Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Great Book! Comment: This is a must own book for anyone who is in recovery - one day at a time from alcoholism. Every house should own this as part of your library and reading a bit of it daily. Your healthy sobriety depends on it.
Sobriety seems very difficult at times, but it passes when you have your structure in place.
It is soooo worth it!
Pocket of Pearls: A 30-day pocket workbook to start hearing a softer voice inside of you! Customer Rating: Summary: THE Manual on working the 12 Steps Comment: Everyone working a 12 Step program - regardless of what kind (ie, AA, DA, NA, etc) needs a copy of this book by their side. Bill W. wrote this many years after the Big Book came out, and he wrote it specifically to help people understand and work each of the 12 Steps. And what a masterful job he's done! This book should be required reading for everyone, but if you're lucky enough to be in recovery, you've got the perfect tool for helping you to get the most out of the 12 Steps.
I loved learning that one of my biggest problems was that I was driven by a hundred forms of self centered fear, all stemming from two core fears: either losing something I already had, or not getting something I demanded. How true! This book is filled with gems and discoveries that would take a lifetime for you to learn. The good news is that you can read it in a few hours!
Again, regardless of the type of 12 Step program you are in, get this book and read it as you work your steps. You will always be grateful you did!
Michael Z, Author of The Wisdom of the Rooms "A Year of Weekly Reflections" Customer Rating: Summary: Another Good Book Comment: A joy to read. Very informative. Twelve-step and twelve traditions, not just for alcoholics anonymous or recovery. Good for everyone. Customer Rating: Summary: Basically the best Comment: Simply the best basic recovery and personal spirituality text of the 20th century. Universal spiritual principles explained in clear, concise language. This book is the basis for thousands of self-help, spiritual psychotherapy, and self-awareness works that came after. Wonderful, relevant & powerful spiritual philosophy of living one day at a time. Customer Rating: Summary: Skip it Comment: .
Count me among the legion of AA members who think this book is a buggering mess. Bill Wilson wrote it while in the midst of a 5 year depression and it shows. Save for the essays on Steps 1 and 8, this book leaves most people more confused than enlightened.
I gave it two stars cause some of the Tradition essays have some good stuff if you're willing to wade into them.