My son Ken B. is today's gueat. He'll discuss our new book, God, His Son Jesus Christ & the Bible in Early A.A.: The Long-Overlooked Personal Stories in the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous..
That first A.A. edition produced split programs. It contained what Bill Wilson called “the new version of the program” centered on the 12 Steps. Yet its major part contained the “Personal Stories”--testimonials by A.A. pioneers as to how they practiced the original Akron “Christian fellowship” program. Bill thus wrote a new program of 12 Steps. The pioneers wrote what they had practiced—when there were no Steps or Big Book.
Our book, God, His Son Jesus Christ & the Bible in Early A.A., shows the recovery movement's loss when 22 of the first edition's 29 personal stories were not included in the 2nd and following editions of the Big Book. And four more of those stories were not included in the 4th edition.
Today, at last, readers can learn what the highly-successful A.A. pioneers really did in the early days. They can see exactly the principles and practices of “old-school” A.A. that enabled the 75% success rate A.A. claimed for the period before the Steps and the Big Book. They'll see from testimonies the great role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the whole recovery movement. They can also learn about the strange insertion in the 1st edition of the alleged advice by Ebby Thacher to Bill that Bill could choose his own conception of God.
Ken is an ordained Christian Minister and has been intensely involved in Bible study, research, and sources since age 17.
Since 1986, he's helped me by conducting home Bible fellowships for those AAs I'd found wanted God’s help.