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1.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... living.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
We think that such a view is self-centered and in direct conflict with the new way of living.


2.
View STEP THREE essay   ... living.   12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Let's examine for a moment this idea of dependence at the level of everyday living.


3.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... living.   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the purpose of living.


4.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... living.   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living.


5.
View STEP TEN essay   ... living.   12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living.


6.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Only by this means can we improve our chances for really happy and useful living.


7.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living alone with our conflicts, and in ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We knew we would have to quit the deadly business of living alone with our conflicts, and in honesty confide these to God and another human being.


8.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... living and thinking.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking.


9.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... living and thinking.   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
This may hang on for months, long after their mother has accepted dad's new way of living and thinking.


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living, and we keenly realized that we ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
By this time, at Step Ten, we had begun to get a basis for daily living, and we keenly realized that we would need to continue taking personal inventory, and that when we were in the wrong we ought to admit it promptly.


11.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living as eagerly as we do the ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Can we love the whole pattern of living as eagerly as we do the small segment of it we discover when we try to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety?


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... living as we cleaned up the past.   BB Into Action, p.84  
We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past.


13.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... living by faith and little else.   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
In one form or another we had been living by faith and little else.


14.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers, and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we'd rather not remember, if we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others, then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever.


15.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... Living Church, observes editorially: "The basis of ...   BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
The Episcopal magazine, The Living Church, observes editorially: "The basis of the technique of Alcoholics Anonymous is the truly Christian principle that a man cannot help himself except by helping others.


16.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... living Creator with whom we may form ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.


17.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... living death.   BB To Employers, p.150  
They have a new attitude, and they have been saved from a living death.


18.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... living example of my friend there remained ...   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
Despite the living example of my friend there remained in me the vestiges of my old prejudice.


19.
View FOREWORD   ... living for many, alcoholic or not.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
They see in them a way to happy and effective living for many, alcoholic or not.


20.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living for which no amount of pomp ...   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.


21.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... living has its advantages for all.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all.


22.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... living, he should proceed to put those ...   BB Working With Others, p.98  
When your prospect has made such reparation as he can to his family, and has thoroughly explained to them the new principles by which he is living, he should proceed to put those principles into action at home.


23.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... living human with whom I had ever ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience.


24.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... living in a large community.   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
We know of an A.A. member who was living in a large community.


25.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... living in our accustomed style.   BB Bill's Story, p.4  
By the following spring we were living in our accustomed style.


26.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... living in that strange world of alcoholism ...   BB To Wives, p.108  
Perhaps your husband has been living in that strange world of alcoholism where everything is distorted and exaggerated.


27.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living in trying to do something about ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we find a new joy of living in trying to do something about all these things?


28.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, ...   BB More About Alcoholism, pp.42-43  
I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before.


29.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... living is a most powerful health restorative.   BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
We are convinced that a spiritual mode of living is a most powerful health restorative.


30.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... living is not a one-way street.   BB Into Action, p.81  
Our design for living is not a one-way street.


31.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... living is still out of reach.   12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.


32.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
The joy of living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step, and action is its key word.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step.


34.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living is "Yes, all of these things ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
The A.A. answer to these questions about living is "Yes, all of these things are possible."


35.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... living it.   BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it.


36.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Living modestly, my wife and I saved ...   BB Bill's Story, p.2  
Living modestly, my wife and I saved $1,000.


37.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... living, one might say, to drink.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxxi  
He had lost everything worthwhile in life and was only living, one might say, to drink.


38.
View STEP TEN essay   ... living, rather than something unusual or set ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
And at length our inventories become a regular part of everyday living, rather than something unusual or set apart.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living than he has.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
She naturally feels that for years she has made a far better job of living than he has.


40.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... living" that really works.   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.


41.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... living that works in rough going.   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
It is a design for living that works in rough going.


42.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living, then the result had been equally ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
When we had taken the opposite tack and had insisted, like infants ourselves, that people protect and take care of us or that the world owed us a living, then the result had been equally unfortunate.


43.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... living; therefore the joy of good living ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living; therefore the joy of good living is the theme of A.A.'s Twelfth Step.


44.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... living, thus relieving much worry and suffering.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
They experienced a few distressing failures, but in those cases they made an effort to bring the man's family into a spiritual way of living, thus relieving much worry and suffering.


45.
View STEP TEN essay   ... living to practical use, day by day, ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
But when we approach Step Ten we commence to put our A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul.


46.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... living together has come, it will be ...   BB Working With Others, p.99  
When the time for living together has come, it will be apparent to both parties.


47.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... living too much alone, for drinking many ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
It is probably true that you and your husband have been living too much alone, for drinking many times isolates the wife of an alcoholic.


48.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... living until he first backtracks and really ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.


49.
View STEP SEVEN essay   Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration.


50.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... living was so unsatisfactory.   BB We Agnostics, p.51  
Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory.


51.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... living, we had a feeling of uselessness, ...   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?


52.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... living we really have, even under pressure ...   BB Bill's Story, p.15  
The joy of living we really have, even under pressure and difficulty.


53.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... living were learned, new resources of courage ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
He will also report that out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform."


54.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... living which answered all my problems.   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
My friend promised when these things were done I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator; that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems.


55.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... living which demands rigorous honesty.   BB How It Works, p.58  
They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty.


56.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... living with an alcoholic is almost sure ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
A doctor said to us, "Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic.


57.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... living with us as practicing alcoholics difficult ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
Such a roster of harms done others -- the kind that make daily living with us as practicing alcoholics difficult and often unbearable -- could be extended almost indefinitely.


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