In All Our Affairs – Grapevine Article July 1956 by H.W.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs WORDS HAVE A WAY of taking on an entirely new significance when we enter into the new world opened up to us by AA sobriety. We allContinue reading “In All Our Affairs – Grapevine Article July 1956 by H.W.”

Attitude Adjustment – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Gee

A nice way to start the day I am an alcoholic who has been sober and recovering for just over eight months now. What an incredible ride it has been. From the moment I pulled open the doors to my very first meeting, I felt something different, something good was going to happen. Those doors,Continue reading “Attitude Adjustment – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Gee”

To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188

In our belief, any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes wholly to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to doContinue reading “To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188”

In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.

A report from Phuket, Thailand The moment of silence before we begin meetings here in Phuket has taken on new levels of significance since December’s tsunami. Many of us have shared as to how the principles of AA have guided our actions in attending the wounded, searching for the dead, and helping to rebuild theContinue reading “In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.”

The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.

It may be heard in the rising and falling of a child’s breath at night In May 1993, I entered the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the midst of a very painful divorce resulting from years of alcohol abuse on my part. My two children, aged two and three at the time, were caught inContinue reading “The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.”

Surrender – Grapevine Article June 1974 by T.C.

Some paradoxes in the AA way of life By not hiding my defects, I find them hidden,and by revealing my faults, I see them dissolved. In losing face, I get grace,and the way up is down. In making amends, I am amended,and in dispensing right, right comes to me. By giving it away, I keepContinue reading “Surrender – Grapevine Article June 1974 by T.C.”

What’s Our Problem: Lack Of Power- Practice These Principles – Ray A.

As we start again our journey through the Big Book, it may be good to be reminded why the decision was made to begin the Big Book with the ’Doctor’s Opinion’. The explanation below relates why Bill came to believe it essential that this ‘new idea’ of alcoholism as an incurable, fatal, progressive disease beContinue reading “What’s Our Problem: Lack Of Power- Practice These Principles – Ray A.”

Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W

Note – The section of this article in bold below may be a useful way of supplement to the section of the AA Big Book Chapter ’A Vision For You’ which recounts the humbling origins of A.A. and the essential beginning of one alcoholic helping another that is still its foundation. You can see thisContinue reading “Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W”

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.”

Uncover , Discover and Discard – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book & Sandy B Talk

Sandy B. Step 10/11 Talks Sandy B., one of the most effective AA speakers over the last 30 years, delivered an outstanding talk about Step 10/11 that is both very entertaining and incredibly insightful. If you enjoy this talk , you might want to check out other talks from Sandy which are all accessible from the Recordings Menu of theContinue reading “Uncover , Discover and Discard – Mashup of 12 & 12 with Big Book & Sandy B Talk”