By Dick B., Bill Pittman
Braveness to alter bargains with the impact of Sam Shoemaker at the early years of Alcoholics nameless, the writing of the Twelve Steps, and the booklet, Alcoholics nameless. invoice Wilson proclaimed on the 1955 foreign AA conference, "The early AA bought its rules of self-examination, acknowledgment of personality defects, restitution for damage performed, and dealing with others instantly from the Oxford crew and without delay from Sam Shoemaker." The writings of the Reverend Sam Shoemaker, Episcopal minister, are tested during this quantity within the mild in their contribution to the foundations of Twelve Step restoration.
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Extra info for Courage To Change: The Christian Roots of the Twelve-Step Movement
It was at a men's meeting at 61 Gramercy Park [Calvary House] that Bill's buddy, Ebbie Thatcher, felt the power of fellowship and experienced the inner assurance that he could "move out of the dark tunnel" of alcoholism; and it was at a meeting at Calvary Mission that Bill himself was moved to declare that he had decided to launch out as a follower of Jesus Christ. Then as he was establishing guidelines which he believed to be basic in maintaining sobriety, he frequently turned to Sam Shoemaker to talk over the relation between these early formulations of the Twelve Steps and the principles of the New Testament.
Simply represented an attempt to state in more detail, breadth, and depth, what we had been taught, primarily by you. 5 The Akron Link What did Dr. Bob say about all this? A. in Detroit in 1948, Dr. Bob stated: We [Dr. ] had both been associated with the Oxford Group, Bill in New York, for five months, and I in Akron, for two and a half years. Bill had acquired their idea of service. I had not, but I had done an immense amount of reading they had recommended. 6 Page 16 I didn't write the Twelve Steps.
S Twelve Steps to dig out the original Shoemaker books and savor their beauty and force. 's twentieth anniversary convention in St. Louis, Bill Wilson brought Rev. Sam Shoemaker to the stage and said: I have been wondering how many hours some of us in this room, including me, have spent in criticizing the men of religion. Yet they have taught us all that we know of things spiritual. 's spiritual principles have come. 1 In his account of the St. Louis convention, Bill wrote: Sam's appearance before us was further evidence that many a channel had been used by Providence to create Alcoholics Anonymous.