There is no substitute for working the steps as presented in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Books of Interest

b 1 bigbookAlcoholics Anonymous (Hard Cover)

Fourth edition (2001) of the Big Book, basic text of A.A. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. Chapters describing the A.A. recovery program remain unchanged. New stories have been added to the personal histories.

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newpairA New Pair of Glasses –  Chuck C

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This series of talks in the podcasts was eventually transcribed into the book "A New Pair Of Glasses"

Chuck C. was born in 1902, and got sober in A.A. in January 1946.  In these 1975 original recordings of Chuck C. at the Pala Mesa Men's Retreat, Chuck shares his experience, strength and hope about recovering from alcoholism. He tells how he recovered from a "tongue-chewing, babbling idiot drunk". 

The Pala Mesa Men's Retreat had 64 AA men attending, these recording were made by one of these men on a small tape recorder.

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Joe & Charlie: The Big Book Comes Alive

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This is a transcript of the Big Book workshop that Joe and Charlie have done around the world.

The Joe & Charlie Journey to Recovery in "THE BIG BOOK COMES ALIVE" is a book that you'll want to read for your own recovery as well as get one for your friends too. 

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stepswetookThe Steps We Took

The author is "Joe", from The Joe and Charlie Workshop Recordings

The words of this book's title are said aloud every day by thousands of people meeting together to help each other recover from addictions.

This is a book of plain-spoken wisdom for people with addictions and people who love them. Joe McQ has been a student of the Twelve Steps for twenty-eight years. He, like tens of thousands of others, lives them every day, one day at a time.

In The Steps We Took, Joe takes us through them, one Step at a time, and helps us understand how they work―and how they can change our lives.

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Ebby: The Man Who Sponsored Bill W.

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This is book is both a fascinating history of the formative years of AA, as well as the bitter-sweet tale of the troubled man Bill W. always referred to as "my sponsor."

Ebby T was an old drinking friend of Bill W and later his sponsor in AA. He is credited with introducing Bill to the initial principles that AA would soon develop, such as one alcoholic talking to another. 

He sparked the creation of AA but was unable to maintain long term sobriety. Bill always called Ebby his "sponsor," and even though he had returned to drinking, Bill looked after his friend's welfare for the rest of his life. Ebby struggled on and off with sobriety over the years, and ultimately died sober in 1966.

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The Study Edition of The Big Book 2nd Edition

I have one of these and it is one of my favorite items, a really excellent and useful for book study meetings or as a gift to a newcomer, this is a great resource!

The First 164 pages of The Big Book with lined blank pages opposite each page of text for note taking.

  • Includes the original foreword
  • The Doctor's Opinion
  • Dr. Bob's Story.
  • Bound in black bonded leather or in paperback

Paragraph numbers along side the text for easy reference.  Entire Original Manuscript (about) including the stories. Easy to read retyped version. Includes paragraph numbers corresponding to the modern text for easy comparison.  

Footnotes explaining historical and obscure references in the text.  

Footnotes documenting all 79 differences between the modern text and the original 1st printing text of the 1st 164 pages (about). Yes, believe it or not, the basic text has been changed 79 times since it was first published.

Two place keeping ribbons.  Special "lay flat" binding.

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The Little Red Book

In 1942, Ed W. began teaching the “Twelve Step Study” classes that helped the Minneapolis Group achieve their 75% recovery rate. Then in 1946, he and Barry C. (The first sober A.A. in the state) published the lectures used for these classes as a book. Initially titled The Twelve Steps, it was affectionately nicknamed “The little red book.” 

Back in print for the first time in more than 65 years, the original 1946 edition reveals firsthand how some of A.A.’s earliest members made the program their way of life. Everyone from newcomers to oldtimers will find a wealth of practical experience in this comprehensive guide to the Twelve Steps.

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backtoBack To Basics - The Alcoholics Anonymous Beginners Meetings "Here are the steps we took..." in Four One Hour Sessions 2nd Edition

 

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Based on AA beginners classes popular in the 1940s that were conducted by different groups of AA.

[I was a little facinated by this bit of AA history I knew nothing about. I did a little research and have reprinted a lengthy article about the beginner classes here. ]

In this book, Wally P. will take you through the Twelve Steps as they were taken by the early A.A. pioneers. You will learn how to develop a direct two-way communication with the "God of your understanding", and how to follow the "Guidance" you receive.

You will have the opportunity to experience the life changing spiritual awakening that occurs as the direct result of completing the Twelve Steps in four one-hour sessions. In addition, you will learn how to become a "life changer" by carrying this life-saving message of hope to others.

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