Don’t Take Our Word For It – Grapevine Article By January 1969 by S.B.S.

An early Chicago member wrote the sequel to her story “The Keys to the Kingdom.” – From the January 1969 Grapevine The first ten years of AA in the Chicago area (1939 through 1949) were years filled with much activity. During the first four or five years, the activity was at times even feverish. OurContinue reading “Don’t Take Our Word For It – Grapevine Article By January 1969 by S.B.S.”

A Feminine Victory – 1st Edition Big Book Story by Florence R.

 TO MY lot falls the rather doubtful distinction of being the only “lady” alcoholic in our particular section. Perhaps it is because of a desire for a “supporting cast” of my own sex that I am praying for inspiration to tell my story in a manner that may give other women who have this problemContinue reading “A Feminine Victory – 1st Edition Big Book Story by Florence R.”

Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63

The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to runContinue reading “Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63”

Spiritual Experience – BB Appendix 2

The terms “spiritual experience” and “spiritual awakening” are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms.     Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression that these personalityContinue reading “Spiritual Experience – BB Appendix 2”

Psychic Change – BB Doctor’s Opinion

Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they canContinue reading “Psychic Change – BB Doctor’s Opinion”

Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552

AN EVER-GROWING FREEDOM ‘ We saw that we did not need to be bludgeoned or beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, notContinue reading “Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552”

Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8

It relieved me somewhat to learn that in alcoholics the will is amazingly weakened when it comes to combating liquor, though it often remains strong in other respects. My incredible behavior in the face of a desperate desire to stop was explained. Understanding myself now, I fared forth in high hope. For three or fourContinue reading “Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8”