H. is one of the most dynamic and powerful speakers within
the recovery community today.
He shares his story at conferences, conventions and
workshops, not just because he is 97 years old, has a sobriety
date of 12-12-34, attended Oxford Group meetings with Bill W.
from 1935-1937, is intimately familiar with the source material
used to write the
"Big Book", and has witnessed the changes that have
taken place in the 12-Step movement since its inception, but
because his story is an inspiration to us all.
his 68 years on this spiritual path, James has acquired
considerable insight and wisdom, which he freely conveys when he
is at the podium.
For those who may not get the chance to see James H.
in person or listen to his audiotapes, we have compiled some of
the "gems" that James has passed along over the years.
idea is always to narrow the gap between what we believe and the
way we live.
can rise above our past and make a difference, or we can allow
ourselves to be controlled by the past and make excuses.
people have enough religion to make them decent but not enough
to make them dynamic.
can't heal what we won't reveal.
can climb to the top of the ladder, only to find that it is
leaning against the wrong wall.
nothing wrong with being a good person; but there is a great
danger that, in doing so, we can become good for nothing.
we think, say and do either makes us part of the problem or part
of the solution--part of the disease or part of the cure.
addiction, we follow a process of Hate, Forsake, Confess and Restore.
First, we must Hate the substance or
behavior that has control over us.
We Hate what it has done
to us; to our family; to our friends.
Once we Hate the habit, we can
then Forsake it, Confess to others where
we have fallen short of the mark, and ask God to Restore us to our former
is not who's right, but what's right.
it's not worth giving away, it's not worth having.
you can change the world. The
way you do it is by changing yourself.
can't give away something you never had.
have to give as much of yourself as you can to meet the needs of
This is the
formula for life-changing.
You have to gain someone's Confidence, offer your Confession which brings Conviction, witness the
person's Conversion, and then Continue to help that
person change others.
Many more James H. "Words of Wisdom,"
plus biographical information and the original program of recovery
as practiced by Bill W., Dr. Bob and the A. A. pioneers can be
found in How to Listen to God.
To learn more
about the events leading up to and following the foundation of A.
A., please watch and enjoy "The History of Alcoholics
Ideal for Twelve-Step Groups, Treatment Centers,
Correctional Facilities, Aftercare Programs, as well as anyone
interested in the history of "The Greatest Spiritual Movement
of the Twentieth Century."
DVD I - The Miraculous Journey contains: AA's
Ancestors, AA's Four Founding Moments, How the Big Book was
Written, and Early Publicity.
DVD II - AA in the 1940's - Why it Worked contains:
AA's Meeting Formats, The Beginners' Meetings, Sponsorship, 4th
Step Inventory, 11th Step Prayer and Meditation, and 12th Step
Working with Others.
DVD III - AA Pioneer Stories and Unsung Heroes
contains: Joe-Look Magazine 1945; Unsung Heroes Anne Smith and
Sister Ignatia; Pioneer Stories of Rollie Hemsley, Fitz M, and
Jimmy B; The Springfield Seven; Judge John T; and more about the
co-founders Bill W (The Visionary) and Dr. Bob S. (Keep it
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