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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 FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... personal.   BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
In spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and personal.


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal adventures before and after make clear ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:


3.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... personal affair which each one decides for ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
This should be an entirely personal affair which each one decides for himself in the light of past associations, or his present choice.


4.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... personal ambition has no place in A.A.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
This Tradition is a constant and practical reminder that personal ambition has no place in A.A.


5.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... personal anonymity.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
11. Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity.


6.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... personal anonymity.   12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
Eleven -- Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity.


7.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... personal anonymity as A.A.'s greatest protection.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, pp.182-183  
The Foundation(*) wrote letters to practically every news outlet in North America, setting forth our public relations policy of attraction rather than promotion, and emphasizing personal anonymity as A.A.'s greatest protection.


8.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... personal anonymity at the level of press, ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Eleven -- Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.


9.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... personal anonymity at the level of press, ...   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
"Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films."


10.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... personal appeals which may result from this ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


11.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... personal appeals which may result from this ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Its foreword made this revealing statement: "It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present, to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication.


12.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... personal attachment to him, the employer has ...   BB To Employers, p.137  
Because of the employee's special ability, or of his own strong personal attachment to him, the employer has sometimes kept such a man at work long beyond a reasonable period.


13.
View FOREWORD   ... personal authority over another, that nothing like ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Why is it, they ask, that in A.A. no member can be set in personal authority over another, that nothing like a central government can anywhere be seen?


14.
View STEP ONE essay   ... personal conquest of this compulsion by the ...   12&12 Step One, p.22  
There was, they said, no such thing as the personal conquest of this compulsion by the unaided will.


15.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... 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.


16.
View STEP NINE essay   ... personal contact at all.   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
There will be other cases where action ought to be deferred, and still others in which by the very nature of the situation we shall never be able to make direct personal contact at all.


17.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... personal contact with some of us.   BB To Employers, p.144  
As our work spreads and our numbers increase, we hope your employees may be put in personal contact with some of us.


18.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... personal cost.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
In the radiance of such a miraculous discovery, any doctor would set his other ambitions aside, at whatever personal cost.


19.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... personal desires for the common good, we ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Because A.A.'s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit -- well symbolized by anonymity -- is the foundation of them all.


20.
View STEP THREE essay   ... personal determination and courage he can muster.   12&12 Step Three, p.39  
By now, though, the chances are that he has become convinced that he has more problems than alcohol, and that some of these refuse to be solved by all the sheer personal determination and courage he can muster.


21.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... personal disobedience to spiritual principles.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
His drunkenness and dissolution are not penalties inflicted by people in authority; they result from his personal disobedience to spiritual principles.


22.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... personal distinction as A.A. members both among ...   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.


23.
View STEP THREE essay   ... personal exertion to conform to their principles ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to God's will.


24.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... personal experience.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
Keep his attention focussed mainly on your personal experience.


25.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... personal experiences.   BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
These are followed by forty-three personal experiences.


26.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... personal fault, like tardiness.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
We have seen A.A.'s ask with much earnestness and faith for God's explicit guidance on matters ranging all the way from a shattering domestic or financial crisis to correcting a minor personal fault, like tardiness.


27.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... personal flaws which are acutely troublesome and ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Since Step Four is but the beginning of a lifetime practice, it can be suggested that he first have a look at those personal flaws which are acutely troublesome and fairly obvious.


28.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... personal grandeur.   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
All of us saw, for example, that we lacked honesty and tolerance, that we were beset at times by attacks of self-pity or delusions of personal grandeur.


29.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... personal grievances receive careful consideration.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
V. Throughout our structure, a traditional "Right of Appeal" ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful consideration.


30.
View PREFACE   ... personal history from the first edition were ...   BB Preface, pp.xi-xii  
"Bill's Story," "Doctor Bob's Nightmare," and one other personal history from the first edition were retained intact; three were edited and one of these was retitled; new versions of two stories were written, with new titles; thirty completely new stories were added; and the story section was divided into three parts, under the same headings that are used now.


31.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal housecleaning, which many of us had ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted.


32.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... personal importance, power, ambition, and leadership.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
Let's here take note of our improved outlook upon the problems of personal importance, power, ambition, and leadership.


33.
View STEP THREE essay   ... personal independence in such matters.   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Nobody is going to meddle with our personal independence in such matters.


34.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal inventory.   BB How It Works, p.64  
Therefore, we started upon a personal inventory.


35.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... personal inventory.   BB Into Action, p.72  
We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak items in our personal inventory.


36.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... personal inventory and continue to set right ...   BB Into Action, p.84  
This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along.


37.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... personal inventory, and that when we were ...   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.


38.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal inventory and when we were wrong ...   BB How It Works, p.59  
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


39.
View STEP TEN essay   ... personal inventory and when we were wrong ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
"Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."


40.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal inventory, we have written down a ...   BB How It Works, p.70  
If we have been thorough about our personal inventory, we have written down a lot.


41.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... personal inventory, what shall we do about ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it?


42.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... personal matter, that his alcoholic derelictions, the ...   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?


43.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... personal name, designating himself instead as "a ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
When writing or speaking publicly about alcoholism, we urge each of our Fellowship to omit his personal name, designating himself instead as "a member of Alcoholics Anonymous."


44.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal, or sex relations, which had been ...   BB How It Works, p.65  
Was it our self-esteem, our security, our ambitions, our personal, or sex relations, which had been interfered with?


45.
View STEP ONE essay   ... personal powerlessness.   12&12 Step One, p.21  
Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness.


46.
View STEP ONE essay   ... personal powerlessness finally turn out to be ...   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.


47.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... personal prestige and power, for romance, and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Our desires for emotional security and wealth, for personal prestige and power, for romance, and for family satisfactions -- all these have to be tempered and redirected.


48.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... personal problems, and that I would therefore ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
I reasoned I was not so far advanced as most of you fellows, that I had been usually successful in licking my other personal problems, and that I would therefore be successful where you men failed.


49.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... personal publicity.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
In the beginning, the press could not understand our refusal of all personal publicity.


50.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... personal reason for going to this place?   BB Working With Others, p.101  
Therefore, ask yourself on each occasion, "Have I any good social, business, or personal reason for going to this place?


51.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... personal recovery.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
A.A.'s Twelve Steps are principles for personal recovery.


52.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
One -- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.


53.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity."   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
"Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity."


54.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... personal relations.   12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
Steps Eight and Nine are concerned with personal relations.


55.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... personal relations can deepen our insight.   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
Calm, thoughtful reflection upon personal relations can deepen our insight.


56.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... personal relations every bit of information about ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
While the purpose of making restitution to others is paramount, it is equally necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can.


57.
View FOREWORD   ... personal relations, public relations, management of groups, ...   12&12 Foreword, p.18  
Everywhere there arose threatening questions of membership, money, personal relations, public relations, management of groups, clubs, and scores of other perplexities.


58.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal relationship; self esteem (fear).   BB How It Works, p.65  
Mrs. Jones -- she's a nut, she snubbed me; she committed her husband for drinking; he's my friend; she's a gossip -- personal relationship; self esteem (fear).


59.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal relationships (including sex) were hurt or ...   BB How It Works, p.64  
In most cases it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal relationships (including sex) were hurt or threatened.


60.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional ...   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?


61.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring ...   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble.


62.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... personal religious affiliation, we include Catholics, Protestants, ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
By personal religious affiliation, we include Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, and a sprinkling of Moslems and Buddhists.


63.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... personal sacrifice is too great for preservation ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
Realization dawns that he is but a small part of a great whole; that no personal sacrifice is too great for preservation of the Fellowship.


64.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... personal satisfactions he desires.   12&12 Step Seven, pp.70-71  
Poverty will disappear, and there will be such abundance that everybody can have all the security and personal satisfactions he desires.


65.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... personal sex relations; security (fear).   BB How It Works, p.65  
My wife -- misunderstands and nags; likes Brown; wants the house put in her name -- pride; personal sex relations; security (fear).


66.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... personal sobriety, the aim of our services ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Just as the aim of each A.A. member is personal sobriety, the aim of our services is to bring sobriety within reach of all who want it.


67.
View PREFACE   ... personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened to me"; or, more important, "Yes, I've felt like that"; or, most important, "Yes, I believe this program can work for me too."


68.
View PREFACE   ... personal stories as follows.   BB Preface, p.xii  
This fourth edition includes the Twelve Concepts for World Service and revises the three sections of personal stories as follows.


69.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... personal stories, describes in his own language ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
Each individual, in the personal stories, describes in his own language and from his own point of view the way he established his relationship with God.


70.
View PREFACE   ... personal stories, which was expanded to reflect ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
But the chief change was in the section of personal stories, which was expanded to reflect the Fellowship's growth.


71.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... personal stories you will find a wide ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
In our personal stories you will find a wide variation in the way each teller approaches and conceives of the Power which is greater than himself.


72.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... personal survival.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
Yet such a failure wouldn't jeopardize their personal survival.


73.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... personal to me this feeling was intensified.   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personal to me this feeling was intensified.


74.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... personal to me, who was love, superhuman ...   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.


75.
View STEP TEN essay   ... personal triumphs more than we have loved ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
For no people have ever loved personal triumphs more than we have loved them; we drank of success as of a wine which could never fail to make us feel elated.


76.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... personal virtue, but we do recognize it ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
We may still have no very high opinion of humility as a desirable personal virtue, but we do recognize it as a necessary aid to our survival.


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