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1.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... lives.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives.


2.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives.  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.


3.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... lives.  BB How It Works, p.60  
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.


4.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... lives.  BB How It Works, p.64  
We did exactly the same thing with our lives.


5.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... lives.  BB How It Works, p.65  
We went back through our lives.


6.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... lives.  BB How It Works, p.67  
This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives.


7.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... lives.  BB Into Action, p.72  
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.


8.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... lives.  BB Working With Others, p.89  
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.


9.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... lives.  BB To Wives, p.116  
Now we try to put spiritual principles to work in every department of our lives.


10.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... lives.  BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives.


11.
View CONTENTS   ... lives?  12&12 Contents (Step Three), p.5  
How shall we let God into our lives?


12.
View CONTENTS   ... lives.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Eleven), p.12  
Good public relations save lives.


13.
View STEP THREE essay   ... lives.  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
Like all the remaining Steps, Step Three calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will which has always blocked the entry of God -- or, if you like, a Higher Power -- into our lives.


14.
View STEP THREE essay   ... lives.  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives.


15.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... lives.  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Powerfully, blindly, many times subtly, they drive us, dominate us, and insist upon ruling our lives.


16.
View STEP SIX essay   ... lives.  12&12 Step Six, p.64  
So in a very complete and literal way, all A.A.'s have "become entirely ready" to have God remove the mania for alcohol from their lives.


17.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... lives.  12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
We can go far beyond those things which were superficially wrong with us, to see those flaws which were basic, flaws which sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.


19.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
This mighty urge is the root of great human accomplishments, a creative energy that deeply influences our lives.


20.
View FOREWORD   ... lives and grows.  12&12 Foreword, p.15  
They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.


21.
View STEP THREE essay   ... lives and guarantee us success in the ...  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
We are certain that our intelligence, backed by willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world we live in.


22.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... lives and homes were threatened, and that ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
We were grim because we felt our lives and homes were threatened, and that was no laughing matter.


23.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives, and is a free man.  BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
But this man still lives, and is a free man.


24.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... lives and sanity.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
For us, if we neglect those who are still sick, there is unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity.


25.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... lives, and strenuously trying to help the ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along.


26.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... lives, are facts as old as man ...  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.


27.
View STEP TWO essay   ... lives are unmanageable.  12&12 Step Two, p.25  
You have convinced us that we are alcoholics and that our lives are unmanageable.


28.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.


29.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... lives as far as memory will reach, ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Then, as year by year we walk back through our lives as far as memory will reach, we shall be bound to construct a long list of people who have, to some extent or other, been affected.


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives as though they were still children, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Where people had temporarily let us run their lives as though they were still children, we had felt very happy and secure ourselves.


31.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... lives came when we sought for humility ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we must have.


32.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... lives could have been saved, had it ...  BB Working With Others, p.103  
A spirit of intolerance might repel alcoholics whose lives could have been saved, had it not been for such stupidity.


33.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... lives for the worse.  12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
At the time of these occurrences, they may actually have given our emotions violent twists which have since discolored our personalities and altered our lives for the worse.


34.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... lives, God helping a little now and ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
The notion that we would still live our own lives, God helping a little now and then, began to evaporate.


35.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... lives had become unmanageable.  BB How It Works, p.59  
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable.


36.
View CONTENTS   ... lives had become unmanageable."  12&12 Contents (Step One), p.5  
Step One -- "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable."


37.
View STEP ONE essay   ... lives had become unmanageable."  12&12 Step One, p.21  
"We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable."


38.
View STEP ONE essay   ... lives have become unmanageable, how could people ...  12&12 Step One, p.23  
Since Step One requires an admission that our lives have become unmanageable, how could people such as these take this Step?


39.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... lives have been largely devoted to running ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running from pain and problems.


40.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives in a way which is indeed ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.


41.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... lives in order.  BB Into Action, p.77  
At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order.


42.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... lives in the first place, then He ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
If the Creator gave us our lives in the first place, then He must know in every detail where we have since gone wrong.


43.
View STEP ONE essay   ... lives may be built.  12&12 Step One, p.21  
Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.


44.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives, may every one of us sense ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
With each passing day of our lives, may every one of us sense more deeply the inner meaning of A.A.'s simple prayer:


45.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... lives of a vastly greater variety of ...  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
As the message of recovery has reached larger numbers of people, it has also touched the lives of a vastly greater variety of suffering alcoholics.


46.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... lives of all spiritually centered and truly ...  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
It has been validated in every century, and it characterizes the lives of all spiritually centered and truly religious people.


47.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... lives of all to come, depend squarely ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it.


48.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives of blameless children, sad wives and ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents -- anyone can increase the list.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... lives of others.  BB Into Action, p.82  
The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others.


50.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... lives of their families and communities.  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities.


51.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives of these men are suddenly cast ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.


52.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... lives of your children?  BB To Wives, p.108  
Is it right to let him ruin your life and the lives of your children?


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives on a give-and-take basis; we would ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
It became clear that if we ever were to feel emotionally secure among grown-up people, we would have to put our lives on a give-and-take basis; we would have to develop the sense of being in partnership or brotherhood with all those around us.


54.
View CONTENTS   ... lives on give-and-take basis.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Putting our lives on give-and-take basis.


55.
View STEP THREE essay   ... lives over to a Higher Power.  12&12 Step Three, p.38  
So it is by circumstance rather than by any virtue that we have been driven to A.A., have admitted defeat, have acquired the rudiments of faith, and now want to make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to a Higher Power.


56.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... lives over to the care of God ...  BB How It Works, p.59  
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


57.
View CONTENTS   ... lives over to the care of God, ...  12&12 Contents (Step Three), p.5  
Step Three -- "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him."


58.
View STEP THREE essay   ... lives over to the care of God ...  12&12 Step Three, p.34  
"Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


59.
View STEP THREE essay   ... lives over to the care of God ...  12&12 Step Three, pp.34-35  
In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to "a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


60.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives over to the care of God ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Consequently, in Step Three we turned our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


61.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... lives, produced another bad result.  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
This lack of anchorage to any permanent values, this blindness to the true purpose of our lives, produced another bad result.


62.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives quickly fill with new purpose and ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


63.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... lives should be lived from hour to ...  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?


64.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives so that we and those about ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.


65.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... lives stood among people who seemed to ...  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
When we reached A.A., and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously exciting.


66.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives that we bring to our A.A. ...  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.111-112  
Can we bring the same spirit of love and tolerance into our sometimes deranged family lives that we bring to our A.A. group?


67.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... lives, the lives of all to come, ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it.


68.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... lives, then pride steps in to justify ...  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and society becomes the sole object of our lives, then pride steps in to justify our excesses.


69.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... lives -- these things are the substance of ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives -- these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.'s message to the next alcoholic.


70.
View STEP SIX essay   ... lives, they commit a most unnatural act.  12&12 Step Six, p.64  
When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act.


71.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... lives, they present a powerful reason why ...  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.


72.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... lives to just about the extent that ...  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.


73.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives today is the absolute certainty that ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.


74.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... lives touch the sufferer's.  BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer's.


75.
View STEP TWO essay   ... lives unaccountably transformed, they came to believe ...  12&12 Step Two, p.28  
Relieved of the alcohol obsession, their lives unaccountably transformed, they came to believe in a Higher Power, and most of them began to talk of God."


76.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... lives, we began to see the desirability ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
As our husbands began to apply spiritual principles in their lives, we began to see the desirability of doing so too.


77.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... lives we had more or less fooled ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
If all our lives we had more or less fooled ourselves, how could we now be so sure that we weren't still self-deceived?


78.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... lives we happen to be miserly, irresponsible, ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Suppose that in our family lives we happen to be miserly, irresponsible, callous, or cold.


79.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... lives we thought we led before the ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
No doubt we shall point with pride to the good lives we thought we led before the bottle cut us down.


80.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... lives were constructed?  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Were not these things the tissue out of which our lives were constructed?


81.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... lives were we able to move closer ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
It ought to be followed by a good look at where we stand now, and a further look at what might happen in our lives were we able to move closer to the ideal we have been trying to glimpse.


82.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... lives which were the direct result of ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
What about all those unhappy lives which were the direct result of unfortunate birth and uncontrollable circumstances?


83.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... lives will be fuller for doing so.  BB To Wives, p.120  
Inevitably your lives will be fuller for doing so.


84.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... lives with a woman alcoholic -- whether she ...  BB To Wives (Note), p.104  
(*) Written in 1939, when there were few women in A.A., this chapter assumes that the alcoholic in the home is likely to be the husband. But many of the suggestions given here may be adapted to help the person who lives with a woman alcoholic -- whether she is still drinking or is recovering in A.A. A further source of help is noted on page 121.


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