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1.
View PREFACE   ... A.A.   BB Preface, p.xi  
The second edition added the appendices, the Twelve Traditions, and the directions for getting in touch with A.A.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... A.A.   BB To Wives (Note), p.104  
But many of the suggestions given here may be adapted to help the person who lives with a woman alcoholic -- whether she is still drinking or is recovering in A.A.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... A.A.   BB A Vision For You (Note), p.155  
These men later became co-founders of A.A.


4.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A.   12&12 Foreword (Note), p.15  
(*) In 2014, it is estimated that over two million have recovered through A.A.


5.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Already a willingness has been achieved to cast out one's own will and one's own ideas about the alcohol problem in favor of those suggested by A.A.


6.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
They comfort the melancholy one by first showing him that his case is not strange or different, that his character defects are probably not more numerous or worse than those of anyone else in A.A.


7.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Permanent marriage breakups and separations, however, are unusual in A.A.


8.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
Some marry fellow A.A.'s.


9.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The considerations are equally true and important for the A.A.'s who marry "outside" A.A.


10.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
Thus has it been with A.A.


11.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
They become the real and permanent leadership of A.A.


12.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
No matter who you are, no matter how low you've gone, no matter how grave your emotional complications -- even your crimes -- we still can't deny you A.A.


13.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
We built a fine-mesh fence right around A.A.


14.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
He had at least an idea a minute on how to improve A.A.


15.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
It was based foursquare on the single purpose of A.A.


16.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
Probably no A.A.


17.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A.)   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.163  
(That was in the period when you couldn't mix money and A.A.)


18.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A."   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Caretakers who swept floors, cooks who fried hamburgers, secretaries in offices, authors writing books -- all these we have seen hotly assailed because they were, as their critics angrily remarked, "making money out of A.A."


19.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A."   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
They weren't asked to speak at A.A. meetings because they were "making money out of A.A."


20.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
Then we saw that if a hardworking secretary answered the phone dozens of times a day, listened to twenty wailing wives, arranged hospitalization and got sponsorship for ten newcomers, and was gently diplomatic with the irate drunk who complained about the job she was doing and how she was overpaid, then such a person could surely not be called a professional A.A.


21.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
They are professional secretaries,(*) but they certainly are not professional A.A.'s.


22.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.!"   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
That guy is making money out of A.A.!"


23.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
This Tradition is a constant and practical reminder that personal ambition has no place in A.A.


24.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
The trustees of the General Service Board are, in effect, our A.A.


25.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
They are the custodians of our A.A.


26.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A.


27.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. "12 Step" work is never to ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
But our usual A.A. "12 Step" work is never to be paid for.


28.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A.'s "12 Traditions" are seen in their ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
On the next page, A.A.'s "12 Traditions" are seen in their so-called "short form" the form in general use today.


29.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. a national institution.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, pp.186-187  
Jack Alexander's famous Saturday Evening Post piece made A.A. a national institution.


30.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. a particle of harm.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Despite their din, our puny rows never did A.A. a particle of harm.


31.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... A.A. activity in approximately 170 countries, with ...   BB A Vision For You (Note), p.162  
There is A.A. activity in approximately 170 countries, with an estimated membership of over two million.


32.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A.'s all around the globe.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
This is our gift from God, and its bestowal upon others like us is the one aim that today animates A.A.'s all around the globe.


33.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. all right, and were quick to ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
We liked A.A. all right, and were quick to say that it had done miracles.


34.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A., and for the first time in ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
When we reached A.A., and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously exciting.


35.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. and his new friends that he ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Her husband may become so wrapped up in A.A. and his new friends that he is inconsiderately away from home more than when he drank.


36.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... A.A. and I have come to the ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, psychiatrist: "As a psychiatrist, I have thought a great deal about the relationship of my specialty to A.A. and I have come to the conclusion that our particular function can very often lie in preparing the way for the patient to accept any sort of treatment or outside help.


37.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. and intends to stick has, without ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Every man and woman who has joined A.A. and intends to stick has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s and long enough acquainted to know ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The prospective partners need to be solid A.A.'s and long enough acquainted to know that their compatibility at spiritual, mental, and emotional levels is a fact and not wishful thinking.


39.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. -- and medically supervised.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A. -- and medically supervised.


40.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. -- and medically supervised.   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A. -- and medically supervised.


41.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. and money.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
On every lip were the words "You can't mix A.A. and money.


42.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement.


43.
View STEP TEN essay   ... A.A. and sober, and winning back the ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Now that we're in A.A. and sober, and winning back the esteem of our friends and business associates, we find that we still need to exercise special vigilance.


44.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. and spiritual things, often enhance such ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
Their common suffering as drinkers, their common interest in A.A. and spiritual things, often enhance such unions.


45.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. and the public.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
The board would be isolated, and would fall under heavy attack of criticism from both A.A. and the public.


46.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A. and the whole world abound.   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Of course the depressive and the power-driver are personality extremes, types with which A.A. and the whole world abound.


47.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A., and there we discover the fatal ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation.


48.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s anonymity policy.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
Since that time, editors and rewrite men have repeatedly deleted names and pictures of members from A.A. copy; frequently, they have reminded ambitious individuals of A.A.'s anonymity policy.


49.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. answer to these questions about living ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
The A.A. answer to these questions about living is "Yes, all of these things are possible."


50.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. apart?   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Would there be schisms which would split A.A. apart?


51.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along.


52.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
All such representatives are to be guided in the spirit of service, for true leaders in A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants of the whole.


53.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants ...   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
All such representatives are to be guided in the spirit of service, for true leaders in A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants of the whole.


54.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. as a whole.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Four -- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.


55.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. as a whole."   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
"Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole."


56.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. as a whole.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Whoever pays the piper is apt to call the tune, and if the A.A. Foundation obtained money from outside sources, its trustees might be tempted to run things without reference to the wishes of A.A. as a whole.


57.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. as a whole.   12&12 Tradition Nine, pp.174-175  
It is in this spirit of service that we elect the A.A. group's informal rotating committee, the intergroup association for the area, and the General Service Conferences of Alcoholics Anonymous for A.A. as a whole.


58.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. as a whole could survive and ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
As we discovered the principles by which the individual alcoholic could live, so we had to evolve principles by which the A.A. groups and A.A. as a whole could survive and function effectively.


59.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. as a whole is threatened.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
But in relation to us, it means very simply that every A.A. group can manage its affairs exactly as it pleases, except when A.A. as a whole is threatened.


60.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. as a whole, nor ought it ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In charting this enormous expanse of freedom, we found it necessary to post only two storm signals: A group ought not do anything which would greatly injure A.A. as a whole, nor ought it affiliate itself with anything or anybody else.


61.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. as a whole -- should never be ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Today, we are able to say with assurance that Alcoholics Anonymous -- A.A. as a whole -- should never be organized at all.


62.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. as a whole, that's quite a ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
But when it comes to A.A. as a whole, that's quite a different matter.


63.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. as a whole without conferring with ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board.


64.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. as a whole without conferring with ...   12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board.


65.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. as a whole, would suffice as ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
For the time being, we who were atheist or agnostic discovered that our own group, or A.A. as a whole, would suffice as a higher power.


66.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A., as such, ought never be organized; ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Nine -- A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.


67.
View TRADITION NINE essay   "A.A., as such, ought never be organized; ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
"A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve."


68.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A., as they are known today, were ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
The basic principles of A.A., as they are known today, were borrowed mainly from the fields of religion and medicine, though some ideas upon which success finally depended were the result of noting the behavior and needs of the Fellowship itself.


69.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. as we know it would stop.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
If nobody does the group's chores, if the area's telephone rings unanswered, if we do not reply to our mail, then A.A. as we know it would stop.


70.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s ask with much earnestness and faith ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
We have seen A.A.'s ask with much earnestness and faith for God's explicit guidance on matters ranging all the way from a shattering domestic or financial crisis to correcting a minor personal fault, like tardiness.


71.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. at all, so great was the ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
If all those rules had been in effect everywhere, nobody could have possibly joined A.A. at all, so great was the sum of our anxiety and fear.


72.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A.'s at first try to bypass Step ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
So intense, though, is our fear and reluctance to do this, that many A.A.'s at first try to bypass Step Five.


73.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A.'s basic text, those words have proved ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Like so much of A.A.'s basic text, those words have proved to be far more visionary than the founding members could ever have imagined.


74.
View STEP NINE essay   ... A.A. beam.   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
First we will wish to be reasonably certain that we are on the A.A. beam.


75.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. because of such conversations.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Many a new man and woman came to A.A. because of such conversations.


76.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. before the general public that alcoholics ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
Then Jack Alexander wrote a feature article in the Saturday Evening Post and placed such a compelling picture of A.A. before the general public that alcoholics in need of help really deluged us.


77.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. before the whole public.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
We simply couldn't afford to take the chance of letting self-appointed members present themselves as messiahs representing A.A. before the whole public.


78.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"


79.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"


80.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s best press agents.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
It resulted in more favorable publicity of Alcoholics Anonymous than could possibly have been obtained through all the arts and abilities of A.A.'s best press agents.


81.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"


82.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s bold enough to accept employment with ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
No individuals have been more buffeted by such emotional gusts than those A.A.'s bold enough to accept employment with outside agencies dealing with the alcohol problem.


83.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. booms in Middletown.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
In a matter of months, A.A. booms in Middletown.


84.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s bring a wide range of business ...   12&12 Tradition Eight (Note), p.169  
These A.A.'s bring a wide range of business and professional experience to their service at The General Service Office.


85.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. business, I thought, is totally unscientific.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
This A.A. business, I thought, is totally unscientific.


86.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. business meeting and blow his top ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
A corporation director who had just voted a company expenditure of a hundred thousand dollars would appear at an A.A. business meeting and blow his top over an outlay of twenty-five dollars' worth of needed postage stamps.


87.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A., but did not succeed because they ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
Many less desperate alcoholics tried A.A., but did not succeed because they could not make the admission of hopelessness.


88.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A., but in all other matters I ...   12&12 Step Three, pp.35-36  
But suppose that instinct still cries out, as it certainly will, "Yes, respecting alcohol, I guess I have to be dependent upon A.A., but in all other matters I must still maintain my independence.


89.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. but that hypothetical class of people ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
"We were resolved to admit nobody to A.A. but that hypothetical class of people we termed 'pure alcoholics.'


90.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. by tens of thousands, largely as ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
In the next years alcoholics flocked to A.A. by tens of thousands, largely as the result of excellent and continuous publicity freely given by magazines and newspapers throughout the world.


91.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. calendar it was Year Two.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
On the A.A. calendar it was Year Two.


92.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. campus," and love follows at first ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
It is only where "boy meets girl on A.A. campus," and love follows at first sight, that difficulties may develop.


93.
View STEP TEN essay   ... A.A.'s can agree with him, for we ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.


94.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. can be located through the local ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
In such places, A.A. can be located through the local telephone directory, newspaper office, or police station, or by contacting local priests or ministers.


95.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. can compel another to do anything; ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
No A.A. can compel another to do anything; nobody can be punished or expelled.


96.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. can give another a directive and ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer who can compel the payment of any dues, no board of directors who can cast an erring member into outer darkness, when indeed no A.A. can give another a directive and enforce obedience, our friends gasp and exclaim, "This simply can't be. There must be an angle somewhere."


97.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   A.A. can, of course, mean just as ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
A.A. can, of course, mean just as much to uncounted alcoholics not yet reached.


98.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A.'s can say to the drifter, "Yes, ...   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Any number of A.A.'s can say to the drifter, "Yes, we were diverted from our childhood faith, too.


99.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A.'s can say, "Yes, we were like ...   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
To these, many A.A.'s can say, "Yes, we were like you -- far too smart for our own good.


100.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s cannot pretend to offer full answers ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
We A.A.'s cannot pretend to offer full answers to age-old perplexities, but our own experience does provide certain answers that work for us.


101.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. carry them through?   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
Would the kind of dependence they had learned in A.A. carry them through?


102.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. classic.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Then he did something else that was to become an A.A. classic.


103.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. comes harder to those who have ...   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting.


104.
View TRADITION SIX essay   A.A.'s commenced to thump tables in legislative ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
A.A.'s commenced to thump tables in legislative committee rooms and agitated for legal reform.


105.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. connections, and we feared we'd be ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
We took this violent new tack because here and there members had tried to make money out of their A.A. connections, and we feared we'd be exploited.


106.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. consists mainly of racking dilemmas and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
We have been considering so many problems that it may appear that A.A. consists mainly of racking dilemmas and troubleshooting.


107.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. contributions by which we maintain our ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
They are the custodians of our A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A. General Service Office at New York.


108.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. contributions by which we maintain our ...   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A.


109.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. copy; frequently, they have reminded ambitious ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
Since that time, editors and rewrite men have repeatedly deleted names and pictures of members from A.A. copy; frequently, they have reminded ambitious individuals of A.A.'s anonymity policy.


110.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. could get along better without its ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
His pet obsession was that A.A. could get along better without its "God nonsense."


111.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. could go faster and farther if ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
They were sure that A.A. could go faster and farther if it availed itself of modern publicity methods.


112.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. could have made only the slowest ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Without such support, A.A. could have made only the slowest progress.


113.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. could never have grown as it ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
Without its legions of well-wishers, A.A. could never have grown as it has.


114.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. did dream those dreams.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Yes, we of A.A. did dream those dreams.


115.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... A.A., died in the spring of 1960.   BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
(*) Father Ed, an early and wonderful friend of A.A., died in the spring of 1960.


116.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... A.A., died January 24, 1971.   BB Bill's Story, p.16  
Bill W. co-founder of A.A., died January 24, 1971.


117.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. dies.   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
We stay whole, or A.A. dies.


118.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A.'s disciplinarians; we need no others.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Great suffering and great love are A.A.'s disciplinarians; we need no others.


119.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. do not question that.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
We of A.A. do not question that.


120.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. do obey spiritual principles, first because ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
So we of A.A. do obey spiritual principles, first because we must, and ultimately because we love the kind of life such obedience brings.


121.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. does seem to suggest..."   12&12 Tradition Nine, pp.173-174  
But the majority experience in A.A. does seem to suggest..."


122.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. does the group conscience decree the ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Thus throughout A.A. does the group conscience decree the terms upon which its leaders shall serve.


123.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. doesn't pay off after all.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We begin to think that A.A. doesn't pay off after all.


124.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A.'s early medical and religious friends will ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Some of the recommendations of A.A.'s early medical and religious friends will be found further on in this book.


125.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. emerged from its infancy into adolescence, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
As A.A. emerged from its infancy into adolescence, we swung from the idea that we needed vast sums of money to the notion that A.A. shouldn't have any.


126.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. entered a new phase of its ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
The flying-blind period ended and A.A. entered a new phase of its pioneering time.


127.
View STEP THREE essay   A.A.'s entered the services and were scattered ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
A.A.'s entered the services and were scattered all over the world.


128.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A., entirely contrary to his own desires, ...   12&12 Tradition Two, pp.135-136  
One of the first members of A.A., entirely contrary to his own desires, was obliged to conform to group opinion.


129.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s, even the best, fall far short ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Of course all A.A.'s, even the best, fall far short of such achievements as a consistent thing.


130.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s existence in his community.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
These quiet disclosures helped him to lose his fear of the alcoholic stigma, and spread the news of A.A.'s existence in his community.


131.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence.   12&12 Step One, p.22  
We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence.


132.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. experience.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
He said he wished he'd paid some attention to A.A. experience.


133.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. experience has taught us that:   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Our A.A. experience has taught us that:


134.
View STEP FIVE essay   A.A. experience has taught us we cannot ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
A.A. experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them.


135.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... A.A. experience in this Step has meant ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.82  
Whenever our pencil falters, we can fortify and cheer ourselves by remembering what A.A. experience in this Step has meant to others.


136.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A.'s experience means anything at all, this ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Yet if A.A.'s experience means anything at all, this is not only unwise, but is actually a perilous resolve.


137.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. experience tell all these they may ...   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Can A.A. experience tell all these they may still find a faith that works?


138.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s experience that particularly in these cases ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
It is A.A.'s experience that particularly in these cases we ought to pray that God's will, whatever it is, be done for others as well as for ourselves.


139.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... A.A. experience, that we surely must try ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
But again we are driven on by the inescapable conclusion which we draw from A.A. experience, that we surely must try with a will, or else fall by the wayside.


140.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
10. No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues -- particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion.


141.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial ...   12&12 Tradition Ten (Long), p.192  
Ten -- No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues -- particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion.


142.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. Fellowship.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Both were severe cases of alcoholism and were destined to become co-founders of the A.A. Fellowship.


143.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. finally drop all its membership regulations?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Why did A.A. finally drop all its membership regulations?


144.
View STEP TEN essay   ... A.A.'s find we need something much better ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Although these attitudes are common enough, we A.A.'s find we need something much better in order to keep our balance.


145.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... A.A.'s first group, at Akron, Ohio, in ...   BB A Vision For You (Note), p.156  
This resulted in A.A.'s first group, at Akron, Ohio, in 1935.


146.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A.'s First International Convention, held at Cleveland ...   12&12 Foreword, p.18  
It was out of this vast welter of explosive experience that A.A.'s Twelve Traditions took form and were first published in 1946 and later confirmed at A.A.'s First International Convention, held at Cleveland in 1950.


147.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. fix drunks or was it an ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Did A.A. fix drunks or was it an educational project?


148.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A. -- for example, your clergyman or your ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
This individual may be entirely outside of A.A. -- for example, your clergyman or your doctor.


149.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. for the first time is greatly ...   12&12 Tradition One, pp.129-130  
Every newcomer, every friend who looks at A.A. for the first time is greatly puzzled.


150.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. for the solution of his alcohol ...   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
He made a beginning, we have seen, when he commenced to rely upon A.A. for the solution of his alcohol problem.


151.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. Foundation obtained money from outside sources, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Whoever pays the piper is apt to call the tune, and if the A.A. Foundation obtained money from outside sources, its trustees might be tempted to run things without reference to the wishes of A.A. as a whole.


152.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. friend.   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
At first that "somebody" is likely to be his closest A.A. friend.


153.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A.'s friends that these pieces might arouse ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Though the essays which follow were written mainly for members, it is thought by many of A.A.'s friends that these pieces might arouse interest and find application outside A.A. itself.


154.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. friends, these so-called loners tell us ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
Surrounded by so many A.A. friends, these so-called loners tell us they no longer feel alone.


155.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. from its primary purpose.   12&12 Tradition Seven, pp.164-165  
The pressure of that fat treasury would surely tempt the board to invent all kinds of schemes to do good with such funds, and so divert A.A. from its primary purpose.


156.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. from the housetops, and did.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
They wanted to shout A.A. from the housetops, and did.


157.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A., full of wisdom, who moves to ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Who is more unpopular than the oldtime A.A., full of wisdom, who moves to another area and tries to tell the group there how to run its business?


158.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. functions as a society.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Students of human relations are beginning to wonder how and why A.A. functions as a society.


159.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. General Service Committee.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
The trustees of the General Service Board are, in effect, our A.A. General Service Committee.


160.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A.'s General Service Office, A.A. World Services, ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
The General Service Board of A.A. (the trustees) administers A.A.'s General Service Office, A.A. World Services, Inc., and our monthly magazine, the A.A. Grapevine.


161.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. General Service Office at New York.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
They are the custodians of our A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A. General Service Office at New York.


162.
View FOREWORD   (A.A.'s General Service Office may be reached ...   12&12 Foreword, p.18  
(A.A.'s General Service Office may be reached by writing: Alcoholics Anonymous, P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. U.S.A.)


163.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. get its direction?   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
Where does A.A. get its direction?


164.
View STEP TEN essay   ... A.A.'s go in for annual or semiannual ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Many A.A.'s go in for annual or semiannual housecleanings.


165.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. got, or can we get, the ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Have we alcoholics in A.A. got, or can we get, the resources to meet these calamities which come to so many?


166.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. Grapevine.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
They are authorized by the groups to handle our over-all public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine.


167.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. Grapevine.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
The General Service Board of A.A. (the trustees) administers A.A.'s General Service Office, A.A. World Services, Inc., and our monthly magazine, the A.A. Grapevine.


168.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. Grapevine.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
They are authorized by the groups to handle our overall public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine.


169.
View STEP SIX essay   ... A.A.'s greatest friends.   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
So declares a well-loved clergyman who happens to be one of A.A.'s greatest friends.


170.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s greatest protection.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, pp.182-183  
The Foundation(*) wrote letters to practically every news outlet in North America, setting forth our public relations policy of attraction rather than promotion, and emphasizing personal anonymity as A.A.'s greatest protection.


171.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. grew by leaps and bounds.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, pp.xix-xx  
While the internal difficulties of our adolescent period were being ironed out, public acceptance of A.A. grew by leaps and bounds.


172.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. group.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
If you cannot find A.A. in your locality, visit our Web site: www.aa.org; or a letter addressed to Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, USA, will receive a prompt reply from this world center, referring you to the nearest A.A. group.


173.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. group?   12&12 Step Twelve, pp.111-112  
Can we bring the same spirit of love and tolerance into our sometimes deranged family lives that we bring to our A.A. group?


174.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. group.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
In our early time, nothing seemed so fragile, so easily breakable as an A.A. group.


175.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group an individual entity, strictly reliant ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
This meant, of course, that we had been given the courage to declare each A.A. group an individual entity, strictly reliant on its own conscience as a guide to action.


176.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group, as such, should never go ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business.


177.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. group, as such, should never go ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business.


178.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group, as such, simply couldn't handle ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
An A.A. group, as such, simply couldn't handle this sort of project.


179.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. group as their higher power, claims ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
To certain newcomers and to those one-time agnostics who still cling to the A.A. group as their higher power, claims for the power of prayer may, despite all the logic and experience in proof of it, still be unconvincing or quite objectionable.


180.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group can bind itself to no ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.


181.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. group can bind itself to no ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.


182.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group can manage its affairs exactly ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
But in relation to us, it means very simply that every A.A. group can manage its affairs exactly as it pleases, except when A.A. as a whole is threatened.


183.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group could stand almost any amount ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
When A.A.'s Traditions were first published, in 1946, we had become sure that an A.A. group could stand almost any amount of battering.


184.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. group had actually been formed, though ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
When the broker returned to New York in the fall of 1935, the first A.A. group had actually been formed, though no one realized it at the time.


185.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group had exercised its right to ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Thus it was that under Tradition Four an A.A. group had exercised its right to be wrong.


186.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. group had many membership rules.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
"At one time," he says, "every A.A. group had many membership rules.


187.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. group's informal rotating committee, the intergroup ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
It is in this spirit of service that we elect the A.A. group's informal rotating committee, the intergroup association for the area, and the General Service Conferences of Alcoholics Anonymous for A.A. as a whole.


188.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. group into business; too many busybody ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Whereupon we tried A.A. hospitals -- they all bogged down because you cannot put an A.A. group into business; too many busybody cooks spoil the broth.


189.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


190.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never to go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


191.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group needs the least possible organization.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
9. Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


192.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. group needs the least possible organization.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
Nine -- Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


193.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group or member should ever, in ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
10. No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues -- particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion.


194.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. group or member should ever, in ...   12&12 Tradition Ten (Long), p.192  
Ten -- No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues -- particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion.


195.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. group or upon a Higher Power ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
But dependence upon an A.A. group or upon a Higher Power hasn't produced any baleful results.


196.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Six -- An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.


197.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
"An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


198.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Seven -- Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.


199.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
"Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions."


200.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group, provided that, as a group, ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


201.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group provided that as a group ...   12&12 Tradition Four, pp.146-147  
So confident of this had we become that the original statement of A.A. tradition carried this significant sentence: "Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group provided that as a group they have no other affiliation."


202.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. group, provided that, as a group, ...   12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


203.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. group should be responsible to no ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
4. With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.


204.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. group should be responsible to no ...   12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
Four -- With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.


205.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. group the higher power, would presently ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
From great numbers of such experiences, we could predict that the doubter who still claimed that he hadn't got the "spiritual angle," and who still considered his well-loved A.A. group the higher power, would presently love God and call Him by name.


206.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. group was given five thousand dollars ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
One A.A. group was given five thousand dollars to do with what it would.


207.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. group was struck at Akron, Ohio, ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
The spark that was to flare into the first A.A. group was struck at Akron, Ohio, in June 1935, during a talk between a New York stockbroker and an Akron physician.


208.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group with medication and education had ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
By his eloquence he allayed all fears, despite advice from the Foundation that it could issue no charter, and that ventures which mixed an A.A. group with medication and education had come to sticky ends elsewhere.


209.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. group would have to stick to ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
The A.A. group would have to stick to its course or be hopelessly lost.


210.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. groups.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
In the United States and Canada, most towns and cities have A.A. groups.


211.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. groups.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
For this reason, some very good causes and all connected with them suffered unjust criticism from A.A. groups.


212.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. groups and A.A. as a whole ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
As we discovered the principles by which the individual alcoholic could live, so we had to evolve principles by which the A.A. groups and A.A. as a whole could survive and function effectively.


213.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. groups could duplicate everywhere.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
They figured the town needed a great big alcoholic center, a kind of pilot plant A.A. groups could duplicate everywhere.


214.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. groups for voluntary contributions.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
So we asked the A.A. groups for voluntary contributions.


215.
View TRADITION SIX essay   A.A. groups had their fling at education, ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
A.A. groups had their fling at education, and when they began to publicly whoop up the merits of this or that brand, people became confused.


216.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. groups, many thought, could go into ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
The A.A. groups, many thought, could go into business, might finance any enterprise whatever in the total field of alcoholism.


217.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. groups multiplied, so did anonymity problems.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
As the A.A. groups multiplied, so did anonymity problems.


218.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... A.A. groups or from Box 459, Grand ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
(This address is now available in pamphlet form at nominal cost through most A.A. groups or from Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, under the title "Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill W." -- formerly called "Bill on Alcoholism" and earlier "Alcoholism the Illness.")


219.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
7. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


220.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully ...   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
Seven -- The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


221.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. groups would have to reach quickly ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
The A.A. groups would have to reach quickly as many despairing alcoholics as they could.


222.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A.'s growth, and a striking phenomenon of ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Literature has played a major role in A.A.'s growth, and a striking phenomenon of the past quarter-century has been the explosion of translations of our basic literature into many languages and dialects.


223.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. had a very special meaning.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
For those of us who were like that, A.A. had a very special meaning.


224.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   A.A. had become a national institution.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
A.A. had become a national institution.


225.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A., had brought us within reach of ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Providence, through A.A., had brought us within reach of our highest expectations.


226.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. had suddenly gone peaceable, and become ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Maybe this sounds as though the alcoholics in A.A. had suddenly gone peaceable, and become one great big happy family.


227.
View TRADITION THREE essay   A.A. had taken its first step in ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
A.A. had taken its first step in the formation of Tradition Three.


228.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. had to be publicized somehow, so ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
Obviously, A.A. had to be publicized somehow, so we resorted to the idea that it would be far better to let our friends do this for us.


229.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. had to function.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
Despite these misgivings, we had to recognize the fact that A.A. had to function.


230.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A.'s had to hang together or die ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
But out of this frightening and at first disrupting experience the conviction grew that A.A.'s had to hang together or die separately.


231.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. has an irresistible strength of purpose ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
They see liberty verging on license, yet they recognize at once that A.A. has an irresistible strength of purpose and action.


232.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... A.A. has become, for nearly every practical ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
II. The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in its world affairs.


233.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   A.A. has flourishing communities in the British ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
A.A. has flourishing communities in the British Isles, the Scandinavian countries, South Africa, South America, Mexico, Alaska, Australia and Hawaii.


234.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... A.A. has found that he can make ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.


235.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A. has just about doubled, to an ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Since the third edition was published in 1976, worldwide membership of A.A. has just about doubled, to an estimated two million or more, with nearly 100,800 groups meeting in approximately 150 countries around the world.


236.
View STEP TWELVE essay   A.A. has many single alcoholics who wish ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
A.A. has many single alcoholics who wish to marry and are in a position to do so.


237.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. has offset the damage to family ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
To a surprising extent, A.A. has offset the damage to family life brought about by years of alcoholism.


238.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... A.A. has released thousands of alcoholics from ...   BB To Wives, p.114  
Since this book was first published, A.A. has released thousands of alcoholics from asylums and hospitals of every kind.


239.
View TRADITION NINE essay   A.A. has to function, but at the ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
A.A. has to function, but at the same time it must avoid those dangers of great wealth, prestige, and entrenched power which necessarily tempt other societies.


240.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. has wrought in all of us.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
This principle is telling evidence of the profound change that A.A. has wrought in all of us.


241.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. have a real leadership?"   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
This brings us straight to the question "Does A.A. have a real leadership?"


242.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A., have admitted defeat, have acquired the ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
So it is by circumstance rather than by any virtue that we have been driven to A.A., have admitted defeat, have acquired the rudiments of faith, and now want to make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to a Higher Power.


243.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. have an earning power considerably above ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
We forgot that most alcoholics in A.A. have an earning power considerably above average; we forgot the immense goodwill of our brother A.A.'s who were only too eager to help us to better jobs when we deserved them; we forgot the actual or potential financial insecurity of every human being in the world.


244.
View INTRODUCTION   ... A.A. have asked if it would be ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
In recent years some members and friends of A.A. have asked if it would be wise to update the language, idioms, and historical references in the book to present a more contemporary image for the Fellowship.


245.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s have attached themselves have been ill-conceived, ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
True, some of the projects to which A.A.'s have attached themselves have been ill-conceived, but that makes not the slightest difference with the principle involved.


246.
View STEP SIX essay   ... A.A.'s have "become entirely ready" to have ...   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
So in a very complete and literal way, all A.A.'s have "become entirely ready" to have God remove the mania for alcohol from their lives.


247.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s have ever worked the Twelfth Step ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
This has always been so obvious that only a very few A.A.'s have ever worked the Twelfth Step for a fee.


248.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy.


249.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A.'s have known from the very beginning ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
As by some deep instinct, we A.A.'s have known from the very beginning that we must never, no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one.


250.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. have very happy homes.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Most married folks in A.A. have very happy homes.


251.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A.'s, he is not.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
To most A.A.'s, he is not.


252.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. headquarters, asking, "Is there anything in ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
Straightway he appeared at New York's A.A. headquarters, asking, "Is there anything in our tradition that suggests I shouldn't take a job like this one?


253.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A.'s headquarters in New York, wanting to ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
They wrote the Foundation(*), A.A.'s headquarters in New York, wanting to know about this sort of streamlining.


254.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A.'s headquarters in New York would be ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
You might think A.A.'s headquarters in New York would be an exception.


255.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. heart that one day our name ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Perhaps the fear will always lurk in every A.A. heart that one day our name will be exploited by somebody for real cash.


256.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. hired out to such enterprises, he ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
In former days, the moment an A.A. hired out to such enterprises, he was immediately tempted to use the name Alcoholics Anonymous for publicity or money-raising purposes.


257.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. history.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
Then our trustees wrote a bright page of A.A. history.


258.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. history, and soon have the solid ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
Then they commence to watch us with speculative eyes, pick up a fragment of A.A. history, and soon have the solid facts.


259.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. hospitals -- they all bogged down because ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Whereupon we tried A.A. hospitals -- they all bogged down because you cannot put an A.A. group into business; too many busybody cooks spoil the broth.


260.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A., if we go on growing, our ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security -- emotional security and financial security -- commence to change profoundly.


261.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. in big-time trouble, and this would ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
I certainly won't be the guy to land A.A. in big-time trouble, and this would really do it!"


262.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. in our Fellowship breaks anonymity at ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
It is significant, now that almost no A.A. in our Fellowship breaks anonymity at the public level, that nearly all these fears have subsided.


263.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. in the wills of people still ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
They pointed out that the Foundation board already knew of a total of half a million dollars set aside for A.A. in the wills of people still alive.


264.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. in this town.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
They say to one another, "Perhaps it would be a good idea if we continue to keep a firm hand on A.A. in this town.


265.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. in your locality, visit our Web ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
If you cannot find A.A. in your locality, visit our Web site: www.aa.org; or a letter addressed to Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, USA, will receive a prompt reply from this world center, referring you to the nearest A.A. group.


266.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s inquire once more just what our ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
As we approach the actual taking of Step Seven, it might be well if we A.A.'s inquire once more just what our deeper objectives are.


267.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. into the dark regions of dope ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
We'd spill A.A. into the dark regions of dope addiction and criminality.


268.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... A.A. is a group unto themselves and ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Dr. G. Kirby Collier, psychiatrist: "I have felt that A.A. is a group unto themselves and their best results can be had under their own guidance, as a result of their philosophy.


269.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. is a loving God as He ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
These practical folk then read Tradition Two, and learn that the sole authority in A.A. is a loving God as He may express Himself in the group conscience.


270.
View STEP NINE essay   ... A.A. is, and what we are trying ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Then we are ready to go to these people, to tell them what A.A. is, and what we are trying to do.


271.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... A.A. is by far the greatest thing ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Dr. John F. Stouffer, Chief Psychiatrist, Philadelphia General Hospital, citing his experience with A.A., said: "The alcoholics we get here at Philadelphia General are mostly those who cannot afford private treatment, and A.A. is by far the greatest thing we have been able to offer them.


272.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... A.A. is composed of approximately 114,000 groups.   BB Bill's Story (Note), p.16  
(*) In 2012, A.A. is composed of approximately 114,000 groups.


273.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. is established in approximately 170 countries.   12&12 Foreword (Note), p.18  
(*) In 2014, A.A. is established in approximately 170 countries.


274.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. is full of people who once ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
It's no doubt a fact that A.A. is full of people who once believed as I do.


275.
View PREAMBLE   A.A. is not allied with any sect, ...   Grapevine Preamble  
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.


276.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. is one of the greatest assets ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Today the remarkable unity of A.A. is one of the greatest assets that our Society has.


277.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... A.A. is reaching out, not only to ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Surveys of groups in the United States and Canada indicate that A.A. is reaching out, not only to more and more people, but to a wider and wider range.


278.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. is really saying to every serious ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
For A.A. is really saying to every serious drinker, "You are an A.A. member if you say so.


279.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s is relatively high, we have some ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Though the earning power of most A.A.'s is relatively high, we have some members who never seem to get on their feet moneywise, and still others who encounter heavy financial reverses.


280.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. is the only safe harbor for ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Any willing newcomer feels sure A.A. is the only safe harbor for the foundering vessel he has become.


281.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
To those who have made progress in A.A., it amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.


282.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A., it is suggested that you write ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
Should you be the relative or friend of an alcoholic who shows no immediate interest in A.A., it is suggested that you write the Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc., 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA.


283.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. its present form, substance, and unity.   12&12 Foreword, p.18  
The Tradition section of this volume portrays in some detail the experience which finally produced the Twelve Traditions and so gave A.A. its present form, substance, and unity.


284.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. itself.   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Though the essays which follow were written mainly for members, it is thought by many of A.A.'s friends that these pieces might arouse interest and find application outside A.A. itself.


285.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. itself function without full-time workers.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
Neither could A.A. itself function without full-time workers.


286.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. itself, is possible to anyone.   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
We saw that we were powerless over alcohol, but we also perceived that faith of some kind, if only in A.A. itself, is possible to anyone.


287.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. itself might survive.   12&12 Tradition One, pp.130-131  
As we had once struggled and prayed for individual recovery, just so earnestly did we commence to quest for the principles through which A.A. itself might survive.


288.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. itself your 'higher power.'   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
You can, if you wish, make A.A. itself your 'higher power.'


289.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. knowledge and experience were being sold ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
In all these instances, and more, it was claimed that A.A. knowledge and experience were being sold for money, hence these people, too, were professionals.


290.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. landscape seems to be littered with ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
At times the A.A. landscape seems to be littered with bleeding forms.


291.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A. life.   12&12 Step One, p.21  
Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life.


292.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. life confirm this ageless truth.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
To an amazing extent the facts of A.A. life confirm this ageless truth.


293.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. life everywhere.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
It is an all-pervading spiritual quality which today keynotes A.A. life everywhere.


294.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. life which brought us to this ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
What are these facts of A.A. life which brought us to this apparently impractical principle?


295.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   A.A.'s lifelines have to be tended.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
A.A.'s lifelines have to be tended.


296.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. looked more like one prodigious squabble ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Before we leveled off a bit, A.A. looked more like one prodigious squabble than anything else, at least on the surface.


297.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.


298.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. managers are usually preferred.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred.


299.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. managers are usually preferred.   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred.


300.
View STEP TWELVE essay   A.A.'s manner of making ready to receive ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
A.A.'s manner of making ready to receive this gift lies in the practice of the Twelve Steps in our program.


301.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A." meet the most stubborn resistance or, ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
He and all like him who "view with alarm for the good of A.A." meet the most stubborn resistance or, worse still, laughter.


302.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. meeting is an assurance that God ...   12&12 Step Two, p.33  
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him.


303.
View STEP SIX essay   ... A.A. meetings all over the world, statements ...   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
In A.A. meetings all over the world, statements just like this are heard daily.


304.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. meetings and at first decided they ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Other thousands came to a few A.A. meetings and at first decided they didn't want the program.


305.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. meetings and listen, not only to ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We sit in A.A. meetings and listen, not only to receive something ourselves, but to give the reassurance and support which our presence can bring.


306.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. meetings because they were "making money ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
They weren't asked to speak at A.A. meetings because they were "making money out of A.A."


307.
View STEP SIX essay   ... A.A. member.   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
Of course, the often disputed question of whether God can -- and will, under certain conditions -- remove defects of character will be answered with a prompt affirmative by almost any A.A. member.


308.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. member acting as a citizen can ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
If an A.A. member acting as a citizen can become a better researcher, educator, personnel officer, then why not?


309.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. member and make it stick, let ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Neither its General Service Conference, its Foundation Board,(*) nor the humblest group committee can issue a single directive to an A.A. member and make it stick, let alone mete out any punishment.


310.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. member be?"   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Squarely before us was the question "How anonymous should an A.A. member be?"


311.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. member carry our knowledge into other ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
But when we had declared that our Fellowship couldn't hire service workers nor could any A.A. member carry our knowledge into other fields, we were taking the counsel of fear, fear which today has been largely dispelled in the light of experience.


312.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. member declares that no satisfaction has ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
Practically every A.A. member declares that no satisfaction has been deeper and no joy greater than in a Twelfth Step job well done.


313.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. member follows to the best of ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Unless each A.A. member follows to the best of his ability our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant.


314.
View STEP SIX essay   ... A.A. member has been granted a release ...   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
It is plain for everybody to see that each sober A.A. member has been granted a release from this very obstinate and potentially fatal obsession.


315.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. member has to conform to the ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
The A.A. member has to conform to the principles of recovery.


316.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. member's house and, unknown to the ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
About two weeks later, Ed stole by night into an A.A. member's house and, unknown to the family, went to bed.


317.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. member if this really works.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
They dubiously ask an experienced A.A. member if this really works.


318.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. member if you say so.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
For A.A. is really saying to every serious drinker, "You are an A.A. member if you say so.


319.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. member is personal sobriety, the aim ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Just as the aim of each A.A. member is personal sobriety, the aim of our services is to bring sobriety within reach of all who want it.


320.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. member's name -- and story, too -- had ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Clearly, every A.A. member's name -- and story, too -- had to be confidential, if he wished.


321.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. member solely because of his public ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
Of course, there couldn't be the slightest objection if such an association hired an A.A. member solely because of his public relations ability and his knowledge of alcoholism.


322.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. member the minute you declare yourself."   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
So you're an A.A. member the minute you declare yourself."


323.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. member to break his anonymity at ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
But that wasn't the whole story, for in this case not only was an A.A. member to break his anonymity at a public level, he was to link the name Alcoholics Anonymous to this particular educational project in the minds of millions.


324.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. member to educate the public on ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
A university wanted an A.A. member to educate the public on alcoholism.


325.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... A.A. member who was living in a ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
We know of an A.A. member who was living in a large community.


326.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. members.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
This is a world clearing house for the Al-Anon Family Groups, composed largely of the wives, husbands and friends of A.A. members.


327.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. members.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
It could almost be said that we were born with it, for, as one oldtimer recently declared, "Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political, or reform argument among A.A. members.


328.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. members, and whose story of the ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
He had also been greatly helped by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, a New York specialist in alcoholism who is now accounted no less than a medical saint by A.A. members, and whose story of the early days of our Society appears in the next pages.


329.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. members are left who deliberately break ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
Only a few A.A. members are left who deliberately break anonymity at the public level.


330.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. members as individuals have been asked ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
These are only a few of the jobs which A.A. members as individuals have been asked to fill.


331.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. members began to run rest homes ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Even greater furors were provoked when A.A. members began to run rest homes and farms for alcoholics, when some hired out to corporations as personnel men in charge of the alcoholic problem in industry, when some became nurses on alcoholic wards, when others entered the field of alcohol education.


332.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. members both among fellow alcoholics and ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
Moved by the spirit of anonymity, we try to give up our natural desires for personal distinction as A.A. members both among fellow alcoholics and before the general public.


333.
View PREFACE   ... (A.A. members' fond nickname for this volume) ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
All changes made over the years in the Big Book (A.A. members' fond nickname for this volume) have had the same purpose: to represent the current membership of Alcoholics Anonymous more accurately, and thereby to reach more alcoholics.


334.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. members have bought farms or rest ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Now and then, A.A. members have bought farms or rest homes where badly beat-up topers could find needed care.


335.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A. members have suffered severely from self-justification ...   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
First off, they can be told that the majority of A.A. members have suffered severely from self-justification during their drinking days.


336.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. members into A.A. show-offs.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
They had changed from A.A. members into A.A. show-offs.


337.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. members of that time.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
They finally came up with a conclusion that shocked the A.A. members of that time.


338.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed.


339.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed.


340.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. members recover and by which their ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
It presents an explicit view of the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which their Society functions.


341.
View INTRODUCTION   ... A.A. members recover, and how our society ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
Bill W., who along with Dr. Bob S. founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, wrote the book to share 18 years of collective experience within the Fellowship on how A.A. members recover, and how our society functions.


342.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. members resolved to keep our Society ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
As we surveyed the wreck of that movement, early A.A. members resolved to keep our Society out of public controversy.


343.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. members served them.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Drunk farms, educational ventures, state legislatures, and commissions advertised the fact that A.A. members served them.


344.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. members to tell their stories.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
In the spring of 1940, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. gave a dinner for many of his friends to which he invited A.A. members to tell their stories.


345.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. members who, for a variety of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
And what can be said of many A.A. members who, for a variety of reasons, cannot have a family life?


346.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A. members with computers can participate in ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world.


347.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. membership ever depend upon money or ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity.


348.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. membership ever depend upon money or ...   12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity.


349.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s membership has been led to us ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
It is no exaggeration to say that half of A.A.'s membership has been led to us through channels like these.


350.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. membership is a desire to stop ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Three -- The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.


351.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. membership is a desire to stop ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
"The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking."


352.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. membership is a desire to stop ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
He read aloud, "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking."


353.
View PREAMBLE   ... A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our ...   Grapevine Preamble  
There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.


354.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A.'s membership, will give such inquirers an ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
The second section of this volume, though designed for A.A.'s membership, will give such inquirers an inside view of A.A. never before possible.


355.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s message.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
If our turn comes to speak at a meeting, we again try to carry A.A.'s message.


356.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s message.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Perhaps this will happen in a succession of cases, and we may be deeply discouraged as to our ability to carry A.A.'s message.


357.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. message.   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
Neither he nor anybody else can survive unless he carries the A.A. message.


358.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s message.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
Veteran newsmen, trained doubters that they are, have gone all out to carry A.A.'s message.


359.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A.'s message before scores of people.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Tirelessly he laid A.A.'s message before scores of people.


360.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A.'s message could be transmitted in the ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
New groups started up and it was found, to the astonishment of everyone, that A.A.'s message could be transmitted in the mail as well as by word of mouth.


361.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A. message, sweeping changes in society as ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
While our literature has preserved the integrity of the A.A. message, sweeping changes in society as a whole are reflected in new customs and practices within the Fellowship.


362.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... A.A. message to more than 5,000 alcoholic ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
To 1950, the year of his death, he carried the A.A. message to more than 5,000 alcoholic men and women, and to all these he gave his medical services without thought of charge.


363.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


364.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A.'s message to the next sufferer?   12&12 Step One, p.24  
Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A.'s message to the next sufferer?


365.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A. message to those who don't know ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
Under these compulsions of self-preservation, duty, and love, it is not strange that our Society has concluded that it has but one high mission -- to carry the A.A. message to those who don't know there's a way out.


366.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. might have been!"   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Back again in their caves, alcoholics would reproach us and say, "What a great thing A.A. might have been!"


367.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. more effective, how to do the ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Let it be noted, too, that they were almost always concerned with ways to make A.A. more effective, how to do the most good for the most alcoholics.


368.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A., moves -- let us say -- to Middletown, ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
John Doe, a good A.A., moves -- let us say -- to Middletown, U.S.A.


369.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. must always stay poor.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
They declared for the principle that A.A. must always stay poor.


370.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   A.A. must continue to live or most ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die.


371.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   A.A. must continue to live or most ...   12&12 Tradition One (Long), p.189  
A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die.


372.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A. must hit bottom first?   12&12 Step One, p.24  
Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first?


373.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. my reaction was just like yours.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
When I first looked at A.A. my reaction was just like yours.


374.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. name.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name.


375.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. name.   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name.


376.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. name behind any meritorious cause.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
In fact, we felt duty-bound to throw the whole weight of the A.A. name behind any meritorious cause.


377.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s name for his own purposes, the ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
If even one publicly got drunk, or was lured into using A.A.'s name for his own purposes, the damage might be irreparable.


378.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. name from clubs and Twelfth Step ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Even inside A.A. we found it imperative to remove the A.A. name from clubs and Twelfth Step houses.


379.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. name ought never be drawn into ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Ten -- Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.


380.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. name ought never be drawn into ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
"Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy."


381.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. name ought never be drawn into ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.179  
Thus was laid the cornerstone for Tradition Ten: "Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy."


382.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. name to any cause other than ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
We saw as never before that we could not lend the A.A. name to any cause other than our own.


383.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. name to any related facility or ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Six -- An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.


384.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. name to any related facility or ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
"An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


385.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A. needed a lot of money; that ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
Suppose my answer had to be that A.A. needed a lot of money; that A.A. went in for education, hospitals, and rehabilitation?


386.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. never before possible.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
The second section of this volume, though designed for A.A.'s membership, will give such inquirers an inside view of A.A. never before possible.


387.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. newcomers are confronted with a dilemma, ...   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
The moment they read Step Two, most A.A. newcomers are confronted with a dilemma, sometimes a serious one.


388.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. no member can be set in ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Why is it, they ask, that in A.A. no member can be set in personal authority over another, that nothing like a central government can anywhere be seen?


389.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A. now enters maturity, it has begun ...   12&12 Foreword, p.18  
As A.A. now enters maturity, it has begun to reach into forty foreign lands.(*)


390.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. number three.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
Their very first case, a desperate one, recovered immediately and became A.A. number three.


391.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... A.A. Number Three.   BB A Vision For You (Note), p.156  
(*) This refers to Bill's and Dr. Bob's first visit to A.A. Number Three.


392.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. numbered 8,000 members.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
By the close of 1941, A.A. numbered 8,000 members.


393.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. of membership, that we must never ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Why did we dare to say, contrary to the experience of society and government everywhere, that we would neither punish nor deprive any A.A. of membership, that we must never compel anyone to pay anything, believe anything, or conform to anything?


394.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. of today.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
In many respects, the Washingtonians were akin to A.A. of today.


395.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. offer them satisfactions of similar worth ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
If they cannot have this kind of happiness, can A.A. offer them satisfactions of similar worth and durability?


396.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. offices, clubs, and homes, telephones ring ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
In A.A. offices, clubs, and homes, telephones ring constantly.


397.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often pay ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Even A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often pay dearly for skimping this Step.


398.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. on television...."   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
One voice says, "I read a piece in the newspapers..."; another, "We heard a radio program..."; and still another, "We saw a moving picture..." or "We saw something about A.A. on television...."


399.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A., once agnostic or atheistic, tells us ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
Many an A.A., once agnostic or atheistic, tells us that it was during this stage of Step Five that he first actually felt the presence of God.


400.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... "A.A." or "Alcoholics Anonymous" in telephone directories.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
These so-called intergroup associations are found under the listing "A.A." or "Alcoholics Anonymous" in telephone directories.


401.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A., or indeed any man, who tries ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
The A.A., or indeed any man, who tries to run his life rigidly by this kind of prayer, by this self-serving demand of God for replies, is a particularly disconcerting individual.


402.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. or still drinking).   12&12 Step Twelve (Note), p.118  
Not a part of A.A., this worldwide fellowship consists of spouses and other relatives or friends of alcoholics (in A.A. or still drinking).


403.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A.'s other group received into its membership ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
Not long after the man with the double stigma knocked for admission, A.A.'s other group received into its membership a salesman we shall call Ed.


404.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising.


405.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising.   12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising.


406.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s pioneering days.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
With perfectly good intent, these folks declared that the principle of anonymity was horse-and-buggy stuff, something appropriate to A.A.'s pioneering days.


407.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A.'s pioneering time, none but the most ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
In A.A.'s pioneering time, none but the most desperate cases could swallow and digest this unpalatable truth.


408.
View INTRODUCTION   ... A.A. pioneers captured in these pages continues ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
We hope that the collective spiritual experience of the A.A. pioneers captured in these pages continues to help alcoholics and friends of A.A. understand the principles of our program.


409.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. pitch.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
At the Foundation(*) and intergroup offices, we couldn't employ nonalcoholics as secretaries; we had to have people who knew the A.A. pitch.


410.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... A.A. plan is described by the members ...   BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
The A.A. plan is described by the members themselves as 'self-insurance.'


411.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. practices it, is really a means ...   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it, is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit.


412.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. presented a strange and refreshing spectacle.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
To people familiar with endless drives for charitable funds, A.A. presented a strange and refreshing spectacle.


413.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A. principles with all the fervor with ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
But a few did, and when these laid hold of A.A. principles with all the fervor with which the drowning seize life preservers, they almost invariably got well.


414.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. problem ranging from a lonely-heart Eskimo ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Sacks of letters on every conceivable A.A. problem ranging from a lonely-heart Eskimo to the growing pains of thousands of groups must be answered by people who know.


415.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. professionals these workers of ours who ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Ignoring the fact that these labors were not Twelfth Step jobs at all, the critics attacked as A.A. professionals these workers of ours who were often doing thankless tasks that no one else could or would do.


416.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... A.A. program."   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
I now conceive the psychiatrist's job to be the task of breaking down the patient's inner resistance so that which is inside him will flower, as under the activity of the A.A. program."


417.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... A.A. program as a guide for husbands, ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
Though it is entirely separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, it uses the general principles of the A.A. program as a guide for husbands, wives, relatives, friends and others close to alcoholics.


418.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could.


419.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. program can be practiced with success ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
Then it is explained that other Steps of the A.A. program can be practiced with success only when Step Three is given a determined and persistent trial.


420.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. program come in.   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
That is just where the remaining Steps of the A.A. program come in.


421.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A.'s program has been made.   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
Of course the sponsor points out that our friend's life is still unmanageable even though he is sober, that after all, only a bare start on A.A.'s program has been made.


422.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... A.A. program, it appears, hold good for ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those of many different nationalities.


423.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A. program requires no willpower; here is ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
No one ought to say the A.A. program requires no willpower; here is one place you may require all you've got.


424.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A. program unless they have hit bottom.   12&12 Step One, p.24  
The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom.


425.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A. program will rest upon how well ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to "a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


426.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s proved willingness to make these sacrifices ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
It is A.A.'s proved willingness to make these sacrifices that gives people their high confidence in our future.


427.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. purpose.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Then too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose.


428.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. purpose.   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), pp.190-191  
Then, too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose.


429.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... A.A. purse for final effectiveness.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness.


430.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. real cheap.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
They could regain some measure of virtue, it was thought, if they worked for A.A. real cheap.


431.
View PREFACE   ... A.A. recovery program, has been left untouched ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
Therefore, the first portion of this volume, describing the A.A. recovery program, has been left untouched in the course of revisions made for the second, third, and fourth editions.


432.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking.


433.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A.'s safe at home did.   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
They had even fewer alcoholic lapses or emotional binges than A.A.'s safe at home did.


434.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... A.A., said: "The alcoholics we get here ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Dr. John F. Stouffer, Chief Psychiatrist, Philadelphia General Hospital, citing his experience with A.A., said: "The alcoholics we get here at Philadelphia General are mostly those who cannot afford private treatment, and A.A. is by far the greatest thing we have been able to offer them.


435.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A.'s says: "We were plumb disgusted with ...   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
Another crowd of A.A.'s says: "We were plumb disgusted with religion and all its works.


436.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A. seed was planted, it has taken ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
In country after country where the A.A. seed was planted, it has taken root, slowly at first, then growing by leaps and bounds when literature has become available.


437.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs," well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.


438.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... A.A.'s service structure remain responsive and responsible ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
Written by co-founder Bill W. in 1962, the Twelve Concepts for World Service provide a group of related principles to help ensure that various elements of A.A.'s service structure remain responsive and responsible to those they serve.


439.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A.'s share experience, strength, and hope with ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.'s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics.


440.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, pp.563-564  
We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual.


441.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual.


442.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. shouldn't have any.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
As A.A. emerged from its infancy into adolescence, we swung from the idea that we needed vast sums of money to the notion that A.A. shouldn't have any.


443.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. show-offs.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
They had changed from A.A. members into A.A. show-offs.


444.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. showed improvement.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Of alcoholics who came to A.A. and really tried, 50% got sober at once and remained that way; 25% sobered up after some relapses, and among the remainder, those who stayed on with A.A. showed improvement.


445.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. showed results, prodigious results.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
I had to admit that A.A. showed results, prodigious results.


446.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s simple prayer:   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
With each passing day of our lives, may every one of us sense more deeply the inner meaning of A.A.'s simple prayer:


447.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A.'s single purpose, a member tells this ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
Highlighting the wisdom of A.A.'s single purpose, a member tells this story:


448.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. slang as "elder statesmen" and "bleeding ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
Ultimately, they divide into two classes known in A.A. slang as "elder statesmen" and "bleeding deacons."


449.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. slang, that blissful state is known ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
In A.A. slang, that blissful state is known as "two-stepping."


450.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s so employed recklessly broke anonymity to ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Unthinkingly, A.A.'s so employed recklessly broke anonymity to thump the tub for their pet enterprise.


451.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   A.A.'s sole purpose was being compromised, and ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
A.A.'s sole purpose was being compromised, and the name of Alcoholics Anonymous was being misused.


452.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... A.A.'s speak the language of the heart ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A.A.'s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity.


453.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. speakers to appear before civic organizations, ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Soon, groups began to receive requests for A.A. speakers to appear before civic organizations, church groups, and medical societies.


454.
View STEP TEN essay   ... A.A.'s spend most of their waking hours ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Must A.A.'s spend most of their waking hours drearily rehashing their sins of omission or commission?


455.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. spirit and principle -- they get drunk.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
A few hemorrhage so badly that -- drained of all A.A. spirit and principle -- they get drunk.


456.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. spirit into our daily work?   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we actually carry the A.A. spirit into our daily work?


457.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. spiritual or was it medical?   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Was A.A. spiritual or was it medical?


458.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. sponsor usually laughs.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
At this juncture, his A.A. sponsor usually laughs.


459.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. staff members.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
So we hire A.A. staff members.


460.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. stories.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
Other newspapers and magazines wanted A.A. stories.


461.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. such a closed corporation that we ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
We cannot declare A.A. such a closed corporation that we keep our knowledge and experience top secret.


462.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


463.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups.


464.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s suffer lingering and fatal illness with ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
We have seen A.A.'s suffer lingering and fatal illness with little complaint, and often in good cheer.


465.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A.'s suggested inventory.   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We will be offended at A.A.'s suggested inventory.


466.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A. suggests a fearless moral inventory, it ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
So when A.A. suggests a fearless moral inventory, it must seem to every newcomer that more is being asked of him than he can do.


467.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... A.A.'s surveyed are less than 30 years ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Seven percent of the A.A.'s surveyed are less than 30 years of age -- among them, many in their teens.


468.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. take any particular medical point of ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Neither does A.A. take any particular medical point of view, though we cooperate widely with the men of medicine as well as with the men of religion.


469.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. take the gift?   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The question was: Should A.A. take the gift?


470.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. talks for money, whether at a ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
When an A.A. talks for money, whether at a meeting or to a single newcomer, it can have a very bad effect on him, too.


471.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A.'s tested experience with Step Four.   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
They can do this, for they are the carriers of A.A.'s tested experience with Step Four.


472.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. that had the closed mind, it ...   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
It wasn't A.A. that had the closed mind, it was me.


473.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A. that we know we can seldom ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.


474.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. that we rediscovered it.   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
It was in A.A. that we rediscovered it.


475.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... A.A. -- the Conference, the General Service Board ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
III. To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of A.A. -- the Conference, the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs, committees, and executives -- with a traditional "Right of Decision."


476.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was ...   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
"When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed.


477.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. the individual doesn't count for much?   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
"Does this mean," some will anxiously ask, "that in A.A. the individual doesn't count for much?


478.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A., the loss of confidence in our ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
When such stories got into circulation outside of A.A., the loss of confidence in our anonymity promise was severe.


479.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A., the movement, started and stayed broke, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
So A.A., the movement, started and stayed broke, while its individual members waxed prosperous.


480.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. (the trustees) administers A.A.'s General Service ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
The General Service Board of A.A. (the trustees) administers A.A.'s General Service Office, A.A. World Services, Inc., and our monthly magazine, the A.A. Grapevine.


481.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A., the wife may become discontented, even ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
After the husband joins A.A., the wife may become discontented, even highly resentful that Alcoholics Anonymous has done the very thing that all her years of devotion had failed to do.


482.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... A.A. their blessing.   BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
Clergymen of practically every denomination have given A.A. their blessing.


483.
View STEP TEN essay   ... A.A. these are dangerous exceptions.   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
For us of A.A. these are dangerous exceptions.


484.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A., these attitudes were sharply reversed, often ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
Upon entering A.A., these attitudes were sharply reversed, often going much too far in the opposite direction.


485.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s, these distorted drives have been restored ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
But today, in well-matured A.A.'s, these distorted drives have been restored to something like their true purpose and direction.


486.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A., they can become the facts of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
And if these are facts of life for the many alcoholics who have recovered in A.A., they can become the facts of life for many more.


487.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   A.A., they pointed out, included many persons ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
A.A., they pointed out, included many persons of local, national, or international fame.


488.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... A.A., this chapter assumes that the alcoholic ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.104  
(*) Written in 1939, when there were few women in A.A., this chapter assumes that the alcoholic in the home is likely to be the husband.


489.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s, this often seems like a very ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
To new A.A.'s, this often seems like a very dubious and improbable state of affairs.


490.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A., this worldwide fellowship consists of spouses ...   12&12 Step Twelve (Note), p.118  
Not a part of A.A., this worldwide fellowship consists of spouses and other relatives or friends of alcoholics (in A.A. or still drinking).


491.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. to almost anyone.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
When opportunities to be helpful came along, he found he could talk easily about A.A. to almost anyone.


492.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A. to identify himself with, and bring ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills.


493.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. to plump for their brand of ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
They'd be out with lanterns looking for an honest A.A. to plump for their brand of education.


494.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. to stop working on a chronic ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Committees have instructed many an A.A. to stop working on a chronic backslider, only to be told: "How I do my Twelfth Step work is my business.


495.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... A.A. too, and Catholic participation in it ...   BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
There is something spiritual about A.A. too, and Catholic participation in it almost invariably results in poor Catholics becoming better Catholics."


496.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. tradition.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
At that moment, we believe, the principle of corporate poverty was firmly and finally embedded in A.A. tradition.


497.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A. tradition?   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
The question was -- and sometimes still is -- are such activities to be branded as professionalism under A.A. tradition?


498.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
They are the custodians of our A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A. General Service Office at New York.


499.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. tradition carried this significant sentence: "Any ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
So confident of this had we become that the original statement of A.A. tradition carried this significant sentence: "Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group provided that as a group they have no other affiliation."


500.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s Tradition Eleven was constructed.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
This, in brief, is the process by which A.A.'s Tradition Eleven was constructed.


501.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s Tradition of nonprofessionalism.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
This is the exciting welter of events which has finally cast up A.A.'s Tradition of nonprofessionalism.


502.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... A.A. tradition, taking care that it never ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.


503.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. Traditions as first printed in 1946.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
This is a condensed version of the original "long form" A.A. Traditions as first printed in 1946.


504.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A.'s Traditions were first published, in 1946, ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
When A.A.'s Traditions were first published, in 1946, we had become sure that an A.A. group could stand almost any amount of battering.


505.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A.'s tread innumerable paths in their quest ...   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
I must quickly assure you that A.A.'s tread innumerable paths in their quest for faith.


506.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Then too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose.


507.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), pp.190-191  
Then, too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose.


508.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelfth Step.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step.


509.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s Twelfth Step."   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Members who select such full-time careers do not professionalize A.A.'s Twelfth Step."


510.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
The joy of living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word.


511.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s Twelfth Step work.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Yet not a single one of them had been hired to do A.A.'s Twelfth Step work.


512.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... A.A. Twelfth Step work is never to ...   12&12 Tradition Eight (Long), p.191  
But our usual A.A. Twelfth Step work is never to be paid for.


513.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Indeed, the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


514.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We know this because we see monotony, pain, and even calamity turned to good use by those who keep on trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


515.
View STEP THREE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
To make this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens the door.


516.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps and tries to teach ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Seeing her unhappiness, he recommends A.A.'s Twelve Steps and tries to teach her how to live.


517.
View FOREWORD   A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.


518.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   A.A.'s Twelve Steps are principles for personal ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
A.A.'s Twelve Steps are principles for personal recovery.


519.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps ask us to go ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
All of A.A.'s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos.


520.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps for us.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We temporarily cease to grow because we feel satisfied that there is no need for all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps for us.


521.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps in his home, often ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
He persistently tries all of A.A.'s Twelve Steps in his home, often with fine results.


522.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps now come to a ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
These little studies of A.A.'s Twelve Steps now come to a close.


523.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps, these situations are often ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Nevertheless, under the influence of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, these situations are often set right.(*)


524.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps, they have been able ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Many people, nonalcoholics, report that as a result of the practice of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, they have been able to meet other difficulties of life.


525.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Steps we could lose those ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
But as time passed we found that with the help of A.A.'s Twelve Steps we could lose those fears, no matter what our material prospects were.


526.
View FOREWORD   A.A.'s Twelve Traditions apply to the life ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
A.A.'s Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellowship itself.


527.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Because A.A.'s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit -- well symbolized by anonymity -- is the foundation of them all.


528.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A.'s Twelve Traditions, the group, too, can ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Unless there is approximate conformity to A.A.'s Twelve Traditions, the group, too, can deteriorate and die.


529.
View FOREWORD   ... A.A.'s Twelve Traditions took form and were ...   12&12 Foreword, p.18  
It was out of this vast welter of explosive experience that A.A.'s Twelve Traditions took form and were first published in 1946 and later confirmed at A.A.'s First International Convention, held at Cleveland in 1950.


530.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A.'s Twelve Traditions, which are stated in ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
This was the substance of A.A.'s Twelve Traditions, which are stated in full on page 561 of this book.


531.
View INTRODUCTION   ... A.A. understand the principles of our program.   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
We hope that the collective spiritual experience of the A.A. pioneers captured in these pages continues to help alcoholics and friends of A.A. understand the principles of our program.


532.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... A.A. unity.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
One -- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.


533.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. unity."   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
"Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity."


534.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A.'s unity contain not a single "Don't."   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Our Twelve Steps to recovery are suggestions; the Twelve Traditions which guarantee A.A.'s unity contain not a single "Don't."


535.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A. unless he has first accepted his ...   12&12 Step One, p.21  
We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences.


536.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... A.A., wants to deprecate material achievement.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
Certainly no alcoholic, and surely no member of A.A., wants to deprecate material achievement.


537.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... A.A. was all about.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Consequently, many groups began to hold meetings which were open to interested friends and the public, so that the average citizen could see for himself just what A.A. was all about.


538.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. was beset by these very problems ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Soon A.A. was beset by these very problems on every side and in every group.


539.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. was better for us than some ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
There was actually a time when the press of America thought the anonymity of A.A. was better for us than some of our own members did.


540.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... A.A. was born, and by God's grace ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
That is the spiritual climate in which A.A. was born, and by God's grace has nevertheless flourished.


541.
View PREFACE   ... A.A.") was left unchanged.   BB Preface, p.xii  
In the third edition, Part I ("Pioneers of A.A.") was left unchanged.


542.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. was now backing education -- liquor trade ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
It would be bound to appear that A.A. was now backing education -- liquor trade association style.


543.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. was on the pious side.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
He browbeat everybody, and everybody expected that he'd soon get drunk -- for at the time, you see, A.A. was on the pious side.


544.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... A.A. was only three years old, an ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
When A.A. was only three years old, an event occurred demonstrating this principle.


545.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. was quite young, a number of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
When A.A. was quite young, a number of eminent psychologists and doctors made an exhaustive study of a good-sized group of so-called problem drinkers.


546.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... A.A. was read:   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Following are excerpts from the comments of doctors present at the annual meeting(*) of the Medical Society of the State of New York where a paper on A.A. was read:


547.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... A.A. was still young, lots of eager ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
When A.A. was still young, lots of eager groups were forming.


548.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... A.A. was the ministration of friends -- friends ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Another reason for the wide acceptance of A.A. was the ministration of friends -- friends in medicine, religion, and the press, together with innumerable others who became our able and persistent advocates.


549.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... A.A. was to have a divorce rate ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Was it credible that A.A. was to have a divorce rate far lower than average?


550.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. way of life.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
We have sometimes seen families broken apart by misunderstanding, tensions, or actual infidelity, who are reunited by the A.A. way of life.


551.
View STEP TEN essay   ... A.A. way of living to practical use, ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
But when we approach Step Ten we commence to put our A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul.


552.
View STEP SIX essay   ... A.A.'s way of stating the best possible ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
So Step Six -- "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character" -- is A.A.'s way of stating the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job.


553.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. we found it imperative to remove ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Even inside A.A. we found it imperative to remove the A.A. name from clubs and Twelfth Step houses.


554.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A., we had to recognize that this ...   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
After we came to A.A., we had to recognize that this trait had been an ego-feeding proposition.


555.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. we have found that the actual ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question.


556.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A., we learned better.   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
But finally, driven to A.A., we learned better.


557.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... A.A., we looked and listened.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
Then, in A.A., we looked and listened.


558.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. we saw the fruits of this ...   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
In A.A. we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol's final catastrophe.


559.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A. we slowly learned that something had ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
But in A.A. we slowly learned that something had to be done about our vengeful resentments, self-pity, and unwarranted pride.


560.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A. we soon take quite another view ...   12&12 Step One, p.21  
But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation.


561.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... A.A. went in for education, hospitals, and ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
Suppose my answer had to be that A.A. needed a lot of money; that A.A. went in for education, hospitals, and rehabilitation?


562.
View STEP ONE essay   ... A.A.'s were right. ..."   12&12 Step One, p.23  
Following every spree, he would say to himself, "Maybe those A.A.'s were right. ..."


563.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... A.A.'s were thirty and under.   BB More About Alcoholism (Note), p.34  
But a 2011 U.S./Canada membership survey showed about one-twelfth of A.A.'s were thirty and under.


564.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. where spirituality and money would mix, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.163  
There was a place in A.A. where spirituality and money would mix, and that was in the hat!"


565.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. who has a religious connection which ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
It is to be hoped that every A.A. who has a religious connection which emphasizes meditation will return to the practice of that devotion as never before.


566.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A.'s who have really tried a moral ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
But the testimony of A.A.'s who have really tried a moral inventory is that pride and fear of this sort turn out to be bogeymen, nothing else.


567.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s who marry "outside" A.A.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The considerations are equally true and important for the A.A.'s who marry "outside" A.A.


568.
View STEP TWO essay   ... A.A. who once thought as we did.   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
We found many in A.A. who once thought as we did.


569.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A.'s who were only too eager to ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
We forgot that most alcoholics in A.A. have an earning power considerably above average; we forgot the immense goodwill of our brother A.A.'s who were only too eager to help us to better jobs when we deserved them; we forgot the actual or potential financial insecurity of every human being in the world.


570.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... A.A.'s who wish to work as individuals ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
We see that we have no right or need to discourage A.A.'s who wish to work as individuals in these wider fields.


571.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... A.A. will naturally find that many of ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Businesswomen in A.A. will naturally find that many of these questions apply to them, too.


572.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. will tell how his affairs have ...   12&12 Step Eleven, pp.104-105  
Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God.


573.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... A.A. with an enthusiasm which the most ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
Ever since, these friends have reported A.A. with an enthusiasm which the most ardent members would find hard to match.


574.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. with the necessary experience.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Soon they'd spotted their man, an A.A. with the necessary experience.


575.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... A.A. won't take advice or suggestions from ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
This doesn't mean an A.A. won't take advice or suggestions from more experienced members, but he surely won't take orders.


576.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... A.A. work.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We are sober and happy in our A.A. work.


577.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... A.A. World Services, Inc., and our monthly ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
The General Service Board of A.A. (the trustees) administers A.A.'s General Service Office, A.A. World Services, Inc., and our monthly magazine, the A.A. Grapevine.


578.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... A.A. world services should always reside in ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
I. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.


579.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... A.A. would be able to do with ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
What great things A.A. would be able to do with it!


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View TRADITION SIX essay   ... A.A. would be valuable, because the Fellowship ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
His connection with A.A. would be valuable, because the Fellowship stood high in public favor and hadn't an enemy in the world.


581.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... A.A. would cease to beat; our world ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; our world arteries would no longer carry the life-giving grace of God; His gift to us would be spent aimlessly.


582.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... A.A. would go even further.   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
So far as alcoholics are concerned, A.A. would go even further.


583.
View TRADITION SIX essay   A.A. would land exactly in the middle ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
A.A. would land exactly in the middle of the wet-dry controversy.


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