The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

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by Bill W., Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob Smith, William Silkworth M.D.
     
 
The Big Book was originally published in 1939 by Bill W. (William Griffith Wilson) and Dr. Bob (Robert Holbrook Smith). Together they founded the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) fellowship. The book serves as the basic text of AA. There has been a series of reprints and revisions, as well as translations into dozens of languages. The second edition (1955) consisted of 1,150

Overview

The Big Book was originally published in 1939 by Bill W. (William Griffith Wilson) and Dr. Bob (Robert Holbrook Smith). Together they founded the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) fellowship. The book serves as the basic text of AA. There has been a series of reprints and revisions, as well as translations into dozens of languages. The second edition (1955) consisted of 1,150,000 copies.


The book consists of over 400 pages. Bill's Story and Dr. Bob's Nightmare and the personal experiences of some alcoholics are detailed as well as the series of solutions which evolved to become the twelve step program. How to use the twelve steps is explained using examples and anecdotes. Some chapters target a specific audience. One chapter is devoted to agnostics, while another is named "To Wives" (the first AA members were only men), and still another is for employers. The second part of the book (whose content varies from edition to edition) is a collection of personal stories, in which alcoholics tell their stories of addiction and recovery.

The main goal of the book, according to many reports, is to make it possible for the reader to find a power greater than himself to solve his problem. The writers indicate that an alcoholic "of our type" can under no circumstances become a moderate drinker: only abstinence can lead to recovery. By way of anecdotal evidence, the example is provided of a man who, after 25 years sobriety, began to drink moderately and within two months landed in hospital. The reasoning is: once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.

In the book it is written that it is impossible to quit drinking by oneself. A new attitude or set of values also would not help. Whosoever is an alcoholic must admit that they cannot help themselves alone. Only a "higher power" can help. An example of a man named Fred is given, who had no control over his drinking, but finally leads an "infinitely more satisfying life" than before thanks to the previously unexplained spiritual principles of AA. In the introduction to the Big Book, Dr. Silkworth, a specialist in the treatment of alcoholism, endorses the AA program after treating Bill W, the founder of AA, and other apparently hopeless alcoholics who then regained their health by joining the AA fellowship. "For most cases," Dr Silkworth claimed, "there is no other solution" than a spiritual solution. Today "many doctors and psychiatrists" confirm the effects of AA.

Quote: Once more: The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.


Frequently mentioned sections are:

* the "Twelve Steps" at the beginning of Chapter 5 "How It Works"
* the "Twelve Traditions" in the Appendix
* the "Ninth Step Promises" in Chapter 6 "Into Action" preceding the 10th Step.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013610361
Publisher:
KyAn Publishing LLC
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
106,056
File size:
769 KB

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The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MrsHammer More than 1 year ago
Though the real meat of the BB is in the first 164 pages, I have found the subsequent stories to be real and essential contributions to my ongoing recovery. I really needed the fourth edition. My BB is falling apart. I will never get rid of it - ever - but the ebook edition is so much easier and nicer just to have with me. So accessible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that reading the Big Book on my nook was so much easier than reading the hardback book. There are several words that I was unfamilar with and I was able to use the tools on the nook to make meaning of them. This book is extremely helpful to anyone in the fellowship, trying to find the tools of sobriety. It is easy to highlight, bookmark, and make notes of all the information that you want to remember to go back to when the feeling of picking up comes. This book and this program is saving my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 4th has been out for few year When will that become avvvailabable
cjenkinson More than 1 year ago
to the point;true to the program. a must read for anyone who wishes to improve their life.
Frankie3 More than 1 year ago
I really needed the Fourth Edition..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iv only read part of 4th and would like to see it here but for free..if u charge for help then some people won't get help..there are some families that would like that help because of someone in their family
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CS7 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this version, but enjoyed the BB a few years before I decided it in fact applied to me. Assuming this one has no major differences from the original paperback, the best benefit to this is anonymity while reading on my Nook in public. ...'Cause it's not like everyone wants to sit in a coffee shop or library with such a personal text.
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