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Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book by Alcoholics Anonymous
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Jul 12, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, spirituality, self-help
Recommended to Kate by: Dr. Joel Wienman, Ph. D.
Recommended for: Alcoholics & Family Members, Counselors
Read in January, 2001 — I own a copy, read count: 50+

Nothing is more wise than an illustration of recovery from someone who has done it themselves. People listen in a different way when someone has walked the same path they are now facing. The Big Book of AA does that, it illustrates in the first 164 pages how the first 100 men and women of AA recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind, body and spirit.

Most of the remaining pages are personal stories for readers to relate to - from varying genders, races, religions, drug habits, sexual orientations, etc.

With the 4th addition, the 12 Concepts of World Service were added. There were already the 12 Steps (How it Works) and the 12 Traditions (Why it Works), and with the 12 Concepts, there is a fulfillment to the evolution of the work started by the original members 75+ years ago. It adds a "when" to the equation of the body of work...guiding members, service boards, and the international conference to be conscience of their governorship of service boards commitments and when to enact oversight.
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