May 29, 2009
AND HIS LIBRARY
A.A. Spiritual Source
By Dick B.
Dr. Bob and His Library
This is the third edition of an important book
about one of early A.A.'s pioneers who played a crucial role in
its spiritual history and unique successes.
Over the past eleven years, the author has put together
seventeen titles which tell the story of where A.A. came from and
why it worked so well in the pioneer days. A.A.
spiritual ideas came from the Bible, both
directly and indirectly. The new perspective in this revised
edition is how its spiritual ideas really began in the youth of
its co-founder, Dr. Robert H. Smith. Here, the author explores
Christian Endeavor, a world-wide Christian movement which was
embraced by Dr. Bob in his youth. There is a study of the
Congregational, Episcopal, and Presbyterian Churches to which he
belonged. In the backdrop, of course, are the Christian and other
religious books he studied so assiduously. Dr. Bob, as AAs call
him, read a wide variety of spiritual books throughout his life.
They certainly included the Bible as the main focus. They
included Bible devotionals, books by the Rev. Sam
Shoemaker of New York, books by Oxford
Group writers, and many other books by Christian
writers of the 1920's and 1930's. The literature, recommended and
circulated by Dr. Bob among early AAs and their families,
represents a major A.A. spiritual source. This title tells the
reader what those books were and, in many cases, adds a brief
description of their content.
If you are looking for a reliable guide for
recovery from alcoholism and addictions, and particularly if you
belong to a Twelve
Step program, this book will tell you the literature
most successful sponsor (who personally helped more than 5,000
people recover) used to learn about, and grow in, the one
real "spirituality"--reliance upon God Almighty, the
"We must express exerlasting gratitude to you, Dick,
for the accurate and significant contribution that Dr. Bob's
Library makes. The essence and memory of Dr. Bob is truly
preserved by your splendid endeavor."
and Betty S.
(Dr. Bob's son and his wife)
Bob Smith is co-author of Children of the
"I have read Dr. Bob's Library—Dick's
first book on A.A.'s Good
Book Connection. It is great and ... accurately tells
the story of the contributions from the Bible that my father, Dr.
Bob, made. It is long overdue."
Sue Smith Windows
(Dr. Bob's daughter)
Sue Smith Windows is co-author of Children of the
"We can be grateful to Dick B. for his diligent work,
which makes available to us not a mere listing of books, but a
sense of how they were read and a summary of what they contain.
Dick's careful and thorough research, the details of which he
generously shares with us, brings his own spirituality to bear on
the task of understanding the spirituality of Akronites among the
first generation of Alcoholics
From the Forward of the First Edition
Author, Not-God: A History of Alcoholics
Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 156 pp.; 6
x 9; perfect bound; 1998; $22.95; ISBN 1-885803-25-7
P.O. Box 837
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