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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 INTO ACTION chapter   ... keep a confidence; that he fully understand ...   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.


2.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... keep a firm hand on A.A. in ...   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.


3.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... keep a man in everlasting ignorance -- that ...   BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance -- that principle is contempt prior to investigation." -- Herbert Spencer


4.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... keep chasing a man who cannot or ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you.


5.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... keep few skeletons in the closet.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We families of Alcoholics Anonymous keep few skeletons in the closet.


6.
View STEP THREE essay   ... keep God out of our lives.   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives.


7.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... keep him, but cannot if he continues ...   BB To Employers, p.141  
You might say you appreciate his abilities, would like to keep him, but cannot if he continues to drink.


8.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... keep him on, for your obligation has ...   BB To Employers, p.147  
But you should feel under no obligation to keep him on, for your obligation has been well discharged already.


9.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... keep him sober the rest of his ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
He was positive that this humiliating experience, plus the knowledge he had acquired, would keep him sober the rest of his life.


10.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Keep his attention focussed mainly on your ...   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Keep his attention focussed mainly on your personal experience.


11.
View STEP TEN essay   ... keep in emotional balance, and live to ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... keep in fit spiritual condition.   BB Into Action, p.85  
That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.


13.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Keep it always in sight that we ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Keep it always in sight that we are dealing with that most terrible human emotion -- jealousy.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... keep liquor in our homes.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Many of us keep liquor in our homes.


15.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... keep off the streets altogether.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
On through the years this conduct continues, accompanied by his continual promises to be careful or to keep off the streets altogether.


16.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... keep on, a good number will become ...   BB To Wives, p.109  
Of those who keep on, a good number will become true alcoholics after a while.


17.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   Keep on the firing line of life ...   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.


18.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... keep on the way we are going ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
If we keep on the way we are going there is little doubt that much good will result, but the surface of the problem would hardly be scratched.


19.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... keep on trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We know this because we see monotony, pain, and even calamity turned to good use by those who keep on trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


20.
View STEP THREE essay   ... keep on turning my life and my ...   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
If I keep on turning my life and my will over to the care of Something or Somebody else, what will become of me?


21.
View STEP TEN essay   ... keep our balance.   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Although these attitudes are common enough, we A.A.'s find we need something much better in order to keep our balance.


22.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... keep our balance, provided we remember, and ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation.


23.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... keep our heads in the clouds with ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth.


24.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... keep our knowledge and experience top secret.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
We cannot declare A.A. such a closed corporation that we keep our knowledge and experience top secret.


25.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... keep our Society out of public controversy.   12&12 Tradition Ten, pp.178-179  
As we surveyed the wreck of that movement, early A.A. members resolved to keep our Society out of public controversy.


26.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... keep sober.   BB Into Action, p.82  
Sometimes we hear an alcoholic say that the only thing he needs to do is to keep sober.


27.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... keep sober, for there will be no ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
Certainly he must keep sober, for there will be no home if he doesn't.


28.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... keep spiritually active.   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
Both saw that they must keep spiritually active.


29.
View STEP THREE essay   ... keep the breath of life in him.   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Ask the polio sufferer confined to an iron lung who depends with complete trust upon a motor to keep the breath of life in him.


30.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... keep the precious gift of sobriety unless ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.


31.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... keep this priceless gift unless he gives ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
Moreover, he finds he cannot keep this priceless gift unless he gives it away.


32.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... keep to themselves certain facts about their ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.


33.
View STEP SIX essay   ... keep trying.   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
The only urgent thing is that we make a beginning, and keep trying.


34.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... keep up his spirits.   BB A Vision For You, p.152  
We know our friend is like a boy whistling in the dark to keep up his spirits.


35.
View STEP TEN essay   ... keep us on an emotional jag indefinitely.   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
Anger, that occasional luxury of more balanced people, could keep us on an emotional jag indefinitely.


36.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... keep us out."   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Groups have tried to expel members, but the banished have come back to sit in the meeting place, saying, "This is life for us; you can't keep us out."


37.
View STEP SIX essay   ... keep us that way without our cooperation.   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation.


38.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... keep you out.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
You can declare yourself in; nobody can keep you out.


39.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... keep you out.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
We don't want to keep you out.


40.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... keep you unharmed.   BB Working With Others, p.102  
Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.


41.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... keep you -- until then.   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
May God bless you and keep you -- until then.


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