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1.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... just a conceited Irishman who thinks he ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
"'Well,' said I, 'I think you're just a conceited Irishman who thinks he can run the whole show.'


2.
View STEP SIX essay   ... just a little superior to the next ...   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?


3.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... just a question of taking care of ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Some were club-minded, but it was just a question of taking care of the lonely heart.


4.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... just about doubled, to an estimated two ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Since the third edition was published in 1976, worldwide membership of A.A. has just about doubled, to an estimated two million or more, with nearly 100,800 groups meeting in approximately 150 countries around the world.


5.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... just about the extent that we stop ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms.


6.
View STEP SIX essay   ... just about the largest fact in his ...   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
To him, this proposition will be no theory at all; it will be just about the largest fact in his life.


7.
View STEP TWO essay   ... just about the last straw.   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
This, the newcomer thinks, is just about the last straw.


8.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... just accumulating funds for the next spree.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
Without realizing it we were just accumulating funds for the next spree.


9.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... just ahead.   12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
The immense resources now being harnessed promise such a quantity of material blessings that many have come to believe that a man-made millennium lies just ahead.


10.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... just and the unjust.   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.


11.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... just another very sick, unreasonable person.   BB To Wives, p.108  
He is just another very sick, unreasonable person.


12.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... just as biased and unreasonable about the ...   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
We asked ourselves this: Are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the ancients about the realm of the material?


13.
View STEP THREE essay   ... just as capable of endurance and valor ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
They were just as capable of endurance and valor as any other soldiers.


14.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... just as disturbing to our equilibrium, because ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
And we cling with a passionate persistence to others which are just as disturbing to our equilibrium, because we still enjoy them too much.


15.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... just as far gone.   BB To Wives, p.110  
Many of our husbands were just as far gone.


16.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   Just as firmly bound by obligation are ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Just as firmly bound by obligation are the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who have demonstrated that they can help problem drinkers as others seldom can.


17.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... just as he thought he was getting ...   BB A Vision For You, p.155  
Some time later, and just as he thought he was getting control of his liquor situation, he went on a roaring bender.


18.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... just as hopeless as Bill.   BB There Is A Solution, p.17  
We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as Bill.


19.
View PREFACE   ... just as it was originally written in ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
The section called "The Doctor's Opinion" has been kept intact, just as it was originally written in 1939 by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, our Society's great medical benefactor.


20.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... just as much as the feeling we ...   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend.


21.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... just as much to uncounted alcoholics not ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
A.A. can, of course, mean just as much to uncounted alcoholics not yet reached.


22.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... just as often some of us will ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
But just as often some of us will fit more or less into both classifications.


23.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... just as sharply defined as the examples ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Often these personalities are just as sharply defined as the examples given.


24.
View STEP NINE essay   ... just as soon as we become reasonably ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be those who ought to be dealt with just as soon as we become reasonably confident that we can maintain our sobriety.


25.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... just as surely convinced that the group ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
The bleeding deacon is one who is just as surely convinced that the group cannot get along without him, who constantly connives for reelection to office, and who continues to be consumed with self-pity.


26.
View TRADITION NINE essay   Just as the aim of each A.A. ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Just as the aim of each A.A. member is personal sobriety, the aim of our services is to bring sobriety within reach of all who want it.


27.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... just as the program has brought recovery ...   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those of many different nationalities.


28.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... just as things are going beautifully he ...   BB To Wives, p.120  
Perhaps your husband will make a fair start on the new basis, but just as things are going beautifully he dismays you by coming home drunk.


29.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... just as we did when we admitted ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


30.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... just as we were being convinced of ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
And just as we were being convinced of their heartlessness, they would surprise us with fresh resolves and new attentions.


31.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... just as well now, and it would ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.136  
It should be doing just as well now, and it would -- if only you'd help me.


32.
View TO WIVES chapter   Just be careful not to disagree in ...   BB To Wives, p.117  
Just be careful not to disagree in a resentful or critical spirit.


33.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... just beaten up a couple of nurses.   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
He's just beaten up a couple of nurses.


34.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... just because he is alcoholic.   BB To Employers, p.148  
It boils right down to this: No man should be fired just because he is alcoholic.


35.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... just because we were maladjusted to life, ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
It did not satisfy us to be told that we could not control our drinking just because we were maladjusted to life, that we were in full flight from reality, or were outright mental defectives.


36.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... just because your friends drink liquor.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Don't start to withdraw again just because your friends drink liquor.


37.
View STEP TEN essay   ... just before going to sleep, many of ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
When evening comes, perhaps just before going to sleep, many of us draw up a balance sheet for the day.


38.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... just before he died; these recollections welled ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I could almost hear the sound of the preacher's voice as I sat, on still Sundays, way over there on the hillside; there was that proffered temperance pledge I never signed; my grandfather's good natured contempt of some church folk and their doings; his insistence that the spheres really had their music; but his denial of the preacher's right to tell him how he must listen; his fearlessness as he spoke of these things just before he died; these recollections welled up from the past.


39.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... just beginning his development.   BB To Wives, p.118  
The chances are he will not for, like yourself, he is just beginning his development.


40.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... just comes!   BB Into Action, p.85  
It just comes!


41.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... just didn't show up.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
They just didn't show up.


42.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... just don't believe they have it.   BB To Employers, p.149  
But alcoholism -- well, they just don't believe they have it.


43.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... just for sobriety, they still haven't 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.


44.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... just getting over a spree, a certain ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
For most alcoholics who are drinking, or who are just getting over a spree, a certain amount of physical treatment is desirable, even imperative.


45.
View STEP THREE essay   ... just how and by what specific means ...   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Therefore our problem now becomes just how and by what specific means shall we be able to let Him in?


46.
View STEP FOUR essay   Just how did I react to these ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Just how did I react to these situations at the time?


47.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... "Just how do I go about this?   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Now willing to commence the search for his own defects, he will ask, "Just how do I go about this?


48.
View STEP TWO essay   ... just how, in these circumstances, does a ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
But just how, in these circumstances, does a fellow 'take it easy'?


49.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... just how their lives should be lived ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
What happens when we try to dominate the whole family, either by a rule of iron or by a constant outpouring of minute directions for just how their lives should be lived from hour to hour?


50.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... just how this campaign should be handled.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
In one of their trade associations, the question arose of just how this campaign should be handled.


51.
View STEP THREE essay   ... just how we shall act.   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.


52.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... just isn't so.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
This just isn't so.


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... just like all other societies, we do ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
But just like all other societies, we do have sex and marital problems, and sometimes they are distressingly acute.


54.
View STEP TWO essay   ... just like him, and have found the ...   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.


55.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... just like that.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
With us it is just like that.


56.
View STEP SIX essay   ... just like this are heard daily.   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
In A.A. meetings all over the world, statements just like this are heard daily.


57.
View STEP TWO essay   ... just like yours.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
When I first looked at A.A. my reaction was just like yours.


58.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... just made conscious contact with God, it ...   BB Into Action, p.87  
Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times.


59.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... just making it possible.   12&12 Tradition Eight, pp.168-169  
She was not professionalizing the Twelfth Step; she was just making it possible.


60.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... just now taking shape in Asia.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
Some are just now taking shape in Asia.


61.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... just now tapped a source of power ...   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power much greater than yourself.


62.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... just now we've got him strapped down ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
Understand he was once a well-known lawyer in town, but just now we've got him strapped down tight.(*)


63.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... just one chap on the third floor ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
'There's just one chap on the third floor who might be a possibility.


64.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... just outlined.   BB Into Action, p.88  
So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined.


65.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... just part and parcel of learning to ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
They were just part and parcel of learning to work and live together.


66.
View STEP TEN essay   ... just past.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
There's the one we take at day's end, when we review the happenings of the hours just past.


67.
View STEP NINE essay   ... just procrastinate, telling ourselves the time is ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
Or we may just procrastinate, telling ourselves the time is not yet, when in reality we have already passed up many a fine chance to right a serious wrong.


68.
View STEP TWO essay   Just resign from the debating society and ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
Just resign from the debating society and quit bothering yourself with such deep questions as whether it was the hen or the egg that came first.


69.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... just returned from a three-months leave of ...   BB To Employers, p.138  
He has just returned from a three-months leave of absence, has taken a cure, looks fine, and to clinch the matter, the board of directors told him this was his last chance."


70.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Just saying it over and over will ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all -- our search for God's will, not our own, in the moment of stress.


71.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... just so earnestly did we commence to ...   12&12 Tradition One, pp.130-131  
As we had once struggled and prayed for individual recovery, just so earnestly did we commence to quest for the principles through which A.A. itself might survive.


72.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... just so long as we were convinced ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
For just so long as we were convinced that we could live exclusively by our own individual strength and intelligence, for just that long was a working faith in a Higher Power impossible.


73.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... just strained relations.   BB Working With Others, p.98  
Now, the domestic problem: There may be divorce, separation, or just strained relations.


74.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... just that.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
I began to wonder, for such an appalling lack of perspective seemed near being just that.


75.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... just that did happen and more, for ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
Well, just that did happen and more, for what I had learned of alcoholism did not occur to me at all.


76.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... just that for many of us.   BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us.


77.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... just that long was a working faith ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
For just so long as we were convinced that we could live exclusively by our own individual strength and intelligence, for just that long was a working faith in a Higher Power impossible.


78.
View STEP TWO essay   ... just, that we ought to be ambitious ...   12&12 Step Two, p.29  
We were still sure that we ought to be fairly honest, tolerant, and just, that we ought to be ambitious and hardworking.


79.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... just the jolt he needs.   BB To Employers, p.141  
It may be just the jolt he needs.


80.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... just the opposite.   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
If, however, our natural disposition is inclined to self-righteousness or grandiosity, our reaction will be just the opposite.


81.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   Just then an old acquaintance stuck a ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
Just then an old acquaintance stuck a tousled and aching head in the door.


82.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... just then; the groups weren't sending in ...   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.


83.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... just this, and nothing less: That we ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences(*) which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God's universe.


84.
View STEP TWO essay   ... just this way.   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
You will find many members who have crossed the threshold just this way.


85.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... just thought I would get a sandwich.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.36  
I just thought I would get a sandwich.


86.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... just to nail things down good, were ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
They understood that the elders, just to nail things down good, were about to apply to the Foundation for a charter.


87.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Just to the extent that we do ...   BB How It Works, p.68  
Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.


88.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... just trying to be a number one ...   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.


89.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... just underneath there is deadly earnestness.   BB Bill's Story, p.16  
But just underneath there is deadly earnestness.


90.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... just voted a company expenditure of a ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
A corporation director who had just voted a company expenditure of a hundred thousand dollars would appear at an A.A. business meeting and blow his top over an outlay of twenty-five dollars' worth of needed postage stamps.


91.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... just want to be sure that you ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
We just want to be sure that you get the same great chance for sobriety that we've had.


92.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... just wanted to tell you Paul jumped ...   BB To Employers, p.136  
I still expected a plea for clemency, but these words came through the receiver: "I just wanted to tell you Paul jumped from a hotel window in Hartford last Saturday.


93.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... just what A.A. was all about.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
Consequently, many groups began to hold meetings which were open to interested friends and the public, so that the average citizen could see for himself just what A.A. was all about.


94.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... just what do we do?   BB How It Works, p.60  
Just what do we mean by that, and just what do we do?


95.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Just what do we mean by that, ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
Just what do we mean by that, and just what do we do?


96.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... just what instances did my selfish pursuit ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
When, and how, and in just what instances did my selfish pursuit of the sex relation damage other people and me?


97.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... just what our deeper objectives are.   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
As we approach the actual taking of Step Seven, it might be well if we A.A.'s inquire once more just what our deeper objectives are.


98.
View STEP THREE essay   ... just what we shall think and just ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.


99.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... just where he had left off at ...   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.


100.
View STEP THREE essay   ... just where it is needed.   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Power flows just where it is needed.


101.
View STEP THREE essay   ... just where the remaining Steps of the ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
That is just where the remaining Steps of the A.A. program come in.


102.
View TO WIVES chapter   Just would he like to?   BB To Wives, p.112  
Just would he like to?


103.
View STEP SIX essay   ... just wouldn't work on alcohol.   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
My own willpower just wouldn't work on alcohol.


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