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EZ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Great Book for AA Beginners

    This is a great book to give to sponsees, especially those who have trouble with the standard Big Book. It's much easier to read but still follows the original text paragraph by paragraph. If you compare them side by side, you see that none of the content is missing. Of course, it's much shorter than the 400-page Big Book sold by AA's World Service Office because it covers only the main "bible" portion--the description of the AA program written by Bill Wilson and other AA founders in the 1930s. None of the personal stories, which are usually considered optional reading by AAs in the program, are included except Dr. Bob's Story. AA still holds the copyright on all the rest, so the author couldn't very well put them in. What the author of the EZ Big Book has done is translate the first 164 pages of Alcoholics Anonymous as published in 1939, which was written by Wilson and others as an instruction guide to recovering alcoholics.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Great book for AA newbies

    When I purchased this ebook, I read the reviews first. I was surprised at the one-star ratings and checked them out. Apparently none of the one-star folks had read the book. One complained that there were no stories. I think this book is intended mainly as a study guide or "stand in" for the guts of the original 1939 book, that is, the first 164 pages. It does include Dr. Bob's story, though. The people in my home group who have the book have a very favorable reaction, especially those who have trouble with the difficult, outdated language in the original. Also, women appreciate the absence of sexist language and the more inclusive approach to current lifestyles. After all, most recovering alcoholics are no longer affluent Christian men with nonworking wives at home. I'd especially recommend this book for newcomers, women with issues about sexist language, and people with limited reading skills. Actually, though, I read this ebook on my Nook whenever I have to wait in a doctor's office, etc. It's a great pick-me-up and makes the time pass quickly. I have good reading skills, but I find this revision MUCH more reader friendly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Great for aa members


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    Posted June 28, 2012

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