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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 HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... start.  BB How It Works, p.58  
With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start.


2.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... start.  BB To Employers, pp.144-145  
If he feels free to discuss his problems with you, if he knows you understand and will not be upset by anything he wishes to say, he will probably be off to a fast start.


3.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... start.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
Never once in my life have I had a headache, which fact leads me to believe that I was an alcoholic almost from the start.


4.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... start.  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In imagination the gleaming center was to go up several stories more, but three would do for a start.


5.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... start and that your motive in going ...  BB Working With Others, p.102  
But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good.


6.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... start at the top and come through ...  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.


7.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... start drinking again.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
The broker had gone to Akron on a business venture which had collapsed, leaving him greatly in fear that he might start drinking again.


8.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... start drinking again, and all would be ...  BB Into Action, p.80  
He saw that he had to place the outcome in God's hands or he would soon start drinking again, and all would be lost anyhow.


9.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... start drinking without developing the phenomenon of ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving.


10.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... start easily and will soon become eager.  12&12 Step Five, pp.61-62  
When your mission is carefully explained, and it is seen by the recipient of your confidence how helpful he can really be, the conversation will start easily and will soon become eager.


11.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... start fresh with him?  BB To Employers, p.145  
Can you charge this off as you would a bad account and start fresh with him?


12.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... start from that point.  BB Bill's Story, p.12  
I saw that growth could start from that point.


13.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... start is made, then the great advantages ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
But if a willing start is made, then the great advantages of doing this will so quickly reveal themselves that the pain will be lessened as one obstacle after another melts away.


14.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... start life anew.  BB To Wives, p.114  
But sometimes you must start life anew.


15.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... start like this.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
Well, we might start like this.


16.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... start of a new millennium.  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
This fourth edition of "Alcoholics Anonymous" came off press in November 2001, at the start of a new millennium.


17.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... start of a third at Cleveland.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
A second small group promptly took shape at New York, to be followed in 1937 with the start of a third at Cleveland.


18.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... start off as a moderate drinker; he ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption, once he starts to drink.


19.
View STEP THREE essay   ... start on A.A.'s program has been made.  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
Of course the sponsor points out that our friend's life is still unmanageable even though he is sober, that after all, only a bare start on A.A.'s program has been made.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... start on the new basis, but just ...  BB To Wives, p.120  
Perhaps your husband will make a fair start on the new basis, but just as things are going beautifully he dismays you by coming home drunk.


21.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... start out as an evangelist or reformer.  BB Working With Others, p.89  
Don't start out as an evangelist or reformer.


22.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... start out by forgiving them, one and ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all?


23.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... start their journey, that all will not ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Let families realize, as they start their journey, that all will not be fair weather.


24.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... start, this was all we needed to ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.


25.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... start to withdraw again just because your ...  BB Working With Others, p.102  
Don't start to withdraw again just because your friends drink liquor.


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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