EZ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: A Translation for 21st Century Readersby An Anonymous Member of A.A.
The EZ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is a page-by-page "translation" of the original Alcoholics Anonymous published by AA founder Bill Wilson in the 1930s. It is intended to carry the AA message to modern readers who find the original Big Book hard to digest for any reason. The language is gender-neutral, and references to spirituality are more/i>/i>
The EZ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is a page-by-page "translation" of the original Alcoholics Anonymous published by AA founder Bill Wilson in the 1930s. It is intended to carry the AA message to modern readers who find the original Big Book hard to digest for any reason. The language is gender-neutral, and references to spirituality are more inclusive.
The book shows you how to:
Find a personal Higher Power
Livei n the now
Face problems fearlessly
Discover the real "you"
Make great friends in AA
The anonymous author of this work has taken a bold step by updating the language of the original Big Book, which has barely changed since its introduction in 1939. -John Elm, PhD, AA member
Finally, a version of the 'Big Book has arrived that's as inclusive as the program itself. The language does not assume the reader is male or Christian. -Jules Cardello, LMSW, Social Worker
The simple, direct writing makes the message of the Big Book much easier to understand without any loss of meaning. -Anonymous AA Member
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I wanted a NOOK version of the Big Book. This book ends rather abruptly at page 102. Did I get all of the book? I reviewed the 3rd edition of the big book. It has 575 pages. First 151 pages covers Chapters 1 through 11. EZ Big Book covers Chapter 1-11 in 102 pagesthen ends abruptly. The remaining 400+ pages of the Big Book (and not in the EZ Book) is full of personal stories and important information. The EZ Book only covers the first 11 chapters and in my opinion makes no significant improvement on the original text, unless you are hung up on gender issues. I am dissapointed.
For years, AA members have been crying for a revision of the 1939 Big Book--which outlines the AA 12-step program. The original is over 70 years old and has never been updated. It's hard to read, with long sentences, big words, and terms not familiar to today's readers. People without college degrees often can't get through it. That means that many alcoholics who need the Big Book the most never read it. Plus, the language is sexist and lifestyle stereotypes abound. That's not to say the original isn't a great book. It's our AA Bible. The problem is, what good is it if people won't read it? The EZ Big Book makes a great study aid. You can lay it next to the original Big Book and compare them, paragraph by paragraph. The content is all there. The EZ Big Book is just much, much more digestible and enjoyable to read. It's now a bestseller on Kindle and has only recently been put on Nook.
The big book is absolutely worth buying. regardless it is the most amazing work I've ever read it is keeping me sober and I thought I would never ever get sober it is taught me the fundamentals of what life is supposed to be and not what I expect it to be everybody has their own story but you find yours in there more than once and every chapter and it's a miracle and those big "sentences" and those "hard" words that people are complaining about, that gives you an opportunity to learn and grow, not get lazy and buy an "easy" big book. You won't get the message that Bill and Bob stress to share. get the original one have a good day! One day at a time!
This book came out when I was ten years sober. When I bought it, I worried that the text might not contain everything in Bill Wilson’s 1939 version—the only version available through AA’s World Service Office. But it’s all there. Even when I compared the paragraphs side by side, I found nothing was missing. I first bought the EZ Big Book because I was tired of the sexist language in the 1939 book, plus the lifestyle stereotypes. For example, the original has a chapter titled, "To Wives." The author of the new book changed it to "To Partners." The EZ Big Book gets Bill Wilson's full message across without the reader being aware that the new version is gender neutral. As a bonus, references to Higher Power are now much more conclusive. You don't have to be a Christian to identify with spiritual references. I'm not a Christian, and I'm quite comfortable with the language. The book refers to "God" occasionally but more often uses the term "Higher Power" and other more inclusive terms. My sponsees LOVE the book. Of course, they can’t use it Big Book study meetings because of the differences in language. But at least they READ this book at home. I’ve given copies to a few recovering alcoholics whose reading skills are shaky, and they seem particularly appreciative of this revision.
Has anyone went through this book? I have the big book in hard copy and wanted to know if this was worth buying