Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment isContinue reading “Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5”

The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.

“Mom, can you take me and Andy to the tennis courts on the way to school tonight?” “Mom, can you drop me off at Scott’s? It’s on the way to the courts.” “Mom, can Jason spend the night since the other boys won’t be home? You could pick him up on the way home fromContinue reading “The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.”

Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C

I just finished reading another of those “Stay out of AA if you’re an addict!” letters in the Grapevine, and felt compelled to share my alcohol-related experience. I first came to AA for help because alcohol had dissolved my moral fiber to the point where I got so drunk I took LSD to “go alongContinue reading “Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C”

Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W

In its deeper sense AA is a quest for freedom–freedom under God. Of course the immediate object of our quest is sobriety–freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willing to dealContinue reading “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W”

The People Principle – Grapevine Article June 1987 by M.R.

We’re all human–why pretend to be perfect? I’m tired of all the goody, goody stories about AA and how simply great and wonderful everybody is. Let’s be real for a minute. In our drinking we all did our share of running away from reality and pretending things weren’t really “that bad.” They tell us inContinue reading “The People Principle – Grapevine Article June 1987 by M.R.”

No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S

With a sponsor’s tough love and unconditional acceptance, he finished his Fifth Step and got back into life At the meeting, he would sit facing the door. The vigil of a lonely man, I came to think of it as. The kind of vigil I used to maintain on a barstool, hoping for the rightContinue reading “No Longer Alone – Grapevine Article May 2020 by David S”

Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of a sponsee, his sponsor reflects back on life, service, and relapse in AA “Ken, I think something bad happened to Dan.” With those words, spoken softly over the telephone by a fellow recovering alcoholic early one evening last spring, my worst fears as an AA sponsor beganContinue reading “Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.”

The ‘Broad Highway’ of AA Spirituality – 3 Grapevine Articles

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 – 3 Grapevine Articles”

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”

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”