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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 WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Simply because it is impossible to explain ...  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Simply because it is impossible to explain what we see, feel, direct, and use, without a reasonable assumption as a starting point.


2.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... simply because we have buried these selfsame ...  12&12 Step Four, pp.53-54  
Because our surface record hasn't looked too bad, we have frequently been abashed to find that this is so simply because we have buried these selfsame defects deep down in us under thick layers of self-justification.


3.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Simply, but smilingly, he said, "I've got ...  BB Bill's Story, p.9  
Simply, but smilingly, he said, "I've got religion."


4.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... simply cannot make it and gets drunk ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.22  
Then comes the day when he simply cannot make it and gets drunk all over again.


5.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... simply can't be. There must be an ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer who can compel the payment of any dues, no board of directors who can cast an erring member into outer darkness, when indeed no A.A. can give another a directive and enforce obedience, our friends gasp and exclaim, "This simply can't be. There must be an angle somewhere."


6.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... simply could not believe that his brother-executive ...  BB To Employers, p.138  
He simply could not believe that his brother-executive suffered from a serious illness.


7.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... simply couldn't afford to take the chance ...  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.


8.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... simply couldn't handle this sort of project.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
An A.A. group, as such, simply couldn't handle this sort of project.


9.
View STEP SIX essay   ... simply couldn't stop drinking, and no human ...  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
I simply couldn't stop drinking, and no human being could seem to do the job for me.


10.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... simply didn't know.  BB Bill's Story, p.5  
I simply didn't know.


11.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... simply do not stop drinking so long ...  BB Working With Others, p.98  
Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job -- wife or no wife -- we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.


12.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... simply had to be number one people ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
We simply had to be number one people to cover up our deep-lying inferiorities.


13.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... simply had to believe in a Spirit ...  BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... simply lay out the kit of spiritual ...  BB Working With Others, p.95  
Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection.


15.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... simply resume prayer as soon as we ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.


16.
View STEP THREE essay   ... simply say: "God grant me the serenity ...  12&12 Step Three, pp.40-41  
In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done."


17.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... simply that every A.A. group can manage ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
But in relation to us, it means very simply that every A.A. group can manage its affairs exactly as it pleases, except when A.A. as a whole is threatened.


18.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... simply that throughout the day God place ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
We ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out.


19.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Simply we tell him that we will ...  BB Into Action, p.77  
Simply we tell him that we will never get over drinking until we have done our utmost to straighten out the past.


20.
View STEP THREE essay   ... simply will not budge; they make him ...  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
They simply will not budge; they make him desperately unhappy and threaten his newfound sobriety.


21.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... simply will not listen to a paid ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Alcoholics simply will not listen to a paid twelfth-stepper.


22.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... simply wish to be helpful to those ...  BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiv  
We simply wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.


23.
View STEP TWO essay   ... simply won't consider such nonsense.  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
I simply won't consider such nonsense.


24.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... simply won't pray.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won't pray.


25.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... simply wouldn't be time, we thought, to ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
There simply wouldn't be time, we thought, to rebuild our shattered fortunes.


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