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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... life.   BB Bill's Story, p.3  
Drink was taking an important and exhilarating part in my life.


2.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... life.   BB Bill's Story, p.16  
He could not, or would not, see our way of life.


3.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... life.   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life.


4.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... life.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
All went well for a time, but he failed to enlarge his spiritual life.


5.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... life.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
He was positive that this humiliating experience, plus the knowledge he had acquired, would keep him sober the rest of his life.


6.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life.   BB We Agnostics, pp.50-51  
Once confused and baffled by the seeming futility of existence, they show the underlying reasons why they were making heavy going of life.


7.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life.   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Were nothing left but pure reason, it wouldn't be life.


8.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life.   BB How It Works, p.63  
More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life.


9.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life.   BB How It Works, p.63  
Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.


10.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life.   BB How It Works, p.69  
In this way we tried to shape a sane and sound ideal for our future sex life.


11.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life.   BB Into Action, p.73  
More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life?   BB Into Action, p.86  
Or were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life?


13.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... life.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
The family should be offered your way of life.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... life.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
The wife should fully understand his new way of life.


15.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life.


16.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life.   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
At the very beginning, the couple ought to frankly face the fact that each will have to yield here and there if the family is going to play an effective part in the new life.


17.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
We absolutely insist on enjoying life.


18.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life.   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life.


19.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life.   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Suppose now that through you several families have adopted this way of life.


20.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
These men had found something brand new in life.


21.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life.   BB A Vision For You, pp.159-160  
In addition to these casual get-togethers, it became customary to set apart one night a week for a meeting to be attended by anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life.


22.
View FOREWORD   ... life.   12&12 Foreword, pp.15-16  
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.


23.
View STEP ONE essay   ... life.   12&12 Step One, p.21  
Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life.


24.
View STEP TWO essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life.


25.
View STEP TWO essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
"As material success founded upon no more than these ordinary attributes began to come to us, we felt we were winning at the game of life.


26.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
More sobriety brought about by the admission of alcoholism and by attendance at a few meetings is very good indeed, but it is bound to be a far cry from permanent sobriety and a contented, useful life.


27.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
These people often throw to the winds every chance for legitimate security and a happy family life.


28.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
But all who are in the least reasonable will agree upon one point: that there is plenty wrong with us alcoholics about which plenty will have to be done if we are to expect sobriety, progress, and any real ability to cope with life.


29.
View STEP SIX essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
To him, this proposition will be no theory at all; it will be just about the largest fact in his life.


30.
View STEP SIX essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
Here their powerful instinct to live can cooperate fully with their Creator's desire to give them new life.


31.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Many people haven't even a nodding acquaintance with humility as a way of life.


32.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
Nor do we enter into debate with the many who still so passionately cling to the belief that to satisfy our basic natural desires is the main object of life.


33.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
Instead of regarding the satisfaction of our material desires as the means by which we could live and function as human beings, we had taken these satisfactions to be the final end and aim of life.


34.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
In every case, pain had been the price of admission into a new life.


35.
View STEP TEN essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life.


36.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life.


37.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... Life.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... 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.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
But also like others, we often discover a greater challenge in the lesser and more continuous problems of life.


40.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life?   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?


41.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
As to our grandiose behavior, we insisted that we had been possessed of nothing but a high and legitimate ambition to win the battle of life.


42.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... life.'   12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
"Of course, my answer was 'My own sobriety and a mighty happy life.'


43.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life, a compelling desire to find a ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a mate of the opposite sex with whom the fullest possible union can be made -- spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.


44.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life a fair hearing.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing.


45.
View STEP SIX essay   ... life, according, of course, to our various ...   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.


46.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... life actually depends upon obedience to spiritual ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
His life actually depends upon obedience to spiritual principles.


47.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life again, often begins to assert himself.   BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Father, coming suddenly to life again, often begins to assert himself.


48.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life again, there will be no stopping ...   BB A Vision For You, pp.163-164  
When a few men in this city have found themselves, and have discovered the joy of helping others to face life again, there will be no stopping until everyone in that town has had his opportunity to recover -- if he can and will.


49.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life among Alcoholics Anonymous is more than ...   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
But life among Alcoholics Anonymous is more than attending gatherings and visiting hospitals.


50.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... life and death.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
To those now in its fold, Alcoholics Anonymous has made the difference between misery and sobriety, and often the difference between life and death.


51.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... life and death, Bill, and nothing but ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
This is a matter of life and death, Bill, and nothing but the very best will do!'


52.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life-and-death errand.   BB Into Action, p.75  
He should realize that we are engaged upon a life-and-death errand.


53.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life and happiness for others.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have -- the key to life and happiness for others.


54.
View STEP NINE essay   ... life and have begun, by our behavior ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
As soon as we begin to feel confident in our new way of life and have begun, by our behavior and example, to convince those about us that we are indeed changing for the better, it is usually safe to talk in complete frankness with those who have been seriously affected, even those who may be only a little or not at all aware of what we have done to them.


55.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life and insists on giving away the ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product.


56.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... life, and it comes first.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.159  
Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, and it comes first.


57.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life and my will over to the ...   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?


58.
View STEP TWO essay   ... life, and the beginning of his emergence ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
And so it is: the beginning of the end of his old life, and the beginning of his emergence into a new one.


59.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life and the lives of your children?   BB To Wives, p.108  
Is it right to let him ruin your life and the lives of your children?


60.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... life and was only living, one might ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
He had lost everything worthwhile in life and was only living, one might say, to drink.


61.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life anew.   BB To Wives, p.114  
But sometimes you must start life anew.


62.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life, as it has a way of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Then perhaps life, as it has a way of doing, suddenly hands us a great big lump that we can't begin to swallow, let alone digest.


63.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... life as it has affected other people.   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Though in some cases we cannot make restitution at all, and in some cases action ought to be deferred, we should nevertheless make an accurate and really exhaustive survey of our past life as it has affected other people.


64.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... life as we had been living it.   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it.


65.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life as we once did and a ...   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
There was an insistent yearning to enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control would enable us to do it.


66.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life as we see it, there is ...   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
When, however, the perfectly logical assumption is suggested that underneath the material world and life as we see it, there is an All Powerful, Guiding, Creative Intelligence, right there our perverse streak comes to the surface and we laboriously set out to convince ourselves it isn't so.


67.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... life at last, and in the midst ...   BB Bill's Story, p.1  
I was part of life at last, and in the midst of the excitement I discovered liquor.


68.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... life, at least from the alcoholic angle, ...   BB To Employers, p.149  
We, who have collectively seen a great deal of business life, at least from the alcoholic angle, had to smile at this gentleman's sincere opinion.


69.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... life better than the best he had ...   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known!


70.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life brought about by years of alcoholism.   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.


71.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life business of winning fame, money, and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
We have seen that we were prodded by unreasonable fears or anxieties into making a life business of winning fame, money, and what we thought was leadership.


72.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life can bring the much-desired result.   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
Nothing short of continuous action upon these as a way of life can bring the much-desired result.


73.
View FOREWORD   ... life, can expel the obsession to drink ...   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.


74.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... life completely on life's terms, I cannot ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.


75.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... 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.


76.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life deals him.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
He learns that he can be content as long as he plays well whatever cards life deals him.


77.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life doesn't treat him right.   BB How It Works, p.61  
He begins to think life doesn't treat him right.


78.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life drinking ourselves into forgetfulness or had ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
It mattered little whether we had sat on the shore of life drinking ourselves into forgetfulness or had plunged in recklessly and willfully beyond our depth and ability.


79.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life either with alcohol or without it.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it.


80.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... life everywhere.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
It is an all-pervading spiritual quality which today keynotes A.A. life everywhere.


81.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life for him.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
And above all he is finally convinced that reckless romancing is not a way of life for him.


82.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life for many more.   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.


83.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life for the many alcoholics who have ...   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.


84.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... life for us; you can't keep us ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Groups have tried to expel members, but the banished have come back to sit in the meeting place, saying, "This is life for us; you can't keep us out."


85.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... life-giving grace of God; His gift to ...   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.


86.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life, God was going to be our ...   BB How It Works, p.62  
Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director.


87.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life had given us, we felt it ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
And considering the rough deal life had given us, we felt it perfectly natural that we were sensitive.


88.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life, had secured a position, and was ...   BB Into Action, p.79  
He had commenced our way of life, had secured a position, and was getting his head above water.


89.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... life has been given us or, if ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.


90.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... life have I had a headache, which ...   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.


91.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life, he can readily get under way ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Looking back over his life, he can readily get under way by consideration of questions such as these:


92.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life he finds that real happiness is ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
In later life he finds that real happiness is not to be found in just trying to be a number one man, or even a first-rater in the heartbreaking struggle for money, romance, or self-importance.


93.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... life he really wants to live.   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
At first he goes along because he must, but later he discovers a way of life he really wants to live.


94.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... life, he will never take advantage of ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
Being on a radically different basis of life, he will never take advantage of the situation.


95.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... life I lived before.   BB More About Alcoholism, pp.42-43  
I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before.


96.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life in him.   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Ask the polio sufferer confined to an iron lung who depends with complete trust upon a motor to keep the breath of life in him.


97.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life in the sense that you can ...   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
We could not prove life in the sense that you can prove a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, yet, there it was.


98.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... life in the world of big business.   BB To Employers, p.136  
Among many employers nowadays, we think of one member who has spent much of his life in the world of big business.


99.
View STEP TWO essay   ... life, in which he so gloried, is ...   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
His whole philosophy of life, in which he so gloried, is threatened.


100.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life instead of how much you can ...   BB To Wives, p.120  
You, as well as your husband, ought to think of what you can put into life instead of how much you can take out.


101.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life is a vale of tears, though ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us.


102.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life is all about.   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.


103.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life is good.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good.


104.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... life is ideal and my business is ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
My home life is ideal and my business is as good as can be expected in these uncertain times.


105.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life is measured against that of other ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Today's life is measured against that of other years and, when it falls short, the family may be unhappy.


106.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life is not a dead end, not ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered.


107.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life is not a theory.   BB Into Action, p.83  
The spiritual life is not a theory.


108.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life is still unmanageable even though he ...   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.


109.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life is when lived on a spiritual ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
We have elsewhere remarked how much better life is when lived on a spiritual plane.


110.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life itself.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
The less people tolerated us, the more we withdrew from society, from life itself.


111.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... life itself to us, it is imperative ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of survival.


112.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... life little by little.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
While you were drinking, you were withdrawing from life little by little.


113.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... life more bearable.   BB Working With Others, p.97  
And even though he continues to drink, the family will find life more bearable.


114.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life -- of course we did.   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
But we believed in life -- of course we did.


115.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... life of our Fellowship requires the preservation ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
The very life of our Fellowship requires the preservation of this principle.


116.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life of sane and happy usefulness.   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.


117.
View FOREWORD   ... life of the Fellowship itself.   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
A.A.'s Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellowship itself.


118.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... life of the world is dependent upon ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
Much of the political, economic, and religious life of the world is dependent upon publicized leadership.


119.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... life of this world.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Now you are getting back into the social life of this world.


120.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life -- or else.   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
But after a while we had to face the fact that we must find a spiritual basis of life -- or else.


121.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life originated out of nothing, means nothing, ...   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
Were our contentions true, it would follow that life originated out of nothing, means nothing, and proceeds nowhere.


122.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life over to a newfound Providence, then ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Now if this is not turning one's will and life over to a newfound Providence, then what is it?


123.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life over to God as we understood ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
Being convinced, we were at Step Three, which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him.


124.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life over to the care of whatever ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can he turn his own will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinks there is?


125.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life over to the care, protection, and ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Isn't it true that in all matters touching upon alcohol, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of Alcoholics Anonymous?


126.
View STEP THREE essay   ... life over to the Higher Power?   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
So how, exactly, can the willing person continue to turn his will and his life over to the Higher Power?


127.
View STEP ONE essay   ... life preservers, they 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.


128.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life rather than give?   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Is he not unconsciously trying to see what he can take from the family life rather than give?


129.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life's responsibilities with his own resources, never ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
This weak one, failing to meet life's responsibilities with his own resources, never grows up.


130.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... life rigidly by this kind of prayer, ...   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.


131.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life run on self-will can hardly be ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success.


132.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life seem so worth while to us ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now.


133.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... life seemed to be centered around doing ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
My whole life seemed to be centered around doing what I wanted to do, without regard for the rights, wishes, or privileges of anyone else; a state of mind which became more and more predominant as the years passed.


134.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... life seems the only normal one.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one.


135.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life so as to shield him from ...   BB To Wives, p.120  
We never, never try to arrange a man's life so as to shield him from temptation.


136.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... life so he will be shielded from ...   BB To Employers, pp.146-147  
He will appreciate knowing you are not bothering your head about him, that you are not suspicious nor are you trying to run his life so he will be shielded from temptation to drink.


137.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life story.   BB Into Action, p.73  
But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense we find it necessary, until they told someone else all their life story.


138.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life successfully, as we became conscious of ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.


139.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... life such obedience brings.   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.


140.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... life's terms, I cannot be happy.   BB Acceptance, p.417  
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.


141.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life that he talks or thinks of ...   BB The Family Afterward, pp.125-126  
He may either plunge into a frantic attempt to get on his feet in business, or he may be so enthralled by his new life that he talks or thinks of little else.


142.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... life that is incredibly more wonderful as ...   BB Bill's Story, p.8  
I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.


143.
View STEP SIX essay   ... life, that our Creator expects us fully ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
It is nowhere evident, at least in this life, that our Creator expects us fully to eliminate our instinctual drives.


144.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life, that she doesn't know what it's ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
He may tell mother, who has been religious all her life, that she doesn't know what it's all about, and that she had better get his brand of spirituality while there is yet time.


145.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... life; that such a change could hardly ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone.


146.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life; that unless he is now willing ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedrock.


147.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... life, that we were in full flight ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
It did not satisfy us to be told that we could not control our drinking just because we were maladjusted to life, that we were in full flight from reality, or were outright mental defectives.


148.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life their road will be smoother.   BB To Wives, p.114  
If such women adopt a spiritual way of life their road will be smoother.


149.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life, though your husband continues to drink.   BB To Wives, p.111  
It is possible to have a full and useful life, though your husband continues to drink.


150.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... life through drinking and we certainly do ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
We have not lost everything in life through drinking and we certainly do not intend to.


151.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... life through work and self-sacrifice for others, ...   BB Bill's Story, pp.14-15  
For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.


152.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life to conditions as they are?   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
If I am unable to change the present state of affairs, am I willing to take the measures necessary to shape my life to conditions as they are?


153.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life to find one much better.   BB To Wives, p.120  
You will lose the old life to find one much better.


154.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... life to his employer and business associates.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
As he gained confidence, he felt it right to explain his new way of life to his employer and business associates.


155.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life to suit ourselves.   BB Into Action, p.88  
We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.


156.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life to the care and direction of ...   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
On the third day the lawyer gave his life to the care and direction of his Creator, and said he was perfectly willing to do anything necessary.


157.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... life, toward our fellows and toward God's ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences(*) which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God's universe.


158.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... life -- unacceptable to me, and I can ...   BB Acceptance, p.417  
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.


159.
View STEP TEN essay   ... life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.


160.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... life, usually for the first time in ...   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.


161.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... life was becoming impossible, and if we ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help.


162.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... life was by no means a bad ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now.


163.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life was not easy for the two ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
But life was not easy for the two friends.


164.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... life, we are no longer deeply disturbed ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs.


165.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life we try to build.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
These fears are the termites that ceaselessly devour the foundations of whatever sort of life we try to build.


166.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many ...   BB We Agnostics, p.44  
If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago.


167.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life where I shall be stupid, boring ...   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see?


168.
View STEP NINE essay   ... life where this same principle is involved.   12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Many a razor-edged question can arise in other departments of life where this same principle is involved.


169.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... life which brought us to this apparently ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
What are these facts of A.A. life which brought us to this apparently impractical principle?


170.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life which does not include his family ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
He will perceive that his spiritual growth is lopsided, that for an average man like himself, a spiritual life which does not include his family obligations may not be so perfect after all.


171.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... life which includes deep resentment leads only ...   BB How It Works, p.66  
It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness.


172.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... life which knows no alcohol, he may ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
Being somewhat weakened, and faced with physical and mental readjustment to a life which knows no alcohol, he may overdo.


173.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... life which we could never face up ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
These were problems of life which we could never face up to.


174.
View STEP TWO essay   ... life which we specified, as a greedy ...   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
Sometimes it's because God has not delivered us the good things of life which we specified, as a greedy child makes an impossible list for Santa Claus.


175.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life will be placed on a much ...   BB Into Action, p.86  
Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.


176.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... life will change.   BB Into Action, p.84  
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.


177.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... life will emerge when they are overcome.   BB To Wives, p.117  
A better way of life will emerge when they are overcome.


178.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... life will have to be torn out ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedrock.


179.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Life will mean something at last.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
Life will mean something at last.


180.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Life will take on new meaning.   BB Working With Others, p.89  
Life will take on new meaning.


181.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... life with everyone?   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
So why shouldn't we share our way of life with everyone?


182.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... life with these motives and God will ...   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.


183.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... life without alcohol.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
He cannot picture life without alcohol.


184.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... life without faith!   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Imagine life without faith!


185.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Life would be wonderful.   BB How It Works, p.61  
Life would be wonderful.


186.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... life, would produce untold grief; there might ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
This is a condition which, in ordinary life, would produce untold grief; there might be scandalous gossip, laughter at the expense of other people, and a tendency to take advantage of intimate information.


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