AA Back to Basics
Faith With Works Publishing Company
P.O. Box 91648
Tucson, AZ 85752-1648
(520) 297-9348 (Office)
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Edition/First Printing of Wally P's new book, Back to the
Basics of Recovery will be released this month
(February 2016). We will distribute books to those who
purchased pre-publication copies first. Because of the large
number of pre-publication orders, we will be publishing a First
Edition/Second Printing very soon. If you are interested in a
First Edition/First Printing, please order as soon as possible,
because copies are limited.
Back to the Basics of Recovery
is a 2016 version of the 1946 Back to Basics A.A. Beginners'
Meetings, specifically rewritten for use in treatment
centers, aftercare facilities, half-way houses, recovery homes,
correctional facilities, and various Twelve-Step fellowships.
The material has been modified to include all addictive and
compulsive behaviors and the "Big Book" passages are gender
In addition to the
four Back to the Basics of Recovery sessions, the book
contains twenty pages of either new or updated handouts that
explain in detail how to take the Twelve Steps "quickly and
often." Now that more than 700,000 people have been through the
process, we know, beyond a doubt that, "It works, it really
Greatest Spiritual Movement of the Twentieth Century (Volume 1)
a most informative, revealing, and educational presentation that Wally P. has ever made,
based on 14 years of independent research. It contains a
treasure-trove of historically accurate source documentation that the Twelve-Step community has not had access to before now.
This workshop was recorded at the Wilson House in East Dorset,
VT on March 15-17, 1996.
(also available in
Flash drive format)
Greatest Spiritual Movement of the Twentieth Century (Volume 2)
This is based on additional independent research done by
Wally P. from 1996-2015. It includes more presentations from
Wally P. and is an additional treasure-trove of more
documentation that the Twelve-Step community has not had access
to before now.
This workshop was recorded at the Wilson House in East Dorset,
VT on October 30, 2015.
(also available in
Flash drive format)
FWWPCO has just received a new Spanish translation of the Back
to Basics book. We have Maria R., from the San Diego area, to
thank for making this translation for free.
Time permitting we will distribute this new Spanish translation in early 2016.
This Meeting Leader Guide is a 2016 version of the 1946 Back to
Basics A.A. Beginners' Meetings, specifically rewritten for
use in treatment centers, aftercare facilities, half-way houses,
recovery homes, correctional facilities, and Twelve-Step
meetings. The guide has been modified to apply to all addictive
and compulsive behaviors and all "Big Book" passages are gender
This 150 page, three-ring binder contains all the materials
necessary to take people through the Twelve Steps "quickly and
often". PowerPoint slides are available to enhance the
recovery experience. This is truly a program for "anyone or everyone
interested in a (new) way of life".
This format is time-tested and effective. Wally P. and others
have been using this material for more than fifteen years to take
hundreds of thousands through the Steps in seminars and workshops.
The five sections of the Meeting Leader Guide are:
Session 1: Steps 1,
2 and 3.
Session 2: Steps 4
Session 3: Steps 6,
7, 8 and 9.
Session 4: Steps 10,
11 and 12.
pages of materials for the attendees, including a simplified
version of the Fourth Step inventory along with a detailed
explanation on how to take Steps Four through Nine.
Please keep in mind
that Back to Basics is just the beginning of the
recovery process. It has been described by many as the
"recovery tourniquet." It was put
together by Dr. Bob and many of the A.A. pioneers to "stop the bleeding"
long enough for the newcomer to recover and subsequently take
the Steps in more depth and detail.
the article by Kristen McG.
Click here for a copy of the article (now in PDF format)
Click on the links to download a PDF version
(1945 Version) of the Assets and Liabilities Checklist
If you need copies of the
rewrites for the 8th edition of the "Original"
Meeting Leader Guide (the yellow cover), pages 79-80, 91-94, and
99-100, and the PowerPoint rewrite of pages 1-36, you will need to
contact us at:
Faith with Works Publishing Co.
P.O. Box 91648
Tucson, AZ 85752-1648
... or call us at: (520) 297-9348
Updated Versions of
Back to Basics and
How to Listen to God Books now Available
The Back to Basics and How to Listen to God
books have been updated. The 1945 Fourth Step Assets and
Liabilities Checklist has been incorporated into the Second
Edition / Ninth Printing of the Back to Basics
book. If you would like to update your old B2B book
(pg. 80, pg. 91-94, pg. 100, pg. 185 and pg. 186),
click here. Cut the downloaded pages to 5 ½ x 8 ½
inches and paste them over the old pages. Now you have a Second
Edition / Ninth Printing of the B2B book.
If you would like to update your old How to Listen to God
book (pg. 199, and pg. 230-237),
click here. Cut the downloaded pages to 5 ½ x 8 ½
inches and paste them over the old pages. Now you have a First
Edition / Twelfth Printing of the HTLTG book.
Due to increased printing costs, we have been forced to raise the
list price of the Back to Basics book from $14.00 to
$16.00 and the list price of the How to Listen to God
book from $18.00 to $19.00. Since most people purchase these
books at the wholesale price, your increase will be only half the
retail price increase. We appreciate your understanding in this
manner. Although we continue to lose money every month, we
are hopeful this
price increase will get us closer to break-even so we can continue
our life-saving work.
We would like to thank all those who have made donations to Faith
with Works Publishing Company during the past year. You have
truly allowed us to keep the "doors open and the lights
on." If you would like to help, either
here for more information or
here for detailed information.
Wally P. guide you through the Twelve Steps during this 75 minute,
life-changing DVD. Filmed in High Definition at the Arizona Public
Media studios in Tucson, AZ, this is a state-of-the-art production
that is both instructive and enlightening.
This is a DVD for newcomers and old-timers alike. You can
watch it in its entirety or divide it into three
segments: Surrender (Steps 1, 2 and 3); Sharing and
Amends (Steps 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9); and Guidance
(Steps 10, 11 and 12).
The accompanying CD contains twenty-four pages of PDF
presentation materials for facilitators and handouts
for participants. Here is everything you need to
take or take others through the Steps "quickly and
This DVD has proven to be a life-saver for those having
difficulty finding someone to take them through the Twelve Steps
the way they were taken when we had a 50-75% recovery rate.
Just follow the instructions on the DVD and let Wally be your
As is the case with other Back to Basics materials,
Wally P. receives no income form the sale of this DVD.
Wally considers this to be part of his Twelfth Step work
for which he cannot be paid.
On sale for
To learn more, click here for
format or click here for
For more than ten years, the Back to Basics A.A.
Beginners Meetings have been dramatically lowering
the recidivism rate at various correctional facilities in
the Richmond, Virginia area. We are now making the
one-hour DVD of this life-changing program, recorded on
October 27-28, 2002, available on YouTube. During this
DVD, Wally P. and others interviewed the sheriff, mental
health director, corrections officers, male and female
participants, and alumni of the program. From these
interviews you can see for yourself why the Beginners
Meetings are making such a difference in the lives of so
many people who are incarcerated.
In addition, we have made PDF versions of the four
newspaper articles written during this period of time
about the success of the Back to Basics A.A.
Beginners Meetings behind the walls. To view the
one-hour DVD (coming soon) and to view/download/copy the
four newspaper articles and an overview of the Back to
Basics program in Richmond VA,
click here. To go directly to our
YouTube Channel and view the files just click here.
We thank you for your interest in our life-saving
Back to Basics A.A. seminars.
If you would like Wally or one of his protege's to conduct a Basics A.A. Seminar in your area, please click on
How to Host a Back to Basics Workshop and then contact Shawn S. at:
Back to Basics Meetings now listed in 40 (41 actually) out of 50 States!
To add your A.A. Beginners'
to the website just email us the
information, including where (name and address of
location), when (day of the week and time), and contact
(phone number and/or email address). Attach a
flyer if you like.
Back to Basics has exploded with
hundreds of new meetings and groups during the past few
many of which are
not listed on this site.
send us your meeting information
and we will post it as soon as possible.
Click below on a state or location near you to
find the nearest meeting to you...
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IL IN KS KY
MA MD ME MI MO MN MS MT
NC ND NE
NH NJ NM NV
NY OH OK OR PA RI
SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA
WI WV WY
British Columbia, CAN
Nova Scotia CAN
South Africa Australia Panama
to Basics--The Way it Was" Meeting in Bethpage New
Starting Jan 15, 2013
Click here for a flyer for the meeting
to Basics seminar in Coldwater, MI on 6-4-11 was front page news!!!
The Daily Reporter wrote two very complimentary articles about the
Back to Basics event in Coldwater, MI. Read the two articles
describing the event.
Newspaper Article 6-11-11 (word doc)
Article 6-11-11 (PDF)
Newspaper Announcement (pdf-pg1)
Testimonial: Back to Basics in Mexico
an e-mail Wally recently received from Ian M., a Back to Basics
pioneer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who is presently doing the
Back to Basics meetings in Spanish in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He
also sent along a photograph.
Click here for the
e-mail and photo
Listing of known B2B Meetings
For more information
(ie. flyers, maps, website links etc.)
click on a city to take you to the
state on the meetings page.
Meetings currently listed in
Canada, the UK, South Africa and Panama!
Below is just a sampling of the
recent additions over the past year.
IN - Reopened
First meeting. October 8,
ME to Portland ME
To Have Your Meeting Added to the List, Click
Half-Way Houses, Recovery Homes and Aftercare Facilities that use the Back to Basics Program
For a partial listing, click here
To read and/or download these articles,
James H., the last link to the spiritual roots of the A.A.
program, passed away in 2006 at 100 years of age and 71 years sober. Just like Bill
W. and Dr. Bob, he was a member of both the Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous.
|| Interesting Internal Links
- We have now added a Priority U.S. mail,
Canada mail and
Overseas, including Central & South America mail shopping carts
for orders of 1-42 Back to Basics books and Back to Basics books plus B2B Meeting Leader
Guide packages, and Donations
for an easy way to support AA Back to Basics and the Faith With
H. and "Back to Basics" Featured in 9/27/04 Time Magazine
To read the article online at time.com, click here.
- Back to Basics Meeting Leader Guides
- Original 1946 Format (for 12-Step
- Back to the
Basics of Recovery - Modified Format (for Treatment Centers,
Recovery Homes, and Aftercare Facilities)
- De Regreso al Libro Grande~MLGuide-Spanish
Edition (for 12-Step
Sections on AA history, Back to Basics
Newspaper Articles and Testimonials, Back to Basics Meeting Formats, Dr. Bob's Archives,
Contact Forms, and More
Back to the Basics of Sponsorship
The Back to the Basics of Sponsorship seminar held on Sept. 30, 2006 in Atlanta, GA
was a total and complete success. So much new material was presented on how A.A.'s
sponsored newcomers in the 1940's (when the recovery rate was 50-75%) that the seminar
will be used as the basis for Wally P's new book. We expect to publish Back to
the Basics of Sponsorship by Feb. 2007. After Wally finishes his seminar
commitments in November, 2006, he will post additional material presented at the Atlanta
Information on the Back to Basics Programs
Take all Twelve Steps in four one-hour sessions..
For Information on how to use the Fourth Step Assets and Liabilities
Checklist, click here
Yes, the Back to Basics Assets and Liabilities Checklist is taken directly from
the "Big Book." You just have to know where to look.
Sources of assistance available, both online
and off. Schedules of upcoming Back to Basics Seminars, etc.
- Misinformation about James H. on the Internet
On March 20, 2006, we received a fax from a Bill K.
(no return address or telephone number) that contained an Internet posting with the
following misinformation about James H. Click
here for more information
Then There Were None.
James H., the last link to the spiritual roots and the early days of A.A., passed away
on July 30, 2006. He was 100 years old and had 71 years of continuous
sobriety. We will miss you, "Sir James."
To read about the August 19, 2006 memorial service for and photographic tributes to this
remarkable man, click here.
to Basics article in the Glen Ellen, IL AA Newsletter
- Back to Basics in New Zealand
A letter from the "front lines" (dated 7/19/04)
- The Back
to Basics Foundation is now a 501 (C) (3) publicly supported,
All contributions are fully
tax deductible. For more information click here
Has Happened . . .?
Cliff B. Article from the Front Lines--An Alcoholics Anonymous Call to
Action to read the entire article, please
- How to Change the World
Read what the French theologian Auguste Gratry (1505-1572)
had to say on the subject.
click here for
aqui para la version en Español
- James H. (99 yrs old / 70 yrs
sober) Sobriety date 12/12/34--1 day after Bill W. and 6 months before Dr. Bob
Learn how you can help James carry his life-saving message to the world
for information, click here
- The History of AA Videos
These three professionally
recorded, one-hour, digital videotapes are the culmination of ten years of research,
hundreds of interviews with Twelve-Step program pioneers and old-timers, numerous archival
presentations throughout the United States and Canada
Wally P. has no royalty arrangement with Faith With Works
Publishing Company and receives NO income from the Back to Basics
book. He insists that Back to Basics
is Twelfth Step work for which no member of A. A. should be paid. So that every person, both inside and outside the
recovery community, will know Wally's position on this matter, he has added the following
statement to the "Acknowledgments" page of every Back to Basics
note: I do not believe in 'making money out of A.A.'
Any proceeds from this book, after out of pocket expenses are met, will be used to
distribute books at no cost to individuals and groups who cannot afford to buy them."
Tradition 5. Each
group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still
After receiving notification from the General Service Office about
our mission statement, the Board of Directors of the Back to Basics Foundation met in a
special session and voted to change the wording of the statement so it would be in
compliance with the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Board also voted to move all materials pertaining to other Twelve Step programs to
separate web sites, so there would be no confusion about the primary purpose of the Back
to Basics Foundation.
We ask for your patience in this matter because, at the present time, we have no means to
accomplish this objective. We have no paid employees, and continue to operate with a
negative cash flow. If it is God's will, there will be sufficient individual
donations to make the wishes of the Board of Directors a reality.
The Back to Basics Foundation is a 501 (C) 3, not-for-profit Corporation dedicated to
saving the lives of alcoholics. Our modified mission statement is listed below.
For more information, please
Mission Statement - Who
The Back to Basics Foundation is dedicated to
saving the lives of alcoholics by showing them the sheer simplicity of the
"original" A.A. program of recovery and by guiding them through the Twelve Steps
as they were taken by many of the A.A. pioneers in the 1940's. During this period of
time, the A.A. recovery rate from alcoholism was 50-75%. We are seeing similar
results today for those who are willing to remain
involved with the Back to Basics A. A. Beginners' meetings for three to six months.
We accomplish our objective by coordinating the recovery efforts of the numerous Back to
Basics A.A. Beginners' meetings and groups, answering questions as they arise, following
up on Twelfth Step calls, and assisting groups with their registration at the local, area,
and General Service Offices. We also conduct one day and weekend seminars based on
the Back to Basics A.A. program and distribute recovery literature and other materials on
the A.A. Beginners' meetings.
Links to other websites
Links from these pages to other websites outside the domain of
aabacktobasics.org do not constitute an endorsement by this website
or the Back to Basics Foundation. The Back to Basics Foundation is not responsible
for nor does it control or monitor the content of those websites or the accuracy of the
information found therein. The Back to Basics Foundation is not affiliated with any
of those sites.
Online Shopping Carts -
Please Note: We have
added additional Priority shopping carts to separate the different
DVD's (Back to Basics 101, The James H DVD's), CD
Workshops (Back to Basics, Back to the Basics of Recovery, Sponsorship,
4 Spiritual Activities, Nutrition) and others
been moved to the "DVD's,
CD's, and Other Digital Media" Bookstore.
Basics Bookstore (U.S. Only)
Mail (U.S. Only)
Back to the Basics of Recovery Bookstore (U.S. Only)
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