Dick B.'s Library

About The Author – Dick B.

  About The Author Dick B. is an active, recovered member of Alcoholics Anonymous; a retired attorney; and a Bible student. He has sponsored more than...

The Oxford Group And Alcoholics Anonymous – Part 1

The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous Part One — By Dick B. Answering Your Questions Accurately and Definitely      At A.A.’s Seattle Convention in 1990,...

The Oxford Group And Alcoholics Anonymous – Part 2

The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous Part Two — By Dick B. The Steps, The Facts, The Oxford Group The Steps      People in A.A. who...

The Oxford Group And Alcoholics Anonymous – Part 3

The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous Part Three — By Dick B. Understanding our Fellowship, Big Book, and Twelve Steps as Dr. Bob Understood Them When...

The Oxford Group And Alcoholics Anonymous – Part 4

The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous Part Four — By Dick B. A Mid-Point Pause    Let’s review a few things before we proceed: This is the...

The Oxford Group And Alcoholics Anonymous – Part 5

The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous Part Five — By Dick B. Alcoholics Anonymous and Its Real Oxford Group Connection 20 Years of Input The Oxford...

A.A.’s Eleventh Step Prayer and Meditation

A.A.’s Eleventh Step Prayer and Meditation The Opportunity, The Reward, A Guide The Opportunity to Communicate with our Creator and Know His Will God either...

A.A.’s Roots In The Bible, Part 3 – 1 Corinthians 13

A.A.’s Roots in the Bible, Part 3 1 Corinthians 13 (The Parts Dr. Bob Considered “Absolutely Essential”)        1 Corinthians 13 is often called the...

12 Step History Reflections

12 Step History Reflections Dick B. is an active, recovered member of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. How Can History Help? Authors seem recently to...

28 Oxford Group Principles From Anne Smiths Journal 1933-1939

28 Oxford Group Principles from Anne Smiths Journal 1933-1939 Twenty-eight Oxford Group Principles TAKEN FROM: Anne Smiths Journal 1933-1939 A.A.’s Principles of Success Pages 141-147...

AA And Its Success Rates

AA And Its Success Rates A Contemporary Brief You can find much more complete and detailed summaries of A.A. success rates in my titles God...

Alcoholics Anonymous And Its Real Oxford Group Connection

Alcoholics Anonymous and Its Real Oxford Group Connection 20 Years of Input The Oxford Group and Our Other A.A. Sources The Oxford Group is not...

An A.A. Appraisal By An Appreciative Insider

An A.A. Appraisal by an Appreciative Insider Dick B. An Insider? There have been lots of drifts, trends, and changes in Alcoholics Anonymous since Bill...

AA Basics

AA Basics Basic Ideas from the Good Book That Dr. Bob Considered “Absolutely Essential” A Study of Basics in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, the...

Learn What the Bible Says About The Creator

Learn What the Bible Says about the Creator By Dick B. The Creator of the heavens and the earth has revealed a great deal to...

A.A. History

A.A. History The “Original” A.A. Program Many Claims. Many Errors. One Truth When was A.A. Founded? You’d think by now that everyone knew. Yet I...

A Typical Set Of Restrictions On A.A. History Availability

A Typical Set of Restrictions on A.A. History Availability The Case for Open Archives What This Article is NOT This article is not about opening...

The First Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference

The First Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference Phoenix, Arizona, February 21 – 23, 2003 Conference Theme: God, Alcoholism, & A.A. The Comments of Dick B....

A.A. History Collection Locations

A.A. History Collection Locations Note: This does not purport to be, nor is it, a list of all the locations where A.A. historical items may...

A.A. History Study Meetings 

A.A. History Study Meetings  2005 by Dick B. You may want to call yours “The James Club” or “The Big Book/Bible Roots Group” Studying the...

A.A. Study Groups

A.A. History Articles A.A. STUDY GROUPS: Planning, Starting, Conducting One?         Probably the most beneficial thing in the author’s learning of the recovery program (as embodied...

A.A. Timeline (1925 To 1955) – A.A.’s Varied Roots And Offshoots

A.A. Timeline (1925 to 1955)—A.A.’s Varied Roots and Offshoots A New and Fresh Timeline Approach Many do not realize that A.A. had two separate and...

Introductory Remarks – A.A. With Dick B.

Introductory Remarks It is an honor and a privilege to be a contributor to my new Blog site. And, in the ensuing months, I plan...

Roundtable Series On A.A.’s Biblical Roots

Roundtable Series on A.A.’s Biblical Roots (November 2001) By Dick B.  Session 3 Akron A.A. Pioneers, Their “Program,” and Their Good Book   Dr. Bob...

A.A.’s Principle Of Love

Alcoholics Anonymous History A.A.’s Principle of Love Dr. Bob’s Thoughts  A.A.’s co-founder Dr. Bob didn’t write the Twelve Steps. In fact, he emphatically stated that...

A.A.’s Principle Of Service

Alcoholics Anonymous History A.A.’s Principle of Service   Dr. Bob’s Thoughts   A.A.’s co-founder Dr. Bob didn’t write the Twelve Steps. In fact, he emphatically...

A.A.’s Sermon On The Mount

A.A.’s Sermon on the Mount One of the Three Parts of the Bible Early AAs Considered Essential The “Sermon”—What it is, and What People Say...

A.A.’s Spiritual Homecoming

A.A.’s Spiritual Homecoming, November, 2005, St. Louis The Man Nobody Knew When A.A. “Came of Age” at St. Louis in 1955 A.A.’s Spiritual Homecoming, November,...

A Good Question By A Good Writer

A Good Question by a Good Writer By Dick B. Not too long ago, my friend Mel B., who is a prolific writer for A.A....

A Day With The Akron A.A. Pioneers

A Day with the Akron A.A. Pioneers By Dick B. After eleven years of personal research, and through generous sharing by those such as Dr....

Roundtable Series On A.A.’s Biblical Roots

Roundtable Series on A.A.’s Biblical Roots (November 2001) By Dick B.  Session 3 Akron A.A. Pioneers, Their “Program,” and Their Good Book Dr. Bob and...

All Power

So you have a power shortage How about the One with all Power – God! © 2005 by Dick B . Just a few days...

Anne Ripley Smith, Wife Of Dr. Bob, Mother And Co-Founder Of A.A. – Part One

Anne Ripley Smith, wife of Dr. Bob, Mother and Co-Founder of A.A. Pioneer A.A.’s Most Ignored, Forgotten, yet Critically Important Resource by Dick B. Part...

Anne Ripley Smith, Wife Of Dr. Bob, Mother And Co-Founder Of A.A. – Part Two

Anne Ripley Smith, wife of Dr. Bob, Mother and Co-Founder of A.A. Pioneer A.A.’s Most Ignored, Forgotten, yet Critically Important Resource by Dick B. Part...

How To Be Happy (Blessed)

“We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free” (Alcoholics Anonymous 4th ed., p. 133). Here’s what the Good Book told the...

Learn What The Bible Says About The Creator

Learn What the Bible Says about the Creator By Dick B. The Creator of the heavens and the earth has revealed a great deal to...

Roundtable Series On A.A.’s Biblical Roots – Part 1

Roundtable Series on A.A.’s Biblical Roots (November 2001) Part One This was an AA History seminar/ conference In Hawaii By Dick B. Session One The Bible...

Roundtable Series On A.A.’s Biblical Roots – Part 2

Roundtable Series on A.A.’s Biblical Roots (November 2001) Part Two This was an AA History seminar/ conference In Hawaii By Dick B. Session Two The...

Roundtable Series On A.A.’s Biblical Roots – Part 3

Roundtable Series on A.A.’s Biblical Roots (November 2001) Part Three This was an AA History seminar/ conference In Hawaii By Dick B. Session Three The...

A.A. Big Book And 12 Step Sources

A.A. Big Book and 12 Step Sources Identifying the Roots and the References Dick B. Summary of the Identifiable Sources   My materials which have...

AA’s Bill W. And Some Quotable A.A. History Remarks

AA’s Bill W. and Some Quotable A.A. History Remarks Dick B., copyright 2005 Bill W. said, “I was an agnostic, an atheist on top of...

The Books And Materials Early AAs Read

The Books and Materials Early AAs Read By Dick B. Early AAs were readers. The Bible was the written word of God. The daily devotionals...

Our A.A. Legacy To The Faith Community – Clarence S. Legacy

Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community A Twelve-Step Guide for Those Who Want to Believe By Three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-Timers and Their Wives...

Alcoholics Anonymous, Its Christian Endeavor Root, And A.A. Co-founder Dr. Bob

Alcoholics Anonymous, Its Christian Endeavor Root, and A.A. Co-founder Dr. Bob By Dick B. Copyright 2005. All rights reserved A New Historical Research Challenge Whenever...

About Dick B.

About Dick B.    Dick B. is an active, recovered member of Alcoholics Anonymous; a retired attorney; and a Bible student. He has sponsored 100...

Alcoholics Anonymous History & Early A.A. “Four Absolutes”

Alcoholics Anonymous History & Early A.A. “Four Absolutes” A Journey with Jesus Dr. Robert E. Speer and the Four Absolutes © 2005 by Dick B....

Alcoholics Anonymous History Dick B.’s Early A.A. Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous History Dick B.’s Early A.A. Resources We are setting up this new feature as an experiment. Many email, write, and phone asking how...

Early Alcoholics Anonymous Resource Contacts

Early Alcoholics Anonymous Resource Contacts Speakers Mel B., Toledo, Ohio Bill B., Wyoming, Delaware Dick B., Kihei, Hawaii Steve F., Altamonte Springs, Florida Ray G.,...