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B-1 - Alcoholics Anonymous- Big Book 4th Edition. Alcoholics Anonymous. This is the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, the basic text for Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have . Twerski also praised the ability of the step program to treat other. Alcoholics Anonymous-The Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions .. see a two star review and write it off, when it might indeed be able to help them.
The idea for the book developed at least as early as , when Bill W. Bob realized their system had helped over 40 men stay sober for more than 2 years.
The book was meant to carry their message far and wide. Wilson started writing the book in  with the financial support of Charles B. The book serves as the basic text of AA. There have been a numerous reprints and revisions, In addition to translations into dozens of languages. The book is published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services and is available through AA offices and meetings, as well as through booksellers.
The 4th edition is also freely available online. The book  consists of over pages. Bill's Story and Dr. Bob's Nightmare and the personal experiences of some alcoholics are detailed as well as the series of solutions which evolved to become the twelve-step program. How to use the twelve steps is explained using examples and anecdotes.
Some chapters target a specific audience. One chapter is devoted to agnostics , while another is named "To Wives" most of the first AA members were men , and still another is for employers. The second part of the book whose content varies from edition to edition is a collection of personal stories, in which alcoholics tell their stories of addiction and recovery.
The main goal of the book is to make it possible for the reader to find a power greater than himself to solve his problem. The writers indicate that an alcoholic "of our type" can under no circumstances become a moderate drinker: By way of anecdotal evidence, the example is provided of a man who, after 25 years sobriety, began to drink moderately and within two months landed in hospital.
The reasoning is that once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. The book contends that it is impossible for an alcoholic to quit drinking by oneself. A new attitude or set of values also would not help. Whosoever is an alcoholic must admit that they cannot help themselves alone.
Only a "higher power" and the community can help. An example of a man named Fred is given, who had no control over his drinking, but finally leads an "infinitely more satisfying life" than before thanks to the previously unexplained principles of AA.
Today "many doctors and psychiatrists" confirm the effects of AA. At the time of the publication of the first edition, The Big Book was typically well received by most critics, referred to by one reviewer as "the greatest redemptive force of the twentieth century.
To the professional person it is at first a bit misleading in that the spiritual aspect gives the impression that this is another revival movement" and that "it is more impressive to the professional person to watch the technique in action than to read the book. The review that appeared in the October volume of the Journal of the American Medical Association called the book "a curious combination of organizing propaganda and religious exhortation…in no sense a scientific book. It is all on the surface material.
When the second version of The Big Book was released in , reviewers once again gave their opinions, with reception still mostly positive. One reviewer stated that the pages of the book were American legend and would "remain there, through the full history of man's pursuit of maturity.
The journal Employee Assistance Quarterly in asked three professionals in the field of addictive behaviors to review the book, with each reviewer asked to answer the following questions: Albert Ellis called the book "complex and profound" and admitted it probably helped millions of people with addictions. Ellis found seven of the twelve steps to be useful to the recovering alcoholic: Some of his reasons for distrusting these steps included the contention that millions had overcome alcohol while remaining agnostic or atheist and that the necessity to accept belief in a Higher Power likely pushed more people away from the program than it drew in.
Ellis' analysis of the book was that it has some excellent views but that "A. Alan Marlatt also questioned the necessity of a need for a Higher Power but concluded that he was "impressed with the amazing success of A. If alcoholism is really a disease of the spirit for which alcohol is no real solution , then it makes sense that the religious fellowship of A.
Especially if it keeps its members sober, which A. Abraham Twerski was the most positive of the three experts, claiming that "the continuing relevance of the Big Book to today's alcoholic is precisely due to the fact that it does not seek to treat nor teach by its contents. A Book of Reflections by A.
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Showing of 2, reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. First, I would like to thank counselorchick, Kevin Johnson, bankee and any others who have obvious resentments towards AA. It is a fellowship of men and women who have the same desire to stay sober.
People who follow the program and commit to it eventually become happy, joyous and free. The program has evolved over time to what it is today. People who are cursed with this disease are NOT able to drink in moderation. I am not saying that I completely believe in the entire philosophy but most of it has merit.
There is only one person to blame for the behaviors we exubed. Look in the mirror for the guilty party. The negativity in these posts truly proves how restless, irritable and discontent you are. AA is not for everyone.
We are still there at every meeting, trying to help the next sick and suffering person. Simpley put this book will save your life and inspire you to find a path free of addiction.
The first half of the book is how it works in AA the second half is all inspirational stories that truely do inspire you to live a better free of addiction life.
Often at first when I first considered I might have an addiction problem I read the stories in the back of the book. I found every story I read was about me in some way. After a few reads I knew it was time to confront my addiction issues. Becuse of this book I am now free of my alcohol addiction and starting to piece my life back together. Any time I feel weak or need a bit fo inspiration I open the book and read for a while. This book is the back bone to AA and 12 step programs it will sve your life if you are honest ans willing.
Its said you must hit rock bottom before you can make the journey to recovery but maybe if you read this book you will find a way that you can avoid the horor of the rock bottom experience. Good luck to you may you find the peace and serenity you so deserve in life give this book a shot and you will find a new way of life. I'm not an alcoholic, but a good friend of mine suggested that I read this to gain a better understanding of "what she's all about.
Not only did it deliver on her claim in spades, but it provided me with one hell of a perspective on everything she and so many others have dealt with, and just how vital a group like Alcoholics Anonymous is. I love reading things that provide me with that level of insight.
Thank god for Paperback Verified download. Thank god for AA and other such programs. About this book- it explains everything. First half talks about how AA came to be and last half shares inspirational stories of other addicts and alcoholics who have worked the program and now lead sober lifestyles.
Very helpful and motivating. I'm so grateful for this book. My sweet daddy suffered from alcoholism and died unrecovered. Growing up in that, I had a lot of resentment and unresolved pain. This book showed me that my Dad was sick, and it helped me see that even though I do not drink- I was effected by alcoholism.
It makes more sense to me now, and it has helped me on my healing journey. I cannot recommend this enough! I know you get audio chapters on site I believe it is the 1st Edition. I love the 4th edition. I believe it is worth downloading even if you can hear it for free. Don't get the Kindle version if you need to refer to page numbers.
Cryptic "locations" see pic will not help if you want to use the "Big Book" for any serious work or study. There are plenty of free or online versions available that are paginated. As far as the actual content goes, who am I to argue with the cornerstone manuscript for a fellowship that has proven to help millions worldwide.
IMHO modern medicine will never be able to come close to this free and ubiquitous prescription for dealing with ALL addictions in MY lifetime at least. I use my phone, tablets, Mac and Kindle regularly, so this works well for me. The one thing that I would like to see different about this Kindle edition is to have the pages numbered just as they are for the paper book.
The table of contents can help to locate specific information, but generally, I feel that this ebook still falls short. It would be far easier to follow along with other readers and references made about specific passages during meetings and when working with others.
I would love to be able to go to a specific page and have the book handy wherever I go.
Other than that, this ebook is still nice to have whenever I want to read it.