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Sam Shoemaker always knew he could be influential and change the world and yet out of the 30 something books he wrote, it was Bill Wilson’s, a book he edited and advised on, which changed the world the most. With this position of religious influence he helped many come closer to a moral and religious life, most notably Bill Wilson.
The early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgment of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Group and directly from Sam Shoemaker, their former leader in America, and from nowhere else.”Sam Shoemaker was the rector of Calvary Church in New York City, where he also functioned as Frank Buchman’s partner as the head of Oxford Groups in America.
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In fact it was actually Shoemaker who encouraged Bill Wilson to to write the steps himself, believing that an alcoholic was better suited to write the Steps. There has been a lot of material written on Frank Buchman’s influence on A. and 12 Step in general, but this is more to do with 12 Step’s connection to the Oxford Goup in it’s infancy.
Most of the influence from the Oxford Group came by way of Sam Shoemaker, not Buchman.