The Factory Owner & the Convict: Lives and Teachings of the A.A. Old Timers

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iUniverse, 2005 - History - 340 pages
William E. Correll (Life Treatment Center) "This book describes the way alcoholics actually think better than anything I have ever read."

The world of the good old-timers of the early Alcoholics Anonymous movement comes alive in this book. It tells the interlocking stories of seven people from diverse backgrounds--men, women, black, white, wealthy, poor--who lived and taught the A.A. program with such clarity and spiritual depth, that people came from miles away to sit at their feet and be taught by them.

This account was originally written for the local intergroups, to tell how A.A. began during the 1940's and 50's in the cities and towns along the St. Joseph river, as it wound its way through Indiana and Michigan to empty into the Great Lakes.

But then all across the country, people struggling with alcoholism and addiction began asking for copies, and psychotherapists and counselors too. It spoke to the heart, they said. It made the twelve step program come alive and showed how it really worked. And above all, they reported, they had found that the words of these men and women were filled with a kind of spiritual wisdom and deep compassion which had the power to heal the soul.

So this new edition of The Factory Owner & the Convict has now been prepared, with the last half now printed as a separate volume entitled The St. Louis Gambler & the Railroad Man.

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This is the first of a two volume history of Alcoholics Anonymous as it began in Indiana's St. Joseph River valley. That topic is of personal interest to me because my AA home group n Michigan is part ... Read full review

Contents

My Story Is My Message
3
From Rags to Riches
11
Expelled from School
25
The Traveling Salesman Who Played
36
Interlude at Sea
52
Marriage to Helen and Move to South Bend
67
The Successful Young Factory Owner
75
Breakdown and Collapse
89
Ken and Soo Found the South Bend Alcoholics
149
The First Twenty Members
170
Joining Hands with the Convicts
195
Doing Gods Time
211
Little Boys and Girls in Grownups Bodies
228
Winning Inclusion
241
The Interracial Group
266
Meetings and Steps in Early A A
284

From the Orphanage to
99
Black Fig Wine and Jail Cells
118
The Murder of Joseph Desits
138
He Knew It Was a God
295
Endnotes
307
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