They have also begun running the IFCR class at their Christian treatment facility.

We are making available the "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" ["IFCR"] class in two forms.

Form #1
The IFCR Class for Individuals

The “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” (“IFCR”) class for individuals is for their personal/private use (and NOT for public presentation). It has two (2) components. The first component is comprised of four DVD's with the following content:
 

Class 1/Session 1: The Founding, Activities, and Summary of the Original Akron A.A. “Christian Fellowship” Program

 

Part 1: How the First Three A.A. Members Got Sober and Were Cured

Part 2: The 14 Practices the Early Akron AAs Used to Achieve Astonishing Successes

Part 3: The Original, Seven-Point, Akron A.A. Program Summarized by Frank Amos for John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

 

Class 2/Session 2: Christian Organizations and People That Shaped the Recovery Ideas of the Original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” program before It Began

 

Part 1: Seven Pre-A.A. Organizations and People That Fed to A.A. the Necessity for Salvation and the Word of GOD

Part 2: The Extensive, Christian, Biblical Training Bill W. Received in East Dorset and and Manchester, Vermont

Part 3: Dr. Bob's “Excellent Training” in the Bible as a Youngster in St. Johnsbury, VT.

 

Class 3/Session 3: The Manner in Which the A.A. Society Came about, Beginning about 1931

 

Part 1: The Relevant Events in Bill W.'s Life, Including His Early Friendship with Ebby Thacher.

Part 2: The Relevant Events in Dr. Bob S.'s Life, Beginning in the Early 1930's in Akron

Part 3: Bill W. and Dr. Bob Meet at the Home of Henrietta Seiberling on May 12, 1935.

 

Class 4/Session 4: The A.A. Program Changes Between June 1935 and April 1939

 

Part 1: The Akron Program Successes between June 1935 and November 1937

Part 2: The Change of Course Bill W. Began to Take

Part 3: Work on the Big Book Between the Spring of 1938 and April of 1939

Part 4: Battles over Big Book Content and Language

Part 5: The Closing Phases of the Altered Akron Program

The second component of the IFCR class for individuals is a 23-page Class Guide for Students in 8 1/2" x 11," spiral-bound, "hard copy" format, which presents many of the key points in written form which are made in the DVD's. This Guide allows a student to read along and make notes while watching the DVD's.

 

The license fee amount for one (1) unit of Form 1 of the IFCR class for a single individual (for their personal/private use only) is:

$99.95, plus Shipping

[** Note: If you decide to secure a “license” for the IFCR class for individuals, we strongly encourage you also to purchase The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. (2010), which was revised in conjunction with the production of the IRCR class and provides extensive documentation for many of the historical statements made in the IFCR class. (It is included as part of the package in the "site license" forms of the IFCR class for groups.) The price is US $30.00.]

The order total will be $111.45 [= $99.95 (IFCR class materials) + $10.70 (USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box--FRB2--13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8") + $0.80 (Delivery Confirmation) for shipment to a U.S. destination]. Or, $141.45 (= $99.95 + $30.00 + $10.70 for shipment to a U.S. destination), if you order The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., at the same time. * Please contact us for shipping to destinations outside the U.S. *]

Form #2
The IFCR Class for Groups and Organizations

The “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” (“IFCR”) class for Groups and Organizations is the "site license" form. It includes a non-transferable, non-exclusive, limited-use, "site license" permitting duplication of the materials for use solely at the location(s) covered by the "site license." This form of the IFCR class has four (4) components:
 

1.      The four "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" class DVD's whose contents are described briefly above;

2.      The 23-page Class Guide for Students;

3.      An 89-page Class Instructor's Guide; and

4.      The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. (2010)

the “Site License” Fee for
the IFCR Class for Groups and Organizations

$199.95, plus Shipping

The order total will be $211.45 [= $199.95 (IFCR class materials) + $10.70 (USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box--FRB2--13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8") + $0.80 (Delivery Confirmation) for shipment to a U.S. destination]. Order Total: $211.45). * Please contact us for shipping to destinations outside the U.S. *]

We are able to accept payment securely online by credit card, debit card, and by PayPal. We prefer to accept those forms of payment through the "Buy Now" button in the center column of the front page of the www.DickB.com web site. {We can also accept those forms of payment by phone [1-808-276-4945 or (808) 874-4876] or split over two (or even three) email messages for security.} The place to find the relevant "Buy Now" button on the www.DickB.com front page center column looks like this:

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by Dick B. and Ken B. on four DVD's

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We also accept payment by money order or check, but please keep in mind that there is the time in the mail and the time for the check to clear involved with your using (and our processing) a check. Money orders and checks are to be made payable to "Dick B." and mailed to:

 

Dick B.
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