It is the basic text of the fellowship of alcoholics anonymous, and has helped large numbers of alcoholic men and women, young and old, recover as of december 2009, 30,664,881 copies of the big book have been sold or otherwise distributed source aa gso ny. The men who cry for money and shelter before conquering alcohol, are on the wrong track. Neither one of these actually match the story in the big book. Big book from the members of the aa history lovers edited by glenn chesnut preface 4th edit. This was the version of the big book distributed to friends and colleagues of aas founders before the first edition was printed. You are sure to find someone desperate enough to accept with eagerness what you offer. Copyright alcoholics anonymous world services, inc. The big discrepancy in the story is the amount of sobriety this man had full text below. The numbering of the 2nd reference is from the 2nd through the 4th editions which hasnt. More than 300,000 copies of the first edition are now in circulation. We find it a waste of time to keep chasing a man who cannot or will not work with you. Recovery book cover vinyl aa big book recoveryshop. The free version features the full text of the big book, prayers, personal stories, podcasts, meeting finder, and more. The fellowship still had little structure, however, and the 1960s were a period of struggle.
The big book of alcoholics anonymous, 2nd edition, chapter 1. Alcoholics anonymous big books for sale, find first, second, third, fourth and international editions. Alcoholics anonymous which we in aa affectionately call the big book. My creator, i am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. We agnostics is the fourth chapter of alcoholics anonymous, or the fifth if you include the doctors opinion. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions alcoholics anonymous alcoholics anonymous this is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. The original 1939 edition is a must have for anyone who has a passion for the history of alcoholics anonymous. But life among alcoholics anonymous is more than attending gatherings and visiting hospitals.
I recommend that every member have a copy, to enhance their personal commitment to recovery and alcoholics anonymous. Alcoholics anonymous aa is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. The text of this document, original manuscript, was left just as it originally appeared in 1938. I have provided a link in a couple of places on this page for your convenience, so you can get to the search page. Alcoholics anonymous big books for sale, first second. The book was written primarily by aa cofounder bill w. B1 alcoholics anonymous fourth edition 2001 of the big book, basic text of a. Alcoholics anonymous, from the title of its own book. To read a pdf version of the fourth edition of alcoholics anonymous. The need for more specific direction was readily apparent. We have a written inventory and we are prepared for a long talk.
Yet we do go to great extremes to provide each other with these very things, when such action is warranted. This is the fourth edition of the big book, the basic text for alcoholics anonymous. Big book changes these are the changes that have been made in the program portion of the big book the first 164 pages and the roman numeral pages since it was first published on april 10, 1939. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. How it works from pages 5860 of the big book of alcoholics anonymous rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions. Ready set go is for the newcomer and the old timer. This pdf file is an easyread large print ebook created in 2009 by major1212 at. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading alcoholics anonymous. Alcoholics anonymous big book 4th edition softcover hazelden. Because this book has become the basic text for our society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists a sentiment. The big book the main 164 pages, prayers, personal stories, and more. Since the first edition appeared, in 1939, it has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism.
Twelve steps and twelve traditions x alcoholics anonymous. The fourth edition of alcoholics anonymous, affectionately known as the big book, includes twentyfour new stories and continues to pass on aa s message of hope and recovery to millions. Alcoholics anonymous new books abookman, a book man, book. He attended church school, where he became rebellious at what he thought an overdose of religious education. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Do not be discouraged if your prospect does not respond at once.
Oct 31, 2002 buy alcoholics anonymous big book 4rev ed by alcoholics anonymous world services, inc. Big book is actually a nickname for the book that caught on so universally that the official name is almost never used. A community thirty miles away has fifteen fellows of alcoholics anonymous. Pdf version one this is a basic version of the text of alcoholics anonymous. Box 31, washingtonville, 109920031 ny alcoholics anonymous big book. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what youre looking for. This is the official website of the general service office g. Search the worlds information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Couple your bookmark order with a copy of the little big book dictionary to create the perfect recovery gift combination. In this story originally published in our little white book and added to the basic text at the second edition, a mother learns that she can come out of the paralyzing fear of addiction and turn her whole life around.
It requires those in attendance to listen to the material with an open mind and an open heart and in good faith with a desire to learn about aca recovery. The big book index is the perfect addition to any big book order and serves as a terrific gift for the newcomer. Call 419 5635905 or email abookman for more information, order a big book, or to sell your books. Home home faqs newcomers guide videos about the steps videos about a. The story on page 123 is the one that most closely matches the story in the book. Aa medallions, recovery medallions, big book, coins.
The text of alcoholics anonymous plain text version. Big book study guide alcoholics anonymous aa bill w. The only other options, as asserted by the big book, are jails, institutions, and death. Videos or graphic images may not be downloaded, copied or duplicated without the express written permission of alcoholics anonymous world services, inc. This sounds like a big order, and we cant do it all at once. New stories have been added to the personal histories.
There is one thing more than anything else that will defeat us in our recovery. Apart from the web site, there is no technical support for this. Sick in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and 12 traditions. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. When we decide who is to hear our story, we waste no time. Jan 22, 2016 the official name of the aa big book is alcoholics anonymous. To wives w ith few exceptions, our book thus far has spoken of men. The 164 and more book, ebook, and web site are all concordances which display passages from the big book alcoholics anonymous, the twelve steps and twelve traditions, and the a. Step eleven 96 sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with god as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the. Alcoholics anonymous big books abookman, a book man, book. Being a large place, we think that some day its fellowship will number many hundreds.
The original working manuscript is the missing link between bill wilsons first draft of alcoholics anonymous and the first edition. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. By the time the second edition appeared in 1955, membership had reached over 150,000, and the big book, a. I received a very nice book 2nd edition 16th printing not what i expected because of your picture. Aa books, aa literature, and aa pamphlets are just a few of the many items available for aa groups. Whether youre new to aa, or youre a seasoned veteran, this is the easiest and most useful app to aid in your recovery. Our activities in behalf of women who drink are on the increase.
This is the second edition of the book alcoholics anonymous, which made its first appearance in april 1939. Psychiatrist in big book alcoholics anonymous, 12 steps and. Alcoholics anonymousthe big book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. Practicing these principles in all our affairs means practicing them at home more importantly than anywhere else. Big book overview alcoholics anonymous or the big book as it is commonly called was first published in 1939 and was subtitled the story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism generally known as the big book because of the thickness of the paper used in the first edition is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, primarily written by william g.
Business failure, insanity, fatal illness, suicide these calamities in his immediate family embittered and. Below are copies in various formats of the big book. This basic text is based on an outline derived from our white book, narcotics anonymous. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. Cofounder bill wilson began writing it in april 1938 at the business office of new york member hank p. If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading. Reading guide for we agnostics amethyst recovery center. Chapter 2 of the big book of alcoholics anonymous, 2nd edition. Isbn 0916856011 library of congress catalog card no.
Wilson, one of the founders of alcoholics anonymous aa. We didnt become addicted in one day, so remembereasy does it. Here is a pdf version of the first 164 pages found in all aa books. I feel its important for a recovering alcoholic to encounter the history of aa because they need to know where aa came from and what made and makes alcoholics anonymous tick. For years thereafter he was dogged by trouble and frustration.
Click here to find out more about the full version for windows which includes this and a whole lot more. Membership grew rapidly for a time and then began to decline. We welcome you to read this text, hoping that you will choose to share with us in the new life we have found. Parkhurst at honors dealers, 17 william st, newark, new jersey. The aa program of recovery is set forth in the twelve steps aa was founded in 1935 in akron, ohio. Aa is nonprofessional, selfsupporting, and apolitical. Chapter 7 working with others p ractical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. There is every evidence that women regain their health as readily as men if they try our suggestions.
Welcome to ready set go adult children of alcoholics. The white book, narcotics anonymous, was published in 1962. If you wish to be contacted please fill out the form below and click submit. Prevent damage to your big book with this vinyl book cover ft. The family afterward how can the hurt feelings, anger, fear, guilt and remorse be assuaged. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.
The first draft of a book titled living msum map pdf clean was created in 1983, but the history of this project goes back. The big book speaks of 25 years of sobriety and the other states he had 5 years sober. The whytehouse is, i hope, a way to find that special phrase or saying etc. Alcoholics anonymous aa maintains a worldwide presence, with more than 2 million members and 110,000 groups in over 180 countries. We, of alcoholics anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.
Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking. Hank p, whose big book story is the unbeliever, started aa in new jersey. Pdf version based upon the text of the windows help version and published by arid media. Inquiry by scientific, medical, and religious societies will be welcomed. It is the first text written about the experiences of the founders of the a. This is a link to the complete 4 th edition of the aa bigbook online. First published in 1939, alcoholics anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. The text of alcoholics anonymous formatted just as plain as can be to be used on the widest variety of computers. It is my hope that you will find this site useful to you and our friends of bill w. Alcoholics anonymous and the big book are registered trademarks of a.
But we must not use this as a mere excuse to postpone. Alcoholics anonymous 4th edition alchoholcs anonymous world servces on. Editions of alcoholics anonymous by alcoholics anonymous. Personal stories, relatedness, attendance and affiliation by stephen strobbe chair. The big book index bookmark features 25 of the most commonly used entries from the little big book dictionary. With the appearance of the new book a great deal began to happen. The first eight chapters are based on the topic headings in the white book and carry the same title. A copy of the original manuscript can be downloaded and printed out by clicking the image of the first edition big book at the top of this page. Plain text big book alcoholics anonymous books, software. Each 1st reference given in red is from the first edition. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. She claims her seat as a woman in na and hopes that one day more women will find recovery. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.
If you have tried to quit using alcohol or other drugs and were unable to stop, now is this time to ask for help. And any suggestion that aa might be a flawed program, or not right for every addict, is met with. But what we have said applies quite as much to women. I collect aa big books, this one signed by bill wilson 1955 new york. This book is the shared experience of the fellowship of narcotics anonymous.1205 974 1460 625 593 1083 940 833 671 1329 348 121 1456 331 1147 612 1110 736 80 84 496 1277 269 1398 171 474 1462 382 1314 248 1402 1225