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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 SECOND EDITION   ... stories.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
In the spring of 1940, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. gave a dinner for many of his friends to which he invited A.A. members to tell their stories.


2.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... stories.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We find it better, when possible, to stick to our own stories.


3.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... stories.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
To them, we are something more than the source of good stories.


4.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... stories.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Alcoholics barely dry rushed about bright-eyed, buttonholing anyone who would listen to their stories.


5.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... stories.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
Other newspapers and magazines wanted A.A. stories.


6.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... stories added to this edition represent a ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
The stories added to this edition represent a membership whose characteristics -- of age, gender, race, and culture -- have widened and have deepened to encompass virtually everyone the first 100 members could have hoped to reach.


7.
View PREFACE   ... stories and think: "Yes, that happened to ...   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."


8.
View PREFACE   ... 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.


9.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... stories, describes in his own language and ...   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.


10.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... stories disclose in a general way what ...   BB How It Works, p.58  
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.


11.
View PREFACE   ... stories; eight were removed (in addition to ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
Part III now includes twelve new stories; eight were removed (in addition to the two that were transferred to Part I).


12.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... stories got into circulation outside of A.A., ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
When such stories got into circulation outside of A.A., the loss of confidence in our anonymity promise was severe.


13.
View PREFACE   ... stories have been deleted.   BB Preface, p.xii  
One new story has been added to Part I, and two that originally appeared in Part III have been repositioned there; six stories have been deleted.


14.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... stories I have heard, there is no ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
As to two of you men, whose stories I have heard, there is no doubt in my mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart from divine help.


15.
View PREFACE   ... stories in Part II have been carried ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
Six of the stories in Part II have been carried over, eleven new ones have been added, and eleven taken out.


16.
View PREFACE   ... stories in Part II ("They Stopped in ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
Nine of the stories in Part II ("They Stopped in Time") were carried over from the second edition; eight new stories were added.


17.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... stories more, but three would do for ...   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.


18.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... stories of Mr. Rockefeller's dinner for Alcoholics ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
The news stories of Mr. Rockefeller's dinner for Alcoholics Anonymous helped double our total membership in a year's time.


19.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... stories of your escapades.   BB Working With Others, p.91  
If his mood is light, tell him humorous stories of your escapades.


20.
View FOREWORD   ... stories or case histories in which the ...   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
The remainder of the book was devoted to thirty stories or case histories in which the alcoholics described their drinking experiences and recoveries.


21.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... stories to this end.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.183  
They have even sacrificed good stories to this end.


22.
View PREFACE   ... stories were added.   BB Preface, p.xii  
Nine of the stories in Part II ("They Stopped in Time") were carried over from the second edition; eight new stories were added.


23.
View PREFACE   ... stories were added; and the story section ...   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.


24.
View PREFACE   ... stories were retained; five new ones were ...   BB Preface, p.xii  
In Part III ("They Lost Nearly All"), eight stories were retained; five new ones were added.


25.
View PREFACE   ... stories were written, with new titles; thirty ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
"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.


26.
View PREFACE   ... stories, which was expanded to reflect the ...   BB Preface, p.xi  
But the chief change was in the section of personal stories, which was expanded to reflect the Fellowship's growth.


27.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... stories you have read.   BB To Wives, p.112  
Tell him some of the interesting stories you have read.


28.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... stories you will find a wide variation ...   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.


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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