Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tony Kitchen of Ohio, Recovered believer, latest Coalition Participant

International Christian Recovery Coalition welcomes Tony Kitchen of Urbana, Ohio as its latest new participant.

His listing is:


“Tony Kitchen, Recovered Christian believer, 835 Crescent Drive, Urbana, Ohio 43078, (937) 484 7559, C: 937 869  4575, email:

God Bless, Dick B.

Executive Director, International Christian Recovery Coalition

Friday, June 29, 2012

Christian Recovery Leader Bill Boyles Interviewed by Dick B.

The Dick B. Friday, June 29th Radio Interview of Christian Recovery Leader Bill Boyles of Delaware


A Project of International Christian Recovery Coalition

Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

You Can Hear the Archived Radio Show Right Now


You may hear Dick B. interview Christian Recovery leader Bill Boyles on the Friday, June 29, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with DickB" show here:

or here:

Episodes of the "Christian Recovery Radio with DickB" radio show are archived at:

Synopsis of the Bill Boyles Radio Interview

“From the rock-bound Coast of Maine to the shores of Sunny California.” That’s a phrase I used to hear long-winded political speakers use when I was a kid. But can expand on this in several ways. Our interviews of Christian Recovery Leaders are now rapidly expanding “from the rock-bound Coast of Maine to the tip of Florida to the sunny beaches of Maui, Hawaii.” And soon we’ll be able to say “round the world with Christian Recovery Radio interviews.”

In just a few weeks, we have heard the voices of Christian recovery leaders in Toronto, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Miami, Delaware, Pittsburgh, Akron, Tennessee, Kansas City Missouri, Austin, Oroville California, Los Gatos California, Brentwood California, With  many other diverse places to follow shortly

Today’s guest was Christian recovery leader Bill Boyles, recovered alcoholic and addict, Executive Director of Won Way Out Inc. in Camden Wyoming Delaware, and about to celebrate his 25th anniversary of freedom from alcohol, drugs, gambling, and other problems.

On a personal note, I met Bill Boyles many years back when I was doing a series of eight annual A.A. Heritage Seminars at Wilson House, East Dorset, Vermont—birthplace of A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson. Bill Boyles attended two of those seminars. And I could readily see that he was one of those AAs who understood the importance today of learning and talking about the Christian roots of the recovery movement and of Alcoholics Anonymous itself. In fact, Bill helped organize and fund our Second Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference which was held in Delaware. He soon became known in his area as the “Book Man.” Bill literally purchased hundreds of my A.A. history titles (and later Life Recovery Bibles, and also A.A. Conference-approved literature) and distributed all of them free to alcoholics and addicts and churches and meetings all over the Delaware Area. Recently, Bill traveled all the way from Delaware to Brentwood, California, to be one of the panel speakers at the International Christian Recovery Conference at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood.

Bill began his drinking and drug and gambling life as a youngster. He paid his dues to psychiatrists, institutions, A.A., and various other recovery fellowships. Though a figure on Wall Street and a graduate of Columbia. Bill crashed. He lost it all—his job, his fiancĂ©, and just about everything else. He was in the position of putting a gun in his mouth and being afraid to shoot it or not to shoot it. So he cried out to God for help. He went to a rehab in Southern New Jersey and had a spiritual experience where the Lord spoke to him. And everything changed.

He got a Bible, read it, and loved it. He went to A.A. and got a sponsor, went to meetings, and took the Twelve Steps. But for five years, he had no formal religious affiliation. He just did his own personal Christian work. Then he acquired a copy of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers. He realized he had been missing something the early AAs clearly had – Jesus Christ as a power, and the power into which he needed to tap.

An old-timer asked if he knew of the Dick B. books. He acquired and studied my book, The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible ( He came to my Vermont history seminars, and he also acquired a passion to launch out. He left a fine job in Delaware and established a Twelve Step treatment program called “Won Way Out.” It had an adult male facility for about 12 men (which, after a fire and renovation, will soon handle 18-20). The facility is licensed and has counselors. But its focus is on the Twelve Steps and the Word of God.

Bill’s beliefs have led him to share Christ liberally, conduct a discipleship program, and share his experience, strength, and hope. But also the importance of Jesus Christ. His mission has become to put Jesus Christ back into the Twelve Steps by pointing to early A.A. Christian roots and successes. His folks do seminars and hospitals and institutions outreach, they distribute Bibles and the Dick B. books. And they do a lot of work in one-on-one small groups. Bill points out that   a good many tell of having a bad experience with religion. His answer: Do a proper Fourth Step, list that resentment, and overcome it through the Steps.

He carries his message by speaking in church pulpits from time to time. However, he targets the un-churched. He does some Overcomers Outreach meetings. But he points out that Celebrate Recovery is for the churches, whereas his focus is on those who have no church affiliation.

Bill has The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide and our new book Stick with the Winners: How To Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-approved literature.

He uses both to enhance his own Christian recovery approaches. He plans a women’s facility before long and also will focus on broadening the message-carrying wherever possible. And, for a well-rounded and effective approach to Christian recovery today, one can do no better than to acquaint himself or herself with Bill Boyles of Won Way Out, Inc. in Camden Wyoming, Delaware.                                                                                                     


Gloria Deo

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Who Are Christian Alcohol Rehabs For? An Answer

An Answer to: “Who Are Christian Alcohol Rehab Centers For?”

Dick B.

Who are Christian alcohol rehab centers for?

It depends upon the Christian.

Many of the early Akron AAs were Christians, just like I was. But they drank too much, got drunk too much, got in trouble too much, and just kept doing it like the energizer bunny. Then they formed their daily Christian Fellowship of pioneer AAs, and they got well!

I went to rehab--after joining AA and having three gran mal seizures at a meeting and thereafter--because my doctor recommended it. And I'm very glad I did. I was sick. I was alcoholic. I shook like a leaf. My body hurt all over. I was confused, fearful, forgetful, and just plain sick. But the Center wasn't Christian. It detoxed me. It fed me. It chattered on about denial. And it released me after  30 days. Then. Yes then the trouble started. The wreckage of the past, the higher powers and nonsense gods of the AA rooms, an inept sponsor, unhelpful talk about spirituality, and sheer terror.

Finally, after a month of anxiety and shaking, I went to a VA psych ward. It wasn't Christian. And the anxiety and sickness continued until I finally turned to God in the fifth week. Life changed. I faced the music. I helped others. I prayed daily. I read the Bible daily. I tried to renew my mind daily with a focus on God’s Word and the promises and admonitions therein. And I dived into A.A. with the attitude that it was God who was my sufficiency.

Now suppose A.A. had been Christian or the treatment center had been Christian or the psych ward had been Christian!

Who would  they be for? Someone like me.

But, in my opinion, could only be called Christian if, and in the sense that, they: (1)

Believed in and taught about God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible. (2) Believed God can cure alcoholism if sought. (3) Taught about what God can do for those who seek Him in accordance with His will. (4) Taught the Christian that there was no condemnation for those who walked by the spirit and not after the flesh. (5) Taught that the Christian who wanted to prove that good and perfect and acceptable will of God by renewing his mind to God's Word and not conforming to the world would achieve vistory, prosperity, and health. (6) Emphasized the daily Christian walk of the Apostles, the early Akron Christian AAs, and those who truly yearned  to become new creatures in Christ and put everything in the walk of love.

Can this be? Our International Christian Recovery Coalition is devoted to telling that story to clergy, recovery pastors, treatment programs, physicians, therapists, Christian recovery fellowships, Christian counselors, Christian intervenors, Christian hospitals, and any 12 Step person or fellowship that wants God's help.

God Bless, Dick B., Exec Dir of International Christian Recovery Coalition.

Gloria Deo

Christian Recovery Radio Interview of Managing Director of Wilson House

Synopsis of Tuesday, June 26, Christian Recovery Radio Interview by Dick B.

of Bonnie Burke (formerly Lepper), Managing Director of Wilson House

Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

First, you can hear this tremendous interview of Bonnie Burke right now as follows:

You may listen to Dick B.'s interview of Christian leader Bonnie Burke on the June 26, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with DickB" show here:

or here:

The "Christian Recovery Radio with DickB" show episodes are archived at:

The Interview by Dick B.

You are in for a heartwarming treat as you listen to Bonnie Burke, Managing Director of the Wilson House and Christian Recovery Leader, tell of her life, and her meeting her former husband Ozzie Lepper—who restored and founded Wilson House in East Dorset, Vermont.

The features at this unusual historical site are: (1) Wilson House itself is the birthplace of A.A. Cofounder Bill Wilson, who was born in a little room behind the bar, and whose final resting place is located at a nearby cemetery where his wife Lois is also buried. It functions as a non-profit inn, with A.A. and other meetings, and with regular educational seminars on alcoholism, A.A. history, spiritual roots, and other subjects germane to alcoholism. (2) Griffith House and the Griffith Library mark the place where Bill W. received most of his Christian upbringing as a youngster in Vermont. Today it houses a beautiful, well-maintained library containing thousands and thousands of books, articles, pamphlets, manuscripts, news items, memorabilia, records, and papers pertaining to the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and to its Christian origins, history, founding, original Christian Fellowship program in Akron, and its successes. (3) Since the restoration of both sites, Wilson House has become listed in the National Register of Historical Places. The library is open and accessible. Wilson house hosts guests at its Inn and visitors from all over the world. It has morning Quiet Time, A.A. meetings, Town meetings, meals, seminars, and retreats. (4) One of its little known features is the East Dorset Congregational Church which lies between Wilson House and Griffith House. Bill W.’s paternal grandparents were among the founders and officers of the church and owned Pew 15 which the family members occupied as they attended. Bill W.’s grandfather Willie Wilson—a drunkard—became saved and sober there for the rest of his life after a spiritual experience atop nearby Mount Aeolus. Bill’s parents were married in the church and lived in the parsonage for a time. The church covenant, creed, sermons, and teachings which my son Ken and I were privileged to view place strong emphasis on salvation and the truth of the Word of God. Bill attended Sunday school and church there. And he witnessed revivals, conversion meetings, and Temperance meetings. His maternal grandparents, the Griffiths, regarded East Dorset Congregational Church as their family church and regularly attended also.

Bonnie Burke’s own story is inspiring. She is from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, spent most of her life in New Hampshire, was devout in her Christian faith, and spent a great deal of her life as one very much involved in helping disabled. She and her first husband had three children, and her husband was completely disabled for many many years. Following his death, Bonnie was invited to go on a “blind date” with Ozzie Lepper. As she put it, Ozzie arrived in a red jeep, looking like Santa Claus (he had white hair and a long white beard), and a dog in the back. Ozzie explained to her that he was manager the Wilson House which he was restoring; and he told her much about Alcoholics Anonymous, East Dorset, and his dreams regarding the restorations. Before long, he and Bonnie were married; and they toiled long long hoursl developing Wilson House, conducting tours, answering questions, and managing details.

Ozzie explained that the Wilson House was erected to enable people to give thanks to God for the sobriety they had achieved with His help through Alcoholics Anonymous. Griffith House was erected to house thousands and thousands of A.A. items of literature—including the more than twenty-three thousand of my own books and historical papers donated by my benefactors.

Bonnie remembers the grand opening of the Griffith Library when Ozzie was ill and seated in a lawn chair outside. I was there. And Ozzie declared that his work was finished. Ill for a substantial period, Ozzie passed away. And in July of 2011, Bonnie married Tim Burke, who lived nearby the Wilson House in East Dorset.

Bonnie is writing a book about the Wilson House, and it will contain ample additional details. For eight years, she and Ozzie invited me to give seminars each year on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and its Christian Recovery roots. Each endorsed my books. And I was given complete freedom to speak and teach on A.A. as it really was.

Wilson House is a 501©(3) Foundation, tax exempt, with contributions deductible. Ozzie never took a paycheck for his years of labor and dedication to the restoration. He kept the lights on bright at night to display the House as a place of peace, hope, and thanksgiving. The House welcomes financial contributions, in kind donations, historical items, and volunteers. And each year, its newsletter reports the benefactions that keep in thriving.

Gloria Deo

Monday, June 25, 2012

When Early AAs Were Cured and Why

When Early AAs Were Cured and Why

Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

What a great day it can be in the struggle to defeat alcoholism and addiction when people learn just how much God has done in this realm that people could not do for themselves. People who wanted God’s help and went to any lengths to get it in early A.A. were cured.

That’s When Early AAs Were Cured and Why.  See

The first three AAs—Bill W., Dr. Bob, and Bill D. all turned to God for help before there were any Steps, any Traditions, any Big Books, any drunkalogs, or any meetings as we know them today. Each of these three A.A. pioneers told his story and also told others that he was cured. See even the latest editions of A.A.’s Big Book—pages 191 and 179-181. The surest statement is that of Bill Wilson himself: “Henrietta, the Lord has cured me of this terrible disease, and I just want to keep talking about it and telling people.” Yes, Bill W., Dr. Bob, and A.A. all were cured. And they said so. So did countless other early AAs all over the United States as scrap books at A.A. World Services, Inc. show. See

Those who want deliverance from alcoholism and addiction can still do what the early AAs did. In fact, they can subscribe to the three abc’s of A.A. a) we were alcoholic and could not manage  our own lives. b) probably no human power could have relieved us of our alcoholism. c) God could and would if he were sought. And the program by which they did it can be found summarized in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, page 131.

Yes. That’s “When Early AAs Were Cured and Why.”

Gloria Deo

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Acquire and Save: The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide @wordpressdotcom

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Jesus Shaped Spirituality?

Jesus and A.A.

Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

There are some great comments here regarding Mike Spencer’s Finding Jesus at A.A. I believe it can be accessed by clicking on Jesus and A.A. or through

As a recovered AA who cherishes the sobriety I found in A.A. over 26 years ago, I like those who at least see that A.A. can be beautiful--beautiful with all its warts and with all the Bill W. shortcomings. But the beauty for me really came when I discovered and later researched in depth A.A.'s real roots in the Bible--emanating from direct prayer and Bible study, and also from the multitude of Bible versed ideas taught by Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr., Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in New York to his fledgling alcoholic student Bill W. And this history is important if one is to understand how important it is that the truth about the early A.A. Christian Fellowship in Akron is accurately reported. Simply put, the topic is “Jesus and A.A.” The documentation can be found in Dick B., The Good Book and The Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible.

I'm not keen on labels. Too Fundamentalist. Cultlike. Protestant Liberalism. Evangelicals. Not-god-ness. Spiritual but not religious. A.A. Jesus talk. What matters is not what someone labels an AA or the A.A. fellowship. What matters is where the fellowship came from, what it originally espoused, and where it changed with the passing of time.

Let's begin with a simple topic: "Jesus and A.A." Let's make our first question: What did cofounders Dr. Bob Smith and Bill W. do when it came to Jesus.

Here's a  quick answer. When asked a  question about the A.A. program, A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob's usual response was: "What does it say in the Good Book?" When at his lowest of lows, Bill Wilson remembered the "Great Physician." Dr. Silkworth had told Bill that the Great Physician (Jesus Christ) could cure him.

Then Bill's long-time drinking friend Ebby Thacher visited Bill and told him that he (Ebby) had been to the altar at Calvary Mission (run by Calvary Episcopal Church), and Bill concluded Ebby had there been born again.

What did Bill do? He checked out Ebby's testimony at the church. Then he went to Calvary Mission seeking the same kind of help Ebby had received. Bill W. went to the altar; and, as Mrs. Samuel M. Shoemaker told me on the phone, "made a decision for Jesus Christ." Bill's wife Lois later declared that Bill had in all sincerity gone up and "handed his life over to Christ." And Bill wrote in his autobiography "My First Forty Years" that "For sure I'd been born again."

Later, Bill wrote on what is now page 191 of the Big Book that the "Lord" had cured him.

With that, whatever one wants to make out of A.A., its Twelve Steps, and the fellowship meetings, the fact is--without any labeling--A.A.s were required to profess a belief in God and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And today, many a Christian or person who wants God's help is now starting with the unearthed fact that "old school" A.A. and its Christian Fellowship very much resembled the principles and practices reported in the Book of Acts and often called--as A.A. itself was at first--"First Century Christianity at work."

I think those historical facts can help a lot in finding the good features that still remain in A.A. today. See also The Conversion of Bill W. (

Dick B., Hawaii

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Interview of Wilson House President and Bill W. Christian Upbringing

Preview of Tuesday, June 26th Christian Recovery Radio Interview by Dick B.

of Bonnie Burke (formerly Lepper), President of Wilson House

Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

AA Historian and Author Dick B. will interview Wilson House President and Managing Director Bonnie Burke – whose deceased former husband, Ozzie Lepper, poured his money, his life, and his dreams into the restoration of Wilson House in East Dorset, Vermont. It is the birthplace of Bill W., who was a cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous and whose final resting place, with his wife Lois, is in a little nearby cemetery.

The historical site is nationally known, visited by thousands of thankful AAs and their families, and a warm and friendly New England inn where meals are served family style after prayer, morning Quiet Time is observed as it was in early A.A., regular A.A. meetings are a fixture, and well-informed speakers conduct weekend seminars on the spiritual aspects of recovery, the history of Alcoholics Anonymous, and other topics of interest to the AAs and their families and relatives who often travel far to attend. I was honored to be one of the invited speakers for eight years, and was allowed complete freedom to tell about the Bible, Oxford Group, Shoemaker, Quiet Time, and other roots of the international A.A. fellowship founded in Akron by Bill W. and Dr. Bob Smith in June of 1935.

Wilson House sits immediately adjacent to the little white East Dorset Congregational church on the green where Bill Wilson, his sister, his parents, and his maternal and paternal grandparents were regulars; and where Bill acquired a large chunk of his Christian upbringing—having to do with salvation, the Word of God, conversion to God through Jesus Christ, and the importance of prayer and obedience to the will of God. In fact, Wilson’s paternal grandfather Willie Wilson, a drunkard, one of the founders and officers in the church, and a man despairing in his alcoholism, was completely delivered on a nearby mountain top where he cried out to God, had a dramatic spiritual experience, gave testimony at the church pulpit, and never touched liquor again for the remaining eight years of his life.

Most of this, of course, is covered in my book, The Conversion of Bill W.: More on the Creator’s Role in Early A.A. But as my twenty-two years of investigation, research, and travel have disclosed, there much more relevant A.A. spiritual history to be learned, not only at the Wilson House, but at the nearby Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester where Bill attended for four years. In addition, Ozzie and Bonnie refurbished the Griffith House located on the other side of the little church. And that home is where Bill Wilson was raised by his grandparents Fayette and Ella Griffith. Griffith House is also part of the major attraction of East Dorset. This building has been converted into a beautiful library and archival treasure where thousands and thousands of books, pictures, pamphlets, news articles, letters, papers, manuscripts and historical materials relating to the Christian roots of early A.A. are located.

Ozzie Lepper lived to see his dream fulfilled, and Bonnie Lepper continued to carry out Ozzie’s vision, manage the properties, and bless the visitors. And not long ago, Bonnie remarried and became the wife of her present husband, becoming Bonnie Burke as I know her today.

As time permits and the interview proceeds, Bonnie will tell us some of the following: (1) where  she was born and raised, about her family and children, her education and religious faith, and her present status at Wilson House. (2) The story of Ozzie Lepper, what he did,  how she met and helped him, his death and her remarriage. (3) The development, mission, and activities of Wilson House-from the ground up, labors, accomplishments, honors, present situation, and the role of the Griffith House and Library next door. (4) Day in day out activities at Wilson House with family meals, volunteers, morning Quiet Time, AA meetings, Speakers and seminars, other meetings, the accomodations, celebrations, and the life of the "inn" keepers. (5) Her understanding of the mission and vision of Wilson House, of Griffith House, of the Library, of its steady stream of visitors including AAs and Al-Anons, and of its independence of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. (6) Property needs in terms of contributions, historical items, and in-kind donations, plus volunteers. (7) Wilson House as it stands today, plans for the future,

and its relationship to Christian Recovery and A.A. History information. (8) Her Thank you's to the many who have touched her life, the lives of those at Wilson House, and the wonder and appreciation of the visitors.

Ozzie Lepper and his wife Bonnie were my friends for many years. They encouraged my historical research and writing, hosted my seminars, funded my long trips from Maui to Vermont, welcomed the donation of thousands of my historical findings, made me feel at home on the premises, and regularly inspired me with the Christian faith, love, and service. It will be a pleasure to hear Bonnie Burke provide us with this talk.

Gloria Deo

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hearing Dick B.'s Interview Today of Christian Recovery Leader James Moody of Tennessee

Hearing Today’s Dick B. Interview of Christian Recovery Leader James Moody – June 15, 2012 – on
Dick B.
We have just concluded a terrific interview of James Moody, head of Manna House Ministries in Jamestown, Tennessee. Tomorrow, we will be interviewing Professor Karen A. Plavan, Ph.D., in Pittsburgh. Here’s how to hear the James Moody interview now:
You may hear Dick B. interview Christian Recovery leader James Moody on the June 19, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with DickB" show here:
or here:;;; (808 874 4876)
Gloria Deo

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Specifics for Helping You Organize and Conduct an AA/Bible Meeting Like Old Time AA

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Both the new book and the new 27-video class target two main audiences: (1) People who desire to start or modify an A.A.-Directory-listed meeting; and (2) People who desire to start or modify a Christian Recovery meeting not (yet!) listed in the A.A. Directory. We suggest you obtain both of these new tools and use them together.]
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00 Introductory Video for the “Stick with the Winners!” Class
01 Where to Begin with a Newcomer
02 Show the Newcomer That the Cure of Alcoholism Was Not Something New from A.A.
 The Vermont Youth of Dr. Bob and Bill W. Set the Stage for Early A.A.’s Emphasis on God, His Son Jesus Christ, the Bible, Prayer, Conversion, and Witness
 How Bill W. Got Sober by Turning to God
 How Dr. Bob Got Sober by Turning to God
 How A.A. Number Three, Bill D., Got Sober by Turning to God
 A Summary of How the Original “Old-School” A.A. Program Was Developed
 Frank Amos’ Seven-Point Summary of the Original Akron A.A. Program
 Part One (Beginning): Practices One through Eight of the 16 Practices of “Old-School” A.A. in Akron
 Part Two: Practices Nine through 16 of the 16 Practices of “Old-School” A.A. in Akron
 The 75% and 93% Success Rates of Early A.A. (Beginning)
 The 75% and 93% Success Rates of Early A.A. (Conclusion)
 Part One: Groups One through Seven of the Resources about the “Old-School” A.A. Program Available Today
 Part Two: Groups Eight through 14 of the Resources about the “Old-School” A.A. Program Available Today
 The Starting Point: Mastering and Relying on Key Sections of Conference-Approved Literature
 Supportive Statements in Alcoholics Anonymous (“the Big Book”)
 Supportive Statements in The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (Item # P-53)
 Supportive Statements in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers
 Organizing and Conducting a “Conference-Approved Literature” Group
 Resources for Your Group and Its Meetings
 Topics for Your Group and Its Meetings
 A Sample Meeting Format
 Using the Sample Meeting Format with Other Topics
 Putting It All Together: Some Suggested Basic Approaches
24 The Helpful Personal Stories of Four Early AAs
 Conclusion: Here’s What Makes the International Christian Recovery Coalition and These Suggested Meetings Different
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Sharing about Your Relationship with God in AA - Interview

Why and How It’s OK to Talk About God and the Bible in A.A. and Other Recovery Meetings—A Radio Interview by Dick B. Today (June 15, 2012)
With Long-Recovered Christian AA Speaker and Attorney Russell S. It can now be heard on
Dick B.
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The thing that catches your ear when you listen to Christian AA Speaker and Attorney Russell S. of Miami, Florida is his bold, instructive, reassuring talk of why and how it is OK to talk about Almighty God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in A.A. and other Christian Recovery meetings today. And, of course, it is! But there are many reasons why. And there is a way to do it, as Russell explained in his radio interview on today.
Consider these points made by Russell:
As he puts it, “The Lord wants us to make disciples of people.” There is a reason why Joe and Charlie and their Big Book Seminars are special in A.A. But they shouldn’t be considered special. The reason their skilled talks were considered especially valuable was this. They were conveying basic information about the Big Book and Steps that most AAs don’t get or do forget. The same should be the case when it comes to speaking out about God, Scriptures, and Jesus and not faltering merely because you are an AA or are speaking to AAs. The treatment industry shoved people into treatment, he says, and from there to AA where newcomers were expected to attend and hear “discussion meetings” and “war stories” (I drank and drank and drank). But AA, he says, is not secular at all. The reason for reticence among Christians in AA is quite often fear, intimidation, and a pent-up desire to be liked by others.
But Russell declares that there is no reason to fear, to become intimidated, and to think that silence breeds approbation. AAs most certainly can and should express their faith and talk about what God has done for them. Stories about how people established their relationship with God are part and part of the A.A. Big Book text. Informed, experienced, long-term sobriety people in AA have a responsibility to do just that, Russell declares. Inexperienced newcomers need to hear about AA history, about God, about how the Steps incorporate Scripture. And it needs to be heard from those AAs who are informed, who are experienced in carrying the message, and who easily establish credibility with others by reason of their own extended and continuing victory over alcoholism. Victory that can and should be achieved by an alcoholic newcomer through AA and by learning AA history and maturing in their understanding that the victory can be achieved by reliance on God.
Russell gave his life to the Lord on December 25, 1980. He did it in his bedroom while watching an evangelist. He got sober on, and has remained continuously sober since January 25, 1981. In A.A., he found “incredible fellowship.” But there was a thrust to go deeper. He discovered that from reading the story in the Big Book about A.A. Number Three—attorney Bill Dotson. Dotson exclaimed, “There was something more. A freedom I hadn’t got.” And Russell was able to identify the appropriate direction by listening to long-sober AAs with between twenty and thirty-five years of sobriety. They were abiding Christians in Jesus Christ. They read the Bible. Theirs was a twenty-four hour program with which they were in lock-step daily. And Russell then began Bible studies, reading the Dick B. history books, and enabling himself then to connect the dots like a hand in a glove.
He pointed to the prevalence in Florida of strong A.A. Step meetings with strong long-sober speakers. The step study meetings were numerous and commonplace in his part of Florida. Russell developed his manner of presenting the Steps and incorporating his own Christian walk from the oldtimers and those meetings. “I do my deal and am blessed,” he stated. And he teamed with a pastor who started “Alive Again” meetings. They show the relationship between the Steps and the Bible. Those in Celebrate Recovery are welcome. Many churches have their own recovery meetings, but the central focus is on faith in Jesus Christ. There is much cross-pollination, and little worry about denominations.
His audience in the many A.A. meetings is well received by many who are believers, want to investigate, and who are then amazed. He is very excited today about the power of the internet and receives calls from all over from people who didn’t know but are listening to talks. They hear the recordings, give them away, and things go viral. And there are many places to hear the materials: (1) His own website (2) Our website Christian Recovery Radio, and Joe and Charlie talks on
Many in our International Christian Recovery Coalition, and many many others will thoroughly appreciate listening to these materials, learning from them, adopting from them, and disseminating them. And Russell is thankful for the grace of Almighty God and Jesus Christ in his life. He states he is blessed with fellowship and thirst.
Gloria Deo

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Doug Nunes, Director of Christian Recovery, in Los Gatos,CA Interview

Synopsis of the Doug Nunes Radio Interview by Dick B. Today on

By Dick B. Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

Calvary Church in Los Gatos, California is truly a remarkable, effective, forward-looking, full-platter Christian recovery host. And today we heard the exciting facts in our interview with its Director of Recovery Ministries, Doug  Nunes. The facts make clear that Doug initiated and has directed a full-bore Christian recovery ministry since a time before our International Christian Recovery Coalition was organized in July of 2009, and yet containing so many of the parallels to First Century Christian Fellowship of the kind the Apostles describe in the Book of Acts, and the kind that earliest AA in Akron’s Christian Fellowship incorporated in its highly successful program. Moreover, it excels under Doug’s leadership, in the features of bringing people to God through Jesus Christ, involving them in daily prayer and study of the Word of God, and carrying the powerful message to others of what God can do for the alcoholic, alcoholic, and affected others who still suffer.

As we said in the course of today’s interview, Calvary Church and Doug’s many recovery principles and practices are not unique. Many other Christian individuals and churches are rising up to adopt and implement First Century Christianity—old school A.A. recovery groups and practices. They are doing it all over the United States and in other countries. That is what International Christian Recovery Coalition advocates. That is what Doug humbly acknowledged is happening in our Coalition fellowship. But Calvary Church, located more or less in Central California as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, presents a first class exhibit of what we would like other churches, recovery pastors, Christian recovery leaders, purveyors of intervention and detox and treatment, and those concerned for family members to do: To enhance their own work. To tell each other about their approach. To swap can-do ideas. And to give a major push to the growing Christian Recovery Movement today.

Here are just a few of the great strides that Doug Noonan said his people are making in the recovery arena: (1) Conducting a “God and Big Book AA Meeting.”  (2) Using early A.A. Bible study tools like The Runner’s Bible and Henry Drummond’s The Greatest Thing in the World. (3) Studying the early Akron A.A. “absolutely essential” Bible segments—Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Book of James, and 1 Corinthians 13. (4) Regularly working in the Men’s Small Group Recovery where men seek to grow in the Word of God through Bible teachings.  (5) Mirror 12 Step Workshop which walks participants through the 12 Steps and some of the “Good Book” (the Bible) to bring it alive in one’s heart. (6) The just organized 12 Step “Women of Wisdom Group. (7) Educating alcoholics and addicts, as well as others, about regular “Morning Meditation.” (8) Maintaining a “Laugh” Group—adopting A.A.’s “We are not a glum lot” expression and going out together to comedy shows. (9) Maintaining a Great Outdoors Group. (10) Educating others in keeping what Doug calls “Balance” in recovery—meaning placing greater and greater emphasis on the power of God and less and less dependence upon A.A. and its meetings. (11) Conducting a real 12 Step recovery program along the successful lines of early A.A.—(a) Intervention which is not a one shot affair but involves several weeks of prayer, counseling, and preparation. (b) Detox and hospitalization to get the newcomer started in a life-saving way. (c) Conducting a six month recovery program emphasizing some fifty-eight spiritual recovery sessions. (d) Emphasizing work with families and kids—as more and more full-fledged recovery programs like Betty Ford are now doing. (e) Assuring outreach to treatment  programs with appropriate teachings about the Big Book and the Bible.

The successes are documented.  More than 200 have given their lives to Christ. Half of those have been baptized, whether in Calvary or in some other church of choice. 95% of those who stick with the full recovery effort do not relapse. And all this closely resembles the 93% success rate A.A.’s Cleveland group founder Clarence Snyder documented as to early Cleveland A.A. And Doug seems more than ready to participate in the mission of International Christian Recovery Coalition, collaborate with others wanting or using similar programs, and welcome onto their own campus those who want to exchange views and/or learn.

As I commented in the interview, we are seeing similar stellar old school A.A. Friendly, Bible Friendly, Recovery Friendly, Newcomer Friendly, and Outreach Friendly that others in California are making great progress with. For example Dale Marsh at Oroville Church of the Nazarene, Dominic D. and Greg Polk at Cornerstone Church in Livermore, Matt Pierce and David Sadler in Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, Wade Hess in CityTeam International at San Jose, Joe Furey and Roger McDiarmid at His Place Church in Westminster, Dr. Robert Tucker and his wife Stephanie at New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc. in Huntington Beach, Randy Moraitis at Lifelines Recovery Program at The Crossing in Costa Mesa, David Powers at Rock Church in San Diego, the Whites at Ex-Cons, and still other Californians in the wings right now. And the examples extend to Arizona, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oahu, Maui, British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Vermont, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Utah, and more. All are moving forward, glorifying God, and serving others.

In the interview, Doug tells of his own bottom, of his successful battle with 4 stage cancer, of the effective prayers of many AAs for him, and how the pastor Bob Thomas has been very helpful in the efforts.,,,

Gloria Deo

Christian AA and Attorney to Be Interviewed Friday on Radio

Preview of Dick B. Friday, June 15th Interview of Christian Recovery Leader
Russell S. of Miami on

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Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

Russell S. is a long-recovered Christian attorney who lives and practices law in the Miami, Florida area. His office is located at 14707 South Dixie Highway, Suite 302, Miami, FL 33176.
Russell is an active recovered member of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. He is a  Christian recovery leader, a participant in International Christian Recovery Coalition, and one of its very forceful and instructive speakers.

He brings to many A.A. meetings his message about A.A., the Big Book, the Twelve Steps, God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible. And he has no difficulty talking about them because he is an AA. He knows his Big Book. He is well versed in the Twelve Steps. He sponsors many AAs in their recovery. And, he is also a strong proponent of the importance of early A.A.'s Christian origins, history, founding, and Akron AA Christian fellowship which was launched by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in Akron in June of 1935 and who established its first group, Akron Number One, in early July of 1935.

Russell first attracted our attention long distance from Miami to Maui (by phone, letter, email, and websites). We learned he had distributed to others many of Dick B.'s A.A. History and Christian recovery books. He had circulated among his following a number of our articles. He even wrote to some of our A.A. History enthusiasts encouraging them and offering suggestions. He had spoken and recorded a large number of talks on how to bring God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible into A.A., and also into its meetings in an effective and well-received way. And he does so widely.

He has recently traveled from Miami to Southern California for two of our International Christian Recovery Coalition Conferences--the first at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa, and the second as a featured speaker at our workshop--personal meetings--conference at His Place Church in Westminster, California.

Russell is active in and devoted to his faith, his church, his law practice, his sponsorship in A.A. of many men, his vibrant talks about A.A.'s Big Book, Twelve Step, and Fellowship relationship and reliance on God and coming to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. There is much to be learned from his talks by those Christians in A.A. and 12 Step programs who have been insulted or intimidated in meetings and conferences for their mention of God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible.

He will tell us a little about his family, education, church work, law practice, Twelfth-Step Work, his alcoholism, his sponsees, and his very effective speaking approaches as he addresses others. He will also give us a view of what he is doing and will be doing to further Christian recovery today.

Gloria Deo

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dick B. Tuesday Radio Interview of Christian Recovery Leader/Author

Listening to Today’s Dick B. Radio Interview of Christian Recovery Author and Leader Carl “Tuchy” Palmieri of Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
You may listen to Dick B.'s interview of Carl "Tuchy" Palmieri here:
Dick B. interviews Christian Recovery leader Carl “Tuchy” Palmieri, June 12, 2012
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Listening to past and forthcoming Dick B. Interviews on Christian Recovery Radio
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archived at and can be accessed and heard at your leisure on – interviews page
Gloria Deo

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Agape Circle

The Agape Circle
By Dick B.
© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

An event of great significance occurred recently with regard to our work of unearthing, collating, reporting, and disseminating the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement.
We devoted 20-plus years to travel, interviews, examination of books and records, visits to archives, acquisition of massive historical documents and books, and then analyzing them and reporting them—one by one—as the truth appeared.
The cost was quite large. It would have been far beyond my reach, resources, and retirement income financially. It involved the cost of printing, shipping, and storing more than 40 titles, a number of which have gone through several editions and/or reprintings. It involved the large cost of traveling with attendant air fare, transportation, meals, lodging, and incidentals. It involved the expenditure of an immense amount of time and effort by my son Ken B. and many others. And, of course, it involved acquisition, maintenance, and replacement of office equipment, supplies, and incidentals. Finally, one of the most expensive—yet productive—aspects was traveling to meetings with scores of AAs, NAs, treatment people, significant people in A.A.’s history, historians, curators, clergy, physicians, and large numbers of Christian recovery leaders, workers, newcomers, and the concerned public—travel which in some cases involved staying a week or more in a given area.
For the past six months, we have worked hard to scale back all the typical past expenses of books, travel, printing, computers, storage, Internet presentations, conferences, and meetings.
In doing so, we have made known to a growing body of churches, clergy, recovery pastors, care pastors, and Christian recovery leaders our plan to continue our work of making the application of time-honored Christian recovery tools available to a host of people and institutions in the recovery arena, including those who want God’s help, and may be receptive to Christian fellowship of the kind manifested in First Century Christianity, the early Akron A.A. Christian fellowship, and in the hearts and minds of hungry recovered, recovering, and new alcoholics and addicts and those with life-controlling problems.
The need exists because of the secularization of our society and our recovery fellowships, programs, and movements. It exists because of the dearth of information today about the effectiveness of Christian recovery organizations, leaders, and societies long before and at the founding of the modern-day Twelve Step and Anonymous groups. And it exists because of the incredible lack of knowledge among those who treat alcoholics and addicts and their families, those who counsel them, those who speak about them, those who lead them, those who sponsor them, and those who serve them. Not to mention the lack of knowledge among those who are new to recovery from the ravages of alcoholism and addiction.
The Plan for the Agape Circle
Several churches have already recognized the modest need and are contributing $50.00 per month each to Dick B. to support the continued research, writing, expansion, counsel, and growth of the application of “old-school” A.A. and its Christian principles and practices in Alcoholics Anonymous, other 12-Step programs, and other recovery work today.
For large cost items, we still invite and do receive tax deductible donations that enable the remaining work. And we still define the needs and invite the gifts.
But for the day-in-day-out work right here on Maui, our dream is to have a circle—an “Agape Circle”—of at least 20 Christian churches or recovery groups and leaders who will graciously provide a monthly stipend payable to Dick B. in amount of $50.00 each month to further work in the Christian Recovery arena.
As stated, several are doing, or are about to do, just that. We believe the amount is reasonable. We have specific plans to live within the Agape Circle contributions. And we will deeply appreciate your becoming part of the Agape Circle with your church or recovery program, or Christian fellowship.
The answer desired?
Yes, Dick. Our group will help your work by sending to Dick B., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753 a donation of $50.00 per month as our contribution to the Agape Circle.
Name: _______________________________________________________________________
Address:  _____________________________________________________________________
Phone and email:  _______________________________________________________________
Amount we will send each month: $  ________________________________________________

For more information, please contact me:
Dick B.
PO Box 837
Kihei, HI 96753-0837
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H/O tel.: (808) 874-4876

Christian Recovery Radio to Feature Recovery Director at Calvary Church in CA

Preview of Dick B.’s Interview this Thursday of Christian Recovery Director Doug Nunes of Calvary Church in Los Gatos, California
Dick B.
Doug Nunes is Director of Recovery Ministries at a vibrant A.A. friendly, Recovery friendly, Bible friendly, Newcomer friendly, and Outreach friendly church in Los Gatos, California. The church is Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Boulevard in Los Gatos. The occasion for his interview is that he has just recently associated his work with International Christian Recovery Coalition and is a truly active and effective Christian Recovery leader.
Doug strongly supports what he labels our "dedication to keeping the history of AA alive and Christ centered." And his characterization fits well with the many Christian recovery organizations and evangelists like the YMCA, Gospel Rescue Missions, Salvation Army, Dwight L. Moody, and the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor which spawned A.A.'s biblical beginnings. Also with the strong Christian upbringing of A.A.'s cofounders. And with the original Akron A.A. Christian Fellowship program, principles, and practices.
Doug will tell us a little of his background and about his church. But he bubbles over reporting the enthusiasm building in his ministry in groups like the church's "God and Big Book AA meeting," literature like The Runner's Bible, like the Men's Small Group Recovery where men seek to grow in the Word of God through Bible teachings, and Mirror 12 Step Workshop which walks participants through the 12 Steps and uses some of the "Good Book" to bring it alive in one's heart, and like the newly organized 12 Steps "Women of Wisdom Group."
Doug will give us a picture of how all this great Christian recovery work began, where it sits today, and what is planned for the future. His church, ministry, and groups are not unique because other groups are rapidly forming in California and elsewhere. But it serves as a model of strong leadership, very substantial membership support, and Bible-based Christian work.

Los Gatos CA Recovery Pastor Reports Great "Stick with the Winners" Groups

Hi Dick and Ken,
   We had our first God and the Big Book AA meeting at Calvary Church and it was a huge success. We had close to 40 people at the first meeting and Jesus was in the house. It was a powerful meeting and the meeting after the meeting was filled with talks of Christ, testimonies and love. We sold 5 or 6 of the , what I would call the Christian literature and only one of AA literature. I believe because many people already had much of the AA literature, but longed for a deeper connection with a Higher Power and were open minded. We sold several of the Runners Bible and Sermon on the Mount. I also picked up two sponcees. We also kicked off are 28th MIRROR 12 step faith based mens group this week with 63 new members. We go through the first edition "Old School" and we do step three in the church inviting the men to surrender to Jesus Christ. Many of the men who finish in the past have decieded to get baptized. Praise the Lord for the 12 steps and the outlined program of action. We have our first 12 Steps "Women of Wisdom" group starting this Thursday at 6PM with 28 women already signed up. We have a Christian Recovery Service and barbeque planned for September and I hope at some point you can come out and speak. The Lord is doing exciting things and moving in the ministry. I wanted to thank you for your dedication to keeping the history of AA alive and Christ centered! Don't really know you , but I love ya! Thanks again and may they Lord continue to bless your ministry!
Doug Nunes
Director of Recovery Ministries
Calvary Church of Los Gatos

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Challenging Speakers to Speak about Our Real Spiritual History

A.A. and AA.’s Own Talent
Let’s Get Our Speakers, Sponsors, Historians, and Archivists Producing
By Dick B.
Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved
Put A.A. and 12 Step Speakers, Sponsors, and Historians to Work! Now. Look at the Talent Before You Right Now!
Right now, take a look at the speakers, sponsors, historians, archivists, and secretaries you know or have known in your A.A. or 12 Step Fellowship. I’ve been involved with hundreds of them, and you may have been too. Many are talented, experienced, and articulate speakers and, in fact, good instructors. They are also caring, loving, giving people. But what are you hearing from them today?
There are hundreds, probably thousands, and of women and men in the recovery movement who have never studied A.A.’s basic text or learned how to take people through the Twelve Steps in accordance with the Big Book’s own instructions. There are far more who haven’t a clue about A.A.’s history and roots, and haven’t any idea where the recovery program got its ideas. And many of these have never opened an A.A. history book, been to an A.A. history conference, or even cared to learn our history.
Generally speaking, it’s because many have previously had no resources to work with or with which they cared to work. Sometimes because they just don’t care. Or because they think their hearers won’t laugh, cry, applaud, or want to listen if they use those resources to help others. Or often because most resources will not serve the required purpose.
What are their resources? The Big Book contains virtually no history. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions contains virtually no history. Conference Approved pamphlets by the dozen tell you nothing significant about history. And the two or three significant A.A. history books either omit the details, omit entire segments of history, or focus on what the writers think or thought AAs should hear, rather than on what actually occurred. And are treatment programs, conferences, and workshops any different?
Ask yourself how much you heard about history in a treatment program or rehab. Are sponsors any different? Ask yourself how much your sponsor talked to you about A.A. history. Are certification courses and facilities teaching even the rudiments of history or the techniques by which the early pioneers sought God and were healed? Ask someone who is certified. Ask them about history, and watch them go blank.
Then there are the “history” books currently proliferating outside the fellowships. Do they talk about God? Do they talk about the Bible? Do they mention Jesus Christ? Do they talk about the literature early AAs read? Do they detail the contributions of such major A.A. influences as Anne Ripley Smith and her journal, the books and teachings of Rev. Sam Shoemaker, the life-changing program of the Oxford Group which underlies the Steps, the devotionals which were a major part of Quiet Time, and even the Bible itself? For it was quite clear that the Book of James, the Sermon on the Mount, and 1 Corinthians 13 were considered absolutely essential to the early program. But how often have you ever heard them read, discussed, or studied in your program or by your conferences or by your sponsor or by any counselor you’ve encountered?
Would Talented Speakers, Sponsors, and Counselors Revolt if Challenged?
Dr. Bob never let a pigeon loose from the hospital without asking him if he believed in God. Then he insisted they get out of bed and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In his little known interview in 1939, Dr. Bob told how he read the Bible with each hospitalized newcomer. Have you ever put that historical set of facts to, and asked about them to, a potential speaker, sponsor, or treatment facilitator?
When asked a question about the program, Dr. Bob usually replied: “What does it say in the Good Book?” Have you ever called that fact to the attention of  those we mention? The Big Book states clearly that “God either is, or He isn’t.” Have you ever asked a speaker or instructor if he agrees? Bill and Bob were speaking at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles before thousands of AAs and their families. Bill commented on the “religious element” of A.A. and the need for “Divine Aid.” Have you ever inquired about these? The Big Book says a number of times that its stories were written to tell how, from the writer’s own viewpoint and experience, he “established his relationship with God.” Have you ever asked a speaker or instructor to do likewise? At the Shrine Auditorium talks by Bob and Bill, the entire audience rose in tribute to Dr. Bob. And he succinctly suggested that all “cultivate the habit of prayer” and “study the Bible.” Have you ever asked your teachers about that one? Or if they have ever even heard or talked about the fact?
We now know that A.A.’s many roots included United Christian Endeavor, the great Evangelists like Moody and Sankey, the Salvation Army, the Rescue Missions, the Oxford Group, and even the Young Men’s Christian Associatio. Have you ever asked that these be explained to you? The 12 Step roots included Dr. Carl Jung’s views on “conversion,” Professor William James’s views on the variety of conversion experiences he’d studied. Do your instructors talk about these? Dr. William D. Silkworth told Bill Wilson and Silkworth’s other patients that the Great Physician Jesus Christ could cure them? Have you ever heard that? Have you ever had the Four Absolutes, the Five C’s, Quiet Time, and Conversion explained to you in terms of their A.A. significance? They represent the heart of what Bill codified in the Big Book and Steps from the Oxford Group.
What a Speaker Can Be and Do
The so-called Conference and “circuit”speakers that are entertaining and dynamic attract crowds. How many people have rushed to hear Clancy I., Gene Duffy, June G., Eve, Poor Richard, Geraldine D., Frank Mauser, Earl Husband, Joe McQ., Charlie P., Father Martin, and dozens of others—because these men and women are entertaining and dynamic. I’ve heard them all, and I’ve been entertained. They’ve made me laugh, and laughter is either “the best medicine” or a great help. They’ve made me cry, and emotion is part of needed enthusiasm. They’ve made me admire what they’ve done and what they’ve become. But how many times have you or I heard them talk about the early A.A. fellowship?
Can they? Could they? Will they? Would you have the courage to ask them?
We’re big in A.A. about “love and service.” We claim our “code” is “love and tolerance.” We even insist that our “leaders” are but trusted servants. And in fact, all speakers, sponsors, and counselors are “but trusted servants.” And what do trusted servants do? I’d like to think they do what they are told! But nobody tells these speakers what to say, nor the “staff” at World Services, nor the editors of the AA Grapevine—at least not you or me. Why?
The “servants” are beyond the reach of the masters, and their instructors are long dead and gone. They are peopled or persuaded by professionals, universalists, revisionists, and timid unbelievers. The servants clearly dote on pleasing everyone. If they write a piece of literature like a Daily Reflections, they’d rather get 365 different views from 365 alcoholics, one for each day, than to select from the hundreds of pieces of biblical, prayer, meditation, Quiet Time, and Christian literature which were part and parcel of early A.A.
How Long Will You Wait?
We’ve reached the point in Twelve Step history where there are few, if any, who ever met, talked to, or learned directly from Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob, Anne Smith, Henrietta Seiberling, Sam Shoemaker, Dr. Silkworth, or even A.A. Number Three—Bill Dotson. Speakers cannot speak from experience about these people. But they can learn! And why not tell them you are concerned!
Speakers can, could, and would (if asked) spend the same amount of time looking into A.A. history resources that Joe McQ. and Charlie P. spent in studying the Big Book so that they could explain it and teach it to our members all over the world. And now even these servants have already or are hanging up their jock straps as they play “the last quarter of the game,” as Charlie P. put it to me before he died.
Instead of bemoaning the absence of “old timers” or “elder statesmen” or “people who knew or were sponsored by Bob or Clarence Snyder” or those archivists who have studied and know the archives, why not bring up a new crop? Would you rather listen to Eli Whitney tell you how he invented the cotton gin, or would you find it more instructive if a football star told you how he and his team won the Super Bowl?
Look at the Early Teachers
Our founders were humble. Our founders were students. Our founders were ever on a quest to learn more. Our founders believed in God. Our founders read the Bible. Our founders read all kinds of religious literature. Our founders put their learning to use in directly working to help others with what they had found. Dr. Bob read the Bible three times to refresh his memory before helping others with Bible materials. He circulated the Christian literature he read. Anne Smith was in the trenches, reading her Bible, suggesting literature, and teaching from her journal. So was Henrietta Seiberling. So were Mr. and Mrs. T. Henry Williams. And so was Bill until he got hung up with depressions shortly after he published the Big Book. Bill’s spiritual mentor Rev. Sam Shoemaker never stopped writing, preaching, and teaching. And these, plus Dr. Silkworth, were the people who handed us the most information.
And What About You!
Are you willing to look for speakers, sponsors, and programs that will provide you and others who need help with a full platter of information? Are you willing to read whatever you need to read to learn what you’ve been missing? Are you willing to organize meetings, fellowships, seminars, and conferences that will tell others our history? Are you willing to pass along what you learn? Are you willing to stand up and be counted when someone asks if you believe in God, if you believe in the importance of the Bible to AAs, if Jesus Christ has any place in your heart, and if you attend a church or Bible fellowship or Christian study group?
Are you willing to be a student, a researcher, a learner, a speaker, a teacher, an organizer, and a supporter of the quest to learn the truth and carry it to others in order to help them recover, get well, and be cured?
Wouldn’t you rather promote and pass on information about the program Frank Amos described when he told of the seven-point program in Akron that had produced such astonishing results? It’s all right there for you to see in A.A.’s own DR. BOB and the Oldtimers on page 131. You don’t even have to go to the bookstore or library. Surprise! You can study the Book of James, the Sermon on the Mount, and 1 Corinthians 13 by buying a used Bible and reading it. You don’t even have to go to church or to your rabbi, minister, or priest. Although it could be very helpful!
If you don’t want to be one who does or leads, are you willing to support those who do? Do you realize that in the World Services offices of A.A. itself there are scrap books that contain hundreds of newspaper clippings and articles that tell of the cures early AAs claimed they had received at the hands of their Creator. Have you thought of ordering, reading, or donating one where it will actually help someone? Are you circulating the Co-Founders pamphlet where Bill and Bob told bits of our history in their last major talks?
And, if you found great joy in learning what the Big Book was all about and how to take the Twelve Steps properly, are you willing to start or join a group that does this and studies history as well?
The Bottom Line
Have you helped a drunk today? Do you belong to a group that really carries out its primary purpose of helping the alcoholic who still suffers? Do you vote with your feet when you hear a speaker, a sponsor, or a counselor who talks about “higher powers,” about that strange “spirituality,” about the meetings he attends, about how much he drank, about how much trouble he had, and yet who never mentions whether or not he established a relationship with God and has had something more than a dry drunk or a passive sedentary position in his life?
Think about it. Think how much you can help others if you are able to tell them what God has done for you, what God did for the pioneers, and how they learned about Him from the Good Book!
Dick B., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837;;;; 808 874

Gloria Deo


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Michael Liimatta on Fundraising by Non-profit Organizations

International Christian Recovery Coalition Leader Michael Liimatta's Excellent Article on Non-Profit Organization Fundraisin
Submitted by dickb on June 9th, 2012

An Excellent and Timely Article Just Posted by Michael Liimatta, Consultant to Non-Profit Organizations

Dick B.

[Michael Liimatta is a participant and outreach leader in the International Christian Recovery Coalition. He is former head of Alcoholics Victorious and has long been associated with the Association of Gospel and Rescue Missions. He was a speaker at our recent Coalition workshop-conference in May at His Place Church in Whittier, California. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri. He is an expert consultant on the matter of Non-Profit Organization Funding and Fund-raising. He has been education director for City Vision College in Kansas City. He was just interviewed by me on And, with his permission, we reprint this article for your information, edification, and guidance]

Fundraising: Where Do I Start?
By Michael Liimatta on June 6th, 2012
Times are changing. In our present economy, nonprofit organizations that once relied on government and grant funding are looking to individual donors for a greater percent of their operating revenues. Truthfully, if done right, building and nurturing a base of committed givers can provide a stable, long-term source of revenue. It’s going to take some time and research but it will be well worth the effort.
 Too many people have a “home run” mentality when it comes to fundraising; the notion that there’s some mysterious benefactor out there who’s going to drop a big gift in their lap that will fund their dreams. Sorry, people usually do not usually want to support someone they don’t know. It’s the ones who know you best and who already feel a tremendous amount of good will for you and affinity with your organization and its mission that are most likely to give you money.
 If you want donations, start with the “low hanging fruit” – those who are within arm’s reach.
 Here are your hottest prospective donors, listed in order of the most likely to give:
 1) Those who have already donated. Compile a list of those who have given previously with names and contact information plus the amounts they gave. Pay special attention to which projects or appeals they’ve responded to. This will help you tailor the right approach to them. Remember, since they’ve already demonstrated a willingness and a capacity to donate, they will probably do it again if asked appropriately!
 2) Talk to board members about making regular gifts. I recently talked with a board member who said, “You want me to donate? Isn’t it enough for me to give my time and my advice?” My response was, “Haven’t you heard ‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’” In other words, where we direct our money shows exactly what we truly care about in our lives. Board members are intimately acquainted with your nonprofit and its needs. So, they ought to be the ones most likely to invest in it financially.
 3) What about the friends and family members of your staff and board members? The old adage goes, “People support people, not causes.” Those who know us best are often excited to support those whom they care about and good causes in which we are involved. This could be done by simply asking staff and board members to provide you with names, “snail mail” addresses and emails addresses. Additionally, they could be encouraged to invite those same people to visit the organization in person or to attend an fund raising event.
 3) Then there’s your volunteers. Like the board member I just mentioned, some nonprofit leaders think, “They’re giving us their time. Isn’t that enough?” Well, the fact that they care enough about your cause to actually get involved makes them among the most likely donors! Of course, we don’t ever want to use a “hard sell” approach with volunteers, friends or family members. Just don’t automatically assume they wouldn’t want to contribute. We need to make sure they are givien the opportunity to participate. You might be surprised at what a good response you will receive!
 4) People who have been truly helped by your work and those who have a loved one or friend who has been helped. Have you saved all the letters of people who said they have been helped or blessed by your program’s services or your own writing or speaking? Guess what, they are very likely to support you financially as well!
 5) Lastly, how about individuals you have met face-to-face? People who have been in your presence, seen your face, heard you speak and felt your passion and vision are also the most likely to give money to support your organization. Making a donation is more of an emotional response than an intellectual one. People love to give to people they have met and with whom they feel a close tie. We live in a new age when it comes to charitable giving. Younger donors want to get up close and personal with people they respect and admire – those who are doing things they really care about. So, how about thinking of ways to get them on-site at your organization’s facilities? Nothing can be more moving than actually seeing the people you serve and feeling their needs and watcing you meet them firsthand every day.
 Finally, let me tell you about an essential tool for starting effective fund raising – Developing Your Case for Support by Timothy L. Seiler. It is a workbook that will help you to gather and organize all of the critical information about your organization you will need to confidently ask people to give to your work

Friday, June 08, 2012

Christian Recovery in AA: 27 Videos for $29.50. A How To Series Features 27 Video Class on AA History

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A New, 27-Video Class for only $29.95:
“Stick with the Winners!
How to Conduct
More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings
Using Conference-Approved Literature”
By Dick B. and Ken B.

[This new “Stick with the Winners!” video class builds on and complements the new book, 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 by Dick B. and Ken B. (2012).  To obtain the new book in “digital-download” format for only $9.95, please Click!

Both the new book and the new 27-video class target two main audiences: (1) People who desire to start or modify an A.A.-Directory-listed meeting; and (2) People who desire to start or modify a Christian Recovery meeting not (yet!) listed in the A.A. Directory. We suggest you obtain both of these new tools and use them together.]
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Overview of the 27 Videos in the New “Stick with the Winners!” Class:
Video Title
00 Introductory Video for the “Stick with the Winners!” Class
01 Where to Begin with a Newcomer
02 Show the Newcomer That the Cure of Alcoholism Was Not Something New from A.A.
03 The Vermont Youth of Dr. Bob and Bill W. Set the Stage for Early A.A.’s Emphasis on God, His Son Jesus Christ, the Bible, Prayer, Conversion, and Witness
04 How Bill W. Got Sober by Turning to God
05 How Dr. Bob Got Sober by Turning to God
06 How A.A. Number Three, Bill D., Got Sober by Turning to God
07 A Summary of How the Original “Old-School” A.A. Program Was Developed
08 Frank Amos’ Seven-Point Summary of the Original Akron A.A. Program
09a Part One (Beginning): Practices One through Eight of the 16 Practices of “Old-School” A.A. in Akron
09b Part Two: Practices Nine through 16 of the 16 Practices of “Old-School” A.A. in Akron
10 The 75% and 93% Success Rates of Early A.A. (Beginning)
11 The 75% and 93% Success Rates of Early A.A. (Conclusion)
12 Part One: Groups One through Seven of the Resources about the “Old-School” A.A. Program Available Today
13 Part Two: Groups Eight through 14 of the Resources about the “Old-School” A.A. Program Available Today
14 The Starting Point: Mastering and Relying on Key Sections of Conference-Approved Literature
15 Supportive Statements in Alcoholics Anonymous (“the Big Book”)
16 Supportive Statements in The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (Item # P-53)
17 Supportive Statements in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers
18 Organizing and Conducting a “Conference-Approved Literature” Group
19 Resources for Your Group and Its Meetings
20 Topics for Your Group and Its Meetings
21 A Sample Meeting Format
22 Using the Sample Meeting Format with Other Topics
23 Putting It All Together: Some Suggested Basic Approaches
24 The Helpful Personal Stories of Four Early AAs
25 Conclusion: Here’s What Makes the International Christian Recovery Coalition and These Suggested Meetings Different
Only $29.95!
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