Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book
Alcoholics Anonymous-The Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. 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. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976,...more
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For those unfamiliar with the Big Book, it's the instruction set for the AA program. The wording is a little dated, but it is the instruction set for the most widespread self-help program in the world. AA is the basis of ...more
When I told my husband that I planned to review this book, he laughed.
"Isn't that like saying I'm going to review The Holy Bible?"
"Why, yes, yes it is."
In fact, this book is much like The Holy Bible.
Like my daughter's 6th grade math teacher has his students create A Math Bible with math notes in a composition book,
this is a Bible that was written by Alcoholics.
Funny, the alcoholics familiar with AA, affectionately call this book "The Blue Bible" o ...more
Bill Wilson never got sober or even worked a program. He switched his drug of choice from booze to unfamiliar women in early recovery. He was a self centered 13th stepper. He also enjoyed a nice sobriety break while tripping on LSD so much his wife and Dr. Bob had to perform an intervention. That is why I take little stock in Bill's thoughts on the program he plagiarized outright from the Oxford Group. AA's grounding in Christianity and its dogmatic requirement to commune with a God also known ...more
A good read for alcoholics or friends and family members of alcoholics.
Wonder if you have a drinking problem? This book will help you.
Know you have a drinking problem? Read this book.
What I found most interesting is the program's idea of a Higher Power. Even atheists and agnostics must give their lives over to a HP, or else the program, no matter its other merits, won't work. Or so The B ...more
As a Christian, I think that this is the first book that I've ever read that really takes sin seriously. It is the first book that really "gets" Romans 7:15 - "I do not understand wha ...more
It was a rainy, rainy night, rainy in the full moon night, the rainy full moon shining through a cracked window like a strained cranial searchlight divided and guided by the rainy rainy night.
"We need more wine, everyone. Gallons, liters, swimming pools of it. There is some good beer in the fridge and a fifth of Beefeater divided amongst two watercolor moose head mason jars."
"Hey, don't bother with the key/car thing, we'll ride bikes to the store."
I can't stop once I start but my real trouble is I can stop from starting. The 12 steps outlined in this books plainly help me to clear the mind so that I won't start! Or do the things that are toxic in my life.
You can recover from anything if you get honest with yourself, you get honest with another human being, make amends for the wrongs you have done, you help others without hope of reward or prestige, and you pray to the God of your understanding ...more
Many of the stories in the back are hard to identify with at first read, tales of long term prison visit, unspeakable violence and neglec ...more