Putting Away Childish Things – Grapevine Article August 1985 by S.M.

AS A PRACTICING “heavy drinker, I’m no alcoholic!” I was noted for my exaggerated enthusiasm and for my temper; I laughed easily and could become angry just as quickly. I suppose it was a matter of swinging between exhilaration and depression; there was an attitude of contempt for whatever was “moderate.” “All or nothing atContinue reading “Putting Away Childish Things – Grapevine Article August 1985 by S.M.”

How The Twelve Steps Were Born – Grapevine Article September 1962 by Bill W.

AT 17 William Street, Newark, New Jersey, Hank had an office which was the headquarters for a rapidly failing business. He also had a secretary named Ruth. The other assets consisted of a huge desk and some plush furniture. Each morning I traveled all the way from Brooklyn to Newark where, pacing up and downContinue reading “How The Twelve Steps Were Born – Grapevine Article September 1962 by Bill W.”

An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.

I AM an alcoholic and an atheist. I am addressing this to those alcoholics who have had trouble with the religious overtones in the AA program. But let me state first that it depresses me to think of what life would be like without AA. It has been long on my mind to write thisContinue reading “An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.”

AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous

It’s a well-know AA fact that the Big Book underwent intense scrutiny and exhaustive discussion before reaching print in its final form. In fact, Bill W. often referred to himself as the referee of these “discussions” rather then the Big Book’s author. Below, excerpted from chapter five, are some examples of the changes that cameContinue reading “AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous”

‘The Unbeliever’ – Big Book Story by Hank P. from the 1st Edition

DULL . . . listless . . . semicomatose . . . I lay on my bed in a famous hospital for alcoholics. Death or worse had been my sentence. What was the difference? What difference did anything make? Why think of those things which were gone-why worry about the results of my drunken escapades?Continue reading “‘The Unbeliever’ – Big Book Story by Hank P. from the 1st Edition”

The ‘Broad Highway’ of AA Spirituality – Resources

In the chapter , We Agnostics (page 44), the Big Book makes this very hopeful statement for many of us who have struggled to accept the dogma that we may be concerned lies ahead of us to grow spiritually in AA. We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seekContinue reading “The ‘Broad Highway’ of AA Spirituality – Resources”

An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H

If there’s something deep inside that’s smarter and kinder, then why not listen to it? What if there is no God? This question has haunted me periodically throughout my sobriety. If my sobriety depends on belief in and access to a power greater than myself, what happens if there is no God? Some say IContinue reading “An Unsuspected Inner Resource – February 2016 Grapevine Article By Dan H”

Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.

He stopped believing in God—and started believing in the life AA had given him I got sober in AA in June 1987 and have remained sober ever since. Before coming to AA, I didn’t think much about God, except that I knew I did not believe in the Christian God. When I first came toContinue reading “Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.”

A Question of Faith – Grapevine Article By Anonymous September 1963

Reflections on AA’s appeal to all men, regardless of formal belief or creed ALTHOUGH I do not believe in a supernatural God, I have found it easy to stay sober in AA more than ten years. And in my view, AA is a spiritual, or religious, Fellowship. Sometimes those of us whom the orthodox religiousContinue reading “A Question of Faith – Grapevine Article By Anonymous September 1963”

The Dilemma Of No Faith – Grapevine Article By Bill W April 1961

THE phrase “God As We Understand Him” is perhaps the most important expression to be found in our whole AA vocabulary. Within the compass of these five significant words there can be included every kind and degree of faith, together with the positive assurance that each of us may choose his own. Scarcely less valuableContinue reading “The Dilemma Of No Faith – Grapevine Article By Bill W April 1961”