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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 BILL'S STORY chapter   ... understand.   BB Bill's Story, p.14  
Finally he shook his head saying, "Something has happened to you I don't understand.


2.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... understand.   BB To Wives, p.112  
Show him that as alcoholics, the writers of the book understand.


3.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand.   BB To Employers, p.138  
I wanted to throw up my hands in discouragement, for I saw that I had failed to help my banker friend understand.


4.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... understand!   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
Unhappy drinkers who read this page will understand!


5.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... understand.   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
There was always that mysterious barrier we could neither surmount nor understand.


6.
View STEP TEN essay   ... understand.   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
In most cases our motives won't be hard to see and understand.


7.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... understand.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.106  
And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand.


8.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... understand alcoholics.   BB Into Action, p.74  
Of course, we sometimes encounter people who do not understand alcoholics.


9.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand alcoholism as I do now.   BB To Employers, p.137  
Here were three exceptional men lost to this world because I did not understand alcoholism as I do now.


10.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... understand and approve what we are driving ...   BB Into Action, p.74  
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.


11.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand and help, some men will try ...   BB To Employers, p.141  
Seeing your attempt to understand and help, some men will try to take advantage of your kindness.


12.
View STEP TEN essay   ... understand and help them.   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
With those we dislike we can begin to practice justice and courtesy, perhaps going out of our way to understand and help them.


13.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understand and sympathize.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
Those of us who once felt this way can certainly understand and sympathize.


14.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... understand, and that you avoid these unnecessary ...   BB To Wives, p.121  
That is why we are anxious that you understand, and that you avoid these unnecessary difficulties.(*)


15.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand and will not be upset by ...   BB To Employers, p.144  
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.


16.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... understand as perhaps few can.   BB To Wives, p.104  
As wives of Alcoholics Anonymous, we would like you to feel that we understand as perhaps few can.


17.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... understand, but what are we going to ...   BB Into Action, p.81  
In fairness we must say that she may understand, but what are we going to do about a thing like that?


18.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... understand God.   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God.


19.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Understand he was once a well-known lawyer ...   BB A Vision For You, p.156  
Understand he was once a well-known lawyer in town, but just now we've got him strapped down tight.(*)


20.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understand Him.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
With it we can broaden and deepen the channel between ourselves and God as we understand Him.


21.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... understand Him.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.


22.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... understand Him, handle them as well and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Can we now, with the help of God as we understand Him, handle them as well and as bravely as our nonalcoholic friends often do?


23.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... understand Him' tell us where we are ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
We said, "Why can't 'God as we understand Him' tell us where we are astray?


24.
View STEP TEN essay   ... understand him, when in actuality our true ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.94  
Or, the person concerned not being present, we thought we were helping others to understand him, when in actuality our true motive was to feel superior by pulling him down.


25.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... understand his new way of life.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
The wife should fully understand his new way of life.


26.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand how such a seemingly above-board chap ...   BB To Employers, p.140  
You may be at a loss to understand how such a seemingly above-board chap could be so involved.


27.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... understand it."   BB A Vision For You, p.157  
I can't understand it."


28.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... understand it.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
The man in the street says, "I don't understand it.


29.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... understand it, then a chapter addressed to ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
In the following chapter, there appears an explanation of alcoholism, as we understand it, then a chapter addressed to the agnostic.


30.
View STEP THREE essay   ... understand, meets our simplest daily needs, and ...   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.


31.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxix  
On the other hand -- and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand -- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.


32.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... understand our problem.   BB Into Action, p.74  
We often find such a person quick to see and understand our problem.


33.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... understand our refusal of all personal publicity.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
In the beginning, the press could not understand our refusal of all personal publicity.


34.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... understand ourselves so well after what you ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such things cannot happen again.


35.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... understand people who said that a problem ...   BB More About Alcoholism, p.42  
I had never been able to understand people who said that a problem had them hopelessly defeated.


36.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understand than to be understood; better to ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
He thought it better to give comfort than to receive it; better to understand than to be understood; better to forgive than to be forgiven.


37.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understand, than to be understood -- to love, ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted -- to understand, than to be understood -- to love, than to be loved.


38.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understand than to be understood, to love ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
At these critical moments, if we remind ourselves that "it is better to comfort than to be comforted, to understand than to be understood, to love than to be loved," we will be following the intent of Step Eleven.


39.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand that emphatically.   BB To Employers, p.142  
He should understand that emphatically.


40.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand that he must undergo a change ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
Though you are providing him with the best possible medical attention, he should understand that he must undergo a change of heart.


41.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand the aberrations of the alcoholic.   BB To Employers, p.140  
Normal drinkers are not so affected, nor can they understand the aberrations of the alcoholic.


42.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... understand the alcoholic.   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic.


43.
View STEP TWO essay   ... understand the difference between sane drinking and ...   12&12 Step Two, p.33  
They are abetted in this blindness by a world which does not understand the difference between sane drinking and alcoholism.


44.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand the malady better, you may feel ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
Even when you understand the malady better, you may feel this feeling rising.


45.
View INTRODUCTION   ... understand the principles of our program.   12&12 Introduction, p.14  
We hope that the collective spiritual experience of the A.A. pioneers captured in these pages continues to help alcoholics and friends of A.A. understand the principles of our program.


46.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understand the problem and will no longer ...   BB To Employers, p.148  
But at least he will understand the problem and will no longer be misled by ordinary promises.


47.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously ...   12&12 Step Five, p.57  
When we reached A.A., and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously exciting.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... understand us; we don't have to be ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Through it we begin to learn right relations with people who understand us; we don't have to be alone any more.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... understand, yet be unaffected.   BB Into Action, p.74  
Such parts of our story we tell to someone who will understand, yet be unaffected.


50.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... understand you at once.   BB Working With Others, p.92  
If he is alcoholic, he will understand you at once.


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