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Alcoholics Anonymous History
A Design for Living that Works!

By Dick B.

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The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous

Oxford Group - The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous, Oxford GroupScholarly, comprehensive, unique! A.A. was an integral part of the Oxford Group in the early 1930's, and this book contains the only study of the Oxford Group's contributions to early A.A.'s Big Book, Twelve Steps, and Fellowship. You will find here the Oxford Group's Biblical roots, the origin of its ideas, details on its beliefs and practices, its influence on early A.As and their high success rate, and where its concepts can be found in today's A.A.

Foreword by Rev. T. Willard Hunter; author, columnist, Oxford Group activist; former Assistant to the President of the School of Theology at Claremont, California.


Contents of The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous

Ch. 1: The Roots of Early A.A.’s Success Rate (pp. 1-37)
Ch. 2:  Mentors Who Influenced the Oxford Group’s Founder (pp. 39-72)
Ch. 3:  Frank Buchman and His First Century Christian Fellowship (pp. 73-105)
Ch. 4:  Sam Shoemaker’s Oxford Group Role (pp. 107-35)
Ch. 5:  The A.A. Links: Arrivals and Departures (pp. 137-48)
Ch. 6:  28 Oxford Group Principles That Influenced A.A. (pp. 149-297)
Ch. 7:  Oxford Group Traces in A.A.’s 12 Steps and Big Book Language (pp. 299-364)
Ch. 8:  Conclusion (pp. 365-70)
            Bibliography (pp. 371-90)
            Index (pp. 391-411)


"A masterly book. Dick B. has fully converted me to his use of quotations to show the parallels between the Oxford Group and the statements of Bill W., Dr. Bob and A.A. literature generally. Dick evidences a power of summarizing the aims of a book in a few lines with much clarity."

Garth D. Lean
Author of On the Tail of a Comet
The life of Oxford Group founder, Dr. Frank N. D. Buchman)

"Dick B. has the capacity and commitment to go to the very wellsprings of A.A. and, through brilliant and painstaking research, to bring the real inspiration of its roots to today's living."

James D. and Eleanor Newton
Authors of Uncommon Friends and The Guidance of God
Oxford Group activists for 70 years
Friends of Frank Buchman and Sam Shoemaker

"What Dick is doing with his research and development of books is of utmost importance. Design for Living is a first rate example. Without a spiritual commitment to God and His guidance, most people in A.A. will not make it. It's regrettable more do not see this."

Jim H.
A.A. Oldtimer (63 years), Moral Re-Armament
Board Member, and friend of A.A. co-founder, Bill Wilson

"Dick: I have your books, New Light on Alcoholism, The Akron Genesis, Dr. Bob's Library, Anne Smith's Journal, and The Oxford Group. You write exceedingly well and simply so that folks like me can understand and enjoy."

Geraldine D.
CEO Emeritus and Founder, Little Hill Foundation
Friend of Bill and Lois Wilson, and A.A. Oldtimer (50 years)

"Dick B. is performing a service to our whole field by describing the historical and spiritual tools of recovery from alcoholism."

Paul Wood, Ph.D.
President, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; Second Edition; 432 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1998; $23.95; ISBN 1-885803-19-2. (Previous title: Design for Living. The Oxford Group's Contribution to Early A.A.)


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