Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Definitive Oxford Group-A.A. Study and Reports by Dick B.

Start with The Oxford Group & Alcoholics Anonymous: A Design for Living That Works, Newton ed., It is foundational on the origins, life-changing program, literature, leadership, A.A. connection, Oxford Group problems, and demise of the Group in the A.A. world.

Go to New Light on Alcoholism: God, Sam Shoemaker, and A.A., Pittsburgh ed., It is the most comprehensive study and report ever written on Shoemaker, Bill Wilson, the Oxford Group writings of Shoemaker, Shoemaker's relationship with A.A. and Bill W., Shoemaker's many talks and articles about A.A. and at A.A., and how many words and phrases of Shoemaker support Bill's statement in The Language of the Heart that Shoemaker's teachings were the direct source of ten of twelve of A.A.'s Steps.

Next, go to Good Morning!: Quiet Time, Morning Watch, Meditation, and Early A.A., 2d. This is the only study I know of that lists the actual Christian devotionals, Bible study guides, and Bible verses that underlie A.A.'s 11th Step ideas. See


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On, you will find a number of the Dick B. articles on the Oxford Group Four Absolutes.

On, you will find many of the additional Dick B. articles on the OG and A.A.

On the several lists of the more than 800 articles by Dick B., you will find many discussions of Oxford Group originated expressions like "Power greater than ourselves," "God as we understood Him," even "higher power," and certainly God, surrender, conversion, the Five C's, Four Absolutes, Jesus Christ, "continuance," Almighty God, Frank Buchman, Rowland Hazard, Shep Cornell, Cebra Graves, Ebby Thacher, Victor Kitchen, Stephen Foot, A.J. Russell, Garth Lean, T. Willard Hunter, L. Parks Shipley, the Big Bender, "Courage to Change," Richmond Walker, Russell Firestone, James and Eleanor Forde Newton, Harry Almond, James Houck, Garrett Stearly, Robert Speer, Henry B. Wright, "Soul Surgery," "Life Changers," "Twice Born Men," "Frank Buchman: A Life," Realizing Religion, Religion That Works, Twice-Born Ministers, Children of the Second Birth, The Conversion of the Church, When Man Listens, Quiet Time, and hundreds more.

To learn and see for yourself, go to: (1) Griffith Library, Wilson House, East Dorset, Vermont where almost 23,000 of my books and papers are lodged. (2) St. Paul's Episcopal Church Library in Akron where much additional OG literature can be found pertaining to Akron. (3) The Shoemaker Room, Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh where I lodged almost every Shoemaker book, article, pamphlet, sermon, and paper pertaining to Sam and A.A. (4) The Dr. Bob Core Library at North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where Shoemaker papers relating to Dr. Bob are also to be found.

And if you have questios, drop an email or make a phone call to Dick B. 808 874 4876, or, and PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837.

Gloria Deo

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