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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:41 PM
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Bill Wilson's Gospel
On Dec. 14, 1934, a failed stockbroker named Bill Wilson was struggling with alcoholism at a New York City detox center. It was his fourth stay at the center and nothing had worked. This time, he tried a remedy called the belladonna cure infusions of a hallucinogenic drug made from a poisonous plant and he consulted a friend named Ebby Thacher, who told him to give up drinking and give his life over to the service of God.

Wilson was not a believer, but, later that night, at the end of his rope, he called out in his hospital room: If there is a God, let Him show Himself! I am ready to do anything. Anything!

As Wilson described it, a white light suffused his room and the presence of God appeared. It seemed to me, in the minds eye, that I was on a mountain and that a wind not of air but of spirit was blowing, he testified later. And then it burst upon me that I was a free man.

Wilson never touched alcohol again. He went on to help found Alcoholics Anonymous, which, 75 years later, has some 1.2 million members in 55,000 meeting groups, while 11,000 professional treatment centers employ the steps.

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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-04-10 04:51 PM
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1. What a calling in every sense of he word!
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-05-10 12:10 PM
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2. Beautiful!
And from this revelation came the partnership of Bill W. and Dr. Bob,
leading to AA, our Twelve Steps and programs that have saved
thousands of lives worldwide.

Thanks so much for sharing this great moment in our history.

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