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1.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... without.  12&12 Step Four, p.52  
These stem from causes which sometimes seem to be within us, and at other times to come from without.


2.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... without a fearless admission of our defects ...  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober.


3.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... without a murmur of doubt.  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Everybody believes them without a murmur of doubt.


4.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... without a reasonable assumption as a starting ...  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
Simply because it is impossible to explain what we see, feel, direct, and use, without a reasonable assumption as a starting point.


5.
View STEP FOUR essay   Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, ...  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.


6.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... without a solemn oath), taking more physical ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums -- we could increase the list ad infinitum.


7.
View STEP FOUR essay   Without a willing and persistent effort to ...  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us.


8.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... without alcohol.  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
He cannot picture life without alcohol.


9.
View STEP TWO essay   ... without any demand for reward.  12&12 Step Two, p.32  
In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves, made amends to those we had harmed, or freely given to any other human being without any demand for reward.


10.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... without any realization of the fact, the ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.118  
Very gradually, and usually without any realization of the fact, the wife is forced to become the mother of an erring boy.


11.
View STEP SIX essay   ... without any reservations whatever -- has indeed come ...  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.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... without any thought or effort on our ...  BB Into Action, p.85  
We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part.


13.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... without arousing hostility.  BB To Wives, p.113  
They can urge action without arousing hostility.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... without becoming critical of them.  BB Working With Others, p.100  
In this way you can set them on the right track without becoming critical of them.


15.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... without being nagged by his family.  BB Working With Others, p.91  
He will feel he can deal with you without being nagged by his family.


16.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... without being servile or scraping.  BB Into Action, p.83  
We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping.


17.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... without conferring with the trustees of the ...  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.


18.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... without conferring with the trustees of the ...  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.


19.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... 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.


20.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... without defense against the first drink.  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
We are without defense against the first drink.


21.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... without demands for repayment.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We saw that we would need to give constantly of ourselves without demands for repayment.


22.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... without despair or pride?  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride?


23.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... without developing the phenomenon of craving.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxx  
All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving.


24.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... without disaster, provided he remains willing to ...  BB There Is A Solution, pp.26-27  
He can go anywhere on this earth where other free men may go without disaster, provided he remains willing to maintain a certain simple attitude.


25.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... without drinking for a few months, you ...  BB To Employers, p.146  
After your man has gone along without drinking for a few months, you may be able to make use of his services with other employees who are giving you the alcoholic run-around -- provided, of course, they are willing to have a third party in the picture.


26.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... without exception.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
Here, principles would have to come before personalities, without exception.


27.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness.  12&12 Step Five, p.57  
Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness.


28.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... without exception, pass through times when we ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
All of us, without exception, pass through times when we can pray only with the greatest exertion of will.


29.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... without exhibitionism, about his own defects, past ...  12&12 Step Four, p.46  
This the sponsor promptly proves by talking freely and easily, and without exhibitionism, about his own defects, past and present.


30.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... without faith!  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Imagine life without faith!


31.
View CONTENTS   Without fearless admission of defects, few could ...  12&12 Contents (Step Five), p.6  
Without fearless admission of defects, few could stay sober.


32.
View CONTENTS   ... without full-time service workers.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Eight), p.11  
A.A. could not function without full-time service workers.


33.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... without full-time workers.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
Neither could A.A. itself function without full-time workers.


34.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... without heated argument, self-pity, self-justification or resentful ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
These family talks will be constructive if they can be carried on without heated argument, self-pity, self-justification or resentful criticism.


35.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   Without help it is too much for ...  BB How It Works, p.59  
Without help it is too much for us.


36.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... without Him I was lost.  BB Bill's Story, p.13  
I admitted for the first time that of myself I was nothing; that without Him I was lost.


37.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... without him, who constantly connives for reelection ...  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.


38.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... without His aid.  BB How It Works, p.62  
And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid.


39.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... without his consent?  BB To Employers, p.143  
While on the subject of confidence, can you adopt the attitude that so far as you are concerned this will be a strictly personal matter, that his alcoholic derelictions, the treatment about to be undertaken, will never be discussed without his consent?


40.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... without in the least intending it.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
Under such an illusion, he can of course create great havoc without in the least intending it.


41.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... without it.  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
Some day he will be unable to imagine life either with alcohol or without it.


42.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... without it than we would refuse air, ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine.


43.
View STEP SEVEN essay   Without it, they cannot live to much ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.


44.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... without its "God nonsense."  12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
His pet obsession was that A.A. could get along better without its "God nonsense."


45.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   Without its legions of well-wishers, A.A. could ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
Without its legions of well-wishers, A.A. could never have grown as it has.


46.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... without its unique but effective therapy."  BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
This self-insurance has resulted in the restoration of physical, mental and spiritual health and self-respect to hundreds of men and women who would be hopelessly down and out without its unique but effective therapy."


47.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Without knowing it, had we not been ...  BB We Agnostics, p.53  
Without knowing it, had we not been brought to where we stood by a certain kind of faith?


48.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... without liquor.  BB To Wives, p.110  
Perhaps you both like parties which would be dull without liquor.


49.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... without liquor, but how can I?  BB A Vision For You, p.152  
I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I?


50.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   Without much ado, he accepted the principles ...  BB To Employers, p.139  
Without much ado, he accepted the principles and procedure that had helped us.


51.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... without much grief, either physical or financial.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
I did it more and more, and had lots of fun without much grief, either physical or financial.


52.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... without my presence.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
But they were much disgusted and told me they would attempt to struggle along without my presence.


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Without necessarily taking that first drink, we ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Without necessarily taking that first drink, we often get quite far off the beam.


54.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... without organization, animated only by the spirit ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Though Tradition Nine at first sight seems to deal with a purely practical matter, in its actual operation it discloses a society without organization, animated only by the spirit of service -- a true fellowship.


55.
View STEP SIX essay   ... without our cooperation.  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation.


56.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... without paying too great a penalty, although ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
During these years, I drank as much as my purse permitted, still without paying too great a penalty, although I was beginning to have morning "jitters" at times.


57.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts.  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts.


58.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... without provocation, but we invariably find that ...  BB How It Works, p.62  
Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.


59.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... without rancor.  BB To Wives, p.111  
Even though your husband becomes unbearable and you have to leave him temporarily, you should, if you can, go without rancor.


60.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... without rancor or bias.  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.


61.
View STEP THREE essay   ... without realizing it, made a beginning on ...  12&12 Step Three, p.35  
Every man and woman who has joined A.A. and intends to stick has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three.


62.
View STEP TWELVE essay   Without realizing it we were just accumulating ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
Without realizing it we were just accumulating funds for the next spree.


63.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... without recovery we would have lost both ...  BB To Employers, p.143  
We all had to place recovery above everything, for without recovery we would have lost both home and business.


64.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... without reference to the wishes of A.A. ...  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.164  
Whoever pays the piper is apt to call the tune, and if the A.A. Foundation obtained money from outside sources, its trustees might be tempted to run things without reference to the wishes of A.A. as a whole.


65.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... without regard for the rights, wishes, or ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
My whole life seemed to be centered around doing what I wanted to do, without regard for the rights, wishes, or privileges of anyone else; a state of mind which became more and more predominant as the years passed.


66.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... without regret.  BB How It Works, p.64  
One object is to disclose damaged or unsalable goods, to get rid of them promptly and without regret.


67.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... without relapse, but not always.  BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
In most cases, the alcoholic survived this ordeal without relapse, but not always.


68.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... without reservation.  BB How It Works, p.63  
The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation.


69.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... without reservation that we are powerless over ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
When we have finally admitted without reservation that we are powerless over alcohol, we are apt to breathe a great sigh of relief, saying, "Well, thank God that's over!


70.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... without reserve.  BB There Is A Solution, p.18  
Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve.


71.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... without sand?  BB Into Action, p.75  
Have we tried to make mortar without sand?


72.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   Without saying so, they may cordially hate ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.134  
Without saying so, they may cordially hate him for what he has done to them and to their mother.


73.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... without some degree of humility, no alcoholic ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.


74.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... without spiritual help.  BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
Some of our alcoholic readers may think they can do without spiritual help.


75.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   Without such support, A.A. could have made ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xx  
Without such support, A.A. could have made only the slowest progress.


76.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   Without that, nothing could have happened.  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
Without that, nothing could have happened.


77.
View STEP FOUR essay   Without them we wouldn't be complete human ...  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Without them we wouldn't be complete human beings.


78.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   Without this proof the expectant purchaser would ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
Without this proof the expectant purchaser would be forced to depart empty handed with none of what I later came to believe was the great panacea for all human ills.


79.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... without thought of charge.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.171  
To 1950, the year of his death, he carried the A.A. message to more than 5,000 alcoholic men and women, and to all these he gave his medical services without thought of charge.


80.
View CONTENTS   ... Without unity, A.A. dies. Individual liberty, yet ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition One), p.9  
Tradition One -- "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity." Without unity, A.A. dies. Individual liberty, yet great unity. Key to paradox: each A.A.'s life depends on obedience to spiritual principles. The group must survive or the individual will not. Common welfare comes first. How best to live and work together as groups.


81.
View TRADITION ONE essay   Without unity, the heart of A.A. would ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; our world arteries would no longer carry the life-giving grace of God; His gift to us would be spent aimlessly.


82.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... without which medicine can do little.  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
If we do not do so, we shall stand convicted of emotional sterility and of having lost the faith that moves mountains, without which medicine can do little.


83.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... without which we find that "Faith without ...  BB Into Action, p.76  
Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead."


84.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... without works is dead."  BB Into Action, p.76  
Now we need more action, without which we find that "Faith without works is dead."


85.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... without works is dead."  BB Into Action, p.88  
"Faith without works is dead."


86.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... without works was dead, he said.  BB Bill's Story, p.14  
Faith without works was dead, he said.


87.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... without worrying about tomorrow.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
We could cheerfully perform humble labor without worrying about tomorrow.


88.
View TO WIVES chapter   Without you he would have gone to ...  BB To Wives, p.119  
Without you he would have gone to pieces long ago.


89.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... without your cooperation, various means of moderating ...  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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