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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 WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... purpose.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Doctors are rightly loath to tell alcoholic patients the whole story unless it will serve some good purpose.


2.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... purpose.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Six -- An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.


3.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... purpose.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Then too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose.


4.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... purpose.   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Creation gave us instincts for a purpose.


5.
View STEP SIX essay   ... purpose.   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires, it isn't strange that we often let these far exceed their intended purpose.


6.
View STEP NINE essay   ... purpose.   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
But if we have prepared ourselves well in advance, such reactions will not deflect us from our steady and even purpose.


7.
View STEP TEN essay   ... purpose.   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
The consideration of long-standing difficulties had better be postponed, when possible, to times deliberately set aside for that purpose.


8.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... purpose.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
There is another reason for this singleness of purpose.


9.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... purpose."   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
"An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose."


10.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... purpose.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
The pressure of that fat treasury would surely tempt the board to invent all kinds of schemes to do good with such funds, and so divert A.A. from its primary purpose.


11.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... purpose.   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.191  
Then, too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose.


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


13.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives.


14.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... purpose and action.   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
They see liberty verging on license, yet they recognize at once that A.A. has an irresistible strength of purpose and action.


15.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... purpose and devotion to the religion of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
And can we bring new purpose and devotion to the religion of our choice?


16.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... purpose and direction.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
But today, in well-matured A.A.'s, these distorted drives have been restored to something like their true purpose and direction.


17.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... purpose and direction to millions.   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... purpose and meaning, to see whole families ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


19.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... purpose and rhythm underlay all.   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
Despite contrary indications, I had little doubt that a mighty purpose and rhythm underlay all.


20.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... purpose for lack of nourishment, so can ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
As the body can fail its purpose for lack of nourishment, so can the soul.


21.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... purpose has been defeated.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Every time we have tried to professionalize our Twelfth Step, the result has been exactly the same: Our single purpose has been defeated.


22.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... purpose is to be served, past occurrences ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
So we think that unless some good and useful purpose is to be served, past occurrences should not be discussed.


23.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... purpose is to fit ourselves to be ...   BB Into Action, p.77  
Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.


24.
View PREAMBLE   ... purpose is to stay sober and help ...   Grapevine Preamble  
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


25.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... purpose of A.A.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
It was based foursquare on the single purpose of A.A.


26.
View STEP THREE essay   ... purpose of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, and Step ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
To make this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens the door.


27.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... purpose of living.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the purpose of living.


28.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... purpose of making restitution to others is ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
While the purpose of making restitution to others is paramount, it is equally necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can.


29.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... purpose of our lives, produced another bad ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
This lack of anchorage to any permanent values, this blindness to the true purpose of our lives, produced another bad result.


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... purpose of pleasing ourselves and impressing other ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
We threw money about in every direction with the purpose of pleasing ourselves and impressing other people.


31.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... purpose of this book.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.


32.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... purpose of this book to answer such ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically.


33.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... purpose, or, in adversity, be able to ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.


34.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... purpose -- that of carrying its message to ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
5. Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


35.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... purpose -- that of carrying its message to ...   12&12 Tradition Five (Long), p.190  
Five -- Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


36.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... purpose, the active voice and the effective ...   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.


37.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... purpose there is but one ultimate authority ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Two -- For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


38.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... purpose there is but one ultimate authority ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


39.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... purpose there is but one ultimate authority ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
"For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


40.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... purpose there is but one ultimate authority ...   12&12 Tradition Two (Long), p.189  
Two -- For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


41.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... purpose -- to carry its message to the ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Five -- Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


42.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... purpose -- to carry its message to the ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
"Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers."


43.
View PREFACE   ... purpose: to represent the current membership of ...   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.


44.
View STEP TEN essay   ... purpose under all conditions?   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?


45.
View STEP TEN essay   ... purpose until the habit of self-restraint has ...   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.


46.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... purpose was being compromised, and the name ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
A.A.'s sole purpose was being compromised, and the name of Alcoholics Anonymous was being misused.


47.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... purpose, we are willing to announce our ...   BB Into Action, p.77  
When it will serve any good purpose, we are willing to announce our convictions with tact and common sense.


48.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... purpose, we need not be worried.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
Experience has taught us that these are matters about which, for our purpose, we need not be worried.


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