It is the basic text of the fellowship of alcoholics anonymous, and has helped large numbers of alcoholic men and women, young and old, recover as of december 2009, 30,664,881 copies of the big book have been sold or otherwise distributed source aa gso ny. At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. Alcoholics anonymous is often referred to as a 12step program, and aa is the basis for many other 12step programs that have been established. Are we now ready to let god remove from us all the things which we have admitted are ob jectionable. I usually like to start a study of the big book way of life with something on the. Notwithstanding the great necessity for discussing ourselves with someone, it may be one is so situated that there is no suitable person available. The second part of the book has changed slightly with the printing of each new edition. How it works taken from alcoholics anonymous big book pages 6063 being convinced, we were at step three, which is that we decided to turn our will an. We may read pages 76 84 in chapter 6, into action on step 9. Silkworth big book study aa anonymity statement anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.
Prayers from the big book of alcoholics anonymous big. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from al. The second part changes because it is the part that. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions alcoholics anonymous alcoholics anonymous this is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Grant me strength, as i go out from here, to do your bidding. Thats the way my drinking began, as a way to make the pain go away. To conclude that others were wrong was as far as most of us ever got. The big book of alcoholics anonymous the world famous eye. You can search the alcoholics anonymous big book for phrases, key words, etc. I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.
The steps helped each of the cofounders of aa in their own recovery from alcoholism and have continued to help countless. Alcoholics anonymous the big book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. Sometimes it was remorse and then we were sore at ourselves. 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. We have emphasized willingness as being in dispensable. This is a reproduction of the 1938 original manuscript of alcoholics anonymous. Give him an account of the struggles you made to stop.
The seventh step prayer from page 76 of the big book of alcoholics anonymous. Comes with its original dust jacket in very good condition in an acid free protective cover. We have a written inventory and we are prepared for a. Alcoholics anonymous big book audio read aloud youtube. Wilson, one of the founders of alcoholics anonymous aa. To read a pdf version of the fourth edition of alcoholics anonymous. The usual outcome was that people continued to wrong us and we stayed sore.
This was the version of the big book distributed to friends and colleagues of aas founders before the first edition was printed. They took inventory all right, but hung on to some of the worst items in stock. Stepbystep guide for sponsors a companion to aas big book. Alcoholics anonymous third edition, first printing 1976 big book. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. No outsider can appraise such an intimate situation. The original manuscript of the big book alcoholics anonymous. Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands. Prayers from the big book of alcoholics anonymous i earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray. Big book awakening for use with alcoholics anonymous fourth edition big book. According to the book on page 417, it is clearly mentioned the fundamental step towards emancipation is acceptance, coming into terms with reality, realizing the ground truth that one is indeed addicted. Faith without works is dead experience the big book. Take all 12 steps in just 4 hours download this aa big book step guide and work book.
We can only do the part we are responsible for when we make amends. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties. Here is a list of the opinions, perspectives, and slogans we often hear in rooms and what the our original big book of alcoholics anonymous basic text. Preface aa big book preface aa big book big book of aa alcoholics anonymous doctors opinion how it works aa preamble alcoholism recovery 4th edition 3rd edition 2nd edition alcohol allergy rehabilitation of alcoholics dr. Step 9 requires patience, thoughtful self examination, and restraint.
Click the images to go to page indicated in the flag. We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. But while step seven in the big book consists of a single prayer on page 76 that can, and should, be often repeated while we continue to rework the 12 steps after our initial gothrough, there is no equivalent formula for how to rework step 6. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions.
He is a powerful example of what it is like to be in recovery. The seventh step prayer big book alcoholics anonymous. This is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Barry died in 1985, but the big book manuscript wasnt transferred to aa world services as was promised in barrys letter, and there isnt any evidence that aa world services presented the leach estate with barrys notarized letter. On page 417 of the aa big book, one of the secrets to relinquish alcoholism with success is mentioned. Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to god and the people about us. Yet, we are told, step six is the step that separates the men from the boys.
The symbolism of evil in the big book of aa university of calgary. Big book personal stories part iii they lost nearly. The first section of the big book of alcoholics anonymous has not changed or been revised in any of the four editions. We hear a lot of stuff said in meetings that cant be reconciled with the program as described in the big book of alcoholics anonymous. Prayers in the big book of alcoholics anonymous concord. That aint in the big book northwest arkansas alcoholics. Pages 1 164 unofficial large print ebook alcoholics anonymous screen 1 of 703.
After i read this i told her about page 62 and references in. We have a written inventory and we are prepared for a long talk. Are we now ready to let god remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable. The first section contains 164 pages that are the textbook for a recovering alcoholic. The immense resources now being harnessed promise such a quantity of. Morning prayer god direct my thinking today so that it be divorced of self pity. Thank you for referencing the pages in the big book. Aa history a big book trivia of some missing facts. First published in 1939, alcoholics anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories. Contents page 1 stepbystep guide for sponsors contents purpose and use of this guide 5 before getting started on the steps 11 questions and answers on. She is indignant about it, and has a warrant out for our arrest. When we decide who is to hear our story, we waste no time. These 12 steps are outlined in chapter 5, how it works, of the big book.
So it is that we fi rst see humility as a necessity. While it is widely known, it is worth mentioning again. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions twelve steps and twelve traditions. Notable quotes from the book alcoholics anonymous, known as the big book in aa. Group members may share their experiences with this step by the big book. Recovery shop is the home to the aa big book index bookmark. We think the reason is that they never completed their housecleaning. Be fore we begin, we ask god to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from selfpity, dishonest or selfseeking motives.
Way of life intro to working the steps barefoots world. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism. Quotes from alcoholics anonymous minnesota recovery page. On awakening let us think about the twentyfour hours ahead. Prayers from the big book of alcoholics anonymous big book. With great intelligence, men of science have been forcing nature to disclose her secrets. A cofounder of alcoholics anonymous tells how members recover and how the society functions. Prayers alcoholics anonymous sarnialambton district 14. It is better, however, that one does not needlessly name a person upon whom she can vent jealousy. But we must not use this as a mere excuse to postpone. This is a help to study the big book, to fill in some of the missing facts, answering some questions. Aa ends lawsuit over big book manuscript aa beyond belief. Its not about being sponsoredits about sponsoring others that is a predictor for recovery. Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some general principles which we find guiding.987 201 1386 1466 571 974 240 1071 797 86 1284 497 1127 805 510 338 721 310 1044 969 618 635 137 797 897 292 688 996 1402 1515 56 1407 116 1365 1441 1355 1303 463 480 193 1102