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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 THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... sense.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
But as ex-problem drinkers, we can say that his explanation makes good sense.


2.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sense.   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
Common sense would thus become uncommon sense.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sense.   BB Into Action, p.77  
When it will serve any good purpose, we are willing to announce our convictions with tact and common sense.


4.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sense.   BB Into Action, p.85  
We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense.


5.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... sense.   BB A Vision For You, p.159  
After a bit, he said, "The way you fellows put this spiritual stuff makes sense.


6.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sense, and high character.   BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
A certain American business man had ability, good sense, and high character.


7.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sense and loving kindness is to let ...   BB Into Action, p.82  
It may be that both will decide that the way of good sense and loving kindness is to let by-gones be by-gones.


8.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sense and will power that he still ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
What has become of the common sense and will power that he still sometimes displays with respect to other matters?


9.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... sense enough never to go to the ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
During the subsequent fifteen years I had sense enough never to go to the hospital if I had been drinking, and very seldom did I receive patients.


10.
View STEP TWO essay   ... sense had we ever taken stock of ...   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves, made amends to those we had harmed, or freely given to any other human being without any demand for reward.


11.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sense he has been transformed, because he ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself.


12.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sense in the light of the havoc ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
Sometimes these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout creates.


13.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... sense it includes meditation.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God -- and in this sense it includes meditation.


14.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sense more deeply the inner meaning of ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
With each passing day of our lives, may every one of us sense more deeply the inner meaning of A.A.'s simple prayer:


15.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sense of being in partnership or brotherhood ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
It became clear that if we ever were to feel emotionally secure among grown-up people, we would have to put our lives on a give-and-take basis; we would have to develop the sense of being in partnership or brotherhood with all those around us.


16.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... sense of belonging that comes to us.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us.


17.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sense of belonging was tremendously exciting.   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
When we reached A.A., and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously exciting.


18.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... sense of direction flowed into them.   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them.


19.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... Sense of duty.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
1. Sense of duty.


20.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... sense of ease and comfort which comes ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, pp.xxviii-xxix  
They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks -- drinks which they see others taking with impunity.


21.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sense of His presence had been blotted ...   BB Bill's Story, p.12  
But soon the sense of His presence had been blotted out by worldly clamors, mostly those within myself.


22.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sense of impending calamity.   BB Bill's Story, p.6  
My brain raced uncontrollably and there was a terrible sense of impending calamity.


23.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sense of isolation we've always had.   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
For one thing, we shall get rid of that terrible sense of isolation we've always had.


24.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sense of persecution, and a desire to ...   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
Then we develop hurt feelings, a sense of persecution, and a desire to retaliate.


25.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... sense of power and direction, provided we ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.


26.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... sense of public responsibility.   12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
It would be a good thing, they believed, for the liquor trade to show a sense of public responsibility.


27.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives.


28.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... sense of real satisfaction when I was ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
There was, therefore, a sense of real satisfaction when I was asked to contribute a few words on a subject which is covered in such masterly detail in these pages.


29.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... sense of relief at finally facing ourselves ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
As we persist, a brand-new kind of confidence is born, and the sense of relief at finally facing ourselves is indescribable.


30.
View STEP NINE essay   ... sense of relief that we conclude our ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
After taking this preliminary trial at making amends, we may enjoy such a sense of relief that we conclude our task is finished.


31.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sense of relief will mount from minute ...   12&12 Step Five, p.62  
Provided you hold back nothing, your sense of relief will mount from minute to minute.


32.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sense of responsibility for others.   BB To Wives, pp.119-120  
Both of you will awaken to a new sense of responsibility for others.


33.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... sense of the word.   BB Foreword to First Edition, pp.xiii-xiv  
We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word.


34.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... sense of the word.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
This is Twelfth Step work in the very best sense of the word.


35.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sense of the word, is needed or ...   BB Working With Others, pp.97-98  
For the type of alcoholic who is able and willing to get well, little charity, in the ordinary sense of the word, is needed or wanted.


36.
View STEP NINE essay   ... sense of timing, courage, and prudence -- these ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage, and prudence -- these are the qualities we shall need when we take Step Nine.


37.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sense of victory, followed by such a ...   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
There was a sense of victory, followed by such a peace and serenity as I had never known.


38.
View STEP SIX essay   ... sense practically nobody has it.   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
In an absolute sense practically nobody has it.


39.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sense that real tolerance of other people's ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people's shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others.


40.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sense that these drinkers are abnormal, but ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.23  
In a vague way their families and friends sense that these drinkers are abnormal, but everybody hopefully awaits the day when the sufferer will rouse himself from his lethargy and assert his power of will.


41.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... sense that you can prove a straight ...   BB We Agnostics, p.54  
We could not prove life in the sense that you can prove a straight line is the shortest distance between two points, yet, there it was.


42.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sense the flow of His Spirit into ...   BB Into Action, p.85  
If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us.


43.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... sense, their will power?   BB To Wives, p.107  
What had become of their judgment, their common sense, their will power?


44.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... sense these things, they will not take ...   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.


45.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... sense to him.   BB Working With Others, p.93  
He can choose any conception he likes, provided it makes sense to him.


46.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... sense we find it necessary, until they ...   BB Into Action, p.73  
But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense we find it necessary, until they told someone else all their life story.


47.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... sense, we still suffered many of the ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
But we soon discovered that while we weren't alone any more in a social sense, we still suffered many of the old pangs of anxious apartness.


48.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... sense whatever can its members govern or ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
In no sense whatever can its members govern or direct the group.


49.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... sense when a real tosspot calls a ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
It doesn't make much sense when a real tosspot calls a kettle black.


50.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... sense, which makes it virtually impossible for ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, both in the bodily and mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop.


51.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... sense would thus become uncommon sense.   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
Common sense would thus become uncommon sense.


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