Reflections – Introduction – Ernie Kurtz on the History of AA, Spirituality, Shame, and Storytelling ~ with Bill White.
William L. White, author of Slaying the Dragon: The
History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America
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Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Introduction
Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Chapter 1: The Early History of Alcoholics Anonymous
Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Chapter 2: Spirituality
Reflections – Ernie Kurtz – Chapter 3: Shame & Mentoring
The Collected Ernie Kurtz – http://hindsfoot.org/ktcek1.html
Ernest Kurtz has been the outstanding thinker of the A.A. tradition’s second generation, the one who played a constant leadership role in pushing the movement towards the highest professional standards of history writing and supplied some of its most influential interpretive concepts.
His ideas are vitally important for anyone who wishes to understand A.A. history during the period following Bill Wilson’s death in 1971.
As a Ph.D. student at Harvard University in the 1970’s, he was the first researcher to be granted full access to the archives of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book that resulted,
Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (1979), is still the classic work on early A.A. history.
His book on the spiritual life — Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (1992)
— is equally well known, and has also been an enduring best seller through the years since it appeared. His work on Shame & Guilt (orig. pub. 1981, rev. ed. 2007) has given a whole new depth to the discussion of those two vital recovery issues.
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