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The Book of James and Recovery From Addiction

This week, we are going to look at the book that started it all for Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of you may not realize this, but before there was the Big Book, there was another book that influenced the writing of the Big Book, the twelve steps, and the entire AA program. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob, the founders of AA, used this book as the foundation for the movement that has saved the lives of an unimaginable number of alcoholics and addicts of every kind. This book is The Bible.

Over the next few posts, we are going to look at a letter from The Bible that Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob considered essential to their recovery and the recovery of the alcoholics they helped.

We are going to examine The Book of James, from which came one of the cornerstones of recovery from alcoholism and addiction, the premise that “faith without works is dead.”

The Book of James was probably the most important piece of literature that shaped the day to day lives of the early members of AA. It was thoroughly studied by A.A.’s co-founders. Quotes and ideas from the Apostle James can be found throughout the Big Book and in A.A. literature. The Book of James was considered so important that many favored calling the A.A. fellowship the “James Club.”

If you have a Bible, please join our mini online study group to see how this influential letter can help strengthen your recovery. Tomorrow, we will examine The Book of James, Chapter 1, Verse One. We will simply look at the first three sentences. Hopefully, we can all gain insight that will help us with any struggle we encounter throughout our day.

Your Brother in Christ,

Pastor Phil Dvorak MS, LMHC

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