Volume 2 – Prayer & Meditation

volume-2Expect a miracle.  Early on in Alcoholics Anonymous, the members had a far greater rate of sobriety than now.  Can the miracle of recovery still happen?

In this book, Santa C. takes us back to the roots of the Twelve Steps.  In early Twelve Step Groups, members were taught about prayer and meditation, and how to seek God’s Will in their life.  So often today in meetings of AA around the world, newcomers are overwhelmed with war stories and problems, and oftentimes do not hear about the solution.

“Prayer, of course, was an important part of Dr. Bob’s faith. According to Paul S,.“Dr. Bob’s morning devotion consisted of a short prayer, a 20-minute study of a familiar verse from the Bible, and a quiet period of waiting for direction as to where he,that day, should find use for his talent.  Having heard, he would religiously go about hisFather’s business, as he put it.”

(Pg. 314: Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers)

“As Dr. Bob himself said, I don’t think we can do anything very well in this world unlesswe practice it.  And I don’t believe we do A. A. too well unless we practice it… Weshould practice… acquiring the spirit of service.”

(carrying the message to  the newcomer)   (Pg. 307: Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers)

“In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question.They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted havefound strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usualcapability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances.”

(Pg. 104: Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions)