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1.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... even a benevolent association that had no ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Did anyone ever hear of a nation, a church, a political party, even a benevolent association that had no membership rules?


2.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even a first-rater in the heartbreaking struggle ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
In later life he finds that real happiness is not to be found in just trying to be a number one man, or even a first-rater in the heartbreaking struggle for money, romance, or self-importance.


3.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... even a glass of beer do not ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer do not crowd into the mind to deter us.


4.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... even a glimpse of God's will, the ...   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.


5.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... even a nodding acquaintance with humility as ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Many people haven't even a nodding acquaintance with humility as a way of life.


6.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... even a recluse who denies himself both ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Going to the extreme, he can become a miser, or even a recluse who denies himself both family and friends.


7.
View STEP TWO essay   ... even a small degree the assurance of ...   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
He cannot attain in even a small degree the assurance of the believer, the agnostic, or the atheist.


8.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... even a week or a month ago.   BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago.


9.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... even a willingness to believe in a ...   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.


10.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... even a worthy one.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
As by some deep instinct, we A.A.'s have known from the very beginning that we must never, no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one.


11.
View STEP FIVE essay   Even A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Even A.A. oldtimers, sober for years, often pay dearly for skimping this Step.


12.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... even against organized religion.   BB We Agnostics, p.49  
We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion.


13.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... even alcohol.   BB Into Action, p.84  
And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone -- even alcohol.


14.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... even alive, unless he passes on to ...   12&12 Tradition Two, pp.132-133  
Alone now, he reflects that he may not be able to stay sober, or even alive, unless he passes on to other alcoholics what was so freely given him.


15.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   Even among those who occasionally land back ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
Even among those who occasionally land back in here again, we observe a profound change in personality.


16.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... even Bacchus boomeranged on us; we were ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
But even Bacchus boomeranged on us; we were finally struck down and left in terrified loneliness.


17.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... even beer, he might as well be ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
If he temporizes and still thinks he can ever drink again, even beer, he might as well be discharged after the next bender which, if an alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.


18.
View STEP FIVE essay   Even before our drinking got bad and ...   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.


19.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even begin to suspect it had never ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
They may even begin to suspect it had never been any good in the first place.


20.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even blinder than he.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
Even the newest of newcomers finds undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he.


21.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even calamity turned to good use by ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We know this because we see monotony, pain, and even calamity turned to good use by those who keep on trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


22.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... even casual reference to spiritual things made ...   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Many of us have been so touchy that even casual reference to spiritual things made us bristle with antagonism.


23.
View STEP TWO essay   ... even 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.


24.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... even come to mind.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
It hadn't even come to mind.


25.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... even converted to good use for others.   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Suppose we tell you some of the obstacles a family will meet; suppose we suggest how they may be avoided -- even converted to good use for others.


26.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... even cowardly.   BB We Agnostics, pp.45-46  
We were bothered with the thought that faith and dependence upon a Power beyond ourselves was somewhat weak, even cowardly.


27.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... even dangerously anti-social.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
Yet let him drink for a day, and he frequently becomes disgustingly, and even dangerously anti-social.


28.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... even do the cause of temperate drinking ...   BB Working With Others, p.103  
We would not even do the cause of temperate drinking any good, for not one drinker in a thousand likes to be told anything about alcohol by one who hates it.


29.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... even dreamed.   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even dreamed.   12&12 Step Twelve, pp.109-110  
His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys, and experiences of which he had never even dreamed.


31.
View STEP THREE essay   ... even fewer alcoholic lapses or emotional binges ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
They had even fewer alcoholic lapses or emotional binges than A.A.'s safe at home did.


32.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... even for our work, shocked us.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
The bare hint of publicity, even for our work, shocked us.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even for those of us who feel ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
There are many opportunities even for those of us who feel unable to speak at meetings or who are so situated that we cannot do much face-to-face Twelfth Step work.


34.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... even further.   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
So far as alcoholics are concerned, A.A. would go even further.


35.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... even further than this.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
Occasionally we go even further than this.


36.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... even got tight ourselves -- the drunk to ...   BB To Wives, p.106  
In desperation, we have even got tight ourselves -- the drunk to end all drunks.


37.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Even greater furors were provoked when A.A. ...   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 MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... even greater service to alcoholic sufferers and ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
The experiment of quitting for a period of time will be helpful, but we think we can render an even greater service to alcoholic sufferers and perhaps to the medical fraternity.


39.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... even had to coin a couple of ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
They even had to coin a couple of sentences which still go into half the letters they write: "Of course, you are at perfect liberty to handle this matter any way you please.


40.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... even happy under these conditions.   BB To Wives, p.111  
We know women who are unafraid, even happy under these conditions.


41.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even highly resentful that Alcoholics Anonymous has ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
After the husband joins A.A., the wife may become discontented, even highly resentful that Alcoholics Anonymous has done the very thing that all her years of devotion had failed to do.


42.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Even if he displays a certain amount ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
Even if he displays a certain amount of neglect and irresponsibility towards the family, it is well to let him go as far as he likes in helping other alcoholics.


43.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... even if he would.   BB We Agnostics, p.57  
Seemingly he could not drink even if he would.


44.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... even if I could."   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
I would not go back to it even if I could."


45.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... even if I should do some drinking.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
Therefore it would make no great difference, even if I should do some drinking.


46.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... even if it be only a matter ...   BB To Employers, p.141  
He wants to quit drinking and you want to help him, even if it be only a matter of good business.


47.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... even if it means the loss of ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
If he is, and is still trying to recover, he will tell you about it even if it means the loss of his job.


48.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... even if they did not love their ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
And even if they did not love their families, how could they be so blind about themselves?


49.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even if they failed us, we could ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
And even if they failed us, we could be understanding and not too seriously affected.


50.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Even if you feel your organization has ...   BB To Employers, p.149  
Even if you feel your organization has no alcoholic problem, it might pay to take another look down the line.


51.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... even imperative.   BB To Employers, pp.142-143  
For most alcoholics who are drinking, or who are just getting over a spree, a certain amount of physical treatment is desirable, even imperative.


52.
View STEP THREE essay   ... even impossible.   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
To every worldly and practical-minded beginner, this Step looks hard, even impossible.


53.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... even in his best moments, a producer ...   BB How It Works, p.61  
Is he not, even in his best moments, a producer of confusion rather than harmony?


54.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... even in our service centers.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
There was to be the least possible organization, even in our service centers.


55.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... even in part, we drank for oblivion.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
When we were frustrated, even in part, we drank for oblivion.


56.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Even in the present century, American newspapers ...   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Even in the present century, American newspapers were afraid to print an account of the Wright brothers' first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.


57.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... even in the worst of us, to ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of us, to flower and to grow.


58.
View STEP TWO essay   ... even in their Sunday best.   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
We gloated over the hypocrisy, bigotry, and crushing self-righteousness that clung to so many 'believers' even in their Sunday best.


59.
View STEP NINE essay   ... even in these cases, we may need ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
But even in these cases, we may need to use a little more discretion than we did with the family.


60.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... even in this type of beginning we ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
But even in this type of beginning we are obliged to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient in the light of what always happened.


61.
View STEP NINE essay   ... even in those cases where such a ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
And even in those cases where such a matter must be discussed, let's try to avoid harming third parties, whoever they may be.


62.
View TRADITION SIX essay   Even inside A.A. we found it imperative ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
Even inside A.A. we found it imperative to remove the A.A. name from clubs and Twelfth Step houses.


63.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... even know how to 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?


64.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... even made a little money.   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
I went to town regularly and even made a little money.


65.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... even modest and self-sacrificing.   BB How It Works, p.61  
He may be kind, considerate, patient, generous; even modest and self-sacrificing.


66.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... even more at ease.   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
Before long, your listener may well tell a story or two about himself which will place you even more at ease.


67.
View STEP THREE essay   ... even more comfortable and secure.   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Not only are we more independent, we are even more comfortable and secure.


68.
View STEP SIX essay   ... even more dangerous ground when we cry, ...   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
And we shall often tread on even more dangerous ground when we cry, "This I will never give up!"


69.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Even more important, an empty club couldn't ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Even more important, an empty club couldn't answer its telephone, but it was an open invitation to a drunk on a binge who possessed a spare key.


70.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... even more unapproachable than do the psychiatrist ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
Strangely enough, wives, parents and intimate friends usually find us even more unapproachable than do the psychiatrist and the doctor.


71.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... even need medical attention.   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
If a sufficiently strong reason -- ill health, falling in love, change of environment, or the warning of a doctor -- becomes operative, this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention.


72.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... even of their sleeping moments, and the ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
If any feel that as psychiatrists directing a hospital for alcoholics we appear somewhat sentimental, let them stand with us a while on the firing line, see the tragedies, the despairing wives, the little children; let the solving of these problems become a part of their daily work, and even of their sleeping moments, and the most cynical will not wonder that we have accepted and encouraged this movement.


73.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... even once, you will have to decide ...   BB To Employers, p.147  
In case he does stumble, even once, you will have to decide whether to let him go.


74.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... even one publicly got drunk, or was ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
If even one publicly got drunk, or was lured into using A.A.'s name for his own purposes, the damage might be irreparable.


75.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... even our enemies, for we look on ...   BB How It Works, p.70  
We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people.


76.
View TRADITION NINE essay   Even our Foundation, once an independent board, ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Even our Foundation, once an independent board, is today directly accountable to our Fellowship.


77.
View STEP NINE essay   Even our severest and most justified critics ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Even our severest and most justified critics will frequently meet us more than halfway on the first trial.


78.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... even plain ordinary whoopee parties.   BB Working With Others, p.101  
That includes bars, nightclubs, dances, receptions, weddings, even plain ordinary whoopee parties.


79.
View STEP TWO essay   ... even prayed rightly.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
We had not even prayed rightly.


80.
View STEP NINE essay   ... even purpose.   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
But if we have prepared ourselves well in advance, such reactions will not deflect us from our steady and even purpose.


81.
View STEP SIX essay   ... even quite a lot superior?   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Who, for example, doesn't like to feel just a little superior to the next fellow, or even quite a lot superior?


82.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... even rewrite school and medical textbooks.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
People needed to be told what alcoholism was, so we'd educate the public, even rewrite school and medical textbooks.


83.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... even sacrificed good stories to this end.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
They have even sacrificed good stories to this end.


84.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... even send the Foundation a dollar apiece, ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
I felt especially virtuous as I thought of all the ex-drunks who wouldn't even send the Foundation a dollar apiece, and here I was gladly making a five-dollar investment to fix a hangover.


85.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Even so has God restored us all ...   BB We Agnostics, p.57  
Even so has God restored us all to our right minds.


86.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Even so, when making specific requests, it ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Even so, when making specific requests, it will be well to add to each one of them this qualification: "...if it be Thy will."


87.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... even sworn off.   BB Into Action, p.85  
We have not even sworn off.


88.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... even that hadn't been enough.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The Foundation was really hard up just then; the groups weren't sending in enough for the support of the office; we had been tossing in all the book income and even that hadn't been enough.


89.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... even that would have any effect.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
His alcoholic problem was so complex, and his depression so great, that we felt his only hope would be through what we then called "moral psychology," and we doubted if even that would have any effect.


90.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... even the ash container.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
I also made use of old trunks and chests, the old can container, and even the ash container.


91.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even the best, fall far short of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Of course all A.A.'s, even the best, fall far short of such achievements as a consistent thing.


92.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even the best of them will sometimes ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had refused to learn the very hard lesson that overdependence upon people is unsuccessful because all people are fallible, and even the best of them will sometimes let us down, especially when our demands for attention become unreasonable.


93.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Even the charitably disposed described them as ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
Even the charitably disposed described them as "a necessary evil."


94.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   Even the chief architect, standing in the ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Even the chief architect, standing in the ruins of his dream, could laugh at himself -- and that is the very acme of humility.


95.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... even the death of one.   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
And this they did find, in measure to transcend all the defects of their frail craft, every test of uncertainty, pain, fear, and despair, and even the death of one.


96.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... even the evolutionists, suggested vast laws and ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
My intellectual heroes, the chemists, the astronomers, even the evolutionists, suggested vast laws and forces at work.


97.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... even the ladies they sometimes brought home ...   BB To Wives, p.106  
The bill collectors, the sheriffs, the angry taxi drivers, the policemen, the bums, the pals, and even the ladies they sometimes brought home -- our husbands thought we were so inhospitable.


98.
View STEP TWO essay   ... even the militant atheist.   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
The roadblocks of indifference, fancied self-sufficiency, prejudice, and defiance often prove more solid and formidable for these people than any erected by the unconvinced agnostic or even the militant atheist.


99.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Even the newest of newcomers finds undreamed ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
Even the newest of newcomers finds undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he.


100.
View STEP THREE essay   ... even the smallest, is all that is ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
We can further add that a beginning, even the smallest, is all that is needed.


101.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Even the suggestion of such a thing ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Even the suggestion of such a thing never fails to whip up a hurricane, and we have discovered that hurricanes have a way of mauling with equal severity both the just and the unjust.


102.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even the world itself -- into protective parents.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had failed to see that though adult in years we were still behaving childishly, trying to turn everybody -- friends, wives, husbands, even the world itself -- into protective parents.


103.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... even their best friends of the very ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal.


104.
View FOREWORD   Even then it was hard to find ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
Even then it was hard to find twoscore of sure recoveries in all three groups.


105.
View STEP SIX essay   Even then the best of us will ...   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Even then the best of us will discover to our dismay that there is always a sticking point, a point at which we say, "No, I can't give this up yet."


106.
View STEP ONE essay   ... even then was no mere habit, that ...   12&12 Step One, p.23  
By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression.


107.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... even there an Eskimo might turn up ...   BB Working With Others, p.101  
His only chance for sobriety would be some place like the Greenland Ice Cap, and even there an Eskimo might turn up with a bottle of scotch and ruin everything!


108.
View STEP ONE essay   Even these "last-gaspers" often had difficulty in ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
Even these "last-gaspers" often had difficulty in realizing how hopeless they actually were.


109.
View STEP SIX essay   ... even these people, if they construct a ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
But even these people, if they construct a list of still milder defects, will be obliged to admit that they prefer to hang on to some of them.


110.
View STEP TWO essay   Even this minimum of faith will be ...   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
Even this minimum of faith will be enough.


111.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... even those who had faith already often ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
And even those who had faith already often become conscious of God as they never were before.


112.
View STEP NINE essay   ... even those who may be only a ...   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.


113.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... even though fully prepared, would turn and ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
Many mornings I have gone to classes, and even though fully prepared, would turn and walk back to the fraternity house because of my jitters, not daring to enter the classroom for fear of making a scene should I be called on for recitation.


114.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... even though he continues to drink, the ...   BB Working With Others, p.97  
And even though he continues to drink, the family will find life more bearable.


115.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... even though he does not go for ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
That won't hurt him a bit, even though he does not go for this remedy.


116.
View STEP THREE essay   ... even though he is sober, that after ...   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
Of course the sponsor points out that our friend's life is still unmanageable even though he is sober, that after all, only a bare start on A.A.'s program has been made.


117.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... even though it was impossible for any ...   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.


118.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... even though our motives are good.   BB How It Works, p.60  
On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good.


119.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... even though such disclosures were painful and ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating.


120.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even though we had been surrounded by ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
For alcoholism had been a lonely business, even though we had been surrounded by people who loved us.


121.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... even though we had no resentment in ...   BB How It Works, p.68  
We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them.


122.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... even though we would have liked to.   BB How It Works, p.62  
Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to.


123.
View TO WIVES chapter   Even though your husband becomes unbearable and ...   BB To Wives, p.111  
Even though your husband becomes unbearable and you have to leave him temporarily, you should, if you can, go without rancor.


124.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Even though your protégé may not have ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Even though your protégé may not have entirely admitted his condition, he has become very curious to know how you got well.


125.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... even through the day, though I was ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
I used to promise my wife, my friends, and my children that I would drink no more -- promises which seldom kept me sober even through the day, though I was very sincere when I made them.


126.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... even to begin.   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
This required great willingness even to begin.


127.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... even to love him.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him.


128.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... even to ourselves?   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
How could we be certain that we had made a true catalog of our defects and had really admitted them, even to ourselves?


129.
View STEP ONE essay   ... even two cars in the garage, began ...   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.


130.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... even under pressure and difficulty.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
The joy of living we really have, even under pressure and difficulty.


131.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... even unjust, new lessons for living were ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
He will also report that out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform."


132.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... even want to try.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
I don't even want to try.


133.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Even when he wanted to assert himself ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
Even when he wanted to assert himself he could not, for his drinking placed him constantly in the wrong.


134.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... even when he wants to.   BB To Wives, p.109  
Two: Your husband is showing lack of control, for he is unable to stay on the water wagon even when he wants to.


135.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Even when our fortunes had not ebbed ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
Even when our fortunes had not ebbed that much and we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world, we still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy kind of domination or dependence.


136.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... even when trying to be kind?   BB How It Works, p.61  
Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind?


137.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... even when we believed that God existed.   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
This was true even when we believed that God existed.


138.
View STEP TEN essay   Even when we have tried hard and ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Even when we have tried hard and failed, we may chalk that up as one of the greatest credits of all.


139.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Even when we were well reestablished in ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
Even when we were well reestablished in our business, these terrible fears often continued to haunt us.


140.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Even when you understand the malady better, ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
Even when you understand the malady better, you may feel this feeling rising.


141.
View STEP FIVE essay   Even when you've found the person, it ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Even when you've found the person, it frequently takes great resolution to approach him or her.


142.
View STEP SIX essay   ... even while staying within conventional bounds, many ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
And even while staying within conventional bounds, many people have to admit that their imaginary sex excursions are apt to be all dressed up as dreams of romance.


143.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... even willing to believe, that there is ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
"Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?"


144.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... even with your own parents.   BB To Wives, pp.114-115  
You avoid the subject of drinking, even with your own parents.


145.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... even worse stigmatized than alcoholism, you may ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Since I am the victim of another addiction even worse stigmatized than alcoholism, you may not want me among you.


146.
View STEP TWO essay   ... even worshiped science.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Naturally I respected, venerated, even worshiped science.


147.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... even writing the people concerned now overwhelmed ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
But the prospect of actually visiting or even writing the people concerned now overwhelmed us, especially when we remembered in what poor favor we stood with most of them.


148.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... even your crimes -- we still can't deny ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
No matter who you are, no matter how low you've gone, no matter how grave your emotional complications -- even your crimes -- we still can't deny you A.A.


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