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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 FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... three.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
Their very first case, a desperate one, recovered immediately and became A.A. number three.


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... Three.   BB How It Works, p.63  
We were now at Step Three.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... Three.   BB A Vision For You (Note), p.156  
(*) This refers to Bill's and Dr. Bob's first visit to A.A. Number Three.


4.
View STEP THREE essay   ... Three.   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Every man and woman who has joined A.A. and intends to stick has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three.


5.
View STEP THREE essay   ... Three.   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
Once we have come into agreement with these ideas, it is really easy to begin the practice of Step Three.


6.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... Three.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
A.A. had taken its first step in the formation of Tradition Three.


7.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... three absolutely blank books.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I passed in at least three absolutely blank books.


8.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
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.


9.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may ...   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."


10.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may ...   12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
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.


11.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... three alcoholics in that town, who now ...   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
So, you see, there were three alcoholics in that town, who now felt they had to give to others what they had found, or be sunk.


12.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... three -- began to return as time passed.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
But great numbers of these -- about two out of three -- began to return as time passed.


13.
View STEP THREE essay   ... Three calls for affirmative action, for it ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Like all the remaining Steps, Step Three calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will which has always blocked the entry of God -- or, if you like, a Higher Power -- into our lives.


14.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... three corporations and became president of them ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
To make things safer, the promoter organized three corporations and became president of them all.


15.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... three drinks -- no more!   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Perhaps he could handle, say, three drinks -- no more!


16.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... three drunks looked hungrily on from the ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Arriving home, I found Lois cooking as usual, while three drunks looked hungrily on from the kitchen door.


17.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... three exceptional men lost to this world ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
Here were three exceptional men lost to this world because I did not understand alcoholism as I do now.


18.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... three floors.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Sometimes the swarming applicants would go for all three floors.


19.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... three, got to be routine.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
"Bathtub" gin, two bottles a day, and often three, got to be routine.


20.
View FOREWORD   ... three groups.   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
Even then it was hard to find twoscore of sure recoveries in all three groups.


21.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... three had succeeded with seven more.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
A year and six months later these three had succeeded with seven more.


22.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... three high hurdles, the course ahead began ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier.


23.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... three huge volumes of a financial reference ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
We gave up our positions and off we roared on a motorcycle, the sidecar stuffed with tent, blankets, a change of clothes, and three huge volumes of a financial reference service.


24.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... three husband, you may be in luck.   BB To Wives, p.113  
If you have a number three husband, you may be in luck.


25.
View STEP THREE essay   ... Three is given a determined and persistent ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
Then it is explained that other Steps of the A.A. program can be practiced with success only when Step Three is given a determined and persistent trial.


26.
View STEP THREE essay   ... Three is like the opening of a ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Practicing Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all appearances is still closed and locked.


27.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... three(*) languages.   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Currently, "Alcoholics Anonymous" has been translated into forty-three(*) languages.


28.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... three little mottoes which are apropos.   BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
We have three little mottoes which are apropos.


29.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... three months.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
He was there three months.


30.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... three-months leave of absence, has taken a ...   BB To Employers, p.138  
He has just returned from a three-months leave of absence, has taken a cure, looks fine, and to clinch the matter, the board of directors told him this was his last chance."


31.
View STEP THREE essay   ... Three opens the door.   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.


32.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... three or four months the goose hung ...   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
For three or four months the goose hung high.


33.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   Three -- Our membership ought to include all ...   12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Three -- Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism.


34.
View PREFACE   ... three parts, under the same headings that ...   BB Preface, pp.xi-xii  
"Bill's Story," "Doctor Bob's Nightmare," and one other personal history from the first edition were retained intact; three were edited and one of these was retitled; new versions of two stories were written, with new titles; thirty completely new stories were added; and the story section was divided into three parts, under the same headings that are used now.


35.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... three personal experiences.   BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
These are followed by forty-three personal experiences.


36.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... three pertinent ideas:   BB How It Works, p.60  
Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:


37.
View STEP THREE essay   ... Three represents our first attempt to do ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Step Three represents our first attempt to do this.


38.
View PREFACE   ... three sections of personal stories as follows.   BB Preface, p.xii  
This fourth edition includes the Twelve Concepts for World Service and revises the three sections of personal stories as follows.


39.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... three spoke in a very different voice.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Then one of the three spoke in a very different voice.


40.
View STEP TWO essay   ... three statements.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Listen, if you will, to these three statements.


41.
View FOREWORD   ... three successful groups emerged -- the first at ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
After three years of trial and error in selecting the most workable tenets upon which the Society could be based, and after a large amount of failure in getting alcoholics to recover, three successful groups emerged -- the first at Akron, the second at New York, and the third at Cleveland.


42.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... "Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
(This address is now available in pamphlet form at nominal cost through most A.A. groups or from Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, under the title "Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill W." -- formerly called "Bill on Alcoholism" and earlier "Alcoholism the Illness.")


43.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   Three -- The only requirement for A.A. membership ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Three -- The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.


44.
View TO WIVES chapter   Three: This husband has gone much further ...   BB To Wives, p.109  
Three: This husband has gone much further than husband number two.


45.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... three times, I got drunk on the ...   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
The last three times, I got drunk on the way home from here.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... three visitors.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
He had three visitors.


47.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... Three, was simplicity itself.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
The answer, now seen in Tradition Three, was simplicity itself.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... Three we turned our will and our ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Consequently, in Step Three we turned our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


49.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... three weeks; then I went to Atlantic ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
This dry spell lasted for about three weeks; then I went to Atlantic City to attend several days' meeting of a national society of which I was a member.


50.
View PREFACE   ... three were edited and one of these ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
"Bill's Story," "Doctor Bob's Nightmare," and one other personal history from the first edition were retained intact; three were edited and one of these was retitled; new versions of two stories were written, with new titles; thirty completely new stories were added; and the story section was divided into three parts, under the same headings that are used now.


51.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... three, where the alcoholic sickness is discussed ...   BB To Employers, p.140  
If this presents difficulty, re-reading chapters two and three, where the alcoholic sickness is discussed at length might be worth while.


52.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... Three, which is that we decided to ...   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.


53.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... three would do for a start.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In imagination the gleaming center was to go up several stories more, but three would do for a start.


54.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... three years.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
I lost only a half day's work during these three years.


55.
View TRADITION TWO essay   Three years ago, when my head doctor, ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
Three years ago, when my head doctor, Silkworth, began to tell me of the idea of helping drunks by spirituality, I thought it was crackpot stuff, but I've changed my mind.


56.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... three years, and this in the face ...   BB To Employers, p.138  
I pointed out that I had had nothing to drink whatever for three years, and this in the face of difficulties that would have made nine out of ten men drink their heads off.


57.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... three years I spent in Boston, Chicago, ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
The next three years I spent in Boston, Chicago, and Montreal in the employ of a large manufacturing concern, selling railway supplies, gas engines of all sorts, and many other items of heavy hardware.


58.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... three years of this, I wound up ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
After three years of this, I wound up in the local hospital where they attempted to help me, but I would get my friends to smuggle me a quart, or I would steal the alcohol about the building, so that I got rapidly worse.


59.
View FOREWORD   ... three years of trial and error in ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
After three years of trial and error in selecting the most workable tenets upon which the Society could be based, and after a large amount of failure in getting alcoholics to recover, three successful groups emerged -- the first at Akron, the second at New York, and the third at Cleveland.


60.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... three years old, an event occurred demonstrating ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
When A.A. was only three years old, an event occurred demonstrating this principle.


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