At the 1976 World Service Conference, the Delegates expressed a need for an inexpensive piece of literature the groups could put in church foyers, libraries, doctors’ offices or other public places.

A piece titled, “An Oasis Called Al-Anon,” written by a member who used a pseudonym to retain his anonymity, originally published by Family Health (August 1976) and condensed for the September 1976 issue of Reader’s Digest, fit the need.