From the February 1996 magazine.

What We Were Like

Emmet Fox and Alcoholics Anonymous

One of the very early recovering alcoholics who worked with co-founder Bill W. was a man named Al, whose mother was secretary to Emmet Fox, a popular lecturer on New Thought philosophy. When the early groups were meeting in New York, members would frequently adjourn after a meeting and go to Stein-way Hall to listen to Fox's lecture. To this day there are AA groups that distribute Fox's pamphlets along with Conference-approved AA literature.

An account set forth in Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers tells of the influence of Emmet Fox and his classic work, Sermon on the Mount. An AA old-timer recollected: "The first thing he [Dr. Bob] did was to get Emmet Fox's Sermon on the Mount. . . . Once when I was working on a woman in Cleveland, I called and asked him what to do for someone who is going into DTs. He told me to give her the medication and he said, `When she comes out of it and she decides she wants to be a different woman, get her Drummond's The Greatest Thing in the World. Tell her to read it through every day for thirty days and she'll be a different woman.' Those were the three main books at the time; that and The Upper Room and The Sermon on the Mount."

-- Igor S.

Hartford, Connecticut

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