May 29, 2009
Alcoholics Anonymous History
The Conversion of Bill W.
More on the Creator’s Role in Early A.A.
By Dick B.
The Conversion of Bill W.
More on the Creator’s Role in
many times have you heard that the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is God-given,
was divinely-inspired, or was accurately characterized in the article by a
Chicago judge: “Why We Were Chosen?” Or that Bill Wilson was guided by God when
he penned the famous “Twelve Steps?” On the other hand, how many times have you
heard the expression: “A.A. is spiritual, but not religious?” Or heard that A.A.
requires a belief in a “higher power?” Or heard that A.A. is about “not- god-ness?”
This book doesn’t address those questions. It is not about the nature of A.A.
Nor about the place of the Creator in today’s program. Nor about whether AAs are
a chosen bunch. It’s an account of the many ways the Creator seems to have
touched the life of Bill W. and, through him, the Fellowship of Alcoholics
Anonymous. Did He impact Bill W.’s life and hence A.A. itself? You will meet a
Bill W. you haven’t met in the dozen or so biographies of his life. You’ll look
at events in Bill’s life you’ve probably never heard of— whether inside or
outside of A.A. You will see how many times Bill seemingly had a conversion or
religious experience, whether he called it that or not. You will see how many
times religion and church and clergy impacted on Bill’s activities, whether or
not he impacted on theirs. You’ll note the details about Bill’s decision for
Christ at the Calvary Rescue Mission and his belief he had been born again. You
will see the many examples of conversion experiences that Bill might have run
across, just following his own “hot flash” experience—the event resulting from
his call for help to the “Great Physician” and his vision that he had been in
the presence of “the God of the preachers.” Was Bill Wilson converted? Did Bill
Wilson become a born-again Christian? Did Bill Wilson truly believe in the one,
true, living God? Were all of Bill’s frequent references to Almighty God a
manifestation of what he really believed? God knows the answers. They’re His
special province. Not mine. But you will have the opportunity to focus on a new
question about the part our Creator may really have played in the life of Bill
Wilson and in the worldwide Fellowship which began in Akron in 1935 and of which
Bill was co-founder.
Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 249 pp.; 6
x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $23.95; ISBN 1-885803-90-7
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