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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   ... begin.   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
We believe and hope it contains all you will need to begin.


2.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... begin.   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
This required great willingness even to begin.


3.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... begin?   12&12 Step Eleven, pp.98-99  
But what about the rest of us who, less fortunate, don't even know how to begin?


4.
View STEP NINE essay   ... begin in a casual or natural way.   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
These conversations can begin in a casual or natural way.


5.
View STEP NINE essay   ... begin making certain kinds of direct amends ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
Most of us begin making certain kinds of direct amends from the day we join Alcoholics Anonymous.


6.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... begin somewhere.   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere.


7.
View STEP THREE essay   ... begin the practice of Step 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.


8.
View STEP TEN essay   ... begin to achieve some measure of importance ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
We must be quite as careful when we begin to achieve some measure of importance and material success.


9.
View STEP THREE essay   ... begin to do it.   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Fortunately, we who have tried it, and with equal misgivings, can testify that anyone, anyone at all, can begin to do it.


10.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... begin to dominate them.   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.


11.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... begin to dwell on the hopeless feature ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
If you are satisfied that he is a real alcoholic, begin to dwell on the hopeless feature of the malady.


12.
View STEP NINE essay   ... begin to feel confident in our new ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
As soon as we begin to feel confident in our new way of life and have begun, by our behavior and example, to convince those about us that we are indeed changing for the better, it is usually safe to talk in complete frankness with those who have been seriously affected, even those who may be only a little or not at all aware of what we have done to them.


13.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... begin to feel the nearness of our ...   BB Into Action, p.75  
We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator.


14.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... begin to find one in the pages ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.


15.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin to get right with ourselves and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all.


16.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... begin to have a spiritual experience.   BB Into Action, p.75  
We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience.


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin to learn right relations with people ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Through it we begin to learn right relations with people who understand us; we don't have to be alone any more.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin to make our peace, and so ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We had to begin to make our peace, and so we listed the people we had harmed and became willing to set things right.


19.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... begin to open to the immense values ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Our eyes begin to open to the immense values which have come straight out of painful ego-puncturing.


20.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin to practice all Twelve Steps of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.


21.
View STEP TEN essay   ... begin to practice justice and courtesy, perhaps ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
With those we dislike we can begin to practice justice and courtesy, perhaps going out of our way to understand and help them.


22.
View STEP TWO essay   ... begin to see and feel.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel.


23.
View STEP TEN essay   ... begin to see that all people, including ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Finally, we begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means.


24.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... begin to see truth, justice, and love ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs.


25.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin to suspect it had never been ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
They may even begin to suspect it had never been any good in the first place.


26.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin to swallow, let alone digest.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Then perhaps life, as it has a way of doing, suddenly hands us a great big lump that we can't begin to swallow, let alone digest.


27.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin to think that A.A. doesn't pay ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
We begin to think that A.A. doesn't pay off after all.


28.
View STEP THREE essay   ... begin to use it rightly.   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly.


29.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... begin, we ask God to direct our ...   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.


30.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... begin with.   12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
We've repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn't think much of us to begin with.


31.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin with indifference.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Our troubles sometimes begin with indifference.


32.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... begin with, the situation is aggravated.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
And if she had a strong maternal instinct to begin with, the situation is aggravated.


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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