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The James Club:

Alcoholics Anonymous


"The Book of James was a favorite with early A.A.'s--so much so that 'The James Club' was favored by some as a name for the fellowship. "Dr. Bob & The Good Old timers", p. 71)

For years, A.A. has quietly acknowledged, primarily through one publication, that the early A.A. pioneers in Akron believed firmly that the answer to all their problems was in the Good Book, as they called the Bible.  A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob said that all the basic ideas were taken from their study of the Good Book. And he added many, many times that the three parts of the Bible the old timers considered “absolutely essential” to their spiritual program of recovery were:

(1) The Book of James.

(2) Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5, Matthew 6, & Matthew 7.

(3) 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s famous chapter on “love.”

You can find the foregoing remarks in A.A.’s Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, in pamphlets published by Akron AA, and in several talks given through the years by Dr. Bob himself. And it was even his co-founder friend Bill Wilson who spoke of the studies of James, the Sermon, and Corinthians; the reading of these passages by Dr. Bob’s wife Anne to Bill and Bob; and the fact that—as Bill put it—“James was our favorite.”  And he added that many favored calling the A.A. fellowship “The James Club.”

Printed from Alcoholics Anonymous History from Dick B.'s Web Site.

The Good Book & The Big Book A.A.'s Roots in the Bible.

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