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1.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... world.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
It was now time, the struggling groups thought, to place their message and unique experience before the world.


2.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... world.  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Since the third edition was published in 1976, worldwide membership of A.A. has just about doubled, to an estimated two million or more, with nearly 100,800 groups meeting in approximately 150 countries around the world.


3.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... world.  BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiv  
Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world.


4.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... world.  BB There Is A Solution, p.21  
He may be one of the finest fellows in the world.


5.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... world.  BB We Agnostics, p.49  
These tiny bodies are governed by precise laws, and these laws hold true throughout the material world.


6.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... world.  BB Into Action, pp.73-74  
We must be entirely honest with somebody if we expect to live long or happily in this world.


7.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... world.  BB Working With Others, p.102  
Now you are getting back into the social life of this world.


8.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world.  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Drinking isolates most homes from the outside world.


9.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world.  BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
He may bring new hope and new courage to many a priest, minister, or rabbi, who gives his all to minister to our troubled world.


10.
View FOREWORD   ... world.  12&12 Foreword, p.17  
In the next years alcoholics flocked to A.A. by tens of thousands, largely as the result of excellent and continuous publicity freely given by magazines and newspapers throughout the world.


11.
View STEP THREE essay   ... world.  12&12 Step Three, p.38  
A.A.'s entered the services and were scattered all over the world.


12.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... world.  12&12 Step Seven, p.70  
Humility, as a word and as an ideal, has a very bad time of it in our world.


13.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... world?  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
What about all the accidents, sickness, cruelty, and injustice in the world?


14.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... world.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
We no longer live in a completely hostile world.


15.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
We forgot that most alcoholics in A.A. have an earning power considerably above average; we forgot the immense goodwill of our brother A.A.'s who were only too eager to help us to better jobs when we deserved them; we forgot the actual or potential financial insecurity of every human being in the world.


16.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... world.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
We might transform the world.


17.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... world.  12&12 Tradition Six, p.157  
His connection with A.A. would be valuable, because the Fellowship stood high in public favor and hadn't an enemy in the world.


18.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... world.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Eight tons of books and literature per month do not package and channel themselves all over the world.


19.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... world.  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
Nor has our Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world.


20.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... world -- a society which said it wished ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.182  
Here was something rare in the world -- a society which said it wished to publicize its principles and its work, but not its individual members.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... world abound.  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Of course the depressive and the power-driver are personality extremes, types with which A.A. and the whole world abound.


22.
View FOREWORD   ... world about it, the way it lives ...  12&12 Foreword, p.15  
They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.


23.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world about us, and with Him who ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all.


24.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... world about us we saw personalities destroying ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
In the world about us we saw personalities destroying whole peoples.


25.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... world affairs.  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
II. The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in its world affairs.


26.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... world, and considerable stomach trouble.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.174  
I had some money, all the time in the world, and considerable stomach trouble.


27.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... world and its people really dominated us.  BB How It Works, p.66  
We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us.


28.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... world and its people were often quite ...  BB How It Works, pp.65-66  
The first thing apparent was that this world and its people were often quite wrong.


29.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... world and life as we see it, ...  BB We Agnostics, p.49  
When, however, the perfectly logical assumption is suggested that underneath the material world and life as we see it, there is an All Powerful, Guiding, Creative Intelligence, right there our perverse streak comes to the surface and we laboriously set out to convince ourselves it isn't so.


30.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... world, are going to back away from ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Nor does it mean that the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, now restored as citizens of the world, are going to back away from their individual responsibilities to act as they see the right upon issues of our time.


31.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... world arteries would no longer carry the ...  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.


32.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... world as on what needs to be ...  BB Acceptance, p.417  
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world at large?  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we meet our newly recognized responsibilities to the world at large?


34.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... world because I did not understand alcoholism ...  BB To Employers, p.137  
Here were three exceptional men lost to this world because I did not understand alcoholism as I do now.


35.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... world's best professionals, whether medical or religious.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.166  
Almost no recovery from alcoholism has ever been brought about by the world's best professionals, whether medical or religious.


36.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world but his family?  BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
If he means to right his past wrongs, why all this concern for everyone in the world but his family?


37.
View ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER story   ... world by mistake.  BB Acceptance, p.417  
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake.


38.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... world came into view.  BB Bill's Story, p.12  
A new world came into view.


39.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... world center, referring you to the nearest ...  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
If you cannot find A.A. in your locality, visit our Web site: www.aa.org; or a letter addressed to Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, USA, will receive a prompt reply from this world center, referring you to the nearest A.A. group.


40.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... world clearing house for the Al-Anon Family ...  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
This is a world clearing house for the Al-Anon Family Groups, composed largely of the wives, husbands and friends of A.A. members.


41.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... world ever made a worse mess of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
But we are sure that no class of people in the world ever made a worse mess of trying to live by this formula than alcoholics.


42.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... world's finest women.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.178  
For some reason, we alcoholics seem to have the gift of picking out the world's finest women.


43.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world has been replaced by a great ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives.


44.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... world have set their approval upon us.  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Since Dr. Silkworth's first endorsement of Alcoholics Anonymous, medical societies and physicians throughout the world have set their approval upon us.


45.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... world he presents his stage character.  BB Into Action, p.73  
To the outer world he presents his stage character.


46.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... world I was important.  BB Bill's Story, p.2  
I'd prove to the world I was important.


47.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... world if he only manages well?  BB How It Works, p.61  
Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well?


48.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... world, immense and favorable publicity of every ...  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
Throughout the world, immense and favorable publicity of every description has been the principal means of bringing alcoholics into our Fellowship.


49.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... world in the eye.  BB Into Action, p.75  
We can look the world in the eye.


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world in which we lived.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
In Step Eight, we continued our housecleaning, for we saw that we were not only in conflict with ourselves, but also with people and situations in the world in which we lived.


51.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... world is dependent upon publicized leadership.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.181  
Much of the political, economic, and religious life of the world is dependent upon publicized leadership.


52.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... world is full of people like him.  BB To Wives, p.109  
This world is full of people like him.


53.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world itself -- into protective parents.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had failed to see that though adult in years we were still behaving childishly, trying to turn everybody -- friends, wives, husbands, even the world itself -- into protective parents.


54.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... world's libraries and places of worship are ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
The world's libraries and places of worship are a treasure trove for all seekers.


55.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... world, no matter what your present circumstances!  BB Working With Others, p.100  
Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!


56.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... world of alcoholism where everything is distorted ...  BB To Wives, p.108  
Perhaps your husband has been living in that strange world of alcoholism where everything is distorted and exaggerated.


57.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... world of big business.  BB To Employers, p.136  
Among many employers nowadays, we think of one member who has spent much of his life in the world of big business.


58.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... world of ignorance and misunderstanding.  BB There Is A Solution, p.20  
Back of them is a world of ignorance and misunderstanding.


59.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... world of meaning when we think about ...  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
Simple examples like the following take on a world of meaning when we think about them.


60.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... world of ours has made more material ...  BB We Agnostics, p.51  
This world of ours has made more material progress in the last century than in all the millenniums which went before.


61.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it.


62.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... world of the alcoholic.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
By late 1937, the number of members having substantial sobriety time behind them was sufficient to convince the membership that a new light had entered the dark world of the alcoholic.


63.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... world of the Spirit.  BB Into Action, p.84  
We have entered the world of the Spirit.


64.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... world of warring individuals, warring theological systems, ...  BB We Agnostics, p.46  
We looked upon this world of warring individuals, warring theological systems, and inexplicable calamity, with deep skepticism.


65.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... world, once his liquor problem is solved, ...  BB To Wives, p.118  
It is the most natural thing in the world, once his liquor problem is solved, to feel that he will now measure up to that cherished vision.


66.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world once more.  BB The Family Afterward, p.127  
They should be thankful he is sober and able to be of this world once more.


67.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... world outside have to be maintained.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Right contacts with the world outside have to be maintained.


68.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world outside we are partners in a ...  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.


69.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world owed us a living, then 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.


70.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... world, people who rose above their problems.  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
Yet we had been seeing another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems.


71.
View FOREWORD TO THIRD EDITION   ... world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks ...  BB Foreword to Third Edition, p.xxii  
Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.


72.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... world's religions, I parted right there.  BB Bill's Story, p.10  
With ministers, and the world's religions, I parted right there.


73.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... world-renowned hospital, recently made this statement to ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.43  
One of these men, staff member of a world-renowned hospital, recently made this statement to some of us: "What you say about the general hopelessness of the average alcoholic's plight is, in my opinion, correct.


74.
View STEP SIX essay   ... world riddled with envy.  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
We live in a world riddled with envy.


75.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... world service affairs. The Conference Charter is ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
VII. The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments, empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs. The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness.


76.
View PREFACE   ... World Service and revises the three sections ...  BB Preface, p.xii  
This fourth edition includes the Twelve Concepts for World Service and revises the three sections of personal stories as follows.


77.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... world service leadership, once exercised by the ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
IX. Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees.


78.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... world service matters should be exercised by ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
VI. The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board.


79.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... World Service Office, 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, ...  BB To Wives (Note), p.121  
If there is no Al-Anon listing in your local telephone book, you may obtain further information on Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups by writing to its World Service Office, 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617.


80.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... World Service provide a group of related ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
Written by co-founder Bill W. in 1962, the Twelve Concepts for World Service provide a group of related principles to help ensure that various elements of A.A.'s service structure remain responsive and responsible to those they serve.


81.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... world services.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
Its trustees are the caretakers and expediters of our world services.


82.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... World Services, Inc., and our monthly magazine, ...  BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
The General Service Board of A.A. (the trustees) administers A.A.'s General Service Office, A.A. World Services, Inc., and our monthly magazine, the A.A. Grapevine.


83.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... world services should always reside in the ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
I. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.


84.
View STEP SIX essay   ... world, statements just like this are heard ...  12&12 Step Six, p.64  
In A.A. meetings all over the world, statements just like this are heard daily.


85.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... world, that outward appearances are not inward ...  BB We Agnostics, p.48  
It is being constantly revealed, as mankind studies the material world, that outward appearances are not inward reality at all.


86.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world, then such a Higher Power was ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible.


87.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... world tide of alcoholism, defeated drinkers will ...  BB A Vision For You, p.153  
Our hope is that when this chip of a book is launched on the world tide of alcoholism, defeated drinkers will seize upon it, to follow its suggestions.


88.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... world to play the role He assigns.  BB How It Works, p.68  
We are in the world to play the role He assigns.


89.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world's troubles on our shoulders.  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.


90.
View STEP THREE essay   ... World War II broke out, this spiritual ...  12&12 Step Three, p.38  
When World War II broke out, this spiritual principle had its first major test.


91.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... World War record.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.35  
He had a commendable World War record.


92.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... world, we have made only a scratch.  BB Foreword to Second Edition, pp.xx-xxi  
So far, upon the total problem of several million actual and potential alcoholics in the world, we have made only a scratch.


93.
View STEP THREE essay   ... world we live in.  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
We are certain that our intelligence, backed by willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success in the world we live in.


94.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... world, we still vainly tried to be ...  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.116-117  
Even when our fortunes had not ebbed that much and we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world, we still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy kind of domination or dependence.


95.
View STEP TEN essay   ... world where we can quiet down for ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Many of us also like the experience of an occasional retreat from the outside world where we can quiet down for an undisturbed day or so of self-overhaul and meditation.


96.
View STEP TWO essay   ... world which does not understand the difference ...  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.


97.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... world will then turn happy and be ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
The world will then turn happy and be free to concentrate on culture and character.


98.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... world wires; inquiries poured in again and ...  BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xviii  
News of this got on the world wires; inquiries poured in again and many people went to the bookstores to get the book "Alcoholics Anonymous."


99.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds.


100.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... world would only behave; the outlaw safe ...  BB How It Works, pp.61-62  
He is like the retired business man who lolls in the Florida sunshine in the winter complaining of the sad state of the nation; the minister who sighs over the sins of the twentieth century; politicians and reformers who are sure all would be Utopia if the rest of the world would only behave; the outlaw safe cracker who thinks society has wronged him; and the alcoholic who has lost all and is locked up.


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