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I really struggled with how to rate the Big *BOOK I VE BEEN SOBER FOR OVER 9 YEARS *I ve been sober for over 9 years and I stopped being a semi regular AA probably 5 years ago And I was NEVER an AA Nazi at all I never officially did all the Steps and I m pretty sure I ve never ven read the ENTIRE Big Book BUT after I had been sober for 9 months on my own and went to my first Book BUT after I had been sober for 9 months on my own and went to my first out of just a desperation to be around SOMEONE who might understand all the Nerds emotions I was going through it meant so much to be able to share my sobriety and my struggles with other sober and struggling people Having the Big Book and the 12 12 to pore over AT THAT TIME absolutely made a difference and I will always treasure AA However I never could get totally comfortable with the god part of the programven then and I have grown TOTALLY beyond all of that now In fact I know now that AA is no better at getting and keeping people sober than just uitting cold turkey or any other recovery program So with my rating I tried to balance the importance of AA in my In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, early recovery with the criticism of it that Iventually developed WOW This is going to be a hard review to write When I told my husband that I planned to review this book he laughedIsn t that like saying I m going to review The Holy BibleWhy yes yes it isIn fact this book is much like The Holy BibleLike my daughter s 6th grade math teacher has his students create A Math Bible with math notes in a composition bookthis is a Bible that was written by AlcoholicsFunny the alcoholics familiar with AA affectionately call this book The Blue Bible or The Big Blue BookThis book is jam packed with wisdom JAM PACKED It starts with bits of wisdom from the founders of AA with their reveal of the 12 steps and how to work the AA program But the bits of wisdom I Bark enjoyed best were the bits I gleaned from all the personal stories I was left feeling totallynlightened The honesty of the storytellers was a breathe of fresh air They gave me a greater understanding and love for alcoholics and all addicts They somehow helped me have a respect for alcoholics On Such a Full Sea especially a respect for the ones bravenough to break free Most of all I now after finishing the book have a greater appreciation for human life and the fragility of the human It is so vital that we as humans help Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! each other to learn how to affectively deal with our issues And in one sentence that is how I would describe AA and it s mighty Bible It s a place where people go to helpach other learn and deal with issues Because all people have issues and lots of people don t know how to deal with them Unfortunately instead of learning how to get happy people give themselves permission to live drunk which isn t living at allIf you think that you could live a happier life read this book I promise it will leave you with a greater understanding of yourself and what you need to do to resolve your issues and to have self respect serenity peace happiness and joy I personally feel much humble yet powerful peaceful yet productive happy yet thoughtful and most of all in touch with myself and who I am who God wants me to be and how He is going to help me get thereI decided shortly into the book that in my review I would just share the bits that I loved Writing a review is like writing a review of The Holy Bible You can t communicate the power by stating your opinion You can share the verses and hope the reader will feel its power So here are the words verses that communicated to me in the order I read themp 100 ALCOHOLICS ARE SICK AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE When working with a man and his family you should take care not to participate in their uarrels You may spoil your chance of being helpful if you do But urge upon a man s family that he has been a very sick person and should be treated accordingly You should warn against arousing resentment or jealously You should point out that his defect of character are not going to disappear over night Show them that he has Cannibal entered upon a period of growth Ask them to Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share theirxperience strength and hope with ach other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholismThe only reuirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking There ar. ,
The hidden doubts and struggles behind the alcoholic lifestyle As a Christian I think that this is the first book that I ve ver read that really takes sin seriously It is the first book That Really Gets Romans 715 I Do really gets Romans 715 I do understand what I do For what I want to do I do not do but what I hate I do That is the cry of Man, Son of Man every Christian aboutvery sin I would actually recommend this book to any Christian Just make a few strategic replacements alcohol for sin and spiritual Alter Ego experience for Jesus Here are a few of my favorite uotesOnce in a while he may tell the truth And the truth strange to say is usually that he has no idea why he took that first drink than you have Some drinkers havexcuses with which they are satisfied part of the time But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it Once this malady has a real hold they are a baffled lot There is the obsession that somehow someday they will beat the game But they often suspect they are down *for the countAt a certain point in the drinking of very alcoholic he *the countAt a certain point in the drinking of very alcoholic he into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail This tragic situation has already arrived in practically Uncommon Wisdom every case long before it is suspected The fact is that most alcoholics for reasons yet obscure have lost the power of choice in drink Our so called will power becomes practically nonexistent We are unable at certain times to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation ofven a week or a month ago We are without defense against the first drinkThe idea that somehow someday he will control and Unseen City enjoy his drinking is the great obsession ofvery abnormal drinker The persistence of this illusion is astonishing Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or deathFaith without works was dead he said And how appallingly true for the alcoholic For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and Art enlarge his spiritual life through work and self sacrifice for others he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead If he did not work he would surely drink again and if he drank he would surely die Then faith would be dead indeed With us it is just like thatThat the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty that he obviously knows what he is talking about that his whole deportment shouts at the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer that he has no attitude of Holier Than Thou nothing whateverxcept the sincere desire to be helpful that there are no fees to pay no axes to grind no people to please no lectures to be God Is in the Crowd endured these are the conditions we have found mostffective After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again None of us makes a sole vocation of this work nor do we think its Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard effectiveness would be increased if we did We feel thatlimination of our drinking is But A Beginning A Much Important Demonstration a beginning A much important demonstration our principles lies before us in our respective homes occupations and affairsIf a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism many of us would have recovered long ago But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us no matter how much we tried We could wish to be moral we could wish to be philosophically comforted in fact we could will these things with all our might but the needed power wasn t there Our human resources as marshalled by the will were not sufficient they failed utterly Lack of power that was our dilemma We had to find a power by which we could live and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves Obviously But where and how were we to find this Power Well that s The Matriarchs (The Family exactly what this book is about Its main object is tonable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problemEven so has God restored us all to our right minds To this man the revelation was sudden Some of us grow into it slowly But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us. Rpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobrietyFeaturesOriginal First Second Edition ForwardsDoctor's OpinionMain 164 PagesSpiritual Experience40 First and Second Edition StoriesMain 164 pages include page numbers regardless of font size or page flo.