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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 A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... ask.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
"How is that to come about?" you ask.


2.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ask.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
"What do you mean when you talk about a 'spiritual awakening'?" they ask.


3.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ask about their behavior respecting financial and ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Also of importance for most alcoholics are the questions they must ask about their behavior respecting financial and emotional security.


4.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... ask an experienced A.A. member if this ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
They dubiously ask an experienced A.A. member if this really works.


5.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Ask any woman who has sent her ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
Ask any woman who has sent her husband to distant places on the theory he would escape the alcohol problem.


6.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... ask, because many alcoholics, being warped and ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
You ask, because many alcoholics, being warped and drugged, do not want to quit.


7.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... ask, "can such a crowd of anarchists ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
"How," they ask, "can such a crowd of anarchists function at all?


8.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask especially for freedom from self-will, and ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only.


9.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask for ourselves, however, if others will ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped.


10.
View STEP THREE essay   ... ask for quiet, and in the stillness ...   12&12 Step Three, pp.40-41  
In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done."


11.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ask for specific solutions to specific problems, ...   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.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask for the right thought or action.   BB Into Action, p.87  
As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action.


13.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ask for those right things of which ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need.


14.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all?


15.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask God at once to remove them.   BB Into Action, p.84  
When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them.


16.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought ...   BB Into Action, p.86  
Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision.


17.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective ...   BB Into Action, p.86  
After making our review we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.


18.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask God to direct our thinking, especially ...   BB Into Action, p.86  
Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.


19.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask God to help us be willing.   BB Into Action, p.76  
If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.


20.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ask God what we should do about ...   BB How It Works, p.69  
In meditation, we ask God what we should do about each specific matter.


21.
View STEP SIX essay   ... ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions.   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions.


22.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ask him how you can be still ...   BB To Wives, p.120  
Cheer him up and ask him how you can be still more helpful.


23.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Ask him if he thinks he has ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
Ask him if he thinks he has the answer.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ask him if he wants to quit ...   BB Working With Others, p.90  
Then let his family or a friend ask him if he wants to quit for good and if he would go to any extreme to do so.


25.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ask him if he would really like ...   BB To Wives, p.112  
But after his next binge, ask him if he would really like to get over drinking for good.


26.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Ask Him in your morning meditation what ...   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick.


27.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ask him to look at the chapter ...   BB To Wives, p.112  
If you think he will be shy of a spiritual remedy, ask him to look at the chapter on alcoholism.


28.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ask him to read this book in ...   BB Working With Others, p.95  
If he is sincerely interested and wants to see you again, ask him to read this book in the interval.


29.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ask Him to remove our fear and ...   BB How It Works, p.68  
We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be.


30.
View TO WIVES chapter   Ask him what you should do if ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
Ask him what you should do if he places you in such a position again.


31.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... ask him why he started on that ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
If you ask him why he started on that last bender, the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis.


32.
View STEP SIX essay   ... ask, "How can we accept the entire ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
Many will at once ask, "How can we accept the entire implication of Step Six?


33.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... ask if I were still sane.   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
For a moment I was alarmed, and called my friend, the doctor, to ask if I were still sane.


34.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask if we have omitted anything, for ...   BB Into Action, p.75  
Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last.


35.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ask, "Just how do I go about ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Now willing to commence the search for his own defects, he will ask, "Just how do I go about this?


36.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ask medical advice as the sprees got ...   BB To Wives, p.106  
We began to ask medical advice as the sprees got closer together.


37.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ask myself to what extent have my ...   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
I can ask myself to what extent have my own mistakes fed my gnawing anxieties.


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask our wives or friends to join ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
If circumstances warrant, we ask our wives or friends to join us in morning meditation.


39.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me -- today?"


40.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ask ourselves but one short question.   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question.


41.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened.


42.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ask ourselves what we mean when we ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
We might next ask ourselves what we mean when we say that we have "harmed" other people.


43.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ask ourselves why we shouldn't apply to ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn't apply to our human problems this same readiness to change our point of view.


44.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ask questions like these: In addition to ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Surveying his business or employment record, almost any alcoholic can ask questions like these: In addition to my drinking problem, what character defects contributed to my financial instability?


45.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ask simply that throughout the day God ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
We ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.


46.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ask that he do it for you ...   BB To Wives, p.112  
Do not ask that he do it for you or anyone else.


47.
View FOREWORD   ... ask, that in A.A. no member can ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Why is it, they ask, that in A.A. no member can be set in personal authority over another, that nothing like a central government can anywhere be seen?


48.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... ask, "that in A.A. the individual doesn't ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
"Does this mean," some will anxiously ask, "that in A.A. the individual doesn't count for much?


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask that we be given strength and ...   BB Into Action, p.79  
Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be.


50.
View STEP THREE essay   Ask the polio sufferer confined to an ...   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Ask the polio sufferer confined to an iron lung who depends with complete trust upon a motor to keep the breath of life in him.


51.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... ask the press also, to observe this ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
Very earnestly we ask the press also, to observe this request, for otherwise we shall be greatly handicapped.


52.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Ask them to remember, when they are ...   BB Working With Others, p.100  
Ask them to remember, when they are impatient, the blessed fact of his sobriety.


53.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... ask too much, and father will see ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
Little by little, mother and children will see they ask too much, and father will see he gives too little.


54.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ask until it comes.   BB Into Action, p.76  
If we haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes.


55.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... ask us to give up personal desires ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Because A.A.'s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit -- well symbolized by anonymity -- is the foundation of them all.


56.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ask us to go contrary to our ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
All of A.A.'s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos.


57.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ask what a spot-check inventory is, let's ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
Before we ask what a spot-check inventory is, let's look at the kind of setting in which such an inventory can do its work.


58.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ask when their marriage is ever going ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Both of them blame each other and ask when their marriage is ever going to be happy again.


59.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ask why he should believe in a ...   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
The reader may still ask why he should believe in a Power greater than himself.


60.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ask with much earnestness and faith for ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
We have seen A.A.'s ask with much earnestness and faith for God's explicit guidance on matters ranging all the way from a shattering domestic or financial crisis to correcting a minor personal fault, like tardiness.


61.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ask you that question, if he will.   BB Working With Others, p.93  
Let him ask you that question, if he will.


62.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ask you to drink.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
If you do this thoroughly, few people will ask you to drink.


63.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ask yourself on each occasion, "Have I ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
Therefore, ask yourself on each occasion, "Have I any good social, business, or personal reason for going to this place?


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