Changed by Grace
V. C. Kitchen, the Oxford Group, and A.A.
Glenn F. Chesnut
Glenn F. Chesnut, Changed by Grace: V. C. Kitchen, the Oxford Group, and A.A., September 2006, ISBN 0-595-40680-7, xv + 184 pp., $17.95.|
Victor C. Kitchen was a New York City advertising executive who wrote one of the Oxford Group's most important books:
V. C. Kitchen, I Was a Pagan
(New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934)
He also went to the same Oxford Group meetings as Bill Wilson, who later became the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a book about A.A.'s roots in the Oxford Group, as seen through the pages of Kitchen’s work.
Each century produces a small handful
of great spiritual books
"Each century produces a small handful of great spiritual books. I believe strongly that Changed by Grace is going to prove one of the greatest of our present century. The best way to describe it is to say that it does for us today what William James Varieties of Religious Experience did for the world of a hundred years ago. Those who read it with an open mind will not only come to understand what spiritual experiences and spiritual awakenings are about, but will also learn the simple daily actions required to produce such awakenings. It is my prayer this day that all who read this book will open their minds like morning flowers and absorb the sunlight of the spirit contained within this book." — John Barleycorn in The Waynedale News.
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The Names of God
How to find a God of our understanding
In the search to find a God of our understanding, there are four traditional paths in western spirituality, going all the way back to ancient Christian and Jewish thought, all of which are firmly founded in the Bible itself. They have always been an intrinsic part of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox spirituality.
All four of these are recognized and acknowledged in modern evangelical theology (from its beginnings in the eighteenth century), in the Oxford Group literature of the 1930's, and in the A.A. tradition. Using the traditional terminology, we call these the four basic "Names of God," although it is the one God, who reigns over all the universe, to whom they all four point.
1. The divine Glory and the experience of the Sacred: Bill W.’s conversion experience
2. The Spirit
3. The Good Itself and the Moral Law: the moral law as the face of God unveiled
4. The Truth Itself and Being Itself
TABLE OF CONTENTS