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1.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... able and exceedingly anxious to adopt any ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
The doctor proved to be able and exceedingly anxious to adopt any workable method of handling the situation.


2.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... able and persistent advocates.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Another reason for the wide acceptance of A.A. was the ministration of friends -- friends in medicine, religion, and the press, together with innumerable others who became our able and persistent advocates.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... able and respected, was then nearing the ...   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
His call to the clergyman led him presently to a certain resident of the town, who, though formerly able and respected, was then nearing the nadir of alcoholic despair.


4.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... able and willing to get well, little ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
For the type of alcoholic who is able and willing to get well, little charity, in the ordinary sense of the word, is needed or wanted.


5.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... able example and not upon vain displays ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
True leadership, we find, depends upon able example and not upon vain displays of power or glory.


6.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... able, intelligent, friendly people.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
They are often able, intelligent, friendly people.


7.
View STEP SIX essay   ... able to achieve by the same means ...   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
Having been granted a perfect release from alcoholism, why then shouldn't we be able to achieve by the same means a perfect release from every other difficulty or defect?


8.
View STEP TEN essay   ... able to admit and accept what he ...   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.


9.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... able to alter my own conduct and ...   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
These are the sort of fundamental inquiries that can disclose the source of my discomfort and indicate whether I may be able to alter my own conduct and so adjust myself serenely to self-discipline.


10.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... able to avoid it.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
Had you offered yourselves as patients at this hospital, I would not have taken you, if I had been able to avoid it.


11.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... able to be of this world once ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
They should be thankful he is sober and able to be of this world once more.


12.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... able to bring myself to feel that ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
I talked with him for some time, but was not able to bring myself to feel that I had known him before.


13.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... able to build upon the lessons of ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
By faith and by works we have been able to build upon the lessons of an incredible experience.


14.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... able to control his desire for alcohol, ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
On the other hand -- and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.


15.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... able to determine which course to take.   BB Into Action, p.86  
We may not be able to determine which course to take.


16.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... able to do anything."   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
"God ought to be able to do anything."


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... able to do, feel, and believe that ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone.


18.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... able to do with it!   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
What great things A.A. would be able to do with it!


19.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... able to find some of these treasures, ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
He hoped, God willing, that he might be able to find some of these treasures, too.


20.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... able to forgive others, no matter how ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us.


21.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... able to get away with a few ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
If he says yes, does he really mean it, or down inside does he think he is fooling you, and that after rest and treatment he will be able to get away with a few drinks now and then?


22.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... able to hold my position, I could ...   BB To Employers, p.141  
I know, in my own particular case, that nothing my company could have done would have stopped me for, so long as I was able to hold my position, I could not possibly realize how serious my situation was.


23.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... able to justify the most arrant nonsense ...   12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Lacking both practice and humility, they had deluded themselves and were able to justify the most arrant nonsense on the ground that this was what God had told them.


24.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... able to keep a confidence; that he ...   BB Into Action, p.74  
It is important that he be able to keep a confidence; that he fully understand and approve what we are driving at; that he will not try to change our plan.


25.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... able to lay aside prejudice and express ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.


26.
View STEP TEN essay   ... able to leave it behind us.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
When this is done, we are really able to leave it behind us.


27.
View STEP THREE essay   ... able to let Him in?   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in?


28.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... able to maintain anything like perfect adherence ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles.


29.
View STEP NINE essay   ... able to make direct personal contact at ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be other cases where action ought to be deferred, and still others in which by the very nature of the situation we shall never be able to make direct personal contact at all.


30.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... able to make use of his services ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
After your man has gone along without drinking for a few months, you may be able to make use of his services with other employees who are giving you the alcoholic run-around -- provided, of course, they are willing to have a third party in the picture.


31.
View FOREWORD   ... able to meet other difficulties of life.   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
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.


32.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... able to move closer to the ideal ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
It ought to be followed by a good look at where we stand now, and a further look at what might happen in our lives were we able to move closer to the ideal we have been trying to glimpse.


33.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... able to muster.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
But when the broker gave him Dr. Silkworth's description of alcoholism and its hopelessness, the physician began to pursue the spiritual remedy for his malady with a willingness he had never before been able to muster.


34.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... able to offer them.   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Dr. John F. Stouffer, Chief Psychiatrist, Philadelphia General Hospital, citing his experience with A.A., said: "The alcoholics we get here at Philadelphia General are mostly those who cannot afford private treatment, and A.A. is by far the greatest thing we have been able to offer them.


35.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... able to receive forgiveness and give it, ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Our moral inventory had persuaded us that all-round forgiveness was desirable, but it was only when we resolutely tackled Step Five that we inwardly knew we'd be able to receive forgiveness and give it, too.


36.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... able to recover on a spiritual basis.   BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Understanding our work, he can do this with an eye to selecting those who are willing and able to recover on a spiritual basis.


37.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... able to say that the consciousness of ...   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.


38.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... able to say with assurance that Alcoholics ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Today, we are able to say with assurance that Alcoholics Anonymous -- A.A. as a whole -- should never be organized at all.


39.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... able to secure a much coveted internship ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I conducted myself so creditably that I was able to secure a much coveted internship in a western city, where I spent two years.


40.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... able to see that instinct run wild ...   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Alcoholics especially should be able to see that instinct run wild in themselves is the underlying cause of their destructive drinking.


41.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... able to see the change setting in.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
Looking at those who were only beginning and still doubted themselves, the rest of us were able to see the change setting in.


42.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... able to snap back the next morning ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
I seemed to be able to snap back the next morning better than most of my fellow drinkers, who were cursed (or perhaps blessed) with a great deal of morning-after nausea.


43.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... able to stay sober, or even alive, ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
Alone now, he reflects that he may not be able to stay sober, or even alive, unless he passes on to other alcoholics what was so freely given him.


44.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... able to stop for a considerable period, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Though you may be able to stop for a considerable period, you may yet be a potential alcoholic.


45.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... able to stop for a long period ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
We have heard of a few instances where people, who showed definite signs of alcoholism, were able to stop for a long period because of an overpowering desire to do so.


46.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... able to stop or moderate, because their ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were.


47.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... able to summon the faith that can ...   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.


48.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... able to surmount other serious difficulties.   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
We shall want to speak with someone who is experienced, who not only has stayed dry but has been able to surmount other serious difficulties.


49.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... able to take a position with such ...   BB To Employers, p.148  
He will be able to take a position with such a man which is eminently fair and square.


50.
View STEP THREE essay   ... able to take discipline, stand up under ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
Would they be able to take discipline, stand up under fire, and endure the monotony and misery of war?


51.
View STEP ONE essay   ... able to take our first steps toward ...   12&12 Step One, p.21  
We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength.


52.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... able to touch more than a fair ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
In all probability, we shall never be able to touch more than a fair fraction of the alcohol problem in all its ramifications.


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... able to understand Him.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.


54.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... able to understand people who said that ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
I had never been able to understand people who said that a problem had them hopelessly defeated.


55.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... able, while acutely depressed, realization of his ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
If the book is read the moment the patient is able, while acutely depressed, realization of his condition may come to him.


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