Alcoholics Anonymous: Personal Stories

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It's more than a book. It's a way of life.

Alcoholics Anonymous-the Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide.

First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease.

Personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse ...

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Overview

It's more than a book. It's a way of life.

Alcoholics Anonymous-the Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide.

First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease.

Personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship.

Key features and benefits

· the most widely used resource for millions of individuals in recovery

· contains full, original text describing AA program

· personal stories

We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all.
It is important that we remain anonymous because we are too few, at present to handle the overwhelming number of personal appeals which may result from this publication. Being mostly business or professional folk, we could not well carry on our occupations in such an event. We would like it understood that our alcoholic work is an avocation.
When writing or speaking publicly about alcoholism, we urge each of our Fellowship to omit his personal name, designating himself instead as "a member of Alcoholics Anonymous."
Very earnestly we ask the press also, to observe this request, for otherwise we shall be greatly handicapped. We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word. There are no fees or dues whatsoever. The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. We are not allied with any particular faith, sect or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.
We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly form those who have commenced work with other alcoholics. We should like to be helpful to such cases. Inquiry by scientific, medical, and religious societies will be welcomed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789562912655
  • Publisher: Beta Nu Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/20/2006
  • Edition description: Big Book Special Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 295,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Instrumental in Keeping Millions Sober

    This book, written by AA founder Bill W., is affectionately known as the Big Book by millions of AAs, and has been reproduced in countless languages. Bill and others tell their personal stories, how the AA program works, and how it saved their lives. For those in recovery, it's meant to be used in conjunction with attendance at AA meetings and work with other alcoholics. However, anyone needing information about alcoholism, and certainly those living with alcoholics, will find this book invaluable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

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    I am NOT an Alcoholic...

    ...but I found the principles presented in this book to be timeless and to be universally applicable. Dr. Bob and Bill W. stumbled onto principles of life which has been codified into the "Twelve Steps." There is some question about the historical presentation in this book, but millions of alcoholics (and other habitual 'lics) can testify to the power of the principles and practices this book presents.

    As a clergy person I can identify both the psychological and theological concepts being addressed. I highly recommend this book for all religious and theraputic counseling practitioners, as well as those of us who find some part of our lives spinning out of control.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    I all else has failed try this book.

    The review above, is silliness.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    A Very Large Part of My Life

    This book is forever within my reach. The stories may be dated but the message will always remain the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    AA

    The BIG BOOK is saving lives every day. There is NO religious indoctrination in this book. There is the constant message of HOPE. These are stories of alcoholism by alcoholics.Those who have survived. No program offers quick fixes. This is the book to read over and over again if you want to remain sober.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    Harmful Messages? Nice, that's exactly what a person dying from alcoholism needs to read!

    When this book was first given to me, I was extremely reluctant to read it. I am a recovering alcoholic with close to three years of sobriety and can honestly say, 'This book SAVED my life!' Before getting sober, I read a myriad of books related to the recovery of alcoholism. I desparately sought for anything to alleviate the incomprehensible demoralizing nightmare my life had become. I believe this book was first published in 1935, and while the first 164 pages have not been altered, there have been four editions published reaching millions worldwide. For some this book may seem rudimentary 'relating little to alcoholism, and lots to religious indoctrination and deflation of ego.' This book, written by alcoholics to alcoholics, provides a program of recovery for anyone lost and beaten down by this insidious disease. With an emphasis on the importance of honesty, open-mindedness and willingness, this book has given me the gift to acknowledge that I have been fortunate enough to live a completely new life, one free of not only alcohol but also the pain that ensues due to alcoholic drinking. This book doesn't push religious indoctrination but rather suggests seeking the help of a higher power in order to stay sober one day at a time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    The BIG Book

    This book is very important, not only in AA but Al-Anon too. Mary Pearl has made this very clear. The 'Big Book' is the gateway to experience, strength, and hope. If you haven't heard Mary Pearl T.'s speech 'An Al-Anon's Experience with the Big Book', I suggest that you listen to it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2004

    It contains a design for living that works for me

    This book contains the principals, that I try to live my life by. It has worked for me and countless others. I am grateful for 5 years of sobriety.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    The Bible of AA

    This is the 'bible' of AA. It's the book handed out at meetings and has helped keep thousands sober.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Life Saver for those aflicted

    While the front portion of this book was written in 1939, it still applies to my life today. This 4th Edition updated some of the personal stories in the back of the book to better reflect its membership today.

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