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How much of the big book have I throroughly mastered?

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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A.A. Thought for the Day

For the past two months we have been studying passages and steps from the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Now why not read the book itself again? It is essential that the A.A. program become part of us. We must have its essentials at our fingertips. We cannot study the Big Book too much or too often. The more we read it and study it, the better equipped we are to think A.A., act A.A., and live A.A. We cannot know too much about the program. The chances are that we will never know enough. But we can make as much of it our own as possible. How much of the Big Book have I thoroughly mastered?

Meditation for the Day

We need to accept the difficulties and disciplines of life so as to fully share the common life of other people. Many things that we must accept in life are not to be taken so much as being necessary for us personally, as to be experienced in order that we may share in the sufferings and problems of humanity. We need sympathy and understanding. We must share many of the experiences of life, in order to understand and sympathize with others. Unless we have been through the same experiences, we cannot understand other people or their makeup well enough to be able to help them.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may accept everything that comes my way as a part of life. I pray that I may make use of it in helping other people.

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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by Member on Sep. 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM

 I remember sitting in the livingroom trying to master this big book i got a notebook taking notes high lighting ...the nine yards....and then same day going to store and buying beer. I also relapsed on the way back from a meeting stopped at a bar. So, what i'm saying is this time i know that i need more than knowledge of the big book or a 30 day chip ect. I need faith in my higher power, i need someone to call when i feel like i want a drink, I need to WANT this thing.

by Member on Nov. 2, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I had to chuckle at you trying to master the Big Book! I tried that once and all it got me was take the cotton out you ears and put it in your mouth. I thought I was the 1 year wonder and I had finally master the Big Book and I wanted to make sure that the old timers new I had! I hope you are doing well a day at a time! Robyn

by Member on Nov. 3, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Yep KeeKee I do too. I also find it with a recovery type of reading, like old Grapevines I have read too.

Quoting KeeKee77:

Thank you for reminding me I have to open my Big Book tonight =)

Every time I open it, no matter how many times I've read it, I always find something new. =)

by on Nov. 11, 2010 at 12:52 AM

I do the other program  NA   and  I have not  picked up my basic text in a while  and I have been laking my daily meditation  and going what I was doing before life got a little crazy.  I do my service commitments   I secretary a meeting on Friday nights and then I do H&I  once a month at a homeless shelter.   But I sometimes forget about my recovery.   Thank you ladies for reminding me.   

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