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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... almost 28,000 groups meeting in over 90 ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
By March 1976, when this edition went to the printer, the total worldwide membership of Alcoholics Anonymous was conservatively estimated at more than 1,000,000, with almost 28,000 groups meeting in over 90 countries.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... almost alone.   BB To Wives, p.105  
We came to live almost alone.


3.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... almost always concerned with ways to make ...   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.


4.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... almost always in collision with something or ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.


5.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... almost always insist on checking with friends ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
It is worth noting that people of very high spiritual development almost always insist on checking with friends or spiritual advisers the guidance they feel they have received from God.


6.
View STEP NINE essay   Almost always we want to go further ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Almost always we want to go further and admit other defects that have made us hard to live with.


7.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... almost always with me.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
It was almost always with me.


8.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... almost an old story and airplane travel ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Only thirty years later the conquest of the air was almost an old story and airplane travel was in full swing.


9.
View STEP SIX essay   ... almost any 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.


10.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... almost any alcoholic can ask questions like ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Surveying his business or employment record, almost any alcoholic can ask questions like these: In addition to my drinking problem, what character defects contributed to my financial instability?


11.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... almost any amount of battering.   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.


12.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Almost any experienced A.A. will tell how ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
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.


13.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... 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.


14.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... almost anything if he has accepted our ...   BB To Employers, p.145  
In fact, he may say almost anything if he has accepted our solution which, as you know, demands rigorous honesty.


15.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... almost as extensive as that we have ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
When we take such personality traits as these into shop, office, and the society of our fellows, they can do damage almost as extensive as that we have caused at home.


16.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... almost be said that we were born ...   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.


17.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... almost broke.   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Bitterly discouraged, he found himself in a strange place, discredited and almost broke.


18.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... almost certain consequences that follow taking even ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us.


19.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... almost certain to have.   BB To Employers, p.142  
If he temporizes and still thinks he can ever drink again, even beer, he might as well be discharged after the next bender which, if an alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.


20.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... almost certainly signs his own death warrant.   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.


21.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... almost childish faith that they could build ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
The Wright brothers' almost childish faith that they could build a machine which would fly was the mainspring of their accomplishment.


22.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... almost discovered the answer to alcoholism.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
The Washingtonian Society, a movement among alcoholics which started in Baltimore a century ago, almost discovered the answer to alcoholism.


23.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... almost entirely of promoters was frightening.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
By temperament, nearly every one of us had been an irrepressible promoter, and the prospect of a society composed almost entirely of promoters was frightening.


24.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... almost every alcoholic has been marked by ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Now and then the family will be plagued by spectres from the past, for the drinking career of almost every alcoholic has been marked by escapades, funny, humiliating, shameful or tragic.


25.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... almost every newsfront, the men and women ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
On almost every newsfront, the men and women of the press have attached themselves to us as friends.


26.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... almost every night.   BB Bill's Story, p.3  
My drinking assumed more serious proportions, continuing all day and almost every night.


27.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Almost everyone knows the reason.   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Almost everyone knows the reason.


28.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   Almost everyone seemed to do it.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
Almost everyone seemed to do it.


29.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... almost forgotten.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
They pointed out that the irresponsible had become responsible, and that by making financial independence part of its tradition, Alcoholics Anonymous had revived an ideal that its era had almost forgotten.


30.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... almost frantically upon alcoholics arriving in the ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
Hence the two men set to work almost frantically upon alcoholics arriving in the ward of the Akron City Hospital.


31.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Almost from the beginning, we have been ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Almost from the beginning, we have been positive that face-to-face work with the alcoholic who suffers could be based only on the desire to help and be helped.


32.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... almost from the start.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
Never once in my life have I had a headache, which fact leads me to believe that I was an alcoholic almost from the start.


33.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... almost hear the sound of the preacher's ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I could almost hear the sound of the preacher's voice as I sat, on still Sundays, way over there on the hillside; there was that proffered temperance pledge I never signed; my grandfather's good natured contempt of some church folk and their doings; his insistence that the spheres really had their music; but his denial of the preacher's right to tell him how he must listen; his fearlessness as he spoke of these things just before he died; these recollections welled up from the past.


34.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... almost immediately the donor's son became its ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
We had been presented with a hospital, and almost immediately the donor's son became its principal patient and would-be manager.


35.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... almost indefinitely.   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Such a roster of harms done others -- the kind that make daily living with us as practicing alcoholics difficult and often unbearable -- could be extended almost indefinitely.


36.
View STEP ONE essay   ... almost invariably got well.   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.


37.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... almost invariably results in poor Catholics becoming ...   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."


38.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... almost invariably temper such talk by a ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We do talk about each other a great deal, but we almost invariably temper such talk by a spirit of love and tolerance.


39.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Almost invariably they got drunk.   BB Into Action, p.72  
Almost invariably they got drunk.


40.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... almost miserly.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
In our drinking time, we acted as if the money supply was inexhaustible, though between binges we'd sometimes go to the other extreme and become almost miserly.


41.
View STEP ONE essay   ... almost never recovered on their own resources.   12&12 Step One, p.22  
It was a statistical fact that alcoholics almost never recovered on their own resources.


42.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... almost no A.A. in our Fellowship breaks ...   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.


43.
View STEP ONE essay   ... almost no alcoholic who is still drinking ...   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.


44.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Almost no recovery from alcoholism has ever ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Almost no recovery from alcoholism has ever been brought about by the world's best professionals, whether medical or religious.


45.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   Almost none of us liked the self-searching, ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation.


46.
View STEP THREE essay   ... almost of itself, and looking through it, ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Once unlocked by willingness, the door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see a pathway beside which is an inscription.


47.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... almost owes this recompense on a long ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
God, they believe, almost owes this recompense on a long overdue account.


48.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... almost relive the horrors of our past.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
For his sake, we do recount and almost relive the horrors of our past.


49.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... almost sure to make any wife or ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
A doctor said to us, "Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic.


50.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... almost the only one!   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
The alcoholic's past thus becomes the principal asset of the family and frequently it is almost the only one!


51.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... "almost the only scoffers at prayer are ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough."


52.
View TRADITION TWO essay   "Almost timidly, one of my friends began ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
"Almost timidly, one of my friends began to speak.


53.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... almost total inability to point imagination toward ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
Perhaps the real trouble was our almost total inability to point imagination toward the right objectives.


54.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... almost unbearable.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
At one period, the status of these faithful servants was almost unbearable.


55.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... almost unknown.   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
The spirit of modern scientific inquiry, research and invention was almost unknown.


56.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... almost unlimited supply the government made it ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
At that time I was not aware of the almost unlimited supply the government made it possible for us doctors to obtain, neither had I any knowledge of the bootlegger who soon appeared on the horizon.


57.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... almost welcomed the idea.   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
I knew, and almost welcomed the idea.


58.
View STEP FIVE essay   Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness.


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