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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 MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... matter.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I had no trouble refusing drinks, and began to wonder if I had not been making too hard work of a simple matter.


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... matter.   BB How It Works, p.69  
In meditation, we ask God what we should do about each specific matter.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter.   BB Into Action, p.84  
This is not an overnight matter.


4.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter.   BB Into Action, p.86  
It would be easy to be vague about this matter.


5.
View STEP TWO essay   ... matter?   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
What, then, can be the matter?


6.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... matter.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
We were grim because we felt our lives and homes were threatened, and that was no laughing matter.


7.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... matter.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
But when it comes to A.A. as a whole, that's quite a different matter.


8.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... matter any way you please.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
They even had to coin a couple of sentences which still go into half the letters they write: "Of course, you are at perfect liberty to handle this matter any way you please.


9.
View STEP NINE essay   ... matter before our sponsor or spiritual adviser, ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
Do we lay the matter before our sponsor or spiritual adviser, earnestly asking God's help and guidance -- meanwhile resolving to do the right thing when it becomes clear, cost what it may?


10.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... matter for your discretion.   BB To Employers, p.142  
Whether you mention this book is a matter for your discretion.


11.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter here, Ma.   BB Into Action, p.82  
To his wife, he remarked, "Don't see anything the matter here, Ma.


12.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... matter how bad, to the abnormal action ...   BB To Employers, p.140  
But these scrapes can generally be charged, no matter how bad, to the abnormal action of alcohol on his mind.


13.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... matter how deeply we felt they had ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they had wronged us.


14.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter how far down the scale we ...   BB Into Action, p.84  
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.


15.
View STEP SIX essay   ... matter how far we have progressed, desires ...   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
No matter how far we have progressed, desires will always be found which oppose the grace of God.


16.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter how far we have to go, ...   BB Into Action, p.78  
We must lose our fear of creditors no matter how far we have to go, for we are liable to drink if we are afraid to face them.


17.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... matter how good.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
These adventures implanted a deep-rooted conviction that in no circumstances could we endorse any related enterprise, no matter how good.


18.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... matter how grave your emotional complications -- even ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
No matter who you are, no matter how low you've gone, no matter how grave your emotional complications -- even your crimes -- we still can't deny you A.A.


19.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... matter how great the necessity or the ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it -- this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.


20.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... matter how grievous, out of their hiding ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
We think each family which has been relieved owes something to those who have not, and when the occasion requires, each member of it should be only too willing to bring former mistakes, no matter how grievous, out of their hiding places.


21.
View STEP SIX essay   ... matter how haltingly we walk.   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
It will seldom matter how haltingly we walk.


22.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... matter how hard you try.   BB To Wives, p.111  
You may be unable to do so, no matter how hard you try.


23.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... matter how isolated you are.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
If there is none nearby, you will be invited to carry on a correspondence which will do much to insure your sobriety no matter how isolated you are.


24.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... matter how low you've gone, no matter ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
No matter who you are, no matter how low you've gone, no matter how grave your emotional complications -- even your crimes -- we still can't deny you A.A.


25.
View STEP THREE essay   ... matter how much one wishes to try, ...   12&12 Step Three, p.35  
No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can he turn his own will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinks there is?


26.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... matter how much we tried.   BB We Agnostics, p.45  
But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried.


27.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... matter how unpromising.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
In those days, we'd go anywhere on a Twelfth Step job, no matter how unpromising.


28.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter, however, if someone does throw us ...   BB Into Action, p.78  
It should not matter, however, if someone does throw us out of his office.


29.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... matter, in its actual operation it discloses ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Though Tradition Nine at first sight seems to deal with a purely practical matter, in its actual operation it discloses a society without organization, animated only by the spirit of service -- a true fellowship.


30.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... matter much time and study for the ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
I gave the matter much time and study for the next two and a half years, but I still got tight every night nevertheless.


31.
View STEP NINE essay   ... matter must be discussed, let's try to ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
And even in those cases where such a matter must be discussed, let's try to avoid harming third parties, whoever they may be.


32.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... matter of being willing to believe in ...   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself.


33.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... matter of course, the family may look ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
As soon as his sobriety begins to be taken as a matter of course, the family may look at their strange new dad with apprehension, then with irritation.


34.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... matter of exercising my will power and ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I felt I had every right to be self-confident, that it would be only a matter of exercising my will power and keeping on guard.


35.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... matter of fact he was tight.   BB To Wives, p.115  
Frequently, you have felt obliged to tell your husband's employer and his friends that he was sick, when as a matter of fact he was tight.


36.
View STEP TWO essay   ... matter of fact, I still do -- all ...   12&12 Step Two, p.26  
As a matter of fact, I still do -- all except the worship part.


37.
View STEP TEN essay   ... matter of fact, the waking hours are ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
As a matter of fact, the waking hours are usually well filled with things that are constructive.


38.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... matter of fact way he told how ...   BB Bill's Story, p.9  
In a matter of fact way he told how two men had appeared in court, persuading the judge to suspend his commitment.


39.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... matter of giving that is in question, ...   BB Working With Others, p.98  
It is not the matter of giving that is in question, but when and how to give.


40.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... matter of good business.   BB To Employers, p.141  
He wants to quit drinking and you want to help him, even if it be only a matter of good business.


41.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... matter of life and death, Bill, and ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
This is a matter of life and death, Bill, and nothing but the very best will do!'


42.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... matter of months, A.A. booms in Middletown.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
In a matter of months, A.A. booms in Middletown.


43.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... matter of physical treatment should, of course, ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
The matter of physical treatment should, of course, be referred to your own doctor.


44.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter of prayer.   BB Into Action, p.85  
We shouldn't be shy on this matter of prayer.


45.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... matter of this book: It contains full ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
To return to the subject matter of this book: It contains full suggestions by which the employee may solve his problem.


46.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... matter of willingness, patience and labor.   BB A Vision For You, p.163  
To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matter of willingness, patience and labor.


47.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... matter so much to some people no ...   BB A Vision For You, p.161  
Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to them.


48.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... matter, that his alcoholic derelictions, the treatment ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
While on the subject of confidence, can you adopt the attitude that so far as you are concerned this will be a strictly personal matter, that his alcoholic derelictions, the treatment about to be undertaken, will never be discussed without his consent?


49.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... matter, the board of directors told him ...   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."


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... matter too much what our material condition ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
It did not matter too much what our material condition was, but it did matter what our spiritual condition was.


51.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... matter what he says or does.   BB To Wives, p.108  
Try not to condemn your alcoholic husband no matter what he says or does.


52.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... matter what our material prospects were.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
But as time passed we found that with the help of A.A.'s Twelve Steps we could lose those fears, no matter what our material prospects were.


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... matter what our spiritual condition was.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
It did not matter too much what our material condition was, but it did matter what our spiritual condition was.


54.
View STEP TEN essay   ... matter what the cause, there is something ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.90  
It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.


55.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... matter what the personal consequences may be.   BB Into Action, p.79  
Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be.


56.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... matter what the provocation, publicly take sides ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
As by some deep instinct, we A.A.'s have known from the very beginning that we must never, no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one.


57.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... matter what the subject, it should be ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
Next time you and he have a heated discussion, no matter what the subject, it should be the privilege of either to smile and say, "This is getting serious.


58.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... matter what we had thought or done.   12&12 Step Five, pp.57-58  
This vital Step was also the means by which we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had thought or done.


59.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... matter what your own convictions are.   BB Working With Others, p.93  
Don't raise such issues, no matter what your own convictions are.


60.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... matter what your present circumstances!   BB Working With Others, p.100  
Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!


61.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... matter when his more serious ailments were ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.135  
She sees she was wrong to make a burning issue out of such a matter when his more serious ailments were being rapidly cured.


62.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... matter who you are, no matter how ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
No matter who you are, no matter how low you've gone, no matter how grave your emotional complications -- even your crimes -- we still can't deny you A.A.


63.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... matter with constructive imagination; all sound achievement ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
There's nothing the matter with constructive imagination; all sound achievement rests upon it.


64.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... matter with his spiritual status.   BB Working With Others, p.101  
An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status.


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