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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 WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... Love.   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love.


2.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... love.   BB Into Action, p.83  
So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love.


3.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... love.   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
All members of the family should meet upon the common ground of tolerance, understanding and love.


4.
View STEP TEN essay   ... love.   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love.


5.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... love.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.


6.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... love affairs.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
For example, we know of situations in which the alcoholic or his wife have had love affairs.


7.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love affairs with other men.   BB To Wives, p.105  
We have had retaliatory love affairs with other men.


8.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... love and devotion did not straighten him ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
They may not see why their love and devotion did not straighten him out.


9.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love and loyalty could not cure our ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
Another feeling we are very likely to entertain is one of resentment that love and loyalty could not cure our husbands of alcoholism.


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love and service.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
When by devoted service to family, friends, business, or community we attract widespread affection and are sometimes singled out for posts of greater responsibility and trust, we try to be humbly grateful and exert ourselves the more in a spirit of love and service.


11.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love and service with those about us.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
It became a means of exchanging love and service with those about us.


12.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... love, and spiritual understanding.   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
If they sense these things, they will not take so seriously his periods of crankiness, depression, or apathy, which will disappear when there is tolerance, love, and spiritual understanding.


13.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... Love, and Thy Way of life.   BB How It Works, p.63  
Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.


14.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... love and tolerance.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We do talk about each other a great deal, but we almost invariably temper such talk by a spirit of love and tolerance.


15.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love and tolerance into our sometimes deranged ...   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?


16.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Love and tolerance of others is our ...   BB Into Action, p.84  
Love and tolerance of others is our code.


17.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... love, applause, war; moments sublime with intervals ...   BB Bill's Story, p.1  
Here was love, applause, war; moments sublime with intervals hilarious.


18.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... love are A.A.'s disciplinarians; we need no ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Great suffering and great love are A.A.'s disciplinarians; we need no others.


19.
View STEP TEN essay   ... love are the keynotes by which we ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love are the watchwords.   BB To Wives, p.118  
Patience, tolerance, understanding and love are the watchwords.


21.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... love as the real and eternal things ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs.


22.
View STEP TEN essay   ... love because they need to be "taught ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be "taught a lesson," when we really want to punish.


23.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... love can only invite domination or revulsion ...   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection, and love can only invite domination or revulsion in the protectors themselves -- two emotions quite as unhealthy as the demands which evoked them.


24.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... love, change of environment, or the warning ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
If a sufficiently strong reason -- ill health, falling in love, change of environment, or the warning of a doctor -- becomes operative, this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention.


25.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... love each other.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
It occurred to us that we could take what we had into the factories and cause laborers and capitalists to love each other.


26.
View STEP TEN essay   ... love everybody.   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Not many people can truthfully assert that they love everybody.


27.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love follows at first sight, that difficulties ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
It is only where "boy meets girl on A.A. campus," and love follows at first sight, that difficulties may develop.


28.
View STEP TEN essay   ... love for our fellows actually means.   12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Finally, we begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means.


29.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... love, forgiveness, harmony, truth, faith, hope, light, ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Then he asked for the grace to bring love, forgiveness, harmony, truth, faith, hope, light, and joy to every human being he could.


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love freely given surely brings a full ...   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.


31.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love God and call Him by name.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
From great numbers of such experiences, we could predict that the doubter who still claimed that he hadn't got the "spiritual angle," and who still considered his well-loved A.A. group the higher power, would presently love God and call Him by name.


32.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love him.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him.


33.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love in such persons, we thought.   BB To Wives, p.107  
There could be no love in such persons, we thought.


34.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... love, it is not strange that our ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
Under these compulsions of self-preservation, duty, and love, it is not strange that our Society has concluded that it has but one high mission -- to carry the A.A. message to those who don't know there's a way out.


35.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love of a woman who has gone ...   BB To Wives, p.119  
They need the counsel and love of a woman who has gone through what you have.


36.
View STEP TWO essay   ... love of God and man we understood ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
The love of God and man we understood not at all.


37.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... love of man and God the daily ...   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.


38.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love of our children for their father.   BB To Wives, p.106  
We have tried to hold the love of our children for their father.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love of which he had thought himself ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable.


40.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... love of which these magnificent words are ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
Let us become willing to partake and be strengthened and lifted up by the sheer spiritual power, beauty, and love of which these magnificent words are the carriers.


41.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... love or got none at all.   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to drink because at home we were smothered with love or got none at all.


42.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... love, or worship.   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
It was impossible to say we had no capacity for faith, or love, or worship.


43.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... love, superhuman strength and direction, I became ...   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
When they talked of a God personal to me, who was love, superhuman strength and direction, I became irritated and my mind snapped shut against such a theory.


44.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... love, than to be loved.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted -- to understand, than to be understood -- to love, than to be loved.


45.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... love than to be loved," we will ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
At these critical moments, if we remind ourselves that "it is better to comfort than to be comforted, to understand than to be understood, to love than to be loved," we will be following the intent of Step Eleven.


46.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love that has no price tag on ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on it.


47.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... love -- that where there is wrong, I ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
"Lord, make me a channel of thy peace -- that where there is hatred, I may bring love -- that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness -- that where there is discord, I may bring harmony -- that where there is error, I may bring truth -- that where there is doubt, I may bring faith -- that where there is despair, I may bring hope -- that where there are shadows, I may bring light -- that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.


48.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... love the kind of life such obedience ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
So we of A.A. do obey spiritual principles, first because we must, and ultimately because we love the kind of life such obedience brings.


49.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love the whole pattern of living as ...   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?


50.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love their families, how could they be ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
And even if they did not love their families, how could they be so blind about themselves?


51.
View STEP SIX essay   ... love them.   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
We really love them.


52.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... "Love thy neighbor as thyself."   BB A Vision For You, p.153  
You will learn the full meaning of "Love thy neighbor as thyself."


53.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... love under his own roof.   BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
He is not likely to get far in any direction if he fails to show unselfishness and love under his own roof.


54.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... love was healthy, and that it would ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would.


55.
View STEP SIX essay   ... love with their lips, and believe what ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
But how many men and women speak love with their lips, and believe what they say, so that they can hide lust in a dark corner of their minds?


56.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... love you with his better self.   BB To Wives, p.108  
You can see that he really does love you with his better self.


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