The AA Founders biographical books are amazing. Anyone in a 12 Step Recovery program, or anyone associated with members of that “Fellowship of the Spirit”, (as it is so aptly named in the last sentence of the Book Alcoholics Anonymous on p 164) should take the time to read Dr Bob and the Good Old Timers, and Pass It On.
These books, which are published by AA, contain the actual stories of the founders, the progression of their disease, and then the progression of their faith and recovery. Dr Bob is quite clear about the spiritual foundation of the fellowship being the Bible, and his common response to anyone inquiring about living problems or seeking guidance in sobriety was “What does the Good Book say?” Bill’s recount of his spiritual experience is inedible and a very compelling testimony about his life long assertion about the importance of “total ego deflation”(hitting bottom in modern day fellowship lingo) in order to let God into their lives completely.
Both Bob and Bill’s story directly tie their own sobriety and salvation, to their personal experience and daily relationship with Jesus Christ. They say the method in which they received that message was through the Oxford Group, the members of which claimed no affiliation to traditional sectarian or organized religion, but modeled their lives directly after Jesus as described and directed in the Holy Bible. This is our heritage as members of the fellowship.
In light of these facts about The Fellowship of the Spirit, the following quotes from the Big Book Chapter Five How It Works describe a specific and critically important message : “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.”….”Our stories disclose in a general way, what we were like, what happened and was we are like now”……” we must be willing to go to any length”…and “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs”.
The message is clear to me. Follow Jesus Christ and help other do the same, period. No asterisks or further explanations or appendixes needed. Amen