Big Book Meeting's Readings

The book Alcoholics Anonymous, aka The Big Book, is the basic text for the AA program of sobriety. "Alcoholics Anonymous" Copyright 2012 AAWS, Inc. All Rights, Reserved. Short excerpts used by permission of AAWS
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Where I got sober (Kansas City) almost all the meetings were bb or 12x12; no open discussion at all. So I read the book alot and heard it commented on alot.
Yes this Meeting is a BB Meeting. But until now, it has just read the Personal Stories. (well and How it Works)

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We almost never read personal stories except Dr Alcoholic Addict. That might be called something different now.
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Spirit Flower wrote:We almost never read personal stories except Dr Alcoholic Addict. That might be called something different now.
Yeah it is now "Acceptance is the Answer".
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have - the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. page 124 BB

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But until now, it has just read the Personal Stories. (well and How it Works)
Most big book study around where I live only do till Dr Bobs Nightmare. In the old home group, they used to allow the person who runs the study to pick a story of his choice if we have a fifth Monday. I am really not sure how you could not have the recovery section of the book when we say its a big book meeting. The chapters There is a solution, More About alcoholism along with bill story and Doctors Opinion so vital to get across the 3 components of the disease. I am not sure if the stories at the back of the book dwell on the concepts to that extent.
Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism.(Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 92)

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Every Story in the back of the Book, has the basic theme of "What it was Like, What Happened, and What it is Like Now" on a individual's basis.

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Agree. If you take the Car Salesman story, there are is certain message they try to convey. You will see all three elements of the disease (spiritual malady, mental/insanity, then the last part the craving). And tell us up-front, what happens if we fail to enlarge our spiritual life. The peculiar mental twist concept could be transmitted to the newcomer with ease with those stories.Same is the case with Fred the accountant story. Where he fails to admit that he is an alcoholic.

There are key paragraphs in the chapter "There is a solution" where they only talk about the mind being the main problem. They back it up with those stories in the chapter more about alcoholism. What i see is, most read the doctors opinion and just stuck with the idea of powerlessness AFTER we take a drink.
Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism.(Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 92)

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Just joined today and this is my first chat room. So far it seems like a competition to see whos right and wrong regarding the big book. Guess I'll move on.

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 So far it seems like a competition to see whos right and wrong regarding the big book. Guess I'll move on.
So you couldn't resist opinining about the thread? Thats the power of the egoic mind. If you had noticed, it was civilized exchange. Nobody was eating each others out.
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avaneesh912 wrote:

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 So far it seems like a competition to see whos right and wrong regarding the big book. Guess I'll move on.
So you couldn't resist opinining about the thread? Thats the power of the egoic mind. If you had noticed, it was civilized exchange. Nobody was eating each others out.
And it's not for you when you can't resist opining about his opinion? Seriously, I'm getting lost in the opinions about what others say and do.
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I'm getting lost in the opinions about what others say and do.
Simply ignore.
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avaneesh912 wrote:
I'm getting lost in the opinions about what others say and do.
Simply ignore.
Okay, but seriously, why does your opinion about his opinion qualify for different criteria? I really don't get it. I'd like an answer. Don't worry, I know how to ignore the meaningless banter, but I don't understand how you think jumping in and pointing out that you believe someone else's comment is motivated by the "egoic (?)" mind is helpful to anyone.

I'm done. Answer or not. It's up to you.
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When I said egoic mind, it included my mind too. It gets caught up in the drama. This mind had to comment about very thing it didn't like. It could have appreciated the civilized exchange about the "big book study structure" but it didn't, it only saw something negative. Perhaps people come in with a stance and get offended. Its all about indentification with the mind. The ego.
Show him the mental twist which leads to the first drink of a spree. We suggest you do this as we have done it in the chapter on alcoholism.(Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 92)

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