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Yes. Alcoholics and addicts can be, have been, and will be cured and healed of their afflictions if they follow the principles and practices of the early A.A. fellowship. The ingredients of yesteryear are available today. They are simple. They were widely reported. And they gave rise to the important world-wide A.A. fellowship of today. Many still cling to the idea that they are always "in recovery" or that they can never call themselves "recovered" or that the idea of cure in conflict with A.A. principles. To be sure, the basic text of A.A. contains a couple of phrases which have become dictum--once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic; and there is no cure for alcoholism. But that is not what the founders of the program said or believed. The first three AAs all declared in writing that they had been cured. So did the first forty successful pioneers. So did newspaper articles for a decade. This book does argue with the negative. It proves the positive and points to the documentation of the cures. It opens the door to freedom for those who sit in meetings, abstain from drink, and live in fear that they may relapse. The freedom comes from God. This book details the proof, explains the answer, and claims nothing but the power of God--not meetings, not steps, not books, not pharmaceuticals, not therapy, not treatment, not diet, and probably "no human power" as the cure. There is no rejection of other helps. There is simply a clear way out, the way of the pioneers, that is detailed for those who choose God as their helper, their strength, their guide, and their needed power to resist temptation, abstain, and move toward the abundant life that the Bible promised those who followed Jesus Christ.
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Early AAs were cured of alcoholism and said so explicitly. For more than a decade, newspapers and magazines across America carried stories of the new cure for alcoholism the early pioneers had received. The "disease" was excessive drinking, disaster, and the return for more of the same. The medicine, as a Readers' Digest reviewer pointed out, was God. The result was cure. And this book explains the switch that took place when A.A. itself later began eliminating the word cure from its literature and replacing it with a statement that alcoholism is uncurable and that the best the alcoholic can hope for from A.A.is a "daily reprieve" contingent on the maintenance of their spiritual condition achieved through the Twelve Steps. Author Dick B. puts the early Christian program in a new and different light: Through abstinence, resisting temptation, relying on the Creator, obeying His rules, and working with other alcoholics, AAs were cured--permanently. This A.A. historian explains the various definitions of alcoholism--sin, behavioral disorder, genetic predisposition, etc. Then he points out that the Creator was and is able to deal with any of these problems.From the Author:
It always puzzled me in A.A. to hear on the one hand, "Rarely have we seen a person fail" and on the other that "there is no cure for alcoholism." Which was it? Fear based, tenuous dependence on meetings and other drunks, or the determination to quit, to resist temptation, and to rely on the Creator for help. I realized from careful research and study that alcoholics were "medically incurable" until they turned to God for cure.
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Book Description Paradise Research Publications, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB00ZLVGVTM
Book Description Paradise Research Publications, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. 2. Seller Inventory # DADAX1885803966