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Alcoholics Anonymous History
Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous
His Excellent Training in the Good Book As a Youngster in Vermont

By Dick B. and Ken B.

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Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous
His Excellent Training in the Good Book As a Youngster in Vermont

This title tells you about A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob’s “excellent training” in the “Good Book” as “a youngster.” It presents an in-depth exploration of the training Dr. Bob received during his boyhood years in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. You will see, from its documented details, that young Bob’s major Christian training—the training translated into the early A.A. spiritual recovery program in Akron—came from his parents, Walter P. and Susan H. Smith; North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury; the Christian Endeavor Society of that church; and the rigorous requirements and studies at the famous St. Johnsbury Academy. The authors traveled to St. Johnsbury; visited principal buildings existing during Bob’s youth; interviewed the North Church pastor, the St. Johnsbury Academy archivist and the librarian, people at his boyhood home, and others. Then began their intensive research of the actual records, background books, photos, and communications. The bibliography will help readers to do likewise if they choose.

More importantly, this title is a companion to a second “volume” comprising 20 resource binders and to a large number of books in the newly- founded Dr. Bob Core Library at North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, which houses extensive historical, biographical, educational, Christian, and other books, manuscripts, and photographs.

Contents of Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous: His Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont

Ch. 1:   The “Great Awakening” of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Ch. 2:   The Challenge and Direction of the Dr. Bob Resource Volumes
Ch. 3:   A.A.’s Dr. Bob and His St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Roots
Ch. 4:   Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home
Ch. 5:   North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury
Ch. 6:   The Christian Endeavor Society and Its Legacy to Alcoholics Anonymous
Ch. 7:   The St. Johnsbury Academy
Ch. 8:   The Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Ch. 9:   The Town of St. Johnsbury of Dr. Bob’s Youth
Ch. 10: The YMCA and St. Johnsbury, Vermont: 1875-1898
Ch. 11: The Original Akron A.A. Spiritual Program of Recovery

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 353 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2008; $24.95; ISBN 1-885803-85-0


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