Alcoholics Anonymous & History of AA

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July 28, 2018

Alcoholics Anonymous History
A.A. History Titles by Dick B.
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A New Way In
Reaching the Heart of a Child of God in Recovery with His Own, Powerful Historical Roots

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A unique emphasis on tuning the Christian newcomer in toward those roots, principles, and practices which were part and parcel of the original A. A. Christian Fellowship Program in Akron . This to the end that the newcomer and even the old timer Christians will feel comfortable and challenged staying IN the A.A. fellowship, remaining solid in their own religious convictions, buttressed by the knowledge of what the pioneers did with such great success, and simply refusing to be intimidated or persuaded by the idolatry, spirituality, and weird “higher power” chatter abounding in today’s recovery movement. The old-time evangelists like Bill y Sunday and Dwight Moody contended: “The saved should say so.” Similarly, the saved in today’s A.A. Fellowship should stand unfettered by those who intolerantly reject this or that religious belief and argue for a godless unbelieving fellowship. If they want to say so, they need not feel they are violating any rule or tradition or principle; they are simply describing their own salvation and believing.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 96 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $19.95;
ISBN 1-885803-88-5

A New Way Out
New Path—Familiar Road Signs—Our Creator’s Guidance

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In this title, author Dick B. emphasizes that walk-outs FROM A.A. are neither necessary, salutary, or helpful to those who still suffer. When the AA learns the full history of early A.A. and its Christian Fellowship, he should not be impelled to find a way out, to walk out, or simply to cut and run. He leaves behind the fellowship he loves, a fellowship that serves, a program he knows, and a history he has never learned or embraced at the hands of A.A. itself. The foe is intolerance. The way out of intolerance is tolerance. Stated in early A.A. and Biblical terms, the way out of alcoholism and the muck and mire of alcoholic conduct is to love God with all one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength, and one’s neighbor as himself. This is what the A.A. text and writings said very clearly. And it means that no one – Christian, atheist, Muslim, or Jew is serving or glorifying God or A.A. when he throws rocks at religion or when he joins religion in throwing rocks at A.A. The tolerant way out of the wreckage of the past is to recognize A.A. for what it is—not what someone else would have it be or become, not what someone else claims was its original stance, and not a program that was founded on atheism or unbelief. Dr. Bob’s own story in the Big Book ends on page 181 with his comment that he feels sorry for the atheist, skeptic, and critic who can’t accept the simple precepts of A.A. And he promises that our Heavenly Father will never let us down. You don’t reject A.A. You don’t reject religion. And you don’t reject those who believe differently That is the way out. You look up and out at the Creator. You put the trash in the trash can. And you vow to walk in fellowship with God, His son, and His kids.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 94 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $19.95;
ISBN 1-885803-89-3

A.A.'s Principles of Success

(Third Edition)

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Foreword by Robert R. Smith, son of Dr. Bob & Anne Smith; co-author, Children of the Healer.

Dr. Bob's wife, Anne, kept a journal in the 1930's from which she shared with early AAs and their families ideas from the Bible and the Oxford Group. Her ideas substantially influenced A.A.'s program. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 180 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1998; $22.95;
ISBN 1-885803-24-9

A Guide to Early A.A. Groups & Forming Similar Groups Today 
(Wilson House Series #3)

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Foreword by Ozzie Lepper, President/Managing Director, The Wilson House (birthplace of Bill W.). 

This guide details how the early AAs conducted their recovery program and placed their reliance upon our Creator. It then answers questions as to how and in what form similar meetings can be held today. It shows such meetings are consistent with A.A.'s Traditions. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 260 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2000; $23.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-30-3

Proven Help for Alcoholics and Addicts

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Foreword by Robert P. Turner, M.D., Medical Director, Medical University of South Carolina Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina

Alcoholism and addiction can be cured by the power of God. Early AAs, and many before them, specifically assured us they had been cured by reliance on the Creator. They minced no words and pulled no punches. Then unbelievers and other revisionists urged that “once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic” And that there was no cure for alcoholism. Therapists, treatment centers, even the religious had a field day with this “forever in recovery” idea. But researcher Dick B. carefully shows that cure means cure, that alcoholism and addiction can be and have been cured, that early AAs were cured, and that Almighty God did the curing. And He still can! Here’s how.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 182 pp.; 6x9; perfect bound; 2006; $23.95;
ISBN 1-885803-96-6

A Major A.A. Spiritual Source

(Third Edition)

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Foreword by Ernest Kurtz, Ph.D., Author, Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous.

A study of the immense spiritual reading of the Bible, Christian literature, and Oxford Group books done and recommended by A.A. co-founder, Dr. Robert H. Smith

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 156 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1998; $22.95;
ISBN 1-885803-25-7


His Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont

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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.

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

Our Growing Opportunity in the 21st Century

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Dick B.'s 11 years of historical research have jump-started this compelling new theme: Take a specific look at Pioneer A.A.'s God-centered program in Akron. Then, at why they had to rely on the Creator. Then at what A.A. really spawned in the 20th Century, at the "nonsense gods" that have diverted this society from its primary purpose, and at the even greater need for help from God Almighty on the recovery scene today to restore success and assure a return to sound, faith-based, non-profit recovery.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 190 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2002; $21.95;
ISBN 1-885803-34-6

Quiet Time, Morning Watch,  Meditation, and Early A.A.

(Second Edition)

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Where did Quiet Time come from? Where did the Morning Watch fit into the picture? What did meditation in God's Word and communion with Him involve? How does this differ from today's one-page "meditations" and "reflections?" What can knowledge of this early history do for alcoholics and other addicts, treatment and recovery programs, clergy and churches? Dick B. has spent eight years digging out the facts and presents them here so others may benefit. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 172 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1998; $22.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-22-2

Ohio's Lady with a Cause
(Second, Revised Edition)

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The Story of Akron’s Pioneer A.A. Christian Fellowship, Its Oxford Group Encounters, and a Non-Alcoholic Woman’s Role in Helping Found Early A.A.’s Unique Spiritual Program for Curing Alcoholics

Written for, and presented on, the occasion of the ribbon-cutting and opening of the Gate Lodge at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron—the home of Henrietta B. Seiberling, and the place where she introduced A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson to A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob Smith, and where A.A. really began on Mother’s Day, 1939.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2006; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 84 pages; Price $20.95; ISBN 1-0885803-44-3


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Dick B. has long awaited the opportunity to provide a written introduction to the history of Alcoholics Anonymous that could be used by individual Twelve Step people, sponsors, facilitators, therapists, writers, historians, treatment centers, and interested agencies to include a correct 12 Step history in their own programs. And this is the title for just that!

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 82 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2007; $22.95;
ISBN 1-885803-86-9

A 16-Year Research, Writing, Publishing, and Fact-Dissemination Project

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For 16 years, author Dick. B. has been receiving, analyzing, utilizing, and writing about the real evidence that documents the biblical history and roots of Alcoholics Anonymous. His research materials have come from a wide variety of sources including the following: (1) Books, correspondence, and papers supplied to him by actual participants in early A.A., such as Dr. Bob’s children, the children of Henrietta Seiberling, the daughter of T. Henry Williams, the children and wife of Rev. Sam Shoemaker, and many of the Oxford Group team that assisted Dr. Frank Buchman. (2) A.A. authors, historians, and archivists, as well as others who have written about A.A. and its roots. (3) History buffs, interested AAs, and others who have traveled widely and collected all sorts of historical materials on their own. (4) Archives at G.S.O., Stepping Stones, Dr. Bob’s Home, the Akron A.A. Intergroup archives, The Wilson House, Sam Shoemaker’s two Calvary Churches, the Episcopal Church Archives, Hartford Seminary, Princeton University archives, the archives of Moral Re_Armament in Washington, D.C., etc. (5) An endless number of communications, phone calls, faxes, emails, letters, and memoranda from people all over the world who have generously shared parts of what they have collected pertaining to A.A. history. There have been many other sources stemming from personal interviews, tapes, videos, magazines, and newspapers. All add up to an inventory of more than 23,900 historical books, articles, pamphlets, papers, videos, audio tapes, news clippings, magazines, and other archival materials. These have enabled Dick to write his sixteen (16) published titles on A.A.’s history and biblical roots. They have also become a basis for research, historical articles, and collections of AAs, scholars, historians, and archivists. This new book contains a detailed bibliography and inventory of all the materials that have passed Dick’s way. It will provide an invaluable reference, working tool, and source of information for thousands.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 229 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $24.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-97-4

God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A.

(Second Edition)

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Forewords by Nickie Shoemaker Haggart, daughter of Rev. Sam Shoemaker; Julia Harris, and Karen Plavan, Ph.D.

A comprehensive history and analysis of the all-but-forgotten specific contributions to A.A. spiritual principles and practices by New York's famous Episcopal preacher, the Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr. --dubbed by Bill W. as a "co-founder" of A.A. and credited by Bill as the well-spring of A.A.'s spiritual recovery ideas. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 776 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1999; $24.95;
ISBN 1-885803-27-3

God's Role in Recovery Confirmed!

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Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God’s Role in Recovery Confirmed! by Dick B. and Ken B. focuses on the many, many comments found in the 29 personal stories included in the “Personal Stories” section of the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (“the Big Book”) published in April 1939 which highlight the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing successes with “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable” alcoholics who thoroughly followed the original Akron A.A. program. Here is an example from the personal story of A.A. cofounder Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D. (“Dr. Bob”) included in all four editions of the Big Book: “Your Heavenly Father will never let you down!” [Big Book, 1st ed., 193; 4th ed., 181]. And yet, did you know that 22 of the personal testimonies in the “Personal Stories” section of the Big Book’s first edition were not included in the Big Book’s second edition (published in 1955). Or did you know that another four of the remaining seven first edition personal stories found in the Big Book’s second edition were not included in the Big Book’s fourth edition (published in 2001). Or that one of those three remaining stories in the fourth edition was retitled and edited in minor ways (“Dr. Bob’s Nightmare”), the second remaining story was very substantially edited (“Our Southern Friend”), and the third was retitled and completely rewritten (“The Man Who Mastered Fear”)? Get the facts so you can accurately share with people A.A.’s solution to the problem of alcoholism. (See page 25 of chapter two, “There Is a Solution,” in Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed.)

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 106 pp.; 6" x 9"; perfect bound; 2012; $19.95;
ISBN-10: 1-885803-55-9; EAN/UCC-13: 978-1-885803-55-9

Real Twelve Step Fellowship History
The Old School A.A. You May Not Know

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The first detailed guide to “train the trainers” in the full and concise presentation of an early A.A. history segment as a part of any recovery program. Details all aspects of the original Akron Christian Fellowship Program as reported by Frank Amos to AAs and to Rockefeller. Illustrates the distinct difference between that original program and the later program fashioned by Bill Wilson from the teachings of Rev. Sam Shoemaker and for A.A.’s basic text (the Big Book). Shows how much the program changed during the 1940’s in the period of Bill ’s deep depression when others stepped up to the plate with their own versions of how to “work” the program.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 174 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $21.95;
ISBN 1-885803-87-7

Stick with the Winners!
How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-Approved Literature
A Dick B. Guide for Christian Leaders and Workers in the Recovery Arena

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Stick with the Winners! How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-Approved Literature
by Dick B. and Ken B. is designed to help four groups of people incorporate Dick B.'s 25 years of research on the roles of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes into their 12-Step-oriented meetings:

  1. Those who want to start an A.A. Directory-listed meeting;

  2. Those who want to modify an existing A.A. Directory-listed meeting;

  3. Those who want to start a Christian recovery meeting (not listed by A.A.); and

  4. Those who want to modify an existing Christian recovery meeting.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 97 pp.; 6" x 9"; perfect bound; 2012; $19.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-47-8; EAN/UCC-13: 978-1-885803474

The Role of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous

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Foreword by Harold E. Hughes, former U.S. Senator from, and Governor of Iowa, and founder of S.O.A.R.

Precise historical details of early A.A.'s spiritual practices--from the recollections of Grace S., widow of venerable A.A. pioneer, Clarence S. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 160 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1996; $22.95;
ISBN 1-885803-06-0


(Newton Edition)

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Foreword by former U.S. Congressman John F. Seiberling, Director of the Peace Center, Akron University, whose mother, Henrietta Seiberling, was instrumental in A.A.'s founding.

The story of A.A.'s birth at Dr. Bob's Home in Akron on June 10, 1935. It tells what early AAs did in their meetings, homes, and hospital visits; what they read; and how their ideas developed from the Bible, the Oxford Group, and Christian literature. It depicts the roles of A.A. founders and their wives, and of Henrietta Seiberling, and T. Henry and Clarace Williams. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 400 pp., 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1997; $23.95;
ISBN 1-885803-17-6

(Seventh Edition)

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Foreword by former U.S. Congressman John F. Seiberling of Akron, Ohio, son of Henrietta Seiberling, an A.A. founder. 

The most exhaustive bibliography (with brief summaries) of all the books known to have been read and recommended for spiritual growth by early AAs in Akron and on the East Coast. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 126 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1998; $21.95;
ISBN 1-885803-26-5

The Conversion of Bill W.
More on the Creator's Role in Early A.A.

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An astonishing study of the religious background and beliefs of A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson and from the particular perspective of the “conversion” which he said was the foundation for the Steps, was suggested by Dr. Jung, and which Bill himself experienced at the altar at Calvary Rescue Mission.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 249 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $23
ISBN 1-885803-90-7


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For the first time in decades, a leading scholar on early A.A. history addressed a nationwide A.A. And Writer, Bible student, Retired attorney, and Historian Dick B. told it like it was. His seven lectures covered the theme and purpose of the conference; A.A., its founders, and belief in Almighty God; the spiritual beginnings of A.A.; the real program of early A.A.; the Bible roots of A.A. - particularly the sermon on the mount, Book of James, and 1 Corinthians 13; the special spiritual contributions of Rev. Sam Shoemaker - whom Bill W. called an A.A. "co-founder;" and remarks as to what the Creator did and can do for the A.A. fellowship today. An extensive, relevant, bibliography is included in the printed comments in this book.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 121 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $22.95;
ISBN 1-885803-92-3

Early A.A., God, and Real Spirituality 
(Wilson House Series #2)

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This booklet is the second of a series containing the remarks of Dick B. at his annual seminars at The Wilson House. The booklet contains the sincere and surprising credit that Bill Wilson and Bill Dotson (A.A. #3) gave to God for curing them of the disease of alcoholism. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 76 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1999; $20.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-29-X

A.A.'s Roots in the Bible

(Second Edition)

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According to the Big Book, the basic text for Alcoholics Anonymous, an astounding 75% “. . . of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, . . .” recovered from their seemingly-hopeless alcoholism. (“Foreword to Second Edition,” in Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., xx). And according to the A.A. General Service Conference-approved book DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers: “Records in Cleveland show that 93 percent of those who came to us never had a drink again.” (DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, 261).

AAs who thoroughly followed the early A.A. path recovered from their alcoholism based on three pertinent ideas, the third of which is “That God could and would if He were sought.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., 60). And A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob stated in the A.A. General Service Conference-approved pamphlet The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous about the “basic ideas” of A.A.’s well-known Twelve Steps: “We got them, as I said, as a result of our study of the Good Book.” (The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, 14).

Dick B.’s comprehensive title, The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible, discusses the biblical sources from which A.A.’s founders said they obtained their recovery ideas—focusing particularly on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), 1 Corinthians 13, and the Book of James. For many AAs, the Bible was a standard of truth upon which they could depend for the power of God and His guidance that they needed and wanted in their lives. Author Dick B.—an active, recovered member of A.A., a Bible student, and a sponsor of over 100 men in their recovery at the time of his death in 2015—here shows in his most popular title how a knowledge of A.A.’s Good Book roots can be used effectively to produce a high recovery rate in today's Twelve Step programs.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; rev. ed./Bridge Builders ed.; 264 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1997; $23.95; ISBN-10: 1-885803-16-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-885803-16-0

The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook
How to Include the Creator’s Impact on Early A.A. in Recovery Today

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Specially prepared by historian Dick B. as a guide to study groups, recovery programs, sponsors, and individual AAs who want to use the strong points of the A.A. Fellowship, Big Book, and Twelve Steps in conjunction with those vital tools the early AAs took from the Bible and used to achieve their remarkable healings and cures. A practical “how to.” It begins with the newcomer’s beginnings and the appropriate interview, qualification, identification, hospitalization, and launching out with the “absolute essentials” from the Bible’s Book of James, Sermon on the Mount, and 1 Corinthians 13. It shows the importance of viewing a real divinely aided recovery approach in terms of abstinence, resisting temptation, relying on the Creator, accepting Christ, obeying God’s will by living the law of love and eschewing sinful conduct, growing in fellowship with God and His son and believers through Bible study, prayer, seeking guidance, and study of literature, and pursuing the aim of loving and serving the newcomer to the glory of God.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 196 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $22.95;
ISBN 1-885803-91-5


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The first complete, detailed study of what the early A.A. pioneers in Akron read in, borrowed from, and applied with the Bible’s Book of James, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5, 6, and 7), and 1 Corinthians 13. The pioneers explicitly stated that they believed the answer to their problems was in the Good Book. The foregoing three parts of the Bible were considered by them to be “absolutely essential” to their spiritual recovery program. To the extent, in fact, that many AAs wanted to call their fellowship “The James Club.” Included also in this title are five invaluable appendices showing where the original program came from, how it was practiced, how it different from Bill W.’s Big Book program, and where Yahweh the Creator fitted into the picture.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 224 pp., 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $23.95;
ISBN 1-885803-99-0


A Design for Living That Works!

(Second Edition)

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Foreword by T. Willard Hunter, author, orator, Oxford Group activist in the 1930's and 1940's. 

A comprehensive history of the origins, principles, practices, and contributions to A.A. of "A First Century Christian Fellowship" (also known as The Oxford Group) of which A.A. was an integral part in the developmental period between 1931 and 1939. 

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.)

A History of Early A.A.'s Spiritual Roots and Successes

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

Turning Point
contains a comprehensive history of early A.A.'s spiritual sources and successes. It is a title six years in the making. Here you will see the specific roots of, and details about, early A.A.'s spiritual recovery principles You will learn exactly what the Twelve Step pioneers borrowed from: (1) the Bible; (2) Rev. Sam Shoemaker's teachings; (3) the Oxford Group; (4) the Christian literature early AA's read; (5) the study and Quiet Time sessions conducted by Dr. Bob's wife Anne; and (6) their meditation periodicals and books, such as The Upper Room, My Utmost for His Highest, and The Runner's Bible

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 776 pp.;
6 x 9; perfect bound; 1997; $29.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-07-9

Take the Twelve Steps with the Big Book, A.A. History, and the Good Book at Your Side

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The Twelve Step tools most requested by clergy, sponsors, counselors, therapists, facilitators, and those wanting accurate, helpful guidance from the Bible, A.A.'s founders, and the Big Book. If you want to know exactly how to "take" and "practice" the Steps with the historical sources, the basic Bible ideas, the founders' remarks, and the Big Book instructions at your side, this concise, specific guide is one you need to own.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 94 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; $21.95;
ISBN 1-885803-98-2

(Wilson House Series #1)

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This booklet is the first of the series containing the remarks of Dick B. at his annual seminar at The Wilson House--birthplace of A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson. It contains the spiritual beginnings of A.A., the six basic sources of A.A.'s biblical ideas; how those ideas have been weakened today; and how to approach a return to early practices for those who care to do so today. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 106 pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1999; $20.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-28-1


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For a decade after the founding of A.A. on June 10, 1935, A.A.'s  founders, pioneers, literature, and reporters said over and over again that there was a cure for alcoholism, that A.A. had found the cure, and that hundreds had been cured. This title documents the facts, the cures, the reliance on the Creator that was essential, and exactly what the early A.A. roots, program, practices, and successes were. Particular attention is paid to the three segments of the Bible considered "absolutely essential" - James, the sermon on the mount, and 1 Corinthians 13. Contains an enormous bibliography on the healing and cure - yes, cure - of alcoholism and other maladies by God's power from Old Testament times to the present.

Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 186 pages; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 2006; Price $22.95; ISBN 1-885803-94-X

The Good Book in Alcoholics Anonymous Yesterday and Today
(A Bible Study Primer for AAs and Other 12-Steppers)

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Foreword by Jeffrey H. Boyd, M.D., M.Div., M.P.H., Chairman of Psychiatry, Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT; Ordained Episcopal Minister; Chairman of the New England Evangelical Theological Society.

The long-awaited guide for Bible study by AAs and other 12-Steppers who want to recover and receive deliverance by using the same spiritual tools A.A.'s founders and pioneers used. The title precisely details what A.A.'s founders said about the importance of the Bible and Bible study, including Dr. Bob's statement that A.A.’s basic ideas came from the Bible. It examines the role of the Bible in A.A. today. It then suggests, with specific Bible verses, the approach to the following, critical Bible subjects: (1) God--the Creator of the heavens and the earth–and what the Bible says about Him. (2) What the Bible is, where it came from, what it holds for you, and the importance of asking God for guidance as to how to study it. (3) Jesus Christ’s role in God’s plan and in our lives. (4) The importance of sin, love, choice, and obedience to God in the early A.A. picture. (5) How to gain release from your prisons--all of them. (6) Prayer, the renewed mind, believing, and Bible study. (7) What you can do today for yourself and others. There are solid appendices about the Creator's name, Yahweh; about the specific materials Dr. Bob considered necessary; and about where A.A. and its program and success rate were, are today, and could be in the future. Finally, there is an extensive bibliography to help you follow the author's trail. 

Paradise Research Publications, Inc.; 340 pp.; perfect bound; 2001; $23.95;
ISBN: 1-885803-31-1

Alcoholics Anonymous History and the Bible: Order Form for Dick B.'s A.A. History Titles


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A New Way In


A New Way Out


Anne Smith's Journal, 1933-1939


By the Power of God


Cured!: Proven Help for Alcoholics and Addicts


Dr. Bob and His Library


Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous


GOD and Alcoholism


Good Morning!


Henrietta B. Seiberling - Ohio's Lady with a Cause


Introduction to the Sources and Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous


Making Known the Biblical History and Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous


New Light on Alcoholism


Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous


Real Twelve Step Fellowship History


Stick with the Winners!


That Amazing Grace


The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous


The Books Early AAs Read for Spiritual Growth


The Conversion of Bill W.


The First Nationwide A.A. History Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 2003


The Golden Text of A.A.


The Good Book and The Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible


The Good Book - Big Book Guidebook


The James Club and The Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials


The Oxford Group & Alcoholics Anonymous


Turning Point: A History of Early A.A.'s Spiritual Roots and Successes


Twelve Steps for YOU


Utilizing Early A.A.'s Spiritual Roots for Recovery Today


When Early AAs Were Cured. And Why


Why Early A.A. Succeeded




The Christian Roots of the Twelve-Step Movement

Compiled and edited by Bill Pittman and Dick B. (Hazelden Pittman Press, 1998)

The Story of Geraldine D., Alina Lodge, & Recovery

(Tincture of Time Press, 1997). Please contact Alina Lodge concerning this title by Dick B.: Alina Lodge, 61 Ward Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825
US 800-575-6343; 908-362-6114;


(Hazelden Pittman Press, 1999).
Dick B. contributed the story of Henrietta Seiberling, pp. 25-41.



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