This enables you to become a real person to others. When i am disturbed, it is because i find some person, place, thing, or situationsome fact of my life unacceptable to me, and i can find no serenity until i accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. To read a pdf version of the fourth edition of alcoholics anonymous click here. When her will was read, it was discovered she had left alcoholics anonymous in trust with the alcoholic foundation a sum of ten thousand dollars. It is an open invitation to partner with our higher power and make a firm decision to let go of the character defects or flaws that have been in control for years. Sharing your inner feelings and thoughts with others with the belief that they will not spread them indiscriminately. Alcoholics anonymous quotes author of alcoholics anonymous. In the big book, as the text alcoholics anonymous is known, we read the written words of the first 100 men and women of aa as they were put in the way of a spiritual awakening. I just wanted to pass along a big thanks from me on this bigbook sponsorship guide. Read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions.
Biographies of the authors of the stories in the big book last names are included only of deceased members the short biographies of the various authors of the stories in the back of the book alcoholics anonymous have been graciously supplied by nancy o. Alcoholics anonymous saved my life, but now ive lost my faith. It neither monitors the meetings, nor does it have authority, control or responsibility for their day to day operaton, conduct or management. Mar 24, 2018 having the big book in my smartphone and kindle ereader is really a great convenience. 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. Joint initiative of arvind kumar and arundhati deosthale, professionals with many years with books, driven by the felt need of quality books in indian languages for underprivileged children and general readers. When i am disturbed, it is because i find some person, place, thing, or situation some fact of my life unacceptable to me, and i can find no serenity until i accept that person, place. All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and reli. Alcoholics anonymousthe big book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide.
When we took this step, we felt terrified of the unknown. Alcoholics anonymous also known as the big book in recovery circles sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. The only condition is that he trust in god and clean house. Great workshop on the big book of aa and the recovery process.
We begin to develop confidence in the selfs ability to choose others who are safewho will not injure or exploit. As we read in the preface to the fourth edition of the big book. There is a solution w e, of alcoholics anonymous, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as bill. As we read the book of mormon, we discovered a powerful validation of step 3 in alma 5. Nov 03, 20 so far as i am concerned the big book was an advert for the early aa. You cant do anything unless we take the actions necessary to turn it over. First published in 1939, alcoholics anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. All of the twelve steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to gods will. Outlining the steps and traditions that make aa famous, as well as numerous stories about recovering addicts who have been through the process, the big book has helped guide millions into a life of sobriety. P45 circles of love and service this leaflet outlines our service structure in fullcolor diagrams. Because this book has become the basic text for our society and has helped such large numbers. I havent personally found any textual errors the page numbers are broken, though.
The centrality of these three to our sobriety is aptly conveyed by the acronym we have coined out of them. A daily telephone meeting that focuses on reading and discussing the aa big book, covertocover. This is a study guide to the book alcoholics anonymous. If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading. Most of us feel we need look no further for utopia. We make custom leather book covers for alcoholics anonymous. Index for the big book i am your disease promises of alcohol vs aa letting go acceptance was the answer the doctors opinion the 6 original steps in bill ws handwriting principles of the 12step recovery process recovery process the 12 steps with the promises 12 steps of insanity big book goals step 1 emotional sobriety step 2 proposition exercise. This is a reproduction of the 1938 original manuscript of alcoholics anonymous. Other groups read from the big book weekly and discuss each. Mar 25, 2014 as it says in aas founding literature, known as the big book, to some people we need not, and probably should not, emphasize the spiritual feature on our first approach. Readings from the big book, alcoholics anonymous in addition to the following, principles are mentioned in the big book on pages xxii, 19, 64, 934, 97, 121 footnote, 9, 156.
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976. Alcoholics anonymous is very clear that a vital spiritual. Inquiry by scientific, medical, and religious societies will be welcomed. Help others this is a limited edition printing commemorating aas 80th anniversary. The big book, alcoholics anonymous some groups discuss one chapter from the big book each week. It is an essential behavior in trust building between two people because it is the establishing of the parameters of strengths and weaknesses on which you have to draw as the. Breaking down step three of aa alcoholics anonymous. Newcomers may well see aa oldtimers, who have been sober for a decade, in a glorified light. Big book awakening 4th step workshop resentment examples and worksheets 122006 columns 14 to download the most current versions of these worksheets go to. The big book of alcoholics anonymous the world famous eye. This guide has been prepared not as a replacement for or interference to our basic texts the big book and 12 and 12 but as a companion for the ideas and directions presented there. The men who cry for money and shelter before conquering alcohol, are on the wrong track. We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them.
We, of alcoholics anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. Yet we do go to great extremes to provide each other with these very things, when such action is warranted. Printing a single copy of this item is permitted, in accordance with the a. Other groups read from the big book weekly and discuss each chapter as they go along.
I have found that the process of discovering who i really am begins with knowing who i really dont want to be. I have provided a link in a couple of places on this page for your convenience, so you can get to the search page. 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. Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing. Alcoholics anonymous, book by anonymous anonymous paperback. Trusting in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12. Keeping in mind the description of the actor on pages 6062 of the big book of alcoholics anonymous, and the ultimate conclusion that the alcoholic is an extreme example of selfwill run wild, the above quoted passages from the book of james seem to me to be particularly relevant. So named due to the thick paper upon which it was originally printed, the big book has seen four editions and over 30 million copies sold. Biographies of the authors of the stories in the big book. The whytehouse is, i hope, a way to find that special phrase or saying etc. Seeking knowledge making a decision to turn our lives and will over. Why the program of alcoholics anonymous works so well, on the disease. If youre struggling with alcoholism, taking this step can help you begin to change your way of life.
At this early part of the 21st century, membership in aa continues to grow, and a fourth edition will undoubtedly continue that trend. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. Trust in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12. The first three editions of the aa big book provide an indication of the changes which occurred since aa began in the late 1930s. This is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. A history of alcoholics anonymous how it still stands. Big book sponsorship 12 step recovery from any and all.
Alcoholics anonymous is the life changing program formed by two desperate alcoholics in 1935. Suggested topics for aa discussion meetings september, 2011. I prefer it over a paper copy in big book study meetings, because i can add highlights and notes and easily find them later. Wilson, one of the founders of alcoholics anonymous aa.
We trust infinite god rather than our finite selves. The twelve step model has been utilized as a treatment for alcohol abuse and alcoholism since 1935. It is my hope that you will find this site useful to you and our friends of bill w. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. Mental, spiritual and physical disease readings from as bill sees it can inspire sharing on discussion topics. We learn to trust ourselves and begin to have a realistic trust of others. Its not about being sponsoredits about sponsoring others that is a predictor for recovery. Mar 19, 2017 the program of aa is based upon the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous, a 12 step path to sobriety with the end goal of a spiritual experience that will deepen your connection with your higher power. Copyright alcoholics anonymous world services, inc. Alcoholics anonymous is a 12step program for people who struggle with alcohol addiction. Especially, as that word gets used by individuals who embrace traditional religious concepts of what it means to them. Trust starts early in life and is based on how we are received into the world. It is dedicated to those who want recovery from alcoholism, but have difficulty with the word god.
The only other options, as asserted by the big book, are jails, institutions, and death. As we all know, aa grew and developed across the world. Aas tradition four which guarantees full autonomy to all groups within the fellowship, nassau intergroup has no role in the establishment of these meetings. The big book serves as the foundation for the alcoholics anonymous 12step program. Trust the process program theory alcoholics anonymous. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism generally known as the big book is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, written by the founders of alcoholics anonymous aa, bill w. The 12 steps are outlined in the big book of alcoholics anonymous, the basic text for the program.
How it works 63 when we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed. Being all powerful, he provided what we needed, if we kept close to him and performed his work well. Chapter 7 working with others p ractical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. And any suggestion that aa might be a flawed program, or not right for every addict, is met with. Take all 12 steps in just 4 hours download this aa big book step guide and work book. The big book of alcoholics anonymous, also referred to as alcoholics anonymous. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. My problem with the big book is that it is seen by aa as untouchable, a holy book. It is easier to trust that which is real than that which is unreal or hidden. From page 417 of the big book of alcoholics anonymous.
Step 6 is an important step in recovery for several reasons. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop. Intergroup association of nassau alcoholics anonymous. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism generally known as the big book because of the thickness of the paper used in the first edition is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, primarily written by william g. It asserts that a lifetime of recovery can only be achieved by making the decision to turn over your will to a higher being. We would laugh today at anyone who only had a few years sobriety writing such a book. A guide to collecting alcoholics anonymous big book. Of the twelve steps, step three can be best referred to as the process of surrender. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.
Excerpts, reprinted from the big book, alcoholics anonymous, with permission of a. All bb quotes are from the 1st edition of the big book depression is not a sign of weakness. Pankhurst started drinking again after the big book was published and died in 1954. Find all uses of this word in the big book alcoholics anonymous and the twelve steps and twelve traditions of a. These are some of the best tapes i have, and one of my personal favorites. The 12 steps are also deeper explored in the 12 steps and 12 traditions, a complementary book to the big book. This was the version of the big book distributed to friends and colleagues of aa s founders before the first edition was printed.658 683 91 1093 1100 902 1110 420 313 810 396 1443 1429 249 584 231 840 1575 1279 1585 353 694 1108 754 731 1137 1296 1130 1171 1580 445 1592 1245 302 209 1424 966 751 997 1068 517 1382 903 1024