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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 THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... effort.   BB There Is A Solution, pp.25-26  
This we did because we honestly wanted to, and were willing to make the effort.


2.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... effort could this be accomplished, then all ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
But once these men had hit upon a cure, once it became apparent that only by their united effort could this be accomplished, then all of them would feel bound to devote themselves solely to the relief of cancer.


3.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... effort is considerable, we physicians must admit ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
Though the aggregate of recoveries resulting from psychiatric effort is considerable, we physicians must admit we have made little impression upon the problem as a whole.


4.
View STEP SIX essay   ... effort is involved in avoiding excesses which ...   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Not much spiritual effort is involved in avoiding excesses which will bring us punishment anyway.


5.
View STEP THREE essay   ... effort is less peace and less brotherhood ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
The sum of all this mighty effort is less peace and less brotherhood than before.


6.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... effort is made "to practice these principles ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs," well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.


7.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... effort necessary being that required to follow ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
On the other hand -- and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.


8.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... effort on our part.   BB Into Action, p.85  
We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part.


9.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... effort, the well-understood fact that in God's ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes.


10.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... effort to bring the man's family into ...   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
They experienced a few distressing failures, but in those cases they made an effort to bring the man's family into a spiritual way of living, thus relieving much worry and suffering.


11.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... effort to discover the truth about the ...   BB How It Works, p.64  
It is an effort to discover the truth about the stock-in-trade.


12.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... effort to discover what these liabilities in ...   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are.


13.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... effort to do this, there can be ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us.


14.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... effort to face, and to be rid ...   BB How It Works, p.64  
Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us.


15.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... effort to harvest food or construct shelter, ...   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
If men and women didn't exert themselves to be secure in their persons, made no effort to harvest food or construct shelter, there would be no survival.


16.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... effort to live on self-will and run ...   BB Into Action, p.76  
We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves.


17.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... effort to reach solid ground.   BB To Wives, p.107  
As animals on a treadmill, we have patiently and wearily climbed, falling back in exhaustion after each futile effort to reach solid ground.


18.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... effort, unless I could assure him, which ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
Following his physical rehabilitation, he had a talk with me in which he frankly stated he thought the treatment a waste of effort, unless I could assure him, which no one ever had, that in the future he would have the "will power" to resist the impulse to drink.


19.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... effort which we are going to describe.   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
All of us spend much of our spare time in the sort of effort which we are going to describe.


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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