Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery

“Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery”

A Four-Video Class with Optional Guidebooks (2010)

By Dick B. and Ken B.
© 2010-2014 Anonymous. All rights reserved

More than 20 years ago—just prior to the A.A.’s International Convention in Seattle in 1990—a young Christian A.A. member named John approached Dick B. and asked him:

Dick, did you know that A.A. came from the Bible?

With three-plus years of sobriety and a number of sponsees “under his belt,” Dick B. replied:

John, I’ve been to 1,000 meetings, and I’ve never heard that.

The young man replied:

Why don’t you read DR. Bob and the Good Oldtimers?

Dick B.’s reading of that A.A. General Service Conference-approved book—still in print and available from A.A. in New York, but largely unknown to most AAs—launched him on a 20-plus-year quest to discover the answer to two questions:

  1. Did Alcoholics Anonymous, in fact, “come from the Bible?”; and
  2. What role, if any, did God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible play in the astonishing 75% success rate A.A. claimed among “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable,” alcoholics who thoroughly followed its program during its early days? [“Foreword to Second Edition,” in Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., xx]

The Power and Love of God Present in Early Akron A.A. Are Still Available Today to Alcoholics, Addicts, and Others Still Suffering with Life-Controlling Problems

The four-session “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class summarizes many of Dick B.’s 46 published titles, recorded seminars, audio talks, and more-than-1,700 articles on A.A. history and the Christian Recovery Movement. It also brings to light many newly-discovered facts about the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the miraculous cure of “medically-incurable” alcoholics during A.A.’s earliest years. In addition, the class discusses the early, highly-effective years of A.A.’s Christian predecessors, such as the Young Men’s Christian Association, the Salvation Army, the Gospel rescue missions, the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, Christian evangelists and revivalists, and A First Century Christian Fellowship (later also known as “the Oxford Group,” “Moral Re-Armament,” and Initiatives of Change), and their impact on early Alcoholics Anonymous. Finally, the Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery class touches on how Christian leaders and workers in the modern-day recovery arena can substantially enhance their effectiveness in carrying the message to those who still suffer today by using the principles and practices of early A.A.—particularly in Akron, and to some extent in Cleveland—and of A.A.’s Christian progenitors.

The “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class includes four video sessions with the following content:

Session 1: The Founding, Activities, and Summary of the Original Akron A.A. “Christian Fellowship” Program

Part 1: How the First Three A.A. Members Got Sober and Were Cured
Part 2: The 14 Practices the Early Akron AAs Used to Achieve Astonishing Successes
Part 3: The Original, Seven-Point, Akron A.A. Program Summarized by Frank Amos for John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Session 2: Christian Organizations and People That Shaped the Recovery Ideas of the Original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” program before It Began

Part 1: Seven Pre-A.A. Organizations and People That Fed to A.A. the Necessity for Salvation and the Word of GOD
Part 2: The Extensive, Christian, Biblical Training Bill W. Received in East Dorset and Manchester, Vermont
Part 3: Dr. Bob’s “Excellent Training” in the Bible as a Youngster in St. Johnsbury, VT.

Session 3: The Manner in Which the A.A. Society Came about, Beginning about 1931

Part 1: The Relevant Events in Bill W.’s Life, Including His Early Friendship with Ebby Thacher.
Part 2: The Relevant Events in Dr. Bob S.’s Life, Beginning in the Early 1930′s in Akron
Part 3: Bill W. and Dr. Bob Meet at the Home of Henrietta Seiberling on May 12, 1935.

Session 4: The A.A. Program Changes between June 1935 and April 1939

Part 1: The Akron Program Successes between June 1935 and November 1937
Part 2: The Change of Course Bill W. Began to Take
Part 3: Work on the Big Book between the Spring of 1938 and April of 1939
Part 4: Battles over Big Book Content and Language
Part 5: The Closing Phases of the Altered Akron Program

The “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class was videotaped and edited by Dr. Robert Tucker and his wife Stephanie in March 2010 at their New Life Spirit Recovery facility in Huntington Beach, California. And they have presented the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class as part of their Christian treatment program.

Access to the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class for Individuals(i.e., for personal, private use only) includes:

  • The four (4) “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class videos by Dick B. and Ken B.; and
  • The IFCR Class Guide for Students by Dick B. and Ken B. in a “digital download” / modified eBook (8 ½” by 11”) form.

(Please note: We suggest that individuals also acquire The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B., to get a fuller understanding of the material presented in the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class on DVD. The third edition of the Guide was thoroughly revised so that it complements, and provides extensive documentation for, the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class. The optional Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., is described in detail and available for purchase below.)

Access to the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class videos for Individuals is available for only:

$17.95

Please click on the “Donate” button below to obtain access to the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class for Individuals now. (You may use a credit card, a debit card, or PayPal with the form below. A PayPal account is NOT required.)




Access to the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class for Groups and Organizations (i.e., for limited public presentation via a simple “site license”) includes:

  1. Limited rights to present the four copyrighted “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” videos in certain public settings (e.g., at your church or in the room where your Christian recovery group meets); and
  2. Limited rights to reproduce and distribute the following copyrighted materials to IFCR class instructors and students when presenting the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class videos in a public setting (e.g., at your church or in the room where your Christian recovery group meets):
  • The IFCR Class Instructor’s Guide by Dick B. and Ken B.;
  • The IFCR Class Guide for Students by Dick B. and Ken B.; and
  • The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010) by Dick B. and Ken B.

Access to the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class for Groups and Organizations is available for only:

$37.95

Please click on the “Donate” button below to obtain access to the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class for Groups and Organizations now. (You may use a credit card, a debit card, or PayPal with the form below. A PayPal account is NOT required.)




(If you would like more details about presenting the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class for Groups and Organizations in public settings, please contact Ken B. by email at kcb00799@gmail.com or on his cell phone at 1-808-276-4945.)

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The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010)
(eBook/“digital download” version)

By Dick B. and Ken B.
© Anonymous 2010-2014. All rights reserved

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. (157 pages, 8 ½” x 11,” when printed out) is based on Dick B.’s lifetime of Bible study, legal scholarship and training; 28 years of continuous sobriety; active participation in the A.A. Fellowship; experience sponsoring more than 100 sponsees; 25 years of research on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and its Christian progenitors; and 46 published titles focusing on the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing success with “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable,” alcoholics who thoroughly followed the early A.A. path.

This third edition is the product of one year of conferences, meetings, and personal talks by the authors (Dick B. and Ken B.) with Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena from throughout the United States and Canada. It is based on their needs, their suggestions, their responses, and the compelling need for “A New Way Out” for Christians in the recovery arena who are not, and don’t want to be, alone. “The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide” can be used as a guide by 12-Step members, sponsors, counselors, facilitators, Christian recovery pastors, Christian recovery groups, clergy, study groups, and those engaged in carrying the story of early A.A.’s  Christian fellowship, simple program, and astonishing successes to fellowships, treatment facilities, prisons, homeless, veterans, military, and hospitals.

(The 3rd edition of The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide was substantially revised and expanded in conjunction with the production of the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” class by Dick B. and Ken B. on four DVD’s in March 2010.)

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide is intended as a supplementary resource. It does not aim to change the fundamental nature of any existing Christian recovery or approach. Rather, it presents an attractive, appealing, helpful, and effective segment—primarily historical and introductory in nature—that all interested parties can use:

  1. to bring to their respective audiences accurate historical information about the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the astonishing, documented successes of early A.A.; and
  2. to enhance substantially the effectiveness of their Christian recovery efforts by employing the successful, relevant techniques and lessons from the original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” program in helping those who still suffer with alcoholism, substance abuse, and other self-destructive behavior and life-controlling problems.

Suggested Additions to Christian Recovery Programs
Proposed in This Guide

First, a concise, accurate, historical element containing discussions of:

  • Christian treatments that were effective in dealing with alcoholism prior to A.A.’s founding;
  • The Christian training of A.A.’s founders as youngsters in Vermont;
  • The Christian beginnings of A.A. in Akron and New York, including discussions of how the first three AAs got sober;
  • The founding of early A.A., its actual practices, and the “original” Akron “Christian fellowship” program;
  • The astonishing 75% overall success rate early A.A. claimed and the documented 93% success rate of early A.A. in Cleveland;
  • Alterations of the original Akron program that made their way into the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (“the Big Book”) published in April 1939;
  • Ways to enable a newcomer to utilize the early Christian A.A. precepts in the present-day 12 Step programs; and
  • Means by which Coalition leaders and workers in the recovery arena can adapt and apply this (new) information to their own approaches and still underline the importance of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in Christian recovery efforts today.

Second, a “package” of proposed approaches tailored to the needs, ideas, and programs of Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena, as well as Christians in recovery.

Third, a discussion of present-day approaches that downplay reliance on the power and love of the one true God in favor of (over) emphasizing the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions alone, “higher power” language, pseudo “spirituality,” self-made religion, and actual unbelief; and often criticizing church, religion, reliance on God, and even the mention of Jesus Christ or the Bible by those in today’s recovery fellowships.

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide also introduces the International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com) as a means, through common effort, of expanding your Christian efforts in the recovery arena.

Table of Contents

The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed.,
by Dick B. and Ken B.
(April 2010)

  • Introduction (by Dick B.)
  • Miraculous Healings Are Recorded in the Bible and Are Still Occurring Today
  • Effective Christian Work with Alcoholics before A.A.
  • The Background Factors from Dr. Bob’s Youth in St. Johnsbury (1879-1898)
  • The Background Factors from Bill Wilson’s Youth (1895 to 1913) and Later
  • The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • The New York Origins
  • The Crucible at the Smith Home in Akron during the Summer of 1935
  • The Highly-Successful, Original Akron A.A. Program, as Summarized by Frank Amos and Quoted in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers
  • 14 Specific Practices Associated with the Original Akron A.A. “Christian Fellowship” Program Bill W. and Dr. Bob Developed
  • The Verification of Early A.A.’s Astonishing Success Rates
  • Documenting the Successes of the First 40 Pioneers
  • Helping the Newcomer with a Full Kit of Spiritual Tools
  • Some Suggested Tools with Which to Arm the Nestling about to Be Flung out of the Nest
  • Helping a Christian to Begin Recovery Today
  • “A New Way Out”
  • An Emerging Picture of Proposals and Potential Service from the California Meetings with Dick B. and Ken B. July 12-21, 2009
  • Address by Dick B. at the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ACADC) Conference in Palm Springs, August 29, 2009
  • Conclusion

To obtain the “digital download” version of The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. for only:

$14.95

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[For more information on the “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” video class, the supplementary instructional materials, and/or The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., please contact Ken B. by email at kcb00799@gmail.com or on his cell phone at 1-808-276-4945.]