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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 BILL'S STORY chapter   ... ability.  BB Bill's Story, p.13  
I was to right all such matters to the utmost of my ability.


2.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ability.  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.123-124  
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.


3.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... ability and both my father and mother ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
My father was a professional man of recognized ability and both my father and mother were most active in church affairs.


4.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... ability and his knowledge of alcoholism.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
Of course, there couldn't be the slightest objection if such an association hired an A.A. member solely because of his public relations ability and his knowledge of alcoholism.


5.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ability, by God's grace, to take these ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs," well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.


6.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... ability, good sense, and high character.  BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
A certain American business man had ability, good sense, and high character.


7.
View CONTENTS   ... ability of each A.A. to identify himself ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Five), p.10  
The ability of each A.A. to identify himself with and bring recovery to the newcomer is a gift from God... passing on this gift to others is our one aim.


8.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... ability of each A.A. to identify himself ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills.


9.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... ability, or of his own strong personal ...  BB To Employers, p.137  
Because of the employee's special ability, or of his own strong personal attachment to him, the employer has sometimes kept such a man at work long beyond a reasonable period.


10.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... ability our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Unless each A.A. member follows to the best of his ability our suggested Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant.


11.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ability to accept conditions I cannot change?  12&12 Step Four, p.52  
Or, if my disturbance was seemingly caused by the behavior of others, why do I lack the ability to accept conditions I cannot change?


12.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
When we speak or act hastily or rashly, the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot.


13.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ability to carry A.A.'s message.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Perhaps this will happen in a succession of cases, and we may be deeply discouraged as to our ability to carry A.A.'s message.


14.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... ability to control our drinking.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking.


15.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ability to cope with 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.


16.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... ability to elect all the directors of ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
VIII. The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and finance. They have custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly active services, exercising this through their ability to elect all the directors of these entities.


17.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ability to help other people as we ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Our immediate temptation will be to ask for specific solutions to specific problems, and for the ability to help other people as we have already thought they should be helped.


18.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... ability to recover?  BB To Employers, p.143  
Can you have every confidence in his ability to recover?


19.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ability to think?  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Did we not have confidence in our ability to think?


20.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... ability to think, I went carefully over ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
"As soon as I regained my ability to think, I went carefully over that evening in Washington.


21.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... ability to think straight, be called anything ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
How can such a lack of proportion, of the ability to think straight, be called anything else?


The 164 and More™ Book, eBook, and Web Site are all CONCORDANCES which display passages from the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and the A.A. Grapevine (A.A. Preamble only).  Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and More concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., or the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.  Further A.A.W.S. Inc. and the A.A. Grapevine Inc. have no objection to the use of this material in the 164 and More concordance.

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