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1.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take.  BB Into Action, p.81  
Though there may be justifiable exceptions, and though we wish to lay down no rule of any sort, we have often found this the best course to take.


2.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take.  BB Into Action, p.86  
We may not be able to determine which course to take.


3.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Here again we are presented with the temptation to overmanage things, and sometimes this results in rebuffs and other consequences which are hard to take.


4.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... take a certain attitude toward that Power, ...  BB We Agnostics, p.50  
They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking.


5.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... take a drink.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
There is the type of man who is unwilling to admit that he cannot take a drink.


6.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... take a drink without danger.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
There is the type who always believes that after being entirely free from alcohol for a period of time he can take a drink without danger.


7.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... take a hand in his domestic and ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
Suppose I'd suggested that I'd take a hand in his domestic and business affairs?


8.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... take a job like this one?  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
Straightway he appeared at New York's A.A. headquarters, asking, "Is there anything in our tradition that suggests I shouldn't take a job like this one?


9.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... take a kindly and tolerant view of ...  BB How It Works, p.67  
We cannot be helpful to all people, but at least God will show us how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one.


10.
View STEP THREE essay   ... take a look at the results normal ...  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Should his own image in the mirror be too awful to contemplate (and it usually is), he might first take a look at the results normal people are getting from self-sufficiency.


11.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... take a look backward and try to ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.


12.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... take a lot of money -- other people's ...  12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
This would all take a lot of money -- other people's money.


13.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take a lot of undoing later on.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
A pattern is thereby established that may take a lot of undoing later on.


14.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take a position with such a man ...  BB To Employers, p.148  
He will be able to take a position with such a man which is eminently fair and square.


15.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... take a specific and troubling dilemma straight ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Of course, it is reasonable and understandable that the question is often asked: "Why can't we take a specific and troubling dilemma straight to God, and in prayer secure from Him sure and definite answers to our requests?"


16.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take a still greater hold on father.  BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
If the family persists in criticism, this fallacy may take a still greater hold on father.


17.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take a turn for the better.  BB To Employers, p.147  
So, for one reason or another, they cover these men, hoping matters will take a turn for the better.


18.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... take a universally recognized list of major ...  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
To avoid falling into confusion over the names these defects should be called, let's take a universally recognized list of major human failings -- the Seven Deadly Sins of pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.


19.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... take a walk.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.41  
After dinner I decided to take a walk.


20.
View STEP SIX essay   ... take action toward their removal as quickly ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can.


21.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take advantage of intimate information.  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
This is a condition which, in ordinary life, would produce untold grief; there might be scandalous gossip, laughter at the expense of other people, and a tendency to take advantage of intimate information.


22.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take advantage of the situation.  BB To Employers, p.146  
Being on a radically different basis of life, he will never take advantage of the situation.


23.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take advantage of your kindness.  BB To Employers, p.141  
Seeing your attempt to understand and help, some men will try to take advantage of your kindness.


24.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... take advice and accept direction could we ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility.


25.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... take advice or suggestions from more experienced ...  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.


26.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... take all such donations in the future.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Let's take all such donations in the future.


27.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... take an interest in them.  BB To Wives, p.112  
You might suggest that you both take an interest in them.


28.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... take another illustration.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
Let us take another illustration.


29.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take another look down the line.  BB To Employers, p.149  
Even if you feel your organization has no alcoholic problem, it might pay to take another look down the line.


30.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... take any action that might greatly affect ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board.


31.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... take any action that might greatly affect ...  12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board.


32.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... take any particular medical point of view, ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Neither does A.A. take any particular medical point of view, though we cooperate widely with the men of medicine as well as with the men of religion.


33.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... take appreciative cognizance of this great therapeutic ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
I think our profession must take appreciative cognizance of this great therapeutic weapon.


34.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take, as a rule, one of two ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
At the beginning of recovery a man will take, as a rule, one of two directions.


35.
View STEP TEN essay   ... take at day's end, when we review ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
There's the one we take at day's end, when we review the happenings of the hours just past.


36.
View CONTENTS   ... take away any alcoholic's chance at A.A. ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition Three), p.10  
To take away any alcoholic's chance at A.A. was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence.


37.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... take away any alcoholic's full chance was ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
At last experience taught us that to take away any alcoholic's full chance was sometimes to pronounce his death sentence, and often to condemn him to endless misery.


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take away his means of livelihood.  BB Into Action, p.80  
If he opened that old affair, he was afraid it would destroy the reputation of his partner, disgrace his family and take away his means of livelihood.


39.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Take away my difficulties, that victory over ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.


40.
View CONTENTS   ... take basis.  12&12 Contents (Step Twelve), p.9  
Putting our lives on give-and-take basis.


41.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take basis; we would have to develop ...  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.


42.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... take care not to participate in their ...  BB Working With Others, p.100  
When working with a man and his family, you should take care not to participate in their quarrels.


43.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... take care of his health.  BB To Wives, p.112  
Say you do not want to be a wet blanket; that you only want him to take care of his health.


44.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take care of such problems.  BB Into Action, p.87  
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems.


45.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take care of them?  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
What about his talk that God will take care of them?


46.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take care of those awful debts, possess ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
How could we ever take care of those awful debts, possess a decent home, educate the kids, and set something by for old age?


47.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take care of us or that the ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
When we had taken the opposite tack and had insisted, like infants ourselves, that people protect and take care of us or that the world owed us a living, then the result had been equally unfortunate.


48.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... take certain steps.  BB How It Works, p.58  
If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it -- then you are ready to take certain steps.


49.
View CONTENTS   ... take consequences of our past and to ...  12&12 Contents (Step Nine), p.8  
Readiness to take consequences of our past and to take responsibility for well-being of others is spirit of Step Nine.


50.
View STEP THREE essay   ... take discipline, stand up under fire, and ...  12&12 Step Three, p.38  
Would they be able to take discipline, stand up under fire, and endure the monotony and misery of war?


51.
View STEP TEN essay   ... take due note of things well done, ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience.


52.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take every necessary step, submit to anything ...  BB To Employers, p.142  
Will he take every necessary step, submit to anything to get well, to stop drinking forever?


53.
View STEP TWO essay   ... "Take, for example, my own case.  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
The sponsor continues, "Take, for example, my own case.


54.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take from the family life rather than ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Is he not unconsciously trying to see what he can take from the family life rather than give?


55.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... take half a dozen drinks and get ...  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
Inwardly he would give anything to take half a dozen drinks and get away with them.


56.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take him many seasons of hard work ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Father knows he is to blame; it may take him many seasons of hard work to be restored financially, but he shouldn't be reproached.


57.
View STEP SIX essay   ... take in order to make a beginning ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
So Step Six -- "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character" -- is A.A.'s way of stating the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job.


58.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take in salvaging their sick employees.  BB To Employers, p.139  
To me, this incident illustrates lack of understanding as to what really ails the alcoholic, and lack of knowledge as to what part employers might profitably take in salvaging their sick employees.


59.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... take in the deep meaning of each ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
As beginners in meditation, we might now reread this prayer several times very slowly, savoring every word and trying to take in the deep meaning of each phrase and idea.


60.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take innumerable forms, there are some general ...  BB Into Action, p.79  
Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding.


61.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... take inventory, and exert ourselves to do ...  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Once we have a complete willingness to take inventory, and exert ourselves to do the job thoroughly, a wonderful light falls upon this foggy scene.


62.
View CONTENTS   ... take inventory brings light and new confidence.  12&12 Contents (Step Four), p.6  
Willingness to take inventory brings light and new confidence.


63.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... take inventory in this respect we ought ...  12&12 Step Four, p.52  
To take inventory in this respect we ought to consider carefully all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble.


64.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... take inventory of myself?"  12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Now willing to commence the search for his own defects, he will ask, "Just how do I go about this? How do I take inventory of myself?"


65.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take it easy.  BB Into Action, p.86  
We relax and take it easy.


66.
View STEP TWO essay   ... "Take it easy.  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
His sponsor probably says, "Take it easy.


67.
View STEP TWO essay   ... 'take it easy'?  12&12 Step Two, p.26  
But just how, in these circumstances, does a fellow 'take it easy'?


68.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... take it or leave it alone.  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
They can take it or leave it alone.


69.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... take it or leave it alone. Why ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
How many times people have said to us: "I can take it or leave it alone. Why can't he?"


70.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... take it out on other people?  12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Did I take it out on other people?


71.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take it, your past will be forgotten ...  BB To Employers, p.147  
If you take it, your past will be forgotten and the fact that you went away for treatment will not be mentioned.


72.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... take long for you to decide, if ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.32  
It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it.


73.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take long to repair.  BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
Let them remember that his drinking wrought all kinds of damage that may take long to repair.


74.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take membership in a religious body.  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Though the family has no religious connections, they may wish to make contact with or take membership in a religious body.


75.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... take much care, remembering that prudence is ...  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Here we ought to take much care, remembering that prudence is a virtue which carries a high rating.


76.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... take my exams, all of which I ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
After much argument they allowed me to return and take my exams, all of which I passed creditably.


77.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take note of our improved outlook upon ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
Let's here take note of our improved outlook upon the problems of personal importance, power, ambition, and leadership.


78.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... take on a world of meaning when ...  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Simple examples like the following take on a world of meaning when we think about them.


79.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... take on new meaning.  BB Working With Others, p.89  
Life will take on new meaning.


80.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take on the unspectacular but important tasks ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk.


81.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... 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.


82.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take our big lumps as they come.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Like most people, we have found that we can take our big lumps as they come.


83.
View STEP ONE essay   ... take our first steps toward liberation and ...  12&12 Step One, p.21  
We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength.


84.
View STEP NINE essay   ... take our time.  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Good judgment will suggest that we ought to take our time.


85.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... take out.  BB To Wives, p.120  
You, as well as your husband, ought to think of what you can put into life instead of how much you can take out.


86.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... take out a little more insurance for ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip.


87.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... take out some insurance against a slip.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
Maybe I should take out some insurance against a slip.


88.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... take over.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
The group conscience is about to take over.


89.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take part in the daily discussion without ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
When this happens, they can be invited to join in morning meditation and then they can take part in the daily discussion without rancor or bias.


90.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... take patient waiting, but it will be ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
This may take patient waiting, but it will be worth it.


91.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take personal inventory and continue to set ...  BB Into Action, p.84  
This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along.


92.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... take personal inventory and when we were ...  BB How It Works, p.59  
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


93.
View CONTENTS   ... take personal inventory and when we were ...  12&12 Contents (Step Ten), p.8  
Step Ten -- "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."


94.
View STEP TEN essay   ... take personal inventory and when we were ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
"Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."


95.
View STEP ONE essay   ... take quite another view of this absolute ...  12&12 Step One, p.21  
But upon entering A.A. we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation.


96.
View STEP NINE essay   ... take responsibility for the well-being of others ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.


97.
View CONTENTS   ... take responsibility for well-being of others is ...  12&12 Contents (Step Nine), p.8  
Readiness to take consequences of our past and to take responsibility for well-being of others is spirit of Step Nine.


98.
View STEP SIX essay   ... take satisfaction from the fact that many ...  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
In a perverse way we can actually take satisfaction from the fact that many people annoy us, for it brings a comfortable feeling of superiority.


99.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... take sides in any argument he has ...  BB To Wives, p.115  
Unless they actually need protection from their father, it is best not to take sides in any argument he has with them while drinking.


100.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... take sides in any fight, even a ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
As by some deep instinct, we A.A.'s have known from the very beginning that we must never, no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one.


101.
View CONTENTS   ... take sides in any public controversy.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Ten), p.12  
A.A. does not take sides in any public controversy.


102.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take small interest in the children and ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
He may take small interest in the children and may show irritation when reproved for his delinquencies.


103.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... take so much as one drink.  BB Bill's Story, p.5  
I saw I could not take so much as one drink.


104.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take so seriously his periods of crankiness, ...  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.


105.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... take space to relate all my hospital ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
I will not take space to relate all my hospital or sanitarium experiences.


106.
View STEP NINE essay   ... take Step Nine.  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.


107.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... take such personality traits as these into ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
When we take such personality traits as these into shop, office, and the society of our fellows, they can do damage almost as extensive as that we have caused at home.


108.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... take than Five.  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five.


109.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take the bit in our teeth.  BB Into Action, p.77  
Nevertheless, with a person we dislike, we take the bit in our teeth.


110.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   Take the case of the club janitor ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
Take the case of the club janitor and cook.


111.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... take the chance of letting self-appointed members ...  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.


112.
View STEP NINE essay   ... take the full consequences of our past ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.


113.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... take the gift?  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
The question was: Should A.A. take the gift?


114.
View STEP TWO essay   ... take the guy full of faith, but ...  12&12 Step Two, p.31  
Now let's take the guy full of faith, but still reeking of alcohol.


115.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... take the job.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
"Of course I can't take the job.


116.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take the lead.  BB Into Action, p.83  
We must take the lead.


117.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... take the man into your home for ...  BB Working With Others, p.96  
Perhaps you will want to take the man into your home for a few days.


118.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... take the measures necessary to shape my ...  12&12 Step Four, p.52  
If I am unable to change the present state of affairs, am I willing to take the measures necessary to shape my life to conditions as they are?


119.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... take the money.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Yes, let's take the money.


120.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... take the morning drink which I craved ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.176  
Most of the time, therefore, I did not take the morning drink which I craved so badly, but instead would fill up on large doses of sedatives to quiet the jitters, which distressed me terribly.


121.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... take the quantities some of us have.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have.


122.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... take them.  12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
These initial steps along the road are taken grudgingly, yet we do take them.


123.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take them all -- every one?  BB Into Action, p.76  
Can He now take them all -- every one?


124.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... take them away, root and branch.  BB Bill's Story, p.13  
I ruthlessly faced my sins and became willing to have my new-found Friend take them away, root and branch.


125.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... take these troubles in stride and turn ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs," well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.


126.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take this intimate and confidential step.  BB Into Action, p.74  
Rightly and naturally, we think well before we choose the person or persons with whom to take this intimate and confidential step.


127.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... take this job."  12&12 Tradition Six, p.158  
"Nevertheless," we pointed out, "you still have a legal right to take this job."


128.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... take this spiritual step with an understanding ...  BB How It Works, p.63  
We found it very desirable to take this spiritual step with an understanding person, such as our wife, best friend, or spiritual adviser.


129.
View STEP ONE essay   ... take this Step?  12&12 Step One, p.23  
Since Step One requires an admission that our lives have become unmanageable, how could people such as these take this Step?


130.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... take those risks than to stand before ...  BB Into Action, p.80  
After consulting with his wife and partner he came to the conclusion that it was better to take those risks than to stand before his Creator guilty of such ruinous slander.


131.
View STEP TEN essay   ... take time, maybe a lot of time.  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Such a radical change in our outlook will take time, maybe a lot of time.


132.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take time to clear away the wreck.  BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
It will take time to clear away the wreck.


133.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... take up the study of medicine, entering ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
My next move was to take up the study of medicine, entering one of the largest universities in the country.


134.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... take up their beds and walk again.  BB There Is A Solution, p.19  
After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again.


135.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... take us to better things, we believe ...  BB How It Works, p.70  
If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and will have learned our lesson.


136.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... take what we had into the factories ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
It occurred to us that we could take what we had into the factories and cause laborers and capitalists to love each other.


137.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... take whiskey if only he mixed it ...  BB More About Alcoholism, pp.36-37  
Yet all reasons for not drinking were easily pushed aside in favor of the foolish idea that he could take whiskey if only he mixed it with milk!


138.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take with the husband who is recovering.  BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Our women folk have suggested certain attitudes a wife may take with the husband who is recovering.


139.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take years to complete.  BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Though old buildings will eventually be replaced by finer ones, the new structures will take years to complete.


140.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... take, you are probably alcoholic.  BB We Agnostics, p.44  
If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.


141.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take your best customers away from you.  BB To Employers, p.145  
He may, for example, reveal that he has padded his expense account or that he has planned to take your best customers away from you.


142.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... take your dislike of his high-stepping friends ...  BB To Wives, p.120  
In a weak moment he may take your dislike of his high-stepping friends as one of those insanely trivial excuses to drink.


143.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... take your health problems to such persons.  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons.


144.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... take your liquor or leave it alone.  BB To Employers, p.139  
As a moderate drinker, you can take your liquor or leave it alone.


145.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... take yourself too damn seriously."  12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Once the card was unfolded, a single pungent sentence leaped to the eye: "Don't take yourself too damn seriously."


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