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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 STEP TWELVE essay   ... surely brings a full return, the certainty ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes.


2.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... surely come from medical men who have ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
Convincing testimony must surely come from medical men who have had experience with the sufferings of our members and have witnessed our return to health.


3.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... surely convinced that the group cannot get ...  12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
The bleeding deacon is one who is just as surely convinced that the group cannot get along without him, who constantly connives for reelection to office, and who continues to be consumed with self-pity.


4.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.


5.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile ...  12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.191  
Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.


6.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... surely destroy us.  12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
Any others would surely destroy us.


7.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... surely die.  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die.


8.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... surely die.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die.


9.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... surely die.  12&12 Tradition One (Long), p.189  
A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die.


10.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... surely drink again, and if he drank, ...  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die.


11.
View STEP THREE essay   ... surely, electricity, that strange energy so few ...  12&12 Step Three, p.36  
Silently and surely, electricity, that strange energy so few people understand, meets our simplest daily needs, and our most desperate ones, too.


12.
View STEP SIX essay   ... surely get a warped yet definite satisfaction.  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
From this defect we must surely get a warped yet definite satisfaction.


13.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... surely get tight, and my wife dared ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
We could not be invited out because I would surely get tight, and my wife dared not invite people in for the same reason.


14.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... surely God-given.  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
So these desires -- for the sex relation, for material and emotional security, and for companionship -- are perfectly necessary and right, and surely God-given.


15.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... surely have a chance if we switch ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Well, we surely have a chance if we switch from "two-stepping" to "twelve-stepping," if we are willing to receive that grace of God which can sustain and strengthen us in any catastrophe.


16.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... surely have no monopoly.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xxi  
Upon therapy for the alcoholic himself, we surely have no monopoly.


17.
View STEP THREE essay   Surely he must now depend upon Somebody ...  12&12 Step Three, p.39  
Surely he must now depend upon Somebody or Something else.


18.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... surely keep our balance, provided we remember, ...  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.


19.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... surely meet some of us as you ...  BB A Vision For You, p.164  
We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.


20.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... surely must try with a will, or ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
But again we are driven on by the inescapable conclusion which we draw from A.A. experience, that we surely must try with a will, or else fall by the wayside.


21.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... surely no member of A.A., wants to ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
Certainly no alcoholic, and surely no member of A.A., wants to deprecate material achievement.


22.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... surely not be called a professional A.A.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
Then we saw that if a hardworking secretary answered the phone dozens of times a day, listened to twenty wailing wives, arranged hospitalization and got sponsorship for ten newcomers, and was gently diplomatic with the irate drunk who complained about the job she was doing and how she was overpaid, then such a person could surely not be called a professional A.A.


23.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... surely tempt the board to invent all ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The pressure of that fat treasury would surely tempt the board to invent all kinds of schemes to do good with such funds, and so divert A.A. from its primary purpose.


24.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... surely, than we could easily mend with ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
No more, surely, than we could easily mend with a few casual apologies.


25.
View TRADITION NINE essay   Surely, the people there would have to ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Surely, the people there would have to have some authority.


26.
View STEP FIVE essay   Surely, then, a novice ought not lay ...  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Surely, then, a novice ought not lay himself open to the chance of making foolish, perhaps tragic, blunders in this fashion.


27.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Surely there could be no justice in ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Surely there could be no justice in this scheme of things, and therefore no God at all.


28.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... surely there is none which more jealously ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
We believe there isn't a fellowship on earth which lavishes more devoted care upon its individual members; surely there is none which more jealously guards the individual's right to think, talk, and act as he wishes.


29.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Surely this was the answer -- self-knowledge.  BB Bill's Story, p.7  
Surely this was the answer -- self-knowledge.


30.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... surely to know and admit the truth ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves -- the help of God and another human being.


31.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... surely true the many articles of faith ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him."


32.
View STEP THREE essay   ... surely trust.  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Besides, we think, there is no one we can surely trust.


33.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... surely won't take orders.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
This doesn't mean an A.A. won't take advice or suggestions from more experienced members, but he surely won't take orders.


34.
View STEP TWO essay   Surely you can have faith in them.  12&12 Step Two, p.27  
Surely you can have faith in them.


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