A.A. and The Big Book

There are many many 12 step recovery groups out there. Everything from Gamblers anonymous to Overeaters Anonymous and just about anything that more than one person in the world is suffering from. I think it’s great! The 12 steps are based on Christian principles straight from the bible. This may spark some debate, but it is true.

I’ve noticed that to some people, Bill W.; The co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and the man behind A.A.’s basic text, affectionately called “The Big Book” by A.A.’ers; is put on a somewhat undeserved pedestal. Now before you stop reading hold on. In my opinion and experience A.A. really does work, all of the A’s work, I’m focusing on A.A. because it was the first.

Bill Wilson was a little bit of a hard case. He was known to be a womanizer and a shrewd stock broker. However he had that personality, he knew how to get what he wanted out of life. No matter how hard he tried he couldn’t quit drinking! Bill W. had a sudden and powerful experience with God, as described in the Big Book…

Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It
meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn
in all things to the Father of Light who presides over
us all.
These were revolutionary and drastic proposals, but
the moment I fully accepted them, the effect was electric.
There was a sense of victory, followed by such a
peace and serenity as I had never know. There was
utter confidence. I felt lifted up, as though the great
clean wind o f a mountain top blew through and
through. God comes to most men gradually, but His
impact on me was sudden and profound.

Alcoholics Anonymous p.14 Second Edition.

As I mentioned earlier, I believe Bill W. is given credit where it was not due. I know that doesn’t make sense to you, but hear me out. I have read the Big Book several times and I am fully convinced that a stock broker with only 6 months of sobriety could not have written it on his own. I am convinced that the Big Book was divinely inspired to get through to a bunch of self centered, know it all, hard headed drunks! I’m one of them, and I managed to find God! God wants us all to be with Him in eternity. God is so awesome that he reached down and impacted this man, Bill W., so intensely that a society was able to spring up and now millions have found there way out and have developed a relationship with God.

The Promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and selfpity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Alcoholics Anonymous p 83-84 fourth edition.

This book is written so well it hasn’t been changed since 1935! It has stood the test of time and brought millions to freedom and peace. I thank Bill W. For publishing this book, but more importantly I thank God!


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