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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 TRADITION TEN essay   ... began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
Never since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by a major controversial issue.


2.
View FOREWORD   ... began in 1935 at Akron, Ohio, as ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1935 at Akron, Ohio, as the outcome of a meeting between a well-known surgeon and a New York broker.


3.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... began to act like most everybody does ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
Naturally, we began to act like most everybody does when afraid.


4.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... began to apply spiritual principles in their ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
As our husbands began to apply spiritual principles in their lives, we began to see the desirability of doing so too.


5.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... began to ask medical advice as the ...   BB To Wives, p.106  
We began to ask medical advice as the sprees got closer together.


6.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... began to be called Alcoholics Anonymous, from ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
The fledgling society, which had been nameless, now began to be called Alcoholics Anonymous, from the title of its own book.


7.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... began to be jittery in the morning.   BB Bill's Story, p.3  
I began to be jittery in the morning.


8.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... began to be possessed of a new ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.


9.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... began to be replaced by cocksureness.   BB Bill's Story, pp.5-6  
Some time passed, and confidence began to be replaced by cocksureness.


10.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... began to carry bright promise and meaning.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
But now the words "Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works" began to carry bright promise and meaning.


11.
View STEP TWO essay   ... began to come to us, we felt ...   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
"As material success founded upon no more than these ordinary attributes began to come to us, we felt we were winning at the game of life.


12.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... began to cry, "There oughtta be a ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Watching alcoholics committed willy-nilly to prisons or asylums, we began to cry, "There oughtta be a law!"


13.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... began to cut us off, nearly all ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn't quite belong.


14.
View STEP TWO essay   ... began to do that, we received the ...   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works.


15.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... began to drink deliberately, instead of casually, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
We now see that when we began to drink deliberately, instead of casually, there was little serious or effective thought during the period of premeditation of what the terrific consequences might be.


16.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... began to evaporate.   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate.


17.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... began to fear pain less, and desire ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We began to fear pain less, and desire humility more than ever.


18.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... began to feel humility as something more ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
It was only at the end of a long road, marked by successive defeats and humiliations, and the final crushing of our self-sufficiency, that we began to feel humility as something more than a condition of groveling despair.


19.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... began to feel like those who had ...   BB We Agnostics, pp.52-53  
When others showed us that "God-sufficiency" worked with them, we began to feel like those who had insisted the Wrights would never fly.


20.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... began to fortify my beer with straight ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
It then occurred to me that after one was all smelled up with beer nobody could tell what had been drunk, so I began to fortify my beer with straight alcohol.


21.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... began to get over the idea that ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency.


22.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... began to get the feeling that we ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
This vital Step was also the means by which we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had thought or done.


23.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... began to happen.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
With the appearance of the new book a great deal began to happen.


24.
View STEP TWO essay   ... began to have its way with us.   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
But then alcohol began to have its way with us.


25.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... began to hold meetings which were open ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Consequently, many groups began to hold meetings which were open to interested friends and the public, so that the average citizen could see for himself just what A.A. was all about.


26.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... began to hum.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Soon things began to hum.


27.
View STEP TWO essay   ... began to infiltrate my life.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life.


28.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... began to listen while I tried to ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
But as he calmed down, he began to listen while I tried to show him that humility was the main key to sobriety.


29.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... began to look as though religious people ...   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
It began to look as though religious people were right after all.


30.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... began to look easier.   12&12 Step Four, pp.47-48  
But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier.


31.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... began to lose our fear of today, ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.


32.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... began to publicly whoop up the merits ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
A.A. groups had their fling at education, and when they began to publicly whoop up the merits of this or that brand, people became confused.


33.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... began to pursue the spiritual remedy for ...   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 TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... began to receive requests for A.A. speakers ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Soon, groups began to receive requests for A.A. speakers to appear before civic organizations, church groups, and medical societies.


35.
View STEP ONE essay   ... began to recognize their alcoholism.   12&12 Step One, p.23  
Alcoholics who still had their health, their families, their jobs, and even two cars in the garage, began to recognize their alcoholism.


36.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... 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.


37.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... began to run rest homes and farms ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Even greater furors were provoked when A.A. members began to run rest homes and farms for alcoholics, when some hired out to corporations as personnel men in charge of the alcoholic problem in industry, when some became nurses on alcoholic wards, when others entered the field of alcohol education.


38.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... began to see that the world and ...   BB How It Works, p.66  
We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us.


39.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... began to see the desirability of doing ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
As our husbands began to apply spiritual principles in their lives, we began to see the desirability of doing so too.


40.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... began to speak.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
"Almost timidly, one of my friends began to speak.


41.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... began to suspect how much trouble self-delusion ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
As we took inventory, we began to suspect how much trouble self-delusion had been causing us.


42.
View STEP TWO essay   ... began to talk of God."   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Relieved of the alcohol obsession, their lives unaccountably transformed, they came to believe in a Higher Power, and most of them began to talk of God."


43.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... began to tell me of the idea ...   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.


44.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... began to waken very early in the ...   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
This went on endlessly, and I began to waken very early in the morning shaking violently.


45.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... began to wonder, for such an appalling ...   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
I began to wonder, for such an appalling lack of perspective seemed near being just that.


46.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... began to wonder if I had not ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I had no trouble refusing drinks, and began to wonder if I had not been making too hard work of a simple matter.


47.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... began to work as a salesman for ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
His family was re-assembled, and he began to work as a salesman for the business he had lost through drinking.


48.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... began to work in a department store, ...   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
My wife began to work in a department store, coming home exhausted to find me drunk.


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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