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1.
... purpose.   BB Working With Others, p.92   View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter
Doctors are rightly loath to tell alcoholic patients the whole story unless it will serve some good purpose.


2.
... purpose.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562   View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition
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.
... purpose.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564   View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition
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.
... purpose.   12&12 Step Four, p.42   View STEP FOUR essay
Creation gave us instincts for a purpose.


5.
... purpose.   12&12 Step Six, p.65   View STEP SIX essay
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.
... purpose.   12&12 Step Nine, p.85   View STEP NINE essay
But if we have prepared ourselves well in advance, such reactions will not deflect us from our steady and even purpose.


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


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


9.
... purpose."   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155   View TRADITION SIX essay
"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.
... purpose.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165   View TRADITION SEVEN essay
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.
... purpose.   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.191   View TRADITIONS LONG FORM
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.
... purpose, a member tells this story:   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151   View TRADITION FIVE essay
Highlighting the wisdom of A.A.'s single purpose, a member tells this story:


13.
... purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130   View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter
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.
... purpose and action.   12&12 Tradition One, p.130   View TRADITION ONE essay
They see liberty verging on license, yet they recognize at once that A.A. has an irresistible strength of purpose and action.


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


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


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


18.
... purpose and meaning, to see whole families ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110   View STEP TWELVE essay
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.
... purpose and rhythm underlay all.   BB Bill's Story, p.10   View BILL'S STORY chapter
Despite contrary indications, I had little doubt that a mighty purpose and rhythm underlay all.


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


27.
... purpose of living.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71   View STEP SEVEN essay
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.
... purpose of making restitution to others is ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80   View STEP EIGHT essay
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.
... purpose of our lives, produced another bad ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72   View STEP SEVEN essay
This lack of anchorage to any permanent values, this blindness to the true purpose of our lives, produced another bad result.


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


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


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


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


34.
... purpose -- that of carrying its message to ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563   View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition
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.
... purpose -- that of carrying its message to ...   12&12 Tradition Five (Long), p.190   View TRADITIONS LONG FORM
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.
... purpose, the active voice and the effective ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574   View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)
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.
... purpose there is but one ultimate authority ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562   View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition
Two -- For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


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


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


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


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


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


43.
... purpose: to represent the current membership of ...   BB Preface, p.xii   View PREFACE
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.
... purpose under all conditions?   12&12 Step Ten, p.88   View STEP TEN essay
Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?


45.
... purpose until the habit of self-restraint has ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.91   View STEP TEN essay
For we can neither think nor act to good purpose until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic.


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


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


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


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