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Alcoholics Anonymous: Big Book, First Edition Hardcover – July 26, 2007
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It perplexes me because this book has saved literally millions of lives. For anyone struggling with alcoholism, this is the way to get sober. The principles of the program can -- and have been -- applied to just about any addiction. This program is the foundation of Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and every other 12 step program. This is where it all started.
My pastor mentioned in church just today how the sprituality of people who've been in 12 step programs is sometimes especially striking. That's true. It's because if a person follows the 12 steps, they will find it a life-changing experience. They will not be exactly the same person they were when they started. For more on this, see a passage in the book known in the program that took its name from the book's title as "the promises."
If you read this book, also read the accompanying 12 Steps and 12 Traditions volume. The two go together -- though if you read only one read this one.
The book is especially helpful in dealing with the issue of a higher power.
The book goes way beyond what someone will find in a typical AA meeting. A person who is attempting sobriety needs this book, a sponsor and the meetings.
This is, statistically, the best shot there is at sobriety. This book and the program it spawned are an extraordinary gift for those who choose to accept them.
The newcomer might find the book somewhat dated. Stick with it. It's worth it. And, as time goes by, it will become clearer and clearer.
Yeah, I know, Page 417, "Acceptance is the answer..." but this should be an easy fix.
Reading the AA Big Book was fantastic for me, and I recommend it to anyone. If you are not an addict, it will certainly not harm you to try a 12-step program. You are likely to come out, as I did after 10 months, with a deep respect for what these programs do. Miracles are everyday events in these groups.
Some of the people who have written reviews here resisted the tenets of AA because they are unwilling to submit to a higher power. That's human nature. Anything else is itself a miracle.
My concerns about AA prior to reading the book were the opposite. I am a Christian and I was under the impression that the 12 steps are in conflict with that. Such is not at all the case. No one is going to try to hypnotize you!
Nor is a 12-step program going to tell you to avoid medical help. One of AA's founders was a doctor, and right from the start AA began saving lives that doctors knew they could not save. It still happens in AA, daily.
If you are ready to be inspired, read this book. You will understand yourself and other people better. If you don't feel ready to be inspired, maybe you need to read it even more.
I noticed one of the reviews complained about archaic language in the book. It's not that archaic. You don't need a glossary to read it, as you do with the King James Bible or Shakespeare!Read more ›
If you want page numbers, AA has the 4th edition online as a PDF file. you can e-mail the file to your kindle, without converting it (leave subject line blank in the e-mail). you can then just enter the page number in the search for text box.
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Whoever crafted this Kindle book probably knows little-to-nothing about AA book references. Most AA folks know what is on specific pages (417 for example), but the publisher of... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Joe
Excellent quality. Very pleased to share this book with a dear sober sister.Published 2 days ago by Elly Howatae
The Big Book has been on the top 100 books everyone should read. I agree, this is a wonderful book for so many reasons. Read morePublished 5 days ago by April
I shipped this to someone in prison that has a DWI offense. They were very happy to get it.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer