I am sure my interest in our spiritual roots proceeded from various crucibles. (1) At eight months of sobriety, I had been in the VA psychiatric ward in San Francisco and was going nowhere, except to A.A. meetings and group therapy. I was filled with fear. I shook like a leaf. I was sufficiently brain damaged that even I could tell I didn’t know what I was talking about. And on and on. I was “sick.” So, at the urging of my older son and his wife, I began studying the Bible. Things on the love of God, the healing power of God, the forgiveness of God, and the deliverance that could come because of what Jesus Christ had accomplished for those who chose to accept him as Lord and believe that God had raised His on from the dead. The result was almost instantaneous. The fear left. I began seeking God’s guidance instead of trying to program my future, events that lay ahead, and the rest of my life. Peace arrived at last. In other words, reading the Bible and believing what it said had resulted in my deliverance, just as it had for early AAs (but I didn’t know about the early AAs yet). (2) I had been an attorney, a very good one, trained at Stanford, Case Editor of their Law Review, a practitioner for 35 years, and an experienced researcher. But I had become a drunk and had resigned from the bar in disgrace after having seizures in A.A. and being hospitalized in a treatment center. Nonetheless, my zeal for research and discovery had apparently survived. (3) I was having difficulty understanding why people were talking about a “higher power” instead of talking about God as the Twelve Steps and Big Book and early AAs had done. I saw Bible words and phrases quoted verbatim (but without acknowledgment) in A.A.’s Big Book. I saw Bible words like Creator, Maker, Father, Father of Lights, Spirit. Bible phrases like “love thy neighbor as thyself,” “faith without works is dead,” “Thy will be done,” and so on. (4) Most of all, as my mind returned, I wanted to get away from the nonsense that was common fare in the meetings I attended: Absurd names for God like “Ralph.” Half-baked prayers” Self-made religion with people saying they didn’t like their church; they didn’t like to hear about the Bible; and that it was against the Traditions to mention Jesus Christ. As a solution, they said that A.A. was their religion. (5) Finally, I wanted to help the people I sponsored, help them with the truth about God, and help them understand the rock on which I felt recovery and A.A. itself must have been founded. But I had to know the facts..