A.A.: How to Study, Understand, & Take the 12 Steps

by Dick B.
© 2011 Anonymous. All rights reserved


The Bible;
Dr. William D. Silkworth (“The little doctor who loved drunks”);
William James (The Varieties of Religious Experience);
Anne Smith (and her personal journal which she kept between 1933 and 1939);
The Oxford Group (also known as “A First Century Christian Fellowship”); and
Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr.


To learn about those key sources for material in the 12 Steps, I suggest you study:

Dick B., Twelve Steps for You: Let Our Creator, A.A. History, and the Big Book Be Your Guide (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2006):

The sources of the 12 Steps and the “taking” of the Steps to completion

Dick B., By the Power of God: A Guide to Early A.A. Groups & Forming Similar Groups Today (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2000):

Details for study and for study groups

Dick B., The James Club and the Original A.A. Program's Absolute Essentials (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2006):

Relating Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Book of James, and 1 Cor 13 to the Big Book

Three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-timers and Their Wives, Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community: A Twelve-Step Guide for Those Who Want to Believe (Winter Park, FL: Came to Believe Publications, 2005)

A 12 Step Guide for Retreats, Groups, and Individuals that also includes A.A. history

FOR: AAs, 12 Steppers, Sponsors, Speakers, Writers, Bible students, Christian recovery groups


You may read more about and order Dick B.'s titles here: http://www.dickb.com/titles.shtml

You may order the Our A.A. Legacy book here: http://www.cametobelieve.org/

Author's Bio: 

Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. Member. Dick B. has published 42 titles and over 500 articles on the history and roots of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps