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1.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... book.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.


2.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
The fledgling society, which had been nameless, now began to be called Alcoholics Anonymous, from the title of its own book.


3.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book.   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.


4.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book.   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.


5.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... book.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
We of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the medical estimate of the plan of recovery described in this book.


6.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... book.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
The classification of alcoholics seems most difficult, and in much detail is outside the scope of this book.


7.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... book.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
He accepted the plan outlined in this book.


8.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... book.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxii  
However, he did become "sold" on the ideas contained in this book.


9.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... book.   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book.


10.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... book.   BB Working With Others, p.94  
If he shows interest, lend him your copy of this book.


11.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book.   BB To Wives, p.113  
In some cases it may be better to let someone outside the family present the book.


12.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book.   BB To Wives, p.114  
In any event, try to have your husband read this book.


13.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book.   BB To Employers, p.147  
If your organization is a large one, your junior executives might be provided with this book.


14.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book.   BB To Employers, p.148  
Your junior executive may not agree with the contents of our book.


15.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... book."   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Still you may say: "But I will not have the benefit of contact with you who wrote this book."


16.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... book.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.145  
As he tossed on his bed, his hand brushed the bureau near by, touching a book.


17.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book a great deal began to happen.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
With the appearance of the new book a great deal began to happen.


18.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book, a junior executive can go to ...   BB To Employers, p.147  
After reading this book, a junior executive can go to such a man and say approximately this, "Look here, Ed.


19.
View PREFACE   ... Book (A.A. members' fond nickname for this ...   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.


20.
View PREFACE   ... book "Alcoholics Anonymous."   BB Preface, p.xi  
This is the fourth edition of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous."


21.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book "Alcoholics Anonymous."   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
News of this got on the world wires; inquiries poured in again and many people went to the bookstores to get the book "Alcoholics Anonymous."


22.
View FOREWORD   ... book "Alcoholics Anonymous" became the basic text ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
The book "Alcoholics Anonymous" became the basic text of the Fellowship, and it still is.


23.
View FOREWORD   ... book "Alcoholics Anonymous" in 1939, the pioneering ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
With the publication of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous" in 1939, the pioneering period ended and a prodigious chain reaction set in as the recovered alcoholics carried their message to still others.


24.
View STEP ONE essay   ... book "Alcoholics Anonymous," published when our membership ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
That is why the first edition of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," published when our membership was small, dealt with low-bottom cases only.


25.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... book "Alcoholics Anonymous," then under preparation.   12&12 Tradition Three, pp.143-144  
On top of them lay the foreword to the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," then under preparation.


26.
View STEP NINE essay   ... book "Alcoholics Anonymous," we usually want to ...   12&12 Step Nine, pp.83-84  
After coming from our first meeting, or perhaps after we have finished reading the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," we usually want to sit down with some member of the family and readily admit the damage we have done by our drinking.


27.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book alone.   BB To Employers, p.144  
Meanwhile, we are sure a great deal can be accomplished by the use of the book alone.


28.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book and he may go for the ...   BB To Wives, p.113  
He may not share your enthusiasm, but he is practically sure to read the book and he may go for the program at once.


29.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book and tell him what you have ...   BB To Wives, p.112  
Show him your copy of this book and tell him what you have found out about alcoholism.


30.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book and the presentation in 1955 of ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Sixteen years have elapsed between our first printing of this book and the presentation in 1955 of our second edition.


31.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book and will presently join us on ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.


32.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... Book appeared in 1939, we called it ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
When the Big Book appeared in 1939, we called it "Alcoholics Anonymous."


33.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... book came under our care in this ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
Many years ago one of the leading contributors to this book came under our care in this hospital and while here he acquired some ideas which he put into practical application at once.


34.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... book carries to those who suffer from ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.17  
This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.


35.
View FOREWORD   ... book deals with the "Twelve Steps" and ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
This book deals with the "Twelve Steps" and the "Twelve Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous.


36.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... book down from our shelf we turn ...   BB Into Action, p.75  
Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps.


37.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... book; Dr. Bob's heads the Story Section.   BB A Vision For You (Note), p.155  
Bill's story opens the text of this book; Dr. Bob's heads the Story Section.


38.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book has answered some of them.   BB To Wives, p.108  
We hope this book has answered some of them.


39.
View PREFACE   ... book has become the basic text for ...   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.


40.
View INTRODUCTION   ... book has helped so many alcoholics find ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
However, because the book has helped so many alcoholics find recovery, there exists strong sentiment within the Fellowship against any change to it.


41.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... book, he read.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.145  
Opening the book, he read.


42.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... book, I feel sorry for you.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
If you think you are an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptic, or have any other form of intellectual pride which keeps you from accepting what is in this book, I feel sorry for you.


43.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book, I might have returned to them ...   BB To Employers, p.141  
Had they fired me first, and had they then taken steps to see that I was presented with the solution contained in this book, I might have returned to them six months later, a well man.


44.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... book in manuscript form told us that ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
One of the many doctors who had the opportunity of reading this book in manuscript form told us that the use of sweets was often helpful, of course depending upon a doctor's advice.


45.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... book in the interval.   BB Working With Others, p.95  
If he is sincerely interested and wants to see you again, ask him to read this book in the interval.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... book in your hand.   BB A Vision For You, pp.162-163  
And so can you, though you be but one man with this book in your hand.


47.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... book income and even that hadn't been ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The Foundation was really hard up just then; the groups weren't sending in enough for the support of the office; we had been tossing in all the book income and even that hadn't been enough.


48.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book is a matter for your discretion.   BB To Employers, p.142  
Whether you mention this book is a matter for your discretion.


49.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... book is about.   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
Well, that's exactly what this book is about.


50.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... book is launched on the world tide ...   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Our hope is that when this chip of a book is launched on the world tide of alcoholism, defeated drinkers will seize upon it, to follow its suggestions.


51.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... book is meant to be suggestive only.   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Our book is meant to be suggestive only.


52.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book is read the moment the patient ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
If the book is read the moment the patient is able, while acutely depressed, realization of his condition may come to him.


53.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book: It contains full suggestions by which ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
To return to the subject matter of this book: It contains full suggestions by which the employee may solve his problem.


54.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book once more.   BB To Wives, p.113  
Sooner or later, you are likely to find him reading the book once more.


55.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book only when he raises the issue.   BB To Wives, p.113  
Talk about his condition or this book only when he raises the issue.


56.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book or at least the chapter on ...   BB To Wives, pp.111-112  
When a discussion does arise, you might suggest he read this book or at least the chapter on alcoholism.


57.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book or the work of another alcoholic ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
We do not like the thought that the contents of a book or the work of another alcoholic has accomplished in a few weeks that for which we struggled for years.


58.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... book, particularly from those who have commenced ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiv  
We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly from those who have commenced work with other alcoholics.


59.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... book seems to me to be of ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
The subject presented in this book seems to me to be of paramount importance to those afflicted with alcoholic addiction.


60.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... book through, and though perhaps he came ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxii  
I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.


61.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book thus far has spoken of men.   BB To Wives, p.104  
With few exceptions, our book thus far has spoken of men.


62.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... book to answer such questions specifically.   BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically.


63.
View INTRODUCTION   ... book to present a more contemporary image ...   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.


64.
View INTRODUCTION   ... book to share 18 years of collective ...   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.


65.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book to the attention of the doctor ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
We suggest you draw the book to the attention of the doctor who is to attend your patient during treatment.


66.
View INTRODUCTION   ... book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, written ...   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
In fact, the 2002 General Service Conference discussed this issue and it was unanimously recommended that: "The text in the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, written by Bill W., remain as is, recognizing the Fellowship's feelings that Bill's writing be retained as originally published."


67.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book understand.   BB To Wives, p.112  
Show him that as alcoholics, the writers of the book understand.


68.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... book, unless he has seen it and ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Don't, at this stage, refer to this book, unless he has seen it and wishes to discuss it.


69.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... book "Varieties of Religious Experience," indicates a ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
The distinguished American psychologist, William James, in his book "Varieties of Religious Experience," indicates a multitude of ways in which men have discovered God.


70.
View FOREWORD   ... book was called "Alcoholics Anonymous," and from ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
The book was called "Alcoholics Anonymous," and from it the Fellowship took its name.


71.
View FOREWORD   ... book was devoted to thirty stories or ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
The remainder of the book was devoted to thirty stories or case histories in which the alcoholics described their drinking experiences and recoveries.


72.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... book was first published.   BB More About Alcoholism (Note), p.34  
(*) True when this book was first published.


73.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book was first published, A.A. has released ...   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.


74.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... book was written in 1939, a wholesale ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Since the original Foreword to this book was written in 1939, a wholesale miracle has taken place.


75.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... book) was written in 1939, it referred ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
When the phrase "We are people who normally would not mix" (page 17 of this book) was written in 1939, it referred to a Fellowship composed largely of men (and a few women) with quite similar social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.


76.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... book where he can see it in ...   BB Working With Others, p.90  
You might place this book where he can see it in the interval.


77.
View FOREWORD   ... book which finally reached the public in ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
Nevertheless, the infant Society determined to set down its experience in a book which finally reached the public in April 1939.


78.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... book which, upon careful reading, shows that ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
The terms "spiritual experience" and "spiritual awakening" are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms.


79.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... book which we believe to be spiritual ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral.


80.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... book which would contain no basis for ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
Nothing would please us so much as to write a book which would contain no basis for contention or argument.


81.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... book will appeal, can stay dry anything ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
We think few, to whom this book will appeal, can stay dry anything like a year.


82.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... book will turn the trick.   BB To Employers, p.144  
You are betting, of course, that your changed attitude plus the contents of this book will turn the trick.


83.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... book, you may obtain further information on ...   BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
If there is no Al-Anon/Alateen listing in your local telephone book, you may obtain further information on Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups by writing to its World Service Office, 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617.


84.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... book you read again and again that ...   BB How It Works, p.70  
In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves.


85.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... book you will read the experience of ...   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
In this book you will read the experience of a man who thought he was an atheist.


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