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The Minister's Son

A passage from the Big Book had special resonance for this AA

I remember the first time I read page 56 of the Big Book. The "minister's son" showed me for the first time in my life that there was another human being that understood how I felt. I was of the opinion that religious education was something I knew a fair share about and fancied myself the theologian when setting at tavern tables and barstools. Usually my attitude toward the topic of scripture would be rejected by those whom I took as hostages in order to force-feed them a lesson on holiness.

My dad was a Korean War vet who had grown up in a very rural area of Oklahoma. My grandmother told me stories about how as a toddler, dad would go and put his little fingers in the vat of moonshine that grandpa made and lick them like it was honey. He grew up surrounded by alcohol and had spent a good portion of his teenage years partaking of it. Alcoholism is rampant in my family and because of the tragedies that occurred due to it, my father decided that his way to conquer it was to turn his life over to God. He returned from Korea a changed man and became an ordained minister. I was born eight years after his conversion. I never saw my father drink. What I did see however, was the devastation alcohol had caused to his family.

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