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1.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... come.   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come.


2.
View STEP TWO essay   ... come.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
Valiantly he tries to fight alcohol, imploring God's help, but the help doesn't come.


3.
View STEP TEN essay   ... come.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
When our inventory is carefully taken, and we have made peace with ourselves, the conviction follows that tomorrow's challenges can be met as they come.


4.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... come.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
In the morning we think of the hours to come.


5.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Like most people, we have found that we can take our big lumps as they come.


6.
View STEP SIX essay   ... come a long way spiritually, and is ...   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try repeatedly Step Six on all his faults -- without any reservations whatever -- has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.


7.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... come about?" you ask. "Where am I ...   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
"How is that to come about?" you ask. "Where am I to find these people?"


8.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... come after we have tried this for ...   BB Into Action, p.86  
We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.


9.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... come and go as he likes.   BB To Wives, p.120  
Make him feel absolutely free to come and go as he likes.


10.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... come back for one reason or another.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
In some cases the wife will never come back for one reason or another.


11.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... come back to sit in the meeting ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Groups have tried to expel members, but the banished have come back to sit in the meeting place, saying, "This is life for us; you can't keep us out."


12.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... come before personalities, without exception.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
Here, principles would have to come before personalities, without exception.


13.
View STEP TEN essay   ... come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before ...   12&12 Step Ten, pp.93-94  
How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.


14.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... come before the egg.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Sure, we said to ourselves, the hen probably did come before the egg.


15.
View STEP TWO essay   ... come close to a solution.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
In this respect they are certainly a power greater than you, who have not even come close to a solution.


16.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... come, depend squarely upon it.   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it.


17.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... come first, and that material satisfactions were ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the purpose of living.


18.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
One -- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.


19.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
"Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity."


20.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... come from a Higher Power.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
His defense must come from a Higher Power.


21.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... come from God are not answers at ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Quite often, however, the thoughts that seem to come from God are not answers at all.


22.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... come from medical men who have had ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
Convincing testimony must surely come from medical men who have had experience with the sufferings of our members and have witnessed our return to health.


23.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come from them if we turn more ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
But in the longer run we clearly realize that these are only the pains of growing up, and nothing but good can come from them if we turn more and more to the entire Twelve Steps for the answers.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... come from within.   BB Working With Others, p.95  
If he is to find God, the desire must come from within.


25.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... come from without.   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without.


26.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... come home plastered, carrying a big potted ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
It was the day before Mother's Day and I had come home plastered, carrying a big potted plant which I set down on the table and forthwith went upstairs and passed out.


27.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... come -- I would drink again.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
I now remembered what my alcoholic friends had told me, how they prophesied that if I had an alcoholic mind, the time and place would come -- I would drink again.


28.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... come, if we want it.   BB How It Works, p.69  
The right answer will come, if we want it.


29.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... come, if your own house is in ...   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
The answers will come, if your own house is in order.


30.
View STEP THREE essay   ... come in.   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
That is just where the remaining Steps of the A.A. program come in.


31.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... come in here talking religion!'   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
You've got a nerve to come in here talking religion!'


32.
View STEP NINE essay   ... come in the door shouting the good ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
We want to come in the door shouting the good news.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come into A.A., if we go on ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security -- emotional security and financial security -- commence to change profoundly.


34.
View STEP THREE essay   ... come into agreement with these ideas, it ...   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.


35.
View STEP TEN essay   ... come into harmony with practically anybody.   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody.


36.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... come into your mind would be: "what ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
The question which might naturally come into your mind would be: "what did the man do or say that was different from what others had done or said?"


37.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... come, it will be apparent to both ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
When the time for living together has come, it will be apparent to both parties.


38.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... come oblivion and the awful awakening to ...   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
Momentarily we did -- then would come oblivion and the awful awakening to face the hideous Four Horsemen -- Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair.


39.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... come off very well.   BB How It Works, p.61  
The show doesn't come off very well.


40.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come out?   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
How do they come out?


41.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... come out of asylums and resume a ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities.


42.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... come over.   BB Bill's Story, pp.8-9  
The cheery voice of an old school friend asked if he might come over.


43.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... come over that evening to meet a ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.179  
About this time a lady called up my wife one Saturday afternoon saying she wanted me to come over that evening to meet a friend of hers who might help me.


44.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... come quite as much from our voluntary ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering.


45.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... come straight out of painful ego-puncturing.   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Our eyes begin to open to the immense values which have come straight out of painful ego-puncturing.


46.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... come strongly.   BB Into Action, p.75  
The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly.


47.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... come through to the bottom, becoming club ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Some would start at the top and come through to the bottom, becoming club members; others started in the club, pitched a binge, were hospitalized, then graduated to education on the third floor.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come to a close.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
These little studies of A.A.'s Twelve Steps now come to a close.


49.
View STEP THREE essay   ... come to "a decision to turn our ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to "a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come to agree with those doctors.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
In the years since, however, most of us have come to agree with those doctors.


51.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... come to all who have honestly sought ...   BB We Agnostics, p.57  
But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him.


52.
View STEP TWO essay   ... come to another kind of problem: the ...   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
Now we come to another kind of problem: the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman.


53.
View STEP ONE essay   ... come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. ...   12&12 Step One, p.21  
We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences.


54.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... come to appreciate your reasonableness and patience.   BB To Wives, p.111  
Your husband may come to appreciate your reasonableness and patience.


55.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... come to believe He would like us ...   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.


56.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... come to believe in a Power greater ...   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.


57.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... come to believe in the hopelessness and ...   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.


58.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... come to believe it an illness -- involves ...   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.


59.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... come to believe that a man-made millennium ...   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.


60.
View STEP SIX essay   ... come to grips with some of our ...   12&12 Step Six, p.69  
At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can.


61.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... come to grips with those serious character ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
Still goaded by sheer necessity, we reluctantly come to grips with those serious character flaws that made problem drinkers of us in the first place, flaws which must be dealt with to prevent a retreat into alcoholism once again.


62.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... come to him.   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.


63.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... come to know how wrong thinking and ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers, and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we'd rather not remember, if we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others, then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever.


64.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... come to know them, the entire absence ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
The unselfishness of these men as we have come to know them, the entire absence of profit motive, and their community spirit, is indeed inspiring to one who has labored long and wearily in this alcoholic field.


65.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... come to make regular use of prayer ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine.


66.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... come to mind.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
It hadn't even come to mind.


67.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... come to mind easily in each individual ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.52-53  
Questions like these, more of which will come to mind easily in each individual case, will help turn up the root causes.


68.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... come to pass for you and countless ...   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others.


69.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... come to pass his experience along to ...   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
He had come to pass his experience along to me -- if I cared to have it.


70.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... come to pass naturally and in good ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
These things will come to pass naturally and in good time provided, however, the alcoholic continues to demonstrate that he can be sober, considerate, and helpful, regardless of what anyone says or does.


71.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... come to regard as hopeless.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
In late 1934 I attended a patient who, though he had been a competent businessman of good earning capacity, was an alcoholic of a type I had come to regard as hopeless.


72.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... come to rely upon it.   BB Into Action, p.87  
We come to rely upon it.


73.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come to so many?   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Have we alcoholics in A.A. got, or can we get, the resources to meet these calamities which come to so many?


74.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... come to sticky ends elsewhere.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
By his eloquence he allayed all fears, despite advice from the Foundation that it could issue no charter, and that ventures which mixed an A.A. group with medication and education had come to sticky ends elsewhere.


75.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... come to terms with seeming failure or ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success?


76.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... come to the conclusion that our particular ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, psychiatrist: "As a psychiatrist, I have thought a great deal about the relationship of my specialty to A.A. and I have come to the conclusion that our particular function can very often lie in preparing the way for the patient to accept any sort of treatment or outside help.


77.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... come to the point where he desperately ...   BB To Wives, p.110  
He may have come to the point where he desperately wants to stop but cannot.


78.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... come to the rescue.   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
At this stage of the inventory proceedings, our sponsors come to the rescue.


79.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... come to them.   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
They had seen miracles, and one was to come to them.


80.
View STEP TWO essay   ... come to us, we felt we were ...   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.


81.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... come to you.   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.


82.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... come to you.   BB To Wives, p.116  
This experience may come to you.


83.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... come, try to pause and count your ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
When resentful thoughts come, try to pause and count your blessings.


84.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... come up during business hours.   BB To Employers, p.146  
He may wish to do a lot for other alcoholics and something of the sort may come up during business hours.


85.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   "Come, what's all this about?" I queried.   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
"Come, what's all this about?" I queried.


86.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... come when he ought to redouble his ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways.


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