Over the next month I am going to publish on this website a reprint of the book that was put into print in 1986 from the transcription of tapes recorded in 1968. My introduction to the book was posted a few weeks ago as an explanation of the re-printing. The following is the Dedication and original Foreword.
Building a House of Sobriety
A Workshop on Alcoholism
By Allen Reid McGinnis
This book is dedicated to all those who have loved this man for sharing his experience, strength and hope… and to all those who seek and will hopefully find some answers through reading the written words.
Allen was a native of Oklahoma, received his education In Catholic parochial schools and attended the University of Tulsa. Before turning to advertising, he had a successful career as a writer of short stories. He also had several plays produced by various civic theaters as well as summer stock companies.
He joined a highly respected advertising firm in 1945 after his discharge from the Army and in the more than twenty years that followed he wrote copy for many large accounts working up to TV writing in the ‘50s and eventually becoming Creative Director and a Vice-President in the company. His list of advertising awards was long and varied. Allen was a past president of The Copy Club of Los Angeles and a member of the permanent advertising committee for the United Crusade.
This was the public man who entered the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1952. Those of us who were there when he shared his “Workshop on Alcoholism” in 1968 and many who have heard the tapes of those five Thursday night talks over the last seventeen years feel that an opportunity was presented to find out what kind of foundation was needed upon which we could build a house of sobriety that would be secure.
The words that have been transcribed and printed onto the following pages have been edited as little as possible … with many prayers for guidance … and hopefully will be of benefit to those who have requested they be printed. The question and answer periods have also been included with all names of persons omitted respecting our tradition of anonymity. These further clarify frequently asked questions and contain a degree of humor. The editor only wishes that the many healthy sounds of laughter shared by all, questioners included could have been inserted. If the reader is trudging our road, they will be heard.
A talk that Allen gave in 1971 … one of the last times he shared … has also been transcribed and reprinted here. It is possible to learn from it much about how life can happen to us sober when we are challenged to put into practice what we have heard and learned through the years. It isn’t always easy, but it is possible if the foundation is solid. Shortly after this talk, and perhaps providing some explanation of how our physical condition can affect our reaction to life situations, Allen was diagnosed as having cancer. He died of that cancer in November of 1972… Sober… and still giving hope and encouragement to those who were there.
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