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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 DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... reading.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
He knew all the answers, and certainly not because he had picked them up in his reading.


2.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... reading chapters two and three, where the ...  BB To Employers, p.140  
If this presents difficulty, re-reading chapters two and three, where the alcoholic sickness is discussed at length might be worth while.


3.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... reading inspirational books, going to health farms ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums -- we could increase the list ad infinitum.


4.
View PREFACE   ... reading one of the forty-two personal stories ...  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."


5.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... reading or meditation.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation.


6.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... reading, shows that the personality change sufficient ...  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.567  
The terms "spiritual experience" and "spiritual awakening" are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms.


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View STEP NINE essay   ... reading the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," we usually ...  12&12 Step Nine, pp.83-84  
After coming from our first meeting, or perhaps after we have finished reading the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," we usually want to sit down with some member of the family and readily admit the damage we have done by our drinking.


8.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... reading the book once more.  BB To Wives, p.113  
Sooner or later, you are likely to find him reading the book once more.


9.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... reading the first five proposals we ask ...  BB Into Action, p.75  
Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last.


10.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... reading this book, a junior executive can ...  BB To Employers, p.147  
After reading this book, a junior executive can go to such a man and say approximately this, "Look here, Ed.


11.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... reading this book in manuscript form told ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
One of the many doctors who had the opportunity of reading this book in manuscript form told us that the use of sweets was often helpful, of course depending upon a doctor's advice.


The 164 and More™ Book, eBook, and Web Site are all CONCORDANCES which display passages from the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and the A.A. Grapevine (A.A. Preamble only).  Sorting and rendering passages in the proprietary format of the 164 and More concordance does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., or the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.  Further A.A.W.S. Inc. and the A.A. Grapevine Inc. have no objection to the use of this material in the 164 and More concordance.

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