NEW LIGHT ON ALCOHOLISM
God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.
The Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an Episcopal rector at Calvary Church in New York City and later at Calvary Church in Pittsburgh, was dubbed a "co-founder" of Alcoholics Anonymous by A.A.'s Bill Wilson. The degree, details, and importance of Sam Shoemaker's impact on early A.A. were virtual unknowns until author Dick B.--an active, recovered AA-devoted eleven years of research and writing to these subjects. This book will show you the enormity of spiritual words, ideas, and language Shoemaker contributed to A.A.'s spiritual program of recovery. Shoemaker helped the Bible, Christianity, and the power of God come alive in the Twelve Step program of the 1930's. A knowledge of Shoemaker's legacy can help reverse the dismal drug and alcohol recovery state today.
Contents of New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.
List of Appendices
Foreword to the Pittsburgh Edition
Foreword by Nickie Shoemaker Haggart
Foreword by Julia Harris
Part 1: Sam and A.A.’s Heart
Chap. 1: Sam Shoemaker,“Co-founder” of Alcoholics Anonymous
Chap. 2: Sam Shoemaker’s New Light
Chap. 3: Sam’s Unmistakable Footprints in the Twelve Steps
Chap. 4: The Parallels between the Shoemaker Language and Alcoholics
The Shoemaker Writings Prior to A.A.’s Big Book
Chap. 6: Sam’s Remarks to and about A.A.
Part 3: The Shoemaker Relationship with A.A.
Relationship with Bill Wilson
Chap. 8: Sam, the Great Communicator, and His Letters
Chap. 9: Shoemaker and His Bible
Chap. 10: Shoemaker Ideas That “Took” in A.A.
Part 4: Sam’s Legacies for Us Today
11: The Pittsburgh Afterglow
Chap. 12: What Shoemaker’s Contributions Can Mean for All of Us Today
Appendix 1: 28 Oxford Group
Principles That Influenced A.A.
Appendix 2: The Oxford Group Literature Read by AAs
Appendix 3: The January 22, 1935, Letter from Sam to Bill W.
Appendix 4: The Irving Harris Memorandum Regarding Bill W. and Sam
Appendix 5: Entries in Sam Shoemaker’s Journals (1934-1939) about Bill Wilson
Appendix 6: the Oxford Group Businessmen’s Team
Appendix 7: Lois Wilson’s Oxford Group Notebook
Appendix 8: Two Important Bill Wilson Letters
Bill’s Letter of April 23, 1963, to Sam
Bill Wilson’s April 1953 Memo as to “Original AA Steps”
Appendix 9: The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Appendix 10: Excerpts from The Calvary Evangel and Calvary Church Yearbook
Appendix 11: Lessons from the Original Personal Stories of A.A. Pioneers
Appendix 12: Alcoholism Statistics and A.A. Success Rates
Bibliography (pages 575-595)
"Delighted you are including in your study of Alcoholics Anonymous the impact Dr. Samuel Shoemaker, Jr., had in the early days of A.A. . . . He was a great communicator, an excellent preacher, a talented counselorloved and respected by everyone."
"Another thread in the A.A. fabric fashioned by Bill W. and Dr. Bob."
"This book will be most helpful to those seeking growth in 12 Step programs."
"Sam Shoemaker helped to shape the spiritual roots of A.A.'s life-changing power. All of us who labored to help suffering alcoholics can be grateful to Dick B. He has documented the contribution of this giant of faith to our entire movement."
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