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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 TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... understood.   BB To Employers, p.137  
That he has not always done so for the alcoholic is easily understood.


2.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... understood as it is now.   BB A Vision For You, pp.156-157  
The use of spiritual principles in such cases was not so well understood as it is now.


3.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understood; better to forgive than to be ...   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.


4.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... understood by his friends, and about whom ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
There is the manic-depressive type, who is, perhaps, the least understood by his friends, and about whom a whole chapter could be written.


5.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... understood each other.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.152  
I explained what a wonderful Fellowship we had, how well we understood each other.


6.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... understood fact that in God's sight all ...   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.


7.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... understood Him.   BB We Agnostics, p.47  
At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.


8.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... understood Him.   BB How It Works, p.59  
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


9.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... understood Him.   BB How It Works, p.60  
Being convinced, we were at Step Three, which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him.


10.
View STEP THREE essay   ... understood Him."   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
"Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


11.
View STEP THREE essay   ... understood Him."   12&12 Step Three, pp.34-35  
In fact, the effectiveness of the whole A.A. program will rest upon how well and earnestly we have tried to come to "a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


12.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... understood Him.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Consequently, in Step Three we turned our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


13.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... understood Him: "God, I offer myself to ...   BB How It Works, p.63  
Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: "God, I offer myself to Thee -- to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.


14.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... understood Him, praying only for knowledge of ...   BB How It Works, p.59  
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


15.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understood Him, praying only for knowledge of ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."


16.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... understood Him, to do with me as ...   BB Bill's Story, p.13  
There I humbly offered myself to God, as I then understood Him, to do with me as He would.


17.
View STEP SIX essay   ... understood Him, to give me release, my ...   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
But when I became willing to clean house and then asked a Higher Power, God as I understood Him, to give me release, my obsession to drink vanished.


18.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... understood his.   BB A Vision For You, p.160  
He succumbed to that gay crowd inside, who laughed at their own misfortunes and understood his.


19.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understood, is a petition to God.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Prayer, as commonly understood, is a petition to God.


20.
View STEP TWO essay   ... understood not at all.   12&12 Step Two, p.32  
The love of God and man we understood not at all.


21.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... understood our men as we did not!   BB To Wives, p.106  
How heartbreaking was this discovery; how cruel to be told they understood our men as we did not!


22.
View FOREWORD TO FIRST EDITION   ... understood that our alcoholic work is an ...   BB Foreword to First Edition, p.xiii  
We would like it understood that our alcoholic work is an avocation.


23.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... understood that the elders, just to nail ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
They understood that the elders, just to nail things down good, were about to apply to the Foundation for a charter.


24.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... understood the nature of the alcoholic illness, ...   BB To Wives, p.107  
Had we fully understood the nature of the alcoholic illness, we might have behaved differently.


25.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... understood, there may be an emotional upset.   BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Unless the reason is understood, there may be an emotional upset.


26.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understood -- to love, than to be loved.   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.


27.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... understood, to love than to be loved," ...   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.


28.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... understood what alcohol could do to a ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.170  
A city wanted an experienced social worker who understood what alcohol could do to a family.


29.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... understood why we thought we deserved a ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
When you add to this the habitual supposition that people ought to give money to alcoholics trying to stay sober, it can be understood why we thought we deserved a pile of folding money.


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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