Friday, December 07, 2012

Become Listed at no cost in

Becoming Listed at No Cost as Participant In

International Christian Recovery Coalition

Dick B., Executive Director

Aloha! My dad (Dick B.— and I are in the process of updating the “Participants” page of the International Christian Recovery Coalition Web site. As you probably know, there is no charge involved for being a “Participant” in the International Christian Recovery Coalition. Our concept is to make it as easy as possible for Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena, and those who want God’s help in overcoming alcoholism and/or addiction, to find those in their city, state, and/or country who could be of help.

If you are a Christian leader or worker in the recovery arena, please consider listing yourself, and/or or your Christian group, organization, or church on the “Participants” page. (If you are already listed on the “Participants” page, would you please take a few moments to review your current listing to make sure we have presented accurately as much or as little contact information as you would like to make available to the public?) Here are the key pieces of information to consider listing:

Name of individual (and relevant titles): _________________________________________

Name of group, organization, or church: _________________________________________

Mailing address: ____________________________________________________________

Home/Work/Cell phone number(s): _____________________________________________

Email address(es): ___________________________________________________________

Web site URL address: _______________________________________________________

B-R-I-E-F description of group’s Christian recovery focus: ___________________________

Thank you!

Dick B.’s son, Ken


Cell: 1-808-276-4945

aa and the Bible

A.A. and the Bible


Three Excellent Books for Your Holiday Season


All three are now available in print on demand and electronic form


Dick B.

Copyright 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved


At long last, AAs and Christians in recovery are recognizing the importance in recovery of what Dr. Bob said in his last major talk about the major importance of the Bible in A.A. recovery.


In The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: Biographical Sketches Their Last Major Talks, A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob is quoted as follows on page 13:


In early A.A. days. . . our stories didn’t amount to anything to speak of. When we started in on Bill D. [A.A. Number Three], we had no Twelve Steps either; we had no Traditions.


            But we were convinced that the answer to our problems was in the Good Book.


To some of us older ones, the parts that we found absolutely essential were the Sermon on the Mount, the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, and the Book of  James.


Page 14 underlines the continuity of the Bible’s importance. It quotes Dr. Bob as follows:


It wasn’t until 1938 that the teachings and efforts and studies that had been going on were crystallized in the form of the Twelve Steps. I didn’t write the Twelve Steps. I had nothing to do with the writing of them.


We already had the basic ideas, though not in terse and tangible form. We got them, as I said, as a result of our study of the Good Book.


The “Good Book,” of course, was the Bible that both Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson had studied during their Christian upbringing in Vermont, in church, Sunday school, in their homes, in the daily chapel at their academies, in the Young Men’s Christian Association, and – in Bill’s case – in the four-year Bible study course he took while a student at Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, Vermont.


These facts first propelled me into a study of A.A.’s Bible roots. They caused me to research what Dr. Bob and Bill and Bob’s wife and Henrietta Seiberling and T. Henry and Clarace Williams—as well as many pioneers in their First Edition Big Book Stories—said about how and when they read and stressed the Bible and about which portions were of top priority for recovery.


As a result, I published three books which have become landmark guides for AAs, for Christians in recovery, for Christian recovery leaders and pastors, for historians and for meetings.


These are they, and they can help you this year (2012) and hereafter as you look for and strengthen your recovery, sobriety, healing, and relationship with God from this point on:


Dick B., The Good Book and The Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible, Bridge Builders Edition, 1993, ISBN 1-885803-16- 8.


Dick B., The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook, 2006, 1-885803-91-5,


Dick B., The James Club and The Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials, 2005, ISBN 1-885803-99-0,


All three of these important A.A. and the Bible studies and guides are now available in print on demand and in electronic form. They can be purchased through If you would like to purchase them at wholesale in bulk, please contact Ken B. at


Gloria Deo