By Dick B., Bill Pittman
Braveness to alter bargains with the effect of Sam Shoemaker at the early years of Alcoholics nameless, the writing of the Twelve Steps, and the ebook, Alcoholics nameless. invoice Wilson proclaimed on the 1955 foreign AA conference, "The early AA acquired its principles of self-examination, acknowledgment of personality defects, restitution for damage performed, and dealing with others immediately from the Oxford staff and without delay from Sam Shoemaker." The writings of the Reverend Sam Shoemaker, Episcopal minister, are tested during this quantity within the mild in their contribution to the rules of Twelve Step restoration.
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Well, then, how shall we come to have a faith like that? We need to remember first, I think, that faith is not primarily an intellectual but a moral matter. It is much more like loyalty than it is like philosophy. Its basis is not thought, nor correlated thought, but experience based on experiment. People who read great books about God do not always find God, and they fail because they want to find ready-made a coherent system of thought about life. Faith does not begin that way. Philosophy may begin that way, but religion begins as life does, with a cry of hungerand reason comes long after.
One only gets the full picture as he strikes out on what he has and knows. God never lets us downit's safe to trust those inner urgings,safer than we know (TBM, 112). For the first time the conflict was resolved, the rift in his conscience was healed, the two sides of his life came together; and he was at one with himself when he gave himself to the doing of God's will (TBM, 121). I knew that I needed to face a complete and unreserved surrender in my own life, and I did it after being perfectly Page 44 honest with that man about my own inner life as I knew God saw me.
I saw him give up all notions that he could possibly live up to the ideals he admired, and hand his life to God. And I have had the joy of seeing him find a growing victory and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ (CF, 162). Page 31 2 Came to Believe Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Courage To Change: The Christian Roots of the Twelve-Step Movement by Dick B., Bill Pittman