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1.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... members.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
By the close of 1941, A.A. numbered 8,000 members.


2.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... members.  BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
Many who once were in this class are now among our members.


3.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... members.  BB A Vision For You, p.162  
Then, in this eastern city, there are informal meetings such as we have described to you, where you may now see scores of members.


4.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... members.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
7. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


5.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... members.  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
This is a world clearing house for the Al-Anon Family Groups, composed largely of the wives, husbands and friends of A.A. members.


6.
View CONTENTS   ... members.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Seven), p.11  
Placing the responsibility of supporting A.A. headquarters directly upon A.A. members.


7.
View CONTENTS   ... members.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Eleven), p.12  
We seek publicity for A.A. principles, not A.A. members.


8.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... members.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
At times, they were actually shunned by fellow members.


9.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... members.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
So we hire A.A. staff members.


10.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... members.  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
It could almost be said that we were born with it, for, as one oldtimer recently declared, "Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political, or reform argument among A.A. members.


11.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... members.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
Here was something rare in the world -- a society which said it wished to publicize its principles and its work, but not its individual members.


12.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... members.  12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
Seven -- The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


13.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... members alike found they could do no ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
But long ago, trustees and staff members alike found they could do no more than make suggestions, and very mild ones at that.


14.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... members and enforce obedience to necessary rules ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Did anyone ever hear of a society which couldn't somehow discipline its members and enforce obedience to necessary rules and regulations?


15.
View INTRODUCTION   ... members and friends of A.A. have asked ...  12&12 Introduction, p.14  
In recent years some members and friends of A.A. have asked if it would be wise to update the language, idioms, and historical references in the book to present a more contemporary image for the Fellowship.


16.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... members and have witnessed our return to ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
Convincing testimony must surely come from medical men who have had experience with the sufferings of our members and have witnessed our return to health.


17.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... members, and whose story of the early ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
He had also been greatly helped by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, a New York specialist in alcoholism who is now accounted no less than a medical saint by A.A. members, and whose story of the early days of our Society appears in the next pages.


18.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... members are left who deliberately break anonymity ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
Only a few A.A. members are left who deliberately break anonymity at the public level.


19.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... members as individuals have been asked to ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
These are only a few of the jobs which A.A. members as individuals have been asked to fill.


20.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... members began to run rest homes and ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Even greater furors were provoked when A.A. members began to run rest homes and farms for alcoholics, when some hired out to corporations as personnel men in charge of the alcoholic problem in industry, when some became nurses on alcoholic wards, when others entered the field of alcohol education.


21.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... members both among fellow alcoholics and before ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
Moved by the spirit of anonymity, we try to give up our natural desires for personal distinction as A.A. members both among fellow alcoholics and before the general public.


22.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... members, but he surely won't take orders.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
This doesn't mean an A.A. won't take advice or suggestions from more experienced members, but he surely won't take orders.


23.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... members, but the banished have come back ...  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."


24.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... members call it "God-consciousness."  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
Our more religious members call it "God-consciousness."


25.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... members could ever have imagined.  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Like so much of A.A.'s basic text, those words have proved to be far more visionary than the founding members could ever have imagined.


26.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... members could have hoped to reach.  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, pp.xxiii-xxiv  
The stories added to this edition represent a membership whose characteristics -- of age, gender, race, and culture -- have widened and have deepened to encompass virtually everyone the first 100 members could have hoped to reach.


27.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... members did.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
There was actually a time when the press of America thought the anonymity of A.A. was better for us than some of our own members did.


28.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... members find that they have tapped an ...  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.


29.
View PREFACE   ... members' fond nickname for this volume) have ...  BB Preface, p.xii  
All changes made over the years in the Big Book (A.A. members' fond nickname for this volume) have had the same purpose: to represent the current membership of Alcoholics Anonymous more accurately, and thereby to reach more alcoholics.


30.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... members foresaw that they should dedicate themselves ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
The early members foresaw that they should dedicate themselves to this sole aim.


31.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... members from A.A. copy; frequently, they have ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
Since that time, editors and rewrite men have repeatedly deleted names and pictures of members from A.A. copy; frequently, they have reminded ambitious individuals of A.A.'s anonymity policy.


32.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... members govern or direct the group.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
In no sense whatever can its members govern or direct the group.


33.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... members had tried to make money out ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
We took this violent new tack because here and there members had tried to make money out of their A.A. connections, and we feared we'd be exploited.


34.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... members has no counterpart among the job ...  12&12 Tradition Eight (Note), p.169  
(*) The work of present-day staff members has no counterpart among the job categories of commercial organizations. These A.A.'s bring a wide range of business and professional experience to their service at The General Service Office.


35.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... members have bought farms or rest homes ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Now and then, A.A. members have bought farms or rest homes where badly beat-up topers could find needed care.


36.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... members have suffered severely from self-justification during ...  12&12 Step Four, p.46  
First off, they can be told that the majority of A.A. members have suffered severely from self-justification during their drinking days.


37.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... members having substantial sobriety time behind them ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
By late 1937, the number of members having substantial sobriety time behind them was sufficient to convince the membership that a new light had entered the dark world of the alcoholic.


38.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... members identify themselves with as individuals.  BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
We think it no concern of ours what religious bodies our members identify themselves with as individuals.


39.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... members in a position of unqualified authority ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.


40.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... members into A.A. show-offs.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
They had changed from A.A. members into A.A. show-offs.


41.
View FOREWORD   ... members, it is thought by many of ...  12&12 Foreword, p.15  
Though the essays which follow were written mainly for members, it is thought by many of A.A.'s friends that these pieces might arouse interest and find application outside A.A. itself.


42.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Members of a family should watch such ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
Members of a family should watch such matters carefully, for one careless, inconsiderate remark has been known to raise the very devil.


43.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... members of A.A., entirely contrary to his ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
One of the first members of A.A., entirely contrary to his own desires, was obliged to conform to group opinion.


44.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... members of Alcoholics Anonymous.  BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
The Twelve Steps that summarize the program may be called los Doce Pasos in one country, les Douze Etapes in another, but they trace exactly the same path to recovery that was blazed by the earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous.


45.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... members of Alcoholics Anonymous came to see ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
"Two of the members of Alcoholics Anonymous came to see me.


46.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... members of Alcoholics Anonymous, now restored as ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Nor does it mean that the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, now restored as citizens of the world, are going to back away from their individual responsibilities to act as they see the right upon issues of our time.


47.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... members of Alcoholics Anonymous to be read ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.570  
The American Psychiatric Association requested, in 1949, that a paper be prepared by one of the older members of Alcoholics Anonymous to be read at the Association's annual meeting of that year.


48.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who have demonstrated ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Just as firmly bound by obligation are the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who have demonstrated that they can help problem drinkers as others seldom can.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... members of religious bodies, we sometimes select ...  BB Into Action, p.87  
If not members of religious bodies, we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing.


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... members of that time.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
They finally came up with a conclusion that shocked the A.A. members of that time.


51.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... members of the Conference acting as the ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
VI. The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board.


52.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... members of the family should meet upon ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
All members of the family should meet upon the common ground of tolerance, understanding and love.


53.
View CONTENTS   ... members or groups.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Nine), p.12  
The General Service Conference, the board of trustees, and group committees cannot issue directives to A.A. members or groups.


54.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... members; others started in the club, pitched ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
Some would start at the top and come through to the bottom, becoming club members; others started in the club, pitched a binge, were hospitalized, then graduated to education on the third floor.


55.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed.


56.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed.


57.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... members ought to be anonymous at the ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
It was decided that all members ought to be anonymous at the level of press, radio, TV and films.


58.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... members present themselves as messiahs representing A.A. ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
We simply couldn't afford to take the chance of letting self-appointed members present themselves as messiahs representing A.A. before the whole public.


59.
View FOREWORD   ... members recover and by which their Society ...  12&12 Foreword, p.15  
It presents an explicit view of the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which their Society functions.


60.
View INTRODUCTION   ... members recover, and how our society functions.  12&12 Introduction, p.14  
Bill W., who along with Dr. Bob S. founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, wrote the book to share 18 years of collective experience within the Fellowship on how A.A. members recover, and how our society functions.


61.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... members render prodigies of service, and receive ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
We daily see such members render prodigies of service, and receive great joys in return.


62.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... members resolved to keep our Society out ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
As we surveyed the wreck of that movement, early A.A. members resolved to keep our Society out of public controversy.


63.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... members served them.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Drunk farms, educational ventures, state legislatures, and commissions advertised the fact that A.A. members served them.


64.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... members; surely there is none which more ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
We believe there isn't a fellowship on earth which lavishes more devoted care upon its individual members; surely there is none which more jealously guards the individual's right to think, talk, and act as he wishes.


65.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... members, the proportion is nearly one-third.  BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Women now make up more than one-fourth of the membership; among newer members, the proportion is nearly one-third.


66.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... members themselves as 'self-insurance.'  BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
The A.A. plan is described by the members themselves as 'self-insurance.'


67.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... members to impose obedience upon the rest ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Doesn't nearly every society on earth give authority to some of its members to impose obedience upon the rest and to punish or expel offenders?


68.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... members to one another, "will that guy ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
"When, oh when," groaned members to one another, "will that guy get drunk?"


69.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... members to tell their stories.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
In the spring of 1940, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. gave a dinner for many of his friends to which he invited A.A. members to tell their stories.


70.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... members waxed prosperous.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
So A.A., the movement, started and stayed broke, while its individual members waxed prosperous.


71.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... members were.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.162  
Looking at this avalanche of mail one morning at the office, I paced up and down ranting how irresponsible and tightwad my fellow members were.


72.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... members who, for a variety of reasons, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
And what can be said of many A.A. members who, for a variety of reasons, cannot have a family life?


73.
View STEP TWO essay   ... members who have crossed the threshold just ...  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
You will find many members who have crossed the threshold just this way.


74.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... members who never seem to get on ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Though the earning power of most A.A.'s is relatively high, we have some members who never seem to get on their feet moneywise, and still others who encounter heavy financial reverses.


75.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Members who select such full-time careers do ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
Members who select such full-time careers do not professionalize A.A.'s Twelfth Step."


76.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... members with computers can participate in meetings ...  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world.


77.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... members with the same burning enthusiasm with ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
These ideas he sold to fellow members with the same burning enthusiasm with which he distributed automobile polish.


78.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... members would find hard to match.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
Ever since, these friends have reported A.A. with an enthusiasm which the most ardent members would find hard to match.


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