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1.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... found.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
We told him what we knew of alcoholism and the answer we had found.


2.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found.   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found.


3.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... found a happy solution.   BB To Wives, p.104  
Among us are wives, relatives and friends whose problem has been solved, as well as some who have not yet found a happy solution.


4.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... found a job; then lost it as ...   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
I found a job; then lost it as the result of a brawl with a taxi driver.


5.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... found a key to sobriety.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.


6.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... found a peace of mind which can ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances.


7.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found a way up and out, and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
We have been talking about problems because we are problem people who have found a way up and out, and who wish to share our knowledge of that way with all who can use it.


8.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... found, can happen to anybody who tries.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
And that, we have found, can happen to anybody who tries.


9.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found confidence and comfort in the laughter ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk.


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found, did open the channel so that ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.


11.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... found Friend take them away, root and ...   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
I ruthlessly faced my sins and became willing to have my new-found Friend take them away, root and branch.


12.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... found further on in this book.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Some of the recommendations of A.A.'s early medical and religious friends will be found further on in this book.


13.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found God -- and in finding God had ...   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
But he had found God -- and in finding God had found himself.


14.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... found happiness, there will be ups and ...   BB To Wives, p.117  
In spite of your new-found happiness, there will be ups and downs.


15.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... found he could not.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
Then, gathering all his forces, he attempted to stop altogether and found he could not.


16.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... found he could talk easily about A.A. ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
When opportunities to be helpful came along, he found he could talk easily about A.A. to almost anyone.


17.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... found he was just where he had ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
But here is a man who at fifty-five years found he was just where he had left off at thirty.


18.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found himself.   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
But he had found God -- and in finding God had found himself.


19.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... found himself drunk half a dozen times ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
To his consternation, he found himself drunk half a dozen times in rapid succession.


20.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found himself in a strange place, discredited ...   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Bitterly discouraged, he found himself in a strange place, discredited and almost broke.


21.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found himself surprisingly well received, and learned ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
He found himself surprisingly well received, and learned that many knew of his drinking.


22.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... found himself when he had the extraordinary ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
Here was the terrible dilemma in which our friend found himself when he had the extraordinary experience, which as we have already told you, made him a free man.


23.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found his own reward, whether his brother ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not.


24.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... found in each of the United States ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Groups are to be found in each of the United States and all of the provinces of Canada.


25.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found in giving themselves for others.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others.


26.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found in just trying to be a ...   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.


27.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... found in that bitter morass of self-pity.   BB Bill's Story, p.8  
No words can tell of the loneliness and despair I found in that bitter morass of self-pity.


28.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... found it imperative to remove the A.A. ...   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.


29.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... found it impossible.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Yet we found it impossible.


30.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... found it necessary to post only two ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In charting this enormous expanse of freedom, we found it necessary to post only two storm signals: A group ought not do anything which would greatly injure A.A. as a whole, nor ought it affiliate itself with anything or anybody else.


31.
View STEP TWO essay   ... found it so.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
At least I've found it so.


32.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... found it sometimes impossible to persuade an ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve.


33.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... found it very desirable to take this ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
We found it very desirable to take this spiritual step with an understanding person, such as our wife, best friend, or spiritual adviser.


34.
View STEP TWO essay   ... found it wanting.   12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting.


35.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... found little work.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
It was fortunate, for my old business associates remained skeptical for a year and a half, during which I found little work.


36.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... found Lois cooking as usual, while three ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.137  
Arriving home, I found Lois cooking as usual, while three drunks looked hungrily on from the kitchen door.


37.
View STEP TWO essay   ... found many in A.A. who once thought ...   12&12 Step Two, p.30  
We found many in A.A. who once thought as we did.


38.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... found me and I would go home ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
But my friends usually found me and I would go home if they promised that I should not be scolded.


39.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... found me drinking both gin and sedative.   BB Bill's Story, p.7  
Next day found me drinking both gin and sedative.


40.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... found most effective.   BB There Is A Solution, pp.18-19  
That the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful; that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no lectures to be endured -- these are the conditions we have found most effective.


41.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... found much of heaven and we have ...   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.


42.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... found no answer may begin to find ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.


43.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found no great difficulty in casting aside ...   BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Though some of us resisted, we found no great difficulty in casting aside such feelings.


44.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.


45.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... found nothing which has contributed more to ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
We feel, after many years of experience, that we have found nothing which has contributed more to the rehabilitation of these men than the altruistic movement now growing up among them.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found, or be sunk.   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
So, you see, there were three alcoholics in that town, who now felt they had to give to others what they had found, or be sunk.


47.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found ourselves accepting many things which then ...   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found ourselves alone in the world, we ...   12&12 Step Twelve, pp.116-117  
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.


49.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and ...   BB We Agnostics, pp.47-48  
Besides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning prejudice.


50.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found ourselves thinking, when enchanted by a ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
Yet, in other moments, we found ourselves thinking, when enchanted by a starlit night, "Who, then, made all this?"


51.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... found out about alcoholism.   BB To Wives, p.112  
Show him your copy of this book and tell him what you have found out about alcoholism.


52.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... found out later that my wife inspected ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
I found out later that my wife inspected it frequently.


53.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... found out right away.   BB To Wives, p.120  
If not, it had better be found out right away.


54.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found something brand new in life.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
These men had found something brand new in life.


55.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found something called a spiritual awakening.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
Our Twelfth Step also says that as a result of practicing all the Steps, we have each found something called a spiritual awakening.


56.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... found strength not ordinarily their own.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own.


57.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found that a new power, peace, happiness, ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them.


58.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found that as soon as we were ...   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.


59.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found that dependence upon His perfect justice, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would.


60.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found that freedom from fear was more ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want.


61.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found that God does not make too ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him.


62.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... found that he can make little headway ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.


63.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... found that it is fatal.   BB How It Works, p.66  
We found that it is fatal.


64.
View STEP TEN essay   ... found that justified anger ought to be ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
We have found that justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it.


65.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... found that, like everybody else, we were ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
We wives found that, like everybody else, we were afflicted with pride, self-pity, vanity and all the things which go to make up the self-centered person; and we were not above selfishness or dishonesty.


66.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ...   BB How It Works, p.64  
In most cases it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal relationships (including sex) were hurt or threatened.


67.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found that people were attracted to us ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
When we persistently did this we gradually found that people were attracted to us as never before.


68.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... found that some drunks yearned for education, ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
It was found that some drunks yearned for education, but doubted if they were alcoholics.


69.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found that such codes and philosophies did ...   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried.


70.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... found that the actual good results of ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question.


71.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... found that the faith which really works ...   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.


72.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found that the place probably contained more ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
He had lived there but a few weeks when he found that the place probably contained more alcoholics per square mile than any city in the country.


73.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found that we can take our big ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Like most people, we have found that we can take our big lumps as they come.


74.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... found that we could not wish or ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
And we soon found that we could not wish or will them away by ourselves.


75.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... found that we couldn't to our entire ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We thought "conditions" drove us to drink, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found that we couldn't to our entire satisfaction, our drinking went out of hand and we became alcoholics.


76.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... found that we had to rely upon ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
We found that we had to rely upon the principle of attraction rather than of promotion.


77.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found that we were totally unable to ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Step One showed us an amazing paradox: We found that we were totally unable to be rid of the alcohol obsession until we first admitted that we were powerless over it.


78.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... found that when all other measures failed, ...   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.


79.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found that with the help of A.A.'s ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
But as time passed we found that with the help of A.A.'s Twelve Steps we could lose those fears, no matter what our material prospects were.


80.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found the Great Reality deep down within ...   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
We found the Great Reality deep down within us.


81.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... found the master of the house and ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
Daylight found the master of the house and another friend drinking their morning coffee.


82.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... found the person, it frequently takes great ...   12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Even when you've found the person, it frequently takes great resolution to approach him or her.


83.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found the prospect more receptive.   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
Next day found the prospect more receptive.


84.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... found the rest of the answer.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Had they been left to themselves, and had they stuck to their one goal, they might have found the rest of the answer.


85.
View STEP TWO essay   ... found the riddle's answer.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
There are too many of us who have been just like him, and have found the riddle's answer.


86.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... found the shoes that fit, he ought ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Having found the shoes that fit, he ought to step into them and walk with new confidence that he is at last on the right track.


87.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... found themselves, and have discovered the joy ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
When a few men in this city have found themselves, and have discovered the joy of helping others to face life again, there will be no stopping until everyone in that town has had his opportunity to recover -- if he can and will.


88.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... found themselves as helpless as those who ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Several of our crowd, men of thirty or less, had been drinking only a few years, but they found themselves as helpless as those who had been drinking twenty years.


89.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... found themselves saved from death, but still ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
Like us, they had suddenly found themselves saved from death, but still floating upon a perilous sea.


90.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... found they cannot break it, once having ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.


91.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... found they could do no more than ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
But long ago, trustees and staff members alike found they could do no more than make suggestions, and very mild ones at that.


92.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... found this practice beneficial.   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Many of us have noticed a tendency to eat sweets and have found this practice beneficial.


93.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... found this solution, who is properly armed ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours.


94.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... found this the best course to take.   BB Into Action, p.81  
Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and though we wish to lay down no rule of any sort, we have often found this the best course to take.


95.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... found to be no permanent brain injury.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
Following the elimination of alcohol, there was found to be no permanent brain injury.


96.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... found, to the astonishment of everyone, that ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
New groups started up and it was found, to the astonishment of everyone, that A.A.'s message could be transmitted in the mail as well as by word of mouth.


97.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... found, too, that unless they develop much ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Nearly all A.A.'s have found, too, that unless they develop much more of this precious quality than may be required just for sobriety, they still haven't much chance of becoming truly happy.


98.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... found, too, that we had been worshippers.   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
We found, too, that we had been worshippers.


99.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... found under the listing "A.A." or "Alcoholics ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
These so-called intergroup associations are found under the listing "A.A." or "Alcoholics Anonymous" in telephone directories.


100.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... found we could live at peace with ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
When, with God's help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too.


101.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... found we could not place money first.   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
Although financial recovery is on the way for many of us, we found we could not place money first.


102.
View STEP TWO essay   ... found we had been only superficial.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
We supposed we had been serious about religious practices when, upon honest appraisal, we found we had been only superficial.


103.
View STEP SIX essay   ... found which oppose the grace of God.   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
No matter how far we have progressed, desires will always be found which oppose the grace of God.


104.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... found, will pay -- and pay handsomely.   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
Thoroughness, we have found, will pay -- and pay handsomely.


105.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... found wisdom beyond their usual capability.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability.


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