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B. is an active, recovered member of Alcoholics Anonymous;
a retired attorney; and a Bible student. He has sponsored
more than one hundred men in their recovery from alcoholism.
Consistent with A.A.'s traditions of anonymity, he uses
the pseudonym "Dick B."
is the father of two married sons (Ken and Don) and
a grandfather. As a young man, he did a stint as a newspaper
reporter. He attended the University of California,
Berkeley, where he received his A.A. degree in economics
with honors, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his
Junior year. In the United States Army, he was an Information
Education Specialist. He received his A.B. and J.D.
degrees from Stanford University, and was Case Editor
of the Stanford Law Review.
The author became interested in Bible
study in his childhood Sunday School and was much inspired
by his mother's almost daily study of Scripture. He
joined, and later became president of, a Community Church
affiliated with the United Church of Christ. By 1972,
he was studying the origins of the Bible and began traveling
abroad in pursuit of that subject. In 1979, he became
much involved in a Biblical research, teaching, and
fellowship ministry. In his community life, he was president
of a merchants' council, Chamber of Commerce, church
retirement center, and homeowners' association. He served
on a public district board and was active in a service
In 1986, he was felled by alcoholism,
gave up his law practice, and began recovery as a member
of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1990,
his interest in A.A.'s Biblical/Christian roots was
sparked by his attendance at A.A.'s International Convention
in Seattle. Since then, he has traveled widely; researched
at archives, and at public and seminary libraries; interviewed
scholars, historians, clergy, A.A. "old_timers"
and survivors; and participated in conferences, programs,
panels, and seminars on early A.A.'s spiritual history.
is regarded as one of the top historians writing about
Alcoholics Anonymous and it's Biblical roots; in addition
to this present volume, Dr. Bob and His Library:
A Major A.A. Spiritual Source (Third Edition),
he has published many other widely read books on the
Alcoholics Anonymous program and it's Biblical roots.
The following are all of Dick's books for viewing, after
which I encourage you to read all of Dick's many articles
that he has written.
Bob and His Library
A Major A.A. Spiritual Source
is the third edition of an important book about
one of early A.A.'s pioneers who played a crucial
role in its spiritual history and unique successes.
the past eleven years, the author has put together
seventeen titles which tell the story of where
A.A. came from and why it worked so well in
the pioneer days. A.A. spiritual ideas came
from the Bible, both directly and indirectly.
The new perspective in this revised edition
is how its spiritual ideas really began in the
youth of its co-founder, Dr. Robert H. Smith.
Here, the author explores Christian Endeavor,
a world-wide Christian movement which was embraced
by Dr. Bob in his youth. There is a study of
the Congregational, Episcopal, and Presbyterian
Churches to which he belonged. In the backdrop,
of course, are the Christian and other religious
books he studied so assiduously. Dr. Bob, as
AAs call him, read a wide variety of spiritual
books throughout his life. They certainly included
the Bible as the main focus. They included Bible
devotionals, books by the Rev. Sam Shoemaker
of New York, books by Oxford Group writers,
and many other books by Christian writers of
the 1920's and 1930's. The literature, recommended
and circulated by Dr. Bob among early AAs and
their families, represents a major A.A. spiritual
source. This title tells the reader what those
books were and, in many cases, adds a brief
description of their content.
you are looking for a reliable guide for recovery
from alcoholism and addictions, and particularly
if you belong to a Twelve Step program, this
book will tell you the literature that A.A.'s
most successful sponsor (who personally helped
more than 5,000 people recover) used to learn
about, and grow in, the one real "spirituality"--reliance
upon God Almighty, the Creator.
pp.; 6 x 9; perfect bound; 1998
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Other books written by Dick B.
The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous, a Five
Part series written by Dick B.
Index of over 100 articles written by Dick B.