Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K

At a recent meeting of our home group on the First Tradition, it was suggested that one of the ways we could actively promote the principle of unity was to draft a letter sharing our recent experiences with readers of the Grapevine. About three years ago, two people sat down in a church at aContinue reading “Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K”

Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.

ONE of the oddest propensities of this fellowship, it has often seemed to me, is AA’s preoccupation with slogans. They festoon the walls of our meeting rooms. Easy Does It shines forth in Gothic splendor from one large frame, while another suggests A Day at a Time. They are as prominent, and perhaps as essential, as cups ofContinue reading “Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.”

The Back-Slider – Big Book Story from 1st Edition by Walter B

When I was graduated from high-school the World War was on in full blast. I was too young for the army but old enough to man a machine for the production of the means of wholesale destruction. I became a machine-hand at high wages. Machinery appealed to me anyway, because I had always wanted toContinue reading “The Back-Slider – Big Book Story from 1st Edition by Walter B”

Loss Is Gain – AA’s Humble Beginnings – Big Book pages 153 – 155

In every case, pain had been the price of admission into a new life (12&12 step 7 page 75) Years ago , in 1935 , one of our number made a journey to a certain western city . From a business standpoint , his trip came off badly . Had he been successful in hisContinue reading “Loss Is Gain – AA’s Humble Beginnings – Big Book pages 153 – 155”

Our Basic Trouble (Step 3) – Big Book pages 60 – 63

Being convinced , we were at Step Three , which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him . Just what do we mean by that , and just what do we do ? The first requirement is that we be convinced that any lifeContinue reading “Our Basic Trouble (Step 3) – Big Book pages 60 – 63”

When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.

Steps Three and Eleven I’VE LEARNED that the better I can “practice these principles” in all my affairs, as the Twelfth Step suggests, the better my life works. To help me extend the program into my everyday life, I use a particular set of prayerful attitudes that incorporate the Third and Eleventh Steps. Before enteringContinue reading “When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.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.”

Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

A word whose meaning causes arguments, but a quality we all aspire to when we understand it FOLLOWING a recent noon AA meeting, a member I scarcely knew said that he wanted a word with me. He appeared very agitated as we stepped into the privacy of an adjoining room. Naturally, I thought he wantedContinue reading “Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85

When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state ofContinue reading “Life Is Not A Dead End – As Bill Sees It #85”

Big Book Story – 2nd Edition ‘He Thought He Could Drink Like a Gentleman’

I WAS BORN in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1889, the last child of a family of eight children. My parents were hard working people. My father was a railroad man and a Civil War veteran. I can remember that in my childhood, he was ill at ease with the children because he attempted to assert anContinue reading “Big Book Story – 2nd Edition ‘He Thought He Could Drink Like a Gentleman’”