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1.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... become.   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
We find the more one member of the family demands that the others concede to him, the more resentful they become.


2.
View STEP THREE essay   ... become.   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.


3.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... become:   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
And as he came out the other side of that painful experience, this prayer was his expression of what he could then see, feel, and wish to become:


4.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... become a better researcher, educator, personnel officer, ...   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?


5.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... become a blight, a veritable plague.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
It is possible to dig up past misdeeds so they become a blight, a veritable plague.


6.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... become a "channel."   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
First of all, he wanted to become a "channel."


7.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... become a continuous hard drinker; but at ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink.


8.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... become a lay therapist, and more successful ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
You can become a lay therapist, and more successful than anybody in the business.'


9.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... become a miser, or even a recluse ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Going to the extreme, he can become a miser, or even a recluse who denies himself both family and friends.


10.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... become a national institution.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
A.A. had become a national institution.


11.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... become a part of their daily work, ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
If any feel that as psychiatrists directing a hospital for alcoholics we appear somewhat sentimental, let them stand with us a while on the firing line, see the tragedies, the despairing wives, the little children; let the solving of these problems become a part of their daily work, and even of their sleeping moments, and the most cynical will not wonder that we have accepted and encouraged this movement.


12.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... become a professional?   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
'Don't you realize,' he went on, 'that you can never become a professional?


13.
View STEP TEN essay   ... become a regular part of everyday living, ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
And at length our inventories become a regular part of everyday living, rather than something unusual or set apart.


14.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... become a respected and useful member of ...   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
He too, has become a respected and useful member of his community.


15.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... become a superior person with God on ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
Dad may feel that for years his drinking has placed him on the wrong side of every argument, but that now he has become a superior person with God on his side.


16.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... become a trembling recluse, wishing the telephone ...   BB To Wives, p.115  
When your husband is bad, you become a trembling recluse, wishing the telephone had never been invented.


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become able to do, feel, and believe ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become 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.


19.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... become an A.A. classic.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Then he did something else that was to become an A.A. classic.


20.
View STEP TEN essay   ... become angry, or to get hurt by ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
It will become more and more evident as we go forward that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... become angry when our instinctive demands are ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when the ambitions of others seem to be realized while ours are not.


22.
View STEP ONE essay   ... become as open-minded to conviction and as ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be.


23.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... become astonishingly difficult to solve.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.


24.
View STEP TEN essay   ... become automatic.   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
For we can neither think nor act to good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic.


25.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... become available.   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.


26.
View FOREWORD   ... become co-founders of the 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.


27.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become complete, it caused us to play ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
But when self-will had driven everybody away and our isolation had become complete, it caused us to play the big shot in cheap barrooms and then fare forth alone on the street to depend upon the charity of passersby.


28.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... become conscious of God as they never ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
And even those who had faith already often become conscious of God as they never were before.


29.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... become contemptuous and vengeful.   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
We really issue them an invitation to become contemptuous and vengeful.


30.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... become convinced that he cannot recover by ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
If you leave such a person alone, he may soon become convinced that he cannot recover by himself.


31.
View STEP THREE essay   ... become convinced that he has more problems ...   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
By now, though, the chances are that he has become convinced that he has more problems than alcohol, and that some of these refuse to be solved by all the sheer personal determination and courage he can muster.


32.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become discontented, even highly resentful that Alcoholics ...   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.


33.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... become eager.   12&12 Step Five, pp.61-62  
When your mission is carefully explained, and it is seen by the recipient of your confidence how helpful he can really be, the conversation will start easily and will soon become eager.


34.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... become elder statesmen.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
Happily, most of them survive and live to become elder statesmen.


35.
View STEP SIX essay   ... "become entirely ready" to have God remove ...   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.


36.
View STEP SIX essay   ... become entirely willing to aim toward perfection.   12&12 Step Six, p.69  
It is suggested that we ought to become entirely willing to aim toward perfection.


37.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... become fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous.   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
Some of them may sink and perhaps never get up, but if our experience is a criterion, more than half of those approached will become fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous.


38.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... become, for nearly every practical purpose, the ...   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.


39.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... become God-conscious.   BB Into Action, p.85  
To some extent we have become God-conscious.


40.
View STEP TEN essay   ... become grooved, it will be so interesting ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Once this healthy practice has become grooved, it will be so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won't be missed.


41.
View FOREWORD   ... become happily and usefully whole.   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.


42.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... become happy, respected, and useful once more.   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more.


43.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... become immensely rich.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Moreover, at the slightest intimation to the general public from our trustees that we needed money, we could become immensely rich.


44.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... become irritated and refuse to talk.   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
If you draw this fallacious reasoning to the attention of an alcoholic, he will laugh it off, or become irritated and refuse to talk.


45.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... become jealous of the attention he bestows ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
Still another difficulty is that you may become jealous of the attention he bestows on other people, especially alcoholics.


46.
View STEP TEN essay   ... become more and more evident as we ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
It will become more and more evident as we go forward that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up.


47.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... become much more efficient.   BB Into Action, p.88  
We become much more efficient.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become much worse, money was only an ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
When our drinking had become much worse, money was only an urgent requirement which could supply us with the next drink and the temporary comfort of oblivion it brought.


49.
View STEP THREE essay   ... become of me?   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
If I keep on turning my life and my will over to the care of Something or Somebody else, what will become of me?


50.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... become of our erratic band of alcoholics?   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
If strong people were stalemated in the search for peace and harmony, what was to become of our erratic band of alcoholics?


51.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... become of the common sense and will ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
What has become of the common sense and will power that he still sometimes displays with respect to other matters?


52.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... become of their judgment, their common sense, ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
What had become of their judgment, their common sense, their will power?


53.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... become one great big happy family.   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.


54.
View STEP ONE essay   ... become our best advocate.   12&12 Step One, p.24  
John Barleycorn himself had become our best advocate.


55.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... become our greatest workers and intimate friends?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
How could we know that thousands of these sometimes frightening people were to make astonishing recoveries and become our greatest workers and intimate friends?


56.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... become our principal teachers of patience and ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Could we then foresee that troublesome people were to become our principal teachers of patience and tolerance?


57.
View STEP THREE essay   ... become persuaded, and rightly so, that many ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
They have become persuaded, and rightly so, that many problems besides alcohol will not yield to a headlong assault powered by the individual alone.


58.
View FOREWORD   ... become possible.   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
This established identification with alcoholic readers and proved to them that the virtually impossible had now become possible.


59.
View STEP TWO essay   ... become prejudiced against religion, and those who ...   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
There will be those who have drifted into indifference, those filled with self-sufficiency who have cut themselves off, those who have become prejudiced against religion, and those who are downright defiant because God has failed to fulfill their demands.


60.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become puzzled and discouraged.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We become puzzled and discouraged.


61.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... become quite annoyed if there is talk ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Some will become quite annoyed if there is talk about immorality, let alone sin.


62.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... become quite sure of many things which, ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
Drinking occasionally, and understanding your own reactions, it is possible for you to become quite sure of many things which, so far as the alcoholic is concerned, are not always so.


63.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become rather possessive of these newcomers.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Here the temptation is to become rather possessive of these newcomers.


64.
View STEP SIX essay   ... become ready to aim at spiritual and ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
Therefore, it seems plain that few of us can quickly or easily become ready to aim at spiritual and moral perfection; we want to settle for only as much perfection as will get us by in life, according, of course, to our various and sundry ideas of what will get us by.


65.
View STEP NINE essay   ... become reasonably confident that we can maintain ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be those who ought to be dealt with just as soon as we become reasonably confident that we can maintain our sobriety.


66.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... become responsible, and that by making financial ...   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.


67.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... become rich.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
If outside donations weren't declined, absolutely cut off, then the Foundation would one day become rich.


68.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... become selfish of water or bread.   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
None might become selfish of water or bread.


69.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... become so fascinated that they have dedicated ...   BB A Vision For You, p.160  
This couple has since become so fascinated that they have dedicated their home to the work.


70.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... become so widely accepted by 1950 that ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Though none of these principles had the force of rules or laws, they had become so widely accepted by 1950 that they were confirmed by our first International Conference held at Cleveland.


71.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become so wrapped up in A.A. and ...   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.


72.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... become "sold" on the ideas contained in ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxii  
However, he did become "sold" on the ideas contained in this book.


73.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... become sure that an A.A. group could ...   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.


74.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... become that the original statement of A.A. ...   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."


75.
View PREFACE   ... become the basic text for our Society ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it.


76.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... become the basis of a rapidly growing ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
This has become the basis of a rapidly growing fellowship of these men and their families.


77.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become the facts of life for many ...   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.


78.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... become the guiding principle.   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
Giving, rather than getting, will become the guiding principle.


79.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become the head of the house, often ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
If the man is affected, the wife must become the head of the house, often the breadwinner.


80.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become the mother of an erring boy.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Very gradually, and usually without any realization of the fact, the wife is forced to become the mother of an erring boy.


81.
View STEP ONE essay   ... become the rapacious creditor, bleeds us of ...   12&12 Step One, p.21  
Alcohol, now become the rapacious creditor, bleeds us of all self-sufficiency and all will to resist its demands.


82.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... become the real and permanent leadership of ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
They become the real and permanent leadership of A.A.


83.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... become the voice of the group conscience; ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
They become the voice of the group conscience; in fact, these are the true voice of Alcoholics Anonymous.


84.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... become too dangerous, we think the kind ...   BB To Wives, p.114  
When they become too dangerous, we think the kind thing is to lock them up, but of course a good doctor should always be consulted.


85.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... become true alcoholics after a while.   BB To Wives, p.109  
Of those who keep on, a good number will become true alcoholics after a while.


86.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... become uncommon sense.   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
Common sense would thus become uncommon sense.


87.
View STEP NINE essay   ... become unemployable?   12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Do we instantly confess our irregularities to the firm, in the practical certainty that we will be fired and become unemployable?


88.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... become unmanageable.   BB How It Works, p.59  
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable.


89.
View STEP ONE essay   ... become unmanageable."   12&12 Step One, p.21  
"We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable."


90.
View STEP ONE essay   ... become unmanageable, how could people such as ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
Since Step One requires an admission that our lives have become unmanageable, how could people such as these take this Step?


91.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... become unreasonable.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had refused to learn the very hard lesson that overdependence upon people is unsuccessful because all people are fallible, and even the best of them will sometimes let us down, especially when our demands for attention become unreasonable.


92.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... become vengeful or depressed?   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
When denied, did I become vengeful or depressed?


93.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... become very curious to know how you ...   BB Working With Others, pp.92-93  
Even though your protégé may not have entirely admitted his condition, he has become very curious to know how you got well.


94.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... become what we could be.   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.


95.
View STEP THREE essay   ... become willing to depend upon a Higher ...   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
And the facts seem to be these: The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are.


96.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... become willing to have them removed, our ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
But when we have taken a square look at some of these defects, have discussed them with another, and have become willing to have them removed, our thinking about humility commences to have a wider meaning.


97.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... become willing to partake and be strengthened ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
Let us become willing to partake and be strengthened and lifted up by the sheer spiritual power, beauty, and love of which these magnificent words are the carriers.


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