Bill W: The absorbing and deeply moving life story of Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous by Robert ThomsenRobert Thomsens biography describes the story of Bill W., a stirring spiritual odyssey through triumph, failure, and rebirth, with vital meaning for men and women everywhere.
This is the story of a man whose discovery and vision have changed the lives of millions of people throughout the world. Robert Thomsens biography takes readers through the events of Bill W.s life, all the while detailing Bills growing dependence on alcohol. Thomsen writes of the collapse that brought Bill to the verge of death and of the luminous instant of insight that saved him. This turning point led Bill to the encounter in 1935 with Dr. Bob and the start of what was to be a new beginning for countless others who despaired of finding rescue and redemption. Every night at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings around the world, a speaker says, Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. This describes the story of Bill W., a stirring spiritual odyssey through triumph, failure, and rebirth, with vital meaning for men and women everywhere.
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A seemingly unplanned meeting in Akron, Ohio in between the future founders of Alcoholics Anonymous , both of whom were termed "hopeless" alcoholics, began a program of recovery that has helped millions find sobriety and serenity. Bill W. In fighting his own battle against drinking, he had already learned that helping other alcoholics was the key to maintaining his own sobriety, the principle that would later become step twelve in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. After losing the proxy fight, Bill found himself alone and depressed, according to accounts of the events. He felt drawn to the bar in the Mayflower Hotel where he was staying.
William Griffith Wilson died late Sunday night and, with the announcement of his death, was revealed to have been the Bill W. His age was The retired Wall Street securi ties analyst had expected to die or go insane as a hopeless drunk 36 years ago but — after what he called a dramatic spiritual experience — had sobered up and stayed sober. He leaves a program of recov ery as a legacy to , acknowledged alcoholics in 15, A. Wilson, whose twangy voice and economy of words reflected his New England ori gin, died of pneumonia and cardiac complications a feW hours after he had been flown by private plane to the Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach from his home in Bedford Hills, N. He had been admitted three days earlier to the Miami Heart Institute, his emphysema complicated by pneumonia. Last Oct.
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And on the first page he recounted the story of his wartime visit to the cathedral. Today people from all over the world make the trip to see the grave of Thomas Thetcher which so inspired him. He was in England with a US army unit en route for France and was temporarily quartered in an enormous army camp at Morn Hill just outside the city. Perhaps his visit was in part prompted by understandable apprehension as to what would happen to him once he reached the front. Strolling through the churchyard afterwards his eye was caught by the wording on a gravestone. It had been erected in in memory of a young grenadier of the Hampshire Militia.