Librarian s Note This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0916856011 9780916856014 Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A members and groups around the world Bill W s 24 essays on the Steps and the Traditions discuss the principles by which A.A members recover and by which the fellowship functions The basic text clarifies the Steps whichLibrarian s Note This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0916856011 9780916856014 Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A members and groups around the world Bill W s 24 essays on the Steps and the Traditions discuss the principles by which A.A members recover and by which the fellowship functions The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A maintains its unity.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Librarian s Note This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN Originally published in this classic book is used by A A members and groups around the world Bill W s ess
Beseeched by one of my clients to read it, I ve found that this is surely one of the great spiritual texts I would advise anyone to read it.It does, however, contain some offensive throwbacks to the mid twentieth century, when it was written, back when we were all the same, I guess It s sexist all alcoholics are men, it seems, to the dismay of their wives It s heterosexist Oh, wait That s not a throwbackAnyway, like the Bible and presumably many sacred texts, you have to ignore the bad in order [...]
I agree with my wise friend Wendell This book addresses much than alcoholism There is something very simple and clear about the twelve steps and twelve traditions something that can impart the sort knowledge that is useful to a broad spectrum of folks I am fascinated by the way the steps and traditions are arranged They seem to be constructed in an exceedingly intelligent way a way that discourages corruption, greed, gossipIt encourages sensible democracy and economy of thought, feeling and act [...]
I really struggled with how to rate the 12 12 I ve been sober for over 9 years now, 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 even read the ENTIRE Big Book BUT, after I had been sober for 9 months on my own and went to my first meeting out of just a desperation to be around SOMEONE who might understand all the emotions I was going through, it meant so much to be able to share m [...]
A great and must read adjunct to the Big Book, Alcoholic Anonymous Whereas that was written very early in the life of the A.A movement, when no one had than a handful of years of experience of sober life, this was written with the benefit of much insight and spiritual growth This is a very practical how to guide to applying the principles of the 12 Steps in one s personal life, and to applying the 12 Traditions to the thinking and decisions of groups Both have proven themselves as effective mo [...]
What s interesting about this book is that it poses a manual to a general reader about how to center one s self To maintain humility and discipline which appears to be the same thing, in different ways To a great degree the book presses urgency and the need for one to come to an understanding of reliance In order to be good we must be reminded of how bad we are not so that we give up trying, but so that we always have a ways to go Perhaps this is the lesson of religion here, that one should alwa [...]
foundation of recovery Love that its on my kindlet a huge exciting read, but I certainly have used it recently It is part of some basic literature that is the foundation for a 12 step recovery program for personal growth, and self accountability Its primary purpose is to help the person in recovery stay sober, but the 12 steps are so much than that They will help you learn about yourself, and grow in ways you would never imagine The best part is its free All that is required is you WANT it.
These essays where written 15 years after Bill Wilson wrote Alcoholics Anonymous There s a tremndous amount of insight into human behavior her, truly a treasure trove for anyone interested in the human mind the essays on the traditions are also an interesting proposal for an anarcistic governing system that actually has proven pretty successful A system that treasures personal independence, and de centralized local governing bodies.
This book is well worth keeping in your arsenal along with many other tools to help support your mental and emotional attitude when dealing with addiction or an addict, along with The Courage to Change and the AA s Blue Print for Success.
This book changed my life I have been sober since 8 12 1985 I think working the 12 steps are essential to staying sober and living a great life.
I live by this book I use the 11th step prayer every morning to this day For anyone that has had to walk down the path of Alcohol recovery, this book is a lifesaver
Great book Explains the 12 step process of recovery, step by step Includes information about the Traditions, or by laws, of AA, which is how the organization has survived since 1935.
great book and good reminders of the purpose of each step and tradition I know that i ll use this as a reference for the future.
This little book is a must read for individuals in a 12 Step program It not only is a compendium of some of the history of the 12 Step movement, but with the first half of the book dealing with the 12 Steps, the reader learns how to apply each step to his or her own life The book chronicles successes as well as a few failures It is a guide as to how to make the program work in the lives of those men and women who want to practice these principles in all their affairs The second half of the book [...]
Profound insight into modern day miracleAlcoholics Anonymous is a modern day miracle in that it s grown from it s founding to a worldwide movement that s helped thousands and thousands recover from their addiction to alcohol.This book explains the foundations of both the individual path to recovery as well as the institutional genius forged through many difficult mistakes along the way that enables AA to continue to help all who wish to stop drinking.
Helpful book and can help you sort out your life by following the tried and true principles for recovering alcoholics which guide you through living honestly, with integrity, using prayer and meditation to find peace and calm yourself, living unselfishly, letting go of resentments, and facing an uncertain future with dignity.
excellent book for addictions even if you don t take harmful substsnces.
I ve read this book in meetings and I read it to myself, just to go through it once sequentially in the beginning to help me to understand the recovery program of AA Only 5 10% of the people who go to meetings end up being sober which to me is a fantastic success rate, and makes me worry about the problem of addiction It s not the only group or method of recovery Each group is an autonomous unit and is self supporting You can t do studies about it, because it s anonymous, but research has confir [...]
I originally read this book unsure of what it would amount to It was definitely a difficult read especially compared to the usual books I read The premise of this book was exactly what the title outlined it wen t into detail about the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.To me this book was quite repetitive with in each step and tradition It also wasn t extremely relatable Like this excerpt, How he does cherish the thought that man, risen so majestically from a single cell [...]
Helpful to those who have a drinking problem My biggest issue with this book and the big book alcoholics anonymous was the God Concept Continually it mentions and thrives on this idea that you are powerless over alcohol and that your life has become unmanageable This is the centric theme of the texts but I can not accept it because I take the blame responsibility of my actions for myself Step 8 comes back to reality with make amends with those you have harmed with your addiction I can relate and [...]
I find this book even helpful than the Big Book in that it thoroughly, yet simply, explains both the 12 steps and the 12 traditions We are told that the steps help us get sober and the traditions, if understood and practiced, are what keep us sober and enable us to get along in society and in our interpersonal relationships Outstanding One benefits from this book whether alcoholic or merely suffering from the human conditions of life Better yet, this book does not preach, moralize or judge Thes [...]
Great read for any alcoholic or anyone working a 12 step program If you find out you re an alcoholic, you re picked up for something alcohol related, court ordered to go to AA or someone s worried about your drinking get one It will explain the 12 suggested steps of the program to you.And take it with you to the step meetings They often read the chapter corresponding to the step discussed from the book And if you think you might have a problem w alcohol but totally not sure read Step One
I read this to better understand friends and family who struggle with alcholism and addictions What I found was a very straightforward way of living that is useful for me and I imagine for many others It is a dated read with sexism and the like, however, given the intent of the message and the times in which it was written not to mention most studies show there are male than female alcoholics, I did not find it offensive.I recommend this title.
What can be said about a book that literally saved my life Really helps in the understanding of the cornerstones of the recovery process, the steps and traditions Although there are those that minimize the importance of this particular book in the recovery process, I found it to be very helpful and used it extensively early in my sobriety.
While this has been and I m sure will continue to be a priceless book for recovery, anyone going through rough times can benefit from the wisdom contained herein My take is that you don t necessarily need to be religious for the higher power step s , but at least some form of humility is recommended.
This discusses, in detail order, the 12 steps that a recovering alcoholic addict must take in order to get their act together The reasoning behind the steps traditions are explained Well worth reading if you are part of any 12 step program Anyone who isn t would probably be better off devoting their time to the Big Book.
Not the Big Book Some good useful stuff, but creates confusion regarding the program of recovery Dr Bob urged Bill NOT to publish this Bill did after Dr Bob s death.This book was never intended to be a guide to the program of recovery and or steps It is a collections of articles, letters and personal opinions.
I loved reading this book and understanding the workings behind AA It teaches about the traditions or guidelines of the organization I can see the blessings of keeping these traditions in place and it has blessed the organization to thrive over the years to bless so many lives, including my own.
Perhaps not fair to rate this as it is somewhat of a textbook guide to the program But, hey, it adds to my read list so I m going for it Both sets of 12 are generally read at meetings This is a descriptive expansion definition of each step and tradition.
This is just a a book the clearly explains each step and tradition of the AA 12 steps and traditions I would say if you are in AA this book would help you better understand why they were created.
This is a book that has helped save so many lifes A wonderful man and a wonderful message This book I think needs to be discussed among a group to really understand it, one can not digest it s full meanings without discussion with others Thank you Bill