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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 FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... failed.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
This physician had repeatedly tried spiritual means to resolve his alcoholic dilemma but had failed.


2.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... failed.   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
His human will had failed.


3.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... failed.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Every attempt failed.


4.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... failed.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I reasoned I was not so far advanced as most of you fellows, that I had been usually successful in licking my other personal problems, and that I would therefore be successful where you men failed.


5.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... failed.   BB Working With Others, p.101  
These attempts to do the impossible have always failed.


6.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... failed.   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
While grateful that he drinks no more, they may not like the idea that God has accomplished the miracle where they failed.


7.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... failed before?   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Had not all efforts at flight failed before?


8.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... failed completely.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
I personally know scores of cases who were of the type with whom other methods had failed completely.


9.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... failed entirely with his first half dozen ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
One of our Fellowship failed entirely with his first half dozen prospects.


10.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... failed my law course.   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
Potential alcoholic that I was, I nearly failed my law course.


11.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... failed their mission through self-seeking.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
If a group of doctors possessed a cancer cure, they might be conscience-stricken if they failed their mission through self-seeking.


12.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... failed to do.   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.


13.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... failed to enlarge his spiritual life.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
All went well for a time, but he failed to enlarge his spiritual life.


14.
View STEP TWO essay   ... failed to fulfill their demands.   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
There will be those who have drifted into indifference, those filled with self-sufficiency who have cut themselves off, those who have become prejudiced against religion, and those who are downright defiant because God has failed to fulfill their demands.


15.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... failed to heed.   BB Bill's Story, p.1  
Ominous warning -- which I failed to heed.


16.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... failed to help my banker friend understand.   BB To Employers, p.138  
I wanted to throw up my hands in discouragement, for I saw that I had failed to help my banker friend understand.


17.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... failed to hold us in check.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check.


18.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual ...   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.


19.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... failed to persuade my broker friends to ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
I failed to persuade my broker friends to send me out looking over factories and managements, but my wife and I decided to go anyway.


20.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... failed to practice the very precepts he ...   BB Working With Others, p.93  
Perhaps your story will help him see where he has failed to practice the very precepts he knows so well.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... failed to recognize my truly exceptional abilities?   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Or by griping that others failed to recognize my truly exceptional abilities?


22.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... failed to see that though adult in ...   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.


23.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... failed us?   BB How It Works, p.68  
Wasn't it because self-reliance failed us?


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... failed us, we could be understanding and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
And even if they failed us, we could be understanding and not too seriously affected.


25.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... failed utterly.   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly.


26.
View STEP TEN essay   ... failed, we may chalk that up as ...   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.


27.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... failed, work with another alcoholic would save ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day.


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