Tonight's program comes to you from Maui, Hawaii, on June 22, 2013. It marks the beginning of a series of programs, the writing of a book, and some major materials to be presented at "The First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference," September 6-7, 2013, in Portland, Maine.
The working title of the new book by Ken B. and me is "Recovery Revival: Early A.A.'s 'First Century Christianity' in Recovery Today."
Tonight I will provide you with the introductory chapter material. And I'll illustrate to you the simple workbook--outline form and guide--that is much in demand by those who want to start groups, wish guidance as to the content to be covered by the groups, and wish to have a book serving several purposes:
First, a book that covers in short sentences the several topics that constitute the elements of the needed recovery revival. Second, the nature of First Century Christianity in recovery today. Third, the biblical source for these principles and practices. Fourth, how A.A.'s founders learned the principles. Fifth, how A.A. began with the simple application of the principles. Sixth, what the original A.A. principles and practices were. Seventh, how the A.A. literature still amply supports those practices. And eighth, how one can form or conduct a group or fellowship within A.A. or other 12-Step programs that learns, hears experiences with, and has meeting topics that constitute the revival and the resources to bring recovery back to the true role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in early A.A.'s astonishing successes, and can play today for those who want God's help and are willing to go to any length to get it.
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