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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 BILL'S STORY chapter   ... idea.  BB Bill's Story, p.7  
I knew, and almost welcomed the idea.


2.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... idea.  BB Bill's Story, p.12  
I didn't like the idea.


3.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... idea.  BB Bill's Story, p.12  
My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea.


4.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... idea.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
As beginners in meditation, we might now reread this prayer several times very slowly, savoring every word and trying to take in the deep meaning of each phrase and idea.


5.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... idea.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
Believe it or not, wealthy townsfolk bought the idea.


6.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... idea a minute on how to improve ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
He had at least an idea a minute on how to improve A.A.


7.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... idea and a practical program of action.  BB Bill's Story, p.9  
They had told of a simple religious idea and a practical program of action.


8.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... idea, and that was sobriety.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.154  
Years later, this tough Irish customer liked to say, "My sponsor sold me one idea, and that was sobriety.


9.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... idea did.  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
But the God idea did.


10.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... idea entirely.  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
With that rejection we imagined we had abandoned the God idea entirely.


11.
View STEP TWO essay   ... idea how irrational they are, or seeing ...  12&12 Step Two, pp.32-33  
Few indeed are the practicing alcoholics who have any idea how irrational they are, or seeing their irrationality, can bear to face it.


12.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... idea how prevalent this problem is.  BB To Employers, p.149  
We believe that managers of large enterprises often have little idea how prevalent this problem is.


13.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... idea if we continue to keep a ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
They say to one another, "Perhaps it would be a good idea if we continue to keep a firm hand on A.A. in this town.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... idea into the consciousness of every man ...  BB Working With Others, p.98  
Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone.


15.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... idea is good, but it isn't good ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
Sure, Charlie's idea is good, but it isn't good enough.


16.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... idea misunderstood; the word itself is often ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Not only is the idea misunderstood; the word itself is often intensely disliked.


17.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... idea of being humble, to gain a ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time.


18.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... idea of bowing before any God.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
We well remember how something deep inside us kept rebelling against the idea of bowing before any God.


19.
View STEP THREE essay   ... idea of dependence at the level of ...  12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Let's examine for a moment this idea of dependence at the level of everyday living.


20.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... idea of God.  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.


21.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... idea of helping drunks by spirituality, I ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
Three years ago, when my head doctor, Silkworth, began to tell me of the idea of helping drunks by spirituality, I thought it was crackpot stuff, but I've changed my mind.


22.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... idea of helping other alcoholics to a ...  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
My wife and I abandoned ourselves with enthusiasm to the idea of helping other alcoholics to a solution of their problems.


23.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... idea of Him with which someone had ...  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
To others, the word "God" brought up a particular idea of Him with which someone had tried to impress them during childhood.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... idea of his behavior, his problems, his ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
Get an idea of his behavior, his problems, his background, the seriousness of his condition, and his religious leanings.


25.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... idea of how we approach and aid ...  BB A Vision For You, p.153  
In the chapter "Working With Others" you gathered an idea of how we approach and aid others to health.


26.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... idea of how you ought to proceed.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
You will thus get a better idea of how you ought to proceed.


27.
View STEP ONE essay   ... idea of personal powerlessness.  12&12 Step One, p.21  
Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness.


28.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... idea of what has actually happened in ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
These give a fair cross section of our membership and a clear-cut idea of what has actually happened in their lives.


29.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... idea of what life is all about.  BB We Agnostics, p.49  
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.


30.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... idea out of his head.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
He tries every known means to get the jay-walking idea out of his head.


31.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... idea that future happiness can be based ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
The family may be possessed by the idea that future happiness can be based only upon forgetfulness of the past.


32.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... idea that God has accomplished the miracle ...  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.


33.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... idea that he can still control his ...  BB Working With Others, p.92  
If he sticks to the idea that he can still control his drinking, tell him that possibly he can -- if he is not too alcoholic.


34.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... idea that he could take whiskey if ...  BB More About Alcoholism, pp.36-37  
Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk!


35.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... idea that it would be far better ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
Obviously, A.A. had to be publicized somehow, so we resorted to the idea that it would be far better to let our friends do this for us.


36.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... idea that people are trying to pull ...  BB To Employers, p.145  
Sometimes we alcoholics have an idea that people are trying to pull us down.


37.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... idea that self-sufficiency would solve our problems.  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We agnostics and atheists were sticking to the idea that self-sufficiency would solve our problems.


38.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... idea that somehow, someday he will control ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.30  
The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker.


39.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... idea that the Higher Power was a ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We began to get over the idea that the Higher Power was a sort of bush-league pinch hitter, to be called upon only in an emergency.


40.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... idea that this time we shall handle ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people.


41.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... idea that wasn't so salable.  12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
But he had one idea that wasn't so salable.


42.
View STEP TEN essay   ... idea that we can be possessively loving ...  12&12 Step Ten, pp.92-93  
The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, can ignore the many, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.


43.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... idea that we needed vast sums of ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
As A.A. emerged from its infancy into adolescence, we swung from the idea that we needed vast sums of money to the notion that A.A. shouldn't have any.


44.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... idea that we were too good to ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
But it was a silly idea that we were too good to need God.


45.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... idea that you are a nag or ...  BB To Wives, p.111  
If he gets the idea that you are a nag or a killjoy, your chance of accomplishing anything useful may be zero.


46.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... idea, voicing it without reservation.  BB How It Works, p.63  
The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation.


47.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... idea why he took that first drink ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
And the truth, strange to say, is usually that he has no more idea why he took that first drink than you have.


48.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... idea won out.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
The insane idea won out.


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