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1.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe.   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
That was great news to us, for we had assumed we could not make use of spiritual principles unless we accepted many things on faith which seemed difficult to believe.


2.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe.   BB We Agnostics, p.57  
Circumstances made him willing to believe.


3.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... believe a man should be thoroughly probed ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
We believe a man should be thoroughly probed on these points.


4.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... believe, almost owes this recompense on a ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
God, they believe, almost owes this recompense on a long overdue account.


5.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... believe and hope it contains all you ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
We believe and hope it contains all you will need to begin.


6.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... believe, and so suggested a few years ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker.


7.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe anything.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
First, Alcoholics Anonymous does not demand that you believe anything.


8.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... believe anything, or conform to anything?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Why did we dare to say, contrary to the experience of society and government everywhere, that we would neither punish nor deprive any A.A. of membership, that we must never compel anyone to pay anything, believe anything, or conform to anything?


9.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe as he believes.   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
I'm sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes.


10.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... believe have eventually seen the childishness of ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it.


11.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... believe he is a gravely ill person, ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
Say that you believe he is a gravely ill person, with this qualification -- being perhaps fatally ill, does he want to get well?


12.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... believe He would like us to keep ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth.


13.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... believe himself an alcoholic, much less accept ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
Fred would not believe himself an alcoholic, much less accept a spiritual remedy for his problem.


14.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe in a Higher Power, and most ...   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."


15.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe in a Power greater than himself.   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
The reader may still ask why he should believe in a Power greater than himself.


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... believe in a Power greater than himself ...   BB Working With Others, p.93  
The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles.


17.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... believe in a Power greater than myself.   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself.


18.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe in a Power greater than myself, ...   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now.


19.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe in a Power greater than ourselves, ...   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.


20.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe in a Power greater than themselves, ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking.


21.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... believe in a Spirit of the Universe, ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation.


22.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe in God and defy Him, too.   12&12 Step Two, p.31  
No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too.


23.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe in God, others can't, and still ...   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
Some of us won't believe in God, others can't, and still others who do believe that God exists have no faith whatever He will perform this miracle.


24.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe in him.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
He's sure he still believes in God, but suspects that God doesn't believe in him.


25.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... believe in it, or because they feel ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
All this should be very encouraging news for those who recoil from prayer because they don't believe in it, or because they feel themselves cut off from God's help and direction.


26.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe in our own reasoning?   BB We Agnostics, pp.53-54  
For did we not believe in our own reasoning?


27.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... believe in the hopelessness and futility of ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it.


28.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... believe in themselves, and still more in ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death.


29.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... believe in these things at all.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
Or perhaps we don't believe in these things at all.


30.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... believe it an illness -- involves those about ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
An illness of this sort -- and we have come to believe it an illness -- involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can.


31.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   Believe it or not, wealthy townsfolk bought ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
Believe it or not, wealthy townsfolk bought the idea.


32.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... believe it should be made plain that ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
If you propose such a procedure to him, it may be necessary to advance the cost of treatment, but we believe it should be made plain that any expense will later be deducted from his pay.


33.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... believe it would be possible for me ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
Let him tell you about it: "I was much impressed with what you fellows said about alcoholism, and I frankly did not believe it would be possible for me to drink again.


34.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe, or am I even willing to ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
"Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?"


35.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe, or is willing to believe, we ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way.


36.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe than not to believe, why we ...   BB We Agnostics, p.53  
Hence we are at pains to tell why we think our present faith is reasonable, why we think it more sane and logical to believe than not to believe, why we say our former thinking was soft and mushy when we threw up our hands in doubt and said, "We don't know."


37.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... believe that a man-made millennium lies just ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
The immense resources now being harnessed promise such a quantity of material blessings that many have come to believe that a man-made millennium lies just ahead.


38.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... believe that a Power greater than ourselves ...   BB How It Works, p.59  
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


39.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe that a Power greater than ourselves ...   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
"Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."


40.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... believe that a Power greater than ourselves ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


41.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... believe that alcoholism is entirely a problem ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
I do not hold with those who believe that alcoholism is entirely a problem of mental control.


42.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... believe that each of us takes part ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we believe that each of us takes part in the weaving of a protective mantle which covers our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.


43.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... believe that early in our drinking careers ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Though there is no way of proving it, we believe that early in our drinking careers most of us could have stopped drinking.


44.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe that God exists have no faith ...   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
Some of us won't believe in God, others can't, and still others who do believe that God exists have no faith whatever He will perform this miracle.


45.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... believe that his brother-executive suffered from a ...   BB To Employers, p.138  
He simply could not believe that his brother-executive suffered from a serious illness.


46.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... believe that I was an alcoholic almost ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
Never once in my life have I had a headache, which fact leads me to believe that I was an alcoholic almost from the start.


47.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... believe that if only they'd treat us ...   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We firmly believe that if only they'd treat us better, we'd be all right.


48.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... believe that it is only by fully ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing."


49.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... believe that managers of large enterprises often ...   BB To Employers, p.149  
We believe that managers of large enterprises often have little idea how prevalent this problem is.


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... believe that our adult dreams were often ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
We would not believe that our adult dreams were often truly childish.


51.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe that our human intelligence was the ...   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
Instead of regarding ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God's ever advancing Creation, we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our human intelligence was the last word, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of all.


52.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... believe that our one-time good characters will ...   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We believe that our one-time good characters will be revived the moment we quit alcohol.


53.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... believe -- that the body of the alcoholic ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
In this statement he confirms what we who have suffered alcoholic torture must believe -- that the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind.


54.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... believe that the principle of anonymity has ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
12. And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance.


55.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... believe that the principle of anonymity has ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve (Long), p.192  
Twelve -- And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance.


56.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... believe that the reader will be interested ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
We of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the medical estimate of the plan of recovery described in this book.


57.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe, that there is a Power greater ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
"Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?"


58.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... believe that though I once had the ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
I used to get terribly upset when I saw my friends drink and knew I could not, but I schooled myself to believe that though I once had the same privilege, I had abused it so frightfully that it was withdrawn.


59.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... believe that which he could not do ...   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.


60.
View STEP TWO essay   ... believe -- the belligerent one.   12&12 Step Two, p.25  
Let's look first at the case of the one who says he won't believe -- the belligerent one.


61.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... believe, the best answers that our experience ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
The "12 Traditions" of Alcoholics Anonymous are, we A.A.'s believe, the best answers that our experience has yet given to those ever-urgent questions, "How can A.A. best function?" and, "How can A.A. best stay whole and so survive?"


62.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... believe, the principle of corporate poverty was ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.165  
At that moment, we believe, the principle of corporate poverty was firmly and finally embedded in A.A. tradition.


63.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution.   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution.


64.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... believe there isn't a fellowship on earth ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
We believe there isn't a fellowship on earth which lavishes more devoted care upon its individual members; surely there is none which more jealously guards the individual's right to think, talk, and act as he wishes.


65.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... believe they are in that class.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class.


66.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... believe they have it.   BB To Employers, p.149  
But alcoholism -- well, they just don't believe they have it.


67.
View PREFACE   ... believe this program can work for me ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened to me"; or, more important, "Yes, I've felt like that"; or, most important, "Yes, I believe this program can work for me too."


68.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe this universe needs no God to ...   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
We read wordy books and indulge in windy arguments, thinking we believe this universe needs no God to explain it.


69.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe, to all men.   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
It is open, we believe, to all men.


70.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe to be spiritual as well as ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral.


71.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... believe was the great panacea for all ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
Without this proof the expectant purchaser would be forced to depart empty handed with none of what I later came to believe was the great panacea for all human ills.


72.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... believe we can make some definite and ...   BB Into Action, p.86  
Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuable suggestions.


73.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe, we emphatically assure him that he ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way.


74.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... believe we needed this help.   BB To Wives, p.116  
At first, some of us did not believe we needed this help.


75.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... believe we will be forgiven and will ...   BB How It Works, p.70  
If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and will have learned our lesson.


76.
View STEP SIX essay   ... believe what they say, so that they ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
But how many men and women speak love with their lips, and believe what they say, so that they can hide lust in a dark corner of their minds?


77.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... believe, why we say our former thinking ...   BB We Agnostics, p.53  
Hence we are at pains to tell why we think our present faith is reasonable, why we think it more sane and logical to believe than not to believe, why we say our former thinking was soft and mushy when we threw up our hands in doubt and said, "We don't know."


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