The Friends of Bill’s Friends Group is a sober fellowship of men and women seeking to explore the foundational literature and old school spiritual underpinnings of the modern recovery movement.
We are not affiliated with any 12 step recovery programs, although the fundamental texts and references used by our group are taken from the writings of Bill W., Dr. Bob and original group of successfully recovered alcoholics chronicled in the first edition of the Big Book.
Our group’s mission is to be a place for those wishing to explore the spiritual experience that was key in the phenomenal success rate of recovery in the early days of AA.
“without him I was lost…I ruthlessly faced my sins and became willing to have my newfound Friend take them away, root and branch. I have not had a drink since.” (BB Pg. 13 Bill’s Story)
While at a twelve step men’s retreat in the mountains recently, I was hiking and came across an area where tree’s had been uprooted. I found a section of a root that was shaped like a cross, which I found unusual. The thought occurred to me that the Christian Cross, (the Christian Bible and Christ’s teachings), is the root of the recovery fellowships in that the origin of the AA Big Book and principles of the fellowship are identified by the AA Founders in multiple AA literature sources as, Sermon on the Mount, Book of James, 1 Corinthians 13 and Psalms 91 & 23. I decided to make a physical representation of these concepts using that cross shaped section of the root, and created a shadow box toward that end. I had a professional photographer shoot a photo and this image is the result . For me the image says a lot in a simple way, and puts things in their proper perspective. I hope others will enjoy the image.