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The Soul of Sponsorship: The Friendship of Fr. Ed Dowling, S.J. and Bill Wilson in Letters

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The Soul of Sponsorship explores the relationship of Bill Wilson, cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and his spiritual adviser and friend, Father Ed Dowling. Many might consider that such a remarkable individual as Bill Wilson, who was the primary author of AA literature, would be able to deal with many of life's problems on his own. Reading The Soul of Sponsorship will il ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 21st 1995 by Hazelden
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John Losoya
Sep 05, 2013 John Losoya rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. I have a catholic friend who is struggling to embrace AA because he thinks it might jeopardize his religious faith. This book helped me to see where much of what happens in AA is a direct result of Bill working with Father Ed.
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May 07, 2008 booklady rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone dealing w/addiction or knowing someone who does, so I guess means all of us?
Recommended to booklady by: Sr. Jan Futrell
Started March 9, 2005 Not the sort of book I'd have expected to read in a Spiritual Classic's class. It's the story of how a Jesuit priest, Fr. Ed Dowling, S.J., helped and taught Bill Wilson cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book is a record of their 20 year correspondence and friendship.

It's really a beautiful book. Simple. Moving. Very touching. It addresses our most basic needs--for God and each other. I cannot recommend it too highly!
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