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1.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... try.  BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try.  BB To Wives, p.111  
You may be unable to do so, no matter how hard you try.


3.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... try.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.153  
I don't even want to try.


4.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... try.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
We of Alcoholics Anonymous could not be all things to all men, nor should we try.


5.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... try again.  BB Working With Others, p.96  
Search out another alcoholic and try again.


6.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... try and get them to see it!(*)  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
But try and get them to see it!(*)


7.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... try and help me and to help ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
"Still dubious, he demanded, 'Do you really mean the only reason you are here is to try and help me and to help yourself?'


8.
View STEP SIX essay   ... try as best we know how to ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character.


9.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... try beer and wine?"  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
"Why don't you try beer and wine?"


10.
View STEP THREE essay   ... try, exactly how can he turn his ...  12&12 Step Three, p.35  
No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can he turn his own will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinks there is?


11.
View STEP TEN essay   ... try for better things tomorrow will be ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.


12.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... try hard to seek them out.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
Yes -- whenever they try hard to seek them out.


13.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... try, however falteringly, to find and do ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
And we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try, however falteringly, to find and do the will of our own Creator.


14.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... try humility in seeking the removal of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


15.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... try it by himself for once; maybe ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
"Leave him alone! Let him try it by himself for once; maybe he'll learn a lesson!"


16.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   Try it more than once.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Try it more than once.


17.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... try leaving liquor alone for one year.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
If anyone questions whether he has entered this dangerous area, let him try leaving liquor alone for one year.


18.
View TO WIVES chapter   Try not to condemn your alcoholic husband ...  BB To Wives, p.108  
Try not to condemn your alcoholic husband no matter what he says or does.


19.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... try not to indulge in cynicism over ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor do we carry the world's troubles on our shoulders.


20.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try our method, unless the doctor thinks ...  BB To Wives, p.114  
If he is already committed to an institution, but can convince you and your doctor that he means business, give him a chance to try our method, unless the doctor thinks his mental condition too abnormal or dangerous.


21.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try our program, for nothing will be ...  BB To Wives, p.117  
We urge you to try our program, for nothing will be so helpful to your husband as the radically changed attitude toward him which God will show you how to have.


22.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try our suggestions.  BB To Wives, p.104  
There is every evidence that women regain their health as readily as men if they try our suggestions.


23.
View STEP SIX essay   ... try repeatedly Step Six on all his ...  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try repeatedly Step Six on all his faults -- without any reservations whatever -- has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.


24.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... try some controlled drinking.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking.


25.
View STEP ONE essay   ... try some more controlled drinking, bearing in ...  12&12 Step One, p.23  
Why don't you try some more controlled drinking, bearing in mind meanwhile what we have told you about alcoholism?"


26.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... try the old game again, for he ...  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
He will presently try the old game again, for he isn't happy about his sobriety.


27.
View STEP NINE essay   ... try the program, the process has begun.  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
The moment we tell our families that we are really going to try the program, the process has begun.


28.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... try this.  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
It seems plain that the grace of God will not enter to expel our destructive obsessions until we are willing to try this.


29.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... try this.  12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Every one of them may be promptly eliminated at the next election if they try this.


30.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try to answer for you.  BB To Wives, p.110  
His case presents additional questions which we shall try to answer for you.


31.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try to arrange a man's life so ...  BB To Wives, p.120  
We never, never try to arrange a man's life so as to shield him from temptation.


32.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... try to ask for those right things ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Having opened our channel as best we can, we try to ask for those right things of which we and others are in the greatest need.


33.
View STEP NINE essay   ... try to avoid harming third parties, whoever ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.86  
And even in those cases where such a matter must be discussed, let's try to avoid harming third parties, whoever they may be.


34.
View STEP NINE essay   ... try to be absolutely sure that we ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid.


35.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... try to be humbly grateful and exert ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
When by devoted service to family, friends, business, or community we attract widespread affection and are sometimes singled out for posts of greater responsibility and trust, we try to be humbly grateful and exert ourselves the more in a spirit of love and service.


36.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... try to build.  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
These fears are the termites that ceaselessly devour the foundations of whatever sort of life we try to build.


37.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... try to bypass Step Five.  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
So intense, though, is our fear and reluctance to do this, that many A.A.'s at first try to bypass Step Five.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... try to carry A.A.'s message.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
If our turn comes to speak at a meeting, we again try to carry A.A.'s message.


39.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... try to change our plan.  BB Into Action, pp.74-75  
It is important that he be able to keep a confidence; that he fully understand and approve what we are driving at; that he will not try to change our plan.


40.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... try to cover up those feelings of ...  12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Did I try to cover up those feelings of inadequacy by bluffing, cheating, lying, or evading responsibility?


41.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... try to discover where we have been ...  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.


42.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... try to do by what he called ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
This he would try to do by what he called self-forgetting.


43.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... try to do in the future.  BB Into Action, p.79  
He told her what he would try to do in the future.


44.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... try to do much the same thing?  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
And though sober nowadays, don't we often try to do much the same thing?


45.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... try to dominate the whole family, either ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
What happens when we try to dominate the whole family, either by a rule of iron or by a constant outpouring of minute directions for just how their lives should be lived from hour to hour?


46.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   Try to drink and stop abruptly.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Try to drink and stop abruptly.


47.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try to forget.  BB To Wives, p.106  
Next day they would be themselves again and we would forgive and try to forget.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... try to give them advice about their ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Perhaps we try to give them advice about their affairs which we aren't really competent to give or ought not give at all.


49.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... try to give up our natural desires ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
Moved by the spirit of anonymity, we try to give up our natural desires for personal distinction as A.A. members both among fellow alcoholics and before the general public.


50.
View TO WIVES chapter   Try to have him bring up the ...  BB To Wives, p.111  
Try to have him bring up the subject himself.


51.
View STEP SIX essay   ... try to have it.  12&12 Step Six, pp.65-66  
The best we can do, with all the honesty that we can summon, is to try to have it.


52.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try to have your husband read this ...  BB To Wives, p.114  
In any event, try to have your husband read this book.


53.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... try to help him about getting a ...  BB Working With Others, p.96  
If he is, you might try to help him about getting a job, or give him a little financial assistance.


54.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... try to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety?  12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
Can we love the whole pattern of living as eagerly as we do the small segment of it we discover when we try to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety?


55.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... try to help other alcoholics when he ...  BB Working With Others, p.94  
Make it plain he is under no obligation to you, that you hope only that he will try to help other alcoholics when he escapes his own difficulties.


56.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... try to help others and who will ...  BB Working With Others, p.90  
You should be described to him as one of a fellowship who, as part of their own recovery, try to help others and who will be glad to talk to him if he cares to see you.


57.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try to help the wife of another ...  BB To Wives, p.112  
Meanwhile you might try to help the wife of another serious drinker.


58.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... try to hug the new treasure to ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.129  
For a time he may try to hug the new treasure to himself.


59.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... try to increase the pleasure of those ...  BB Working With Others, p.102  
If it is a happy occasion, try to increase the pleasure of those there; if a business occasion, go and attend to your business enthusiastically.


60.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... try to live by self-propulsion.  BB How It Works, p.60  
Most people try to live by self-propulsion.


61.
View STEP THREE essay   ... try to make our will conform with ...  12&12 Step Three, p.40  
It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly.


62.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... try to manipulate others to our own ...  12&12 Step Four, p.53  
When we habitually try to manipulate others to our own willful desires, they revolt, and resist us heavily.


63.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... try to move toward it.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
Well, meditation is like that, too; it helps to envision our spiritual objective before we try to move toward it.


64.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try to pause and count your blessings.  BB To Wives, p.119  
When resentful thoughts come, try to pause and count your blessings.


65.
View STEP ONE essay   ... try to practice the A.A. program unless ...  12&12 Step One, p.24  
The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom.


66.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... try to prove themselves exceptions to the ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.


67.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try to put spiritual principles to work ...  BB To Wives, p.116  
Now we try to put spiritual principles to work in every department of our lives.


68.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Try to remember that though God has ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist.


69.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... try to repair the damage immediately lest ...  BB Working With Others, p.99  
But we must try to repair the damage immediately lest we pay the penalty by a spree.


70.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... try to see what its inner essence ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Once more we read our prayer, and again try to see what its inner essence is.


71.
View STEP TEN essay   ... try to stop making unreasonable demands upon ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love.


72.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... try to 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.


73.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... try to tell your story.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
Usually the family should not try to tell your story.


74.
View STEP SIX essay   ... try to think it through a little ...  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Some who feel they have done well may dispute this, so let's try to think it through a little further.


75.
View STEP TEN essay   ... try to visualize how we might have ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
Here we need only recognize that we did act or think badly, try to visualize how we might have done better, and resolve with God's help to carry these lessons over into tomorrow, making, of course, any amends still neglected.


76.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... try with a will, or else fall ...  12&12 Step Seven, pp.73-74  
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.


77.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... try, with or without your cooperation, various ...  BB To Wives, p.109  
He has begun to try, with or without your cooperation, various means of moderating or staying dry.


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