As 2014 nears, I look at 24 years of research and 46 books on the history of A.A. and the Christian Recovery Movement. We've defined the Christian origins of the recovery movement. We've defined the Christian upbringing of A.A. cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob. We've related how the first three AAs got sober before there was a Big Book; before there were 12 Steps or 12 Traditions; and before there were drunkalogs or meetings like today's. And we have unearthed the seven principles and 16 practices of the early Akron A.A. "Christian fellowship" founded in 1935. Now we focus on just how the remarkable program of early Akron A.A. put Alcoholics Anonymous on the map with its astonishingly-simple recovery program. Today we look forward. How do we know that suffering souls can recover using the Christian methods of yesteryear. One answer can be found in the observations of how similar the Christian recovery techniques were that preceded the early Akron A. fellowship program. So this evening, we will review with you the comments that recovery experts were making and which have applicability to A.A. then and now. And these are the topics: (1) The five basic ideas that describe the successes of The Salvation Army. (2) The simple recovery steps the first three AAs took. (3) Frank Amos's February 1938, seven-point summary of the early A.A. "Christian fellowship" program in Akron. (4) The six observations of Dr. Silkworth as he described the A.A. ideas for success. (5) Ten elements that can be observed in 12 Step programs today and which will bring "old-school" A.A. techniques back to the fore to the blessing of all the affected and of the afflicted who still suffer.
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