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Book Club: AA: Cult or Cure?

We'll be discussing Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? by Charles Bufe (nonfiction - culture).

This well researched, painstakingly documented book provides detailed information on the right-wing evangelical organization (Oxford Group Movement) that gave birth to AA; the relation of AA and its program to the Oxford Group Movement; AA's similarities to and differences from religious cults; AA's remarkable ineffectiveness; and the alternatives to AA. The greatly expanded second edition includes a new chapter on AA's relationship to the treatment industry, and AA's remarkable influence in the media.

Available on Amazon, Thriftbooks (used books, free shipping) or through Sac Library.

Come with a few thoughts/ideas about the book to discuss!

About the Venue
The Coffee Garden is a little coffee shop just off Broadway and 99. If the weather's nice, we're probably in the big table in the garden through the back door. Otherwise we're on the couches right inside the front door.

They serve all sorts of coffees and drinks, sodas, and a wide variety of sandwiches and salads perfect for dinner if you choose. They appreciate it if you at least buy a drink/pastry.

Please be courteous and do not bring outside food or drinks.

About the Book Club
We're glad to have you join us - if you hate the book, love the book, or even didn't finish the book. If you're a newcomer, get a head start on the book for next month by looking at the calendar!

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  • Chuck W.

    Just came across this resource that the group may be interested in (from my sociology group). Take a look at Severyn T. Bruyn's ebook on evolution where he tries to bridge Natural and Human history at Boston College (also utube stuff). The site is:

    April 29, 2014

  • Brooke

    If anybody was unable to attend or has additional thoughts about the book, you can comment on our Facebook group here:!/groups/SacFANBooks/permalink/[masked]/?stream_ref=2

    April 28, 2014

  • Dina

    A really great discussion tonight, on a topic that many of us have personal involvement in.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I only made it about two chapters in, and I've got work stuff to catch up on. Still looking forward to finishing it, though.

    April 21, 2014

  • Brooke

    Apologies - have been called to a work function tonight. Have a great discussion!

    April 21, 2014

  • Brooke

    Reminder to change your RSVP if you can't make it tonight. Wait list folks, check back later today.

    April 21, 2014

  • Tony G.

    SO sorry... I've gotta fly to Minneapolis that afternoon. I hate to miss this one, but now a wait-listed person can get in on it.

    April 15, 2014

  • Roberto L.

    I think this topic is likely to be more controversial than others... may I ask that more so than usual we all read the book, or at least know it's content well?

    3 · April 10, 2014

  • BrianG

    I am going to try and make this meetup as my issues with AA stem from it's religious requirements.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know if I'll be able to get the book finished by then, but with a fair amount of secondhand AA experience, this hits pretty close to home for me.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • monty

    im back sacfan also provides balance when aa s god talk gets on my nerves.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • monty

    Roberto, interesting link. I agree with most of the points made, its primarily the comeradery the steps are bunk. but without aa i would have isolated after leaving the booze bars and drunks now i have great sober friends! i joined sacfan for the same reasons!

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Roberto L.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Brooke

    I created a Facebook discussion group if you'd like to talk about this book before the Meetup, or about anything else to do with SacFAN-related books!

    2 · March 20, 2014

  • monty

    am a 7 years sober member of aa and an out spoken can be annoyingly religious at times but is working for me. the 2 groups I attend are very liberal and accepting of my world view. I must read bk,looking forward to discussion.

    3 · March 18, 2014

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