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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   ... important.  BB Bill's Story, p.2  
I'd prove to the world I was important.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... important.  BB To Wives, p.120  
This is important.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... important.  BB A Vision For You, pp.153-154  
Had he been successful in his enterprise, he would have been set on his feet financially which, at the time, seemed vitally important.


4.
View CONTENTS   ... important.  12&12 Contents (Step Six), p.7  
"Being ready" is all-important.


5.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... important, an empty club couldn't answer its ...  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.


6.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... important and exhilarating part in my life.  BB Bill's Story, p.3  
Drink was taking an important and exhilarating part in my life.


7.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... important appointment was not met.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, pp.xxix-xxx  
They took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met.


8.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... important decision must be made or engagement ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He has a positive genius for getting tight at exactly the wrong moment, particularly when some important decision must be made or engagement kept.


9.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.


10.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... important demonstration of our principles lies before ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.


11.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... important exception to the foregoing.  BB To Wives, p.108  
There is an important exception to the foregoing.


12.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... important fact of their lives, they present ...  BB We Agnostics, p.51  
When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.


13.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... important for him to realize that your ...  BB Working With Others, p.94  
It is important for him to realize that your attempt to pass this on to him plays a vital part in your own recovery.


14.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... important for the A.A.'s who marry "outside" ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
The considerations are equally true and important for the A.A.'s who marry "outside" A.A.


15.
View CONTENTS   ... important in making amends.  12&12 Contents (Step Nine), p.7  
Good timing is important in making amends.


16.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... important it is that he place the ...  BB Working With Others, p.94  
Suggest how important it is that he place the welfare of other people ahead of his own.


17.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... important meaning of it is that he ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone.


18.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... important, murmurs are heard in the body ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Still more important, murmurs are heard in the body politic, which swell into a loud cry: "Do these oldtimers think they can run this group forever?


19.
View STEP NINE essay   ... important -- other people.  12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Or -- quite as important -- other people.


20.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... important part in bringing on my alcoholism.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
Unfortunately for me I was the only child, which perhaps engendered the selfishness which played such an important part in bringing on my alcoholism.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... important place in society often tyrannize us.  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Our desires for sex, for material and emotional security, and for an important place in society often tyrannize us.


22.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... important qualification.  BB Working With Others, p.101  
You will note that we made an important qualification.


23.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... important question.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.163  
The agenda discussion included a very important question.


24.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... important tasks that make good Twelfth Step ...  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.


25.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... important than a right dependence upon God, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
When a job still looked like a mere means of getting money rather than an opportunity for service, when the acquisition of money for financial independence looked more important than a right dependence upon God, we were still the victims of unreasonable fears.


26.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... important than freedom from want.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want.


27.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... important than whether we should see newsreels ...  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people -- was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight?


28.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... important that he be able to keep ...  BB Into Action, p.74  
It is important that he be able to keep a confidence; that he fully understand and approve what we are driving at; that he will not try to change our plan.


29.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... important that we remain anonymous because we ...  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


30.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... important that we remain anonymous because we ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Its foreword made this revealing statement: "It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present, to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


31.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... important, the proof that love freely given ...  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.


32.
View CONTENTS   ... important to A.A.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Eleven), p.12  
Public relations are important to A.A.


33.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... important was the discovery that spiritual principles ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
"Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.


34.
View PREFACE   ... important, "Yes, I believe this program can ...  BB Preface, p.xii  
If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened to me"; or, more important, "Yes, I've felt like that"; or, most important, "Yes, I believe this program can work for me too."


35.
View PREFACE   ... important, "Yes, I've felt like that"; or, ...  BB Preface, p.xii  
If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened to me"; or, more important, "Yes, I've felt like that"; or, most important, "Yes, I believe this program can work for me too."


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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