AA abroad and books

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AA abroad and books

Postby ann2 » Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:04 am


I'm an alcoholic living in an isolated part of Finland. I got sober in the states and so have a lot of opinions about the differences I have made generalizations about between my experience with my one small group here :D and my several years of intense meeting attendance in Boston.

AA in Europe can never be like American AA, cultural differences make that impossible, but the warmth and sharing I get in my meeting keeps giving me courage to explore my own program through the literature.

I make use of the literature a lot, and I am grateful I can read all "basic texts" in their own language. If you have ability in English, please consider ordering some books.

When I was reviewing this I wondered if AAs in foreign countries get exposed to the breadth of literature AA offers, so I thought I'd quote at length from some material developed by Dean and the e-AA group on the topic of literature:

---------- begin outrageously lengthy quoting----

There are numerous pamphlets that might be of interest if you are new to A.A. A number of them can be read online at the A.A. World Services website: http://www.aa.org. (http://www.aa.org/default/en_services.cfm)

"Alcoholics Anonymous," also called "the Big Book," is available to read online: http://www.aa.org/bigbookonline/. It is our basic text, first published in 1939. The Fourth Edition was published in 2001. There are over 25 million copies in print. It is available in over 50 languages and various formats, including large print, Braille, and American Sign Language. It
outlines "the suggested steps and principles that early members believed were responsible for their ability to overcome the compulsion to drink" (from the pamphlet "44 Questions"). The Big Book also includes many personal stories of those who found sobriety through A.A.

Additional books published by A.A. World Services:

* "Experience, Strength, and Hope." Fifty-six retired stories from the first three editions of the Big Book.

* "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions," also called the "12&12." Co-founder Bill W.'s 24 essays on the Steps and the Traditions discuss the principles of individual recovery and group unity.

* "Living Sober." Practical 88-page booklet demonstrates through simple example how A.A. members throughout the world live and stay sober one day at a time. As one A.A. member recalls: "I found 'Living Sober' to be a book more in tune with my initial few months than some of the other texts. It gave me practical, real-world suggestions on simply getting through the day without drinking. Along with the Big Book and 12&12, 'Living Sober' was my 'read it now, cover to cover book.'"

* "As Bill Sees It." This collection of Bill W.'s writings is intended as a daily source of comfort and inspiration.

* "Daily Reflections." A.A. members reflect on favorite quotations from A.A. literature. A reading for each day of the year.

* "Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age." Bill W. writes about how A.A. started, how the Steps and Traditions evolved, and how the A.A. Fellowship grew internationally.

* "Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers." The life story of the Fellowship's co-founder Dr. Bob S., interwoven with recollections of early A.A. in the Midwest.

* "Pass It On." Biography of Bill W. and the development fo the Fellowship.

* "Came to Believe." A 120-page collection of stories by A.A. members who write about what the phrase "spiritual awakening" means to them.

* "A.A. in Prison: Inmate to Inmate." Thirty-two stories, previously printed in the A.A. Grapevine (see below), sharing the experience of men and women who found A.A. while in prison.


The A.A. Grapevine is the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is also referred to as "a meeting in print." The Grapevine has been published continuously, every month, since 1944. The A.A. Grapevine, Inc. also publishes several books that are compilations of previous articles centering on a specific theme, as well as "Language of the Heart," all of Bill W.'s Grapevine writings. For more information, visit the Grapevine web site at http://www.aagrapevine.org.


A.A. groups and local offices usually have literature available, and the Dallas, Texas, A.A. office maintains an online A.A. bookstore here: http://www.aadallas.org

----------with gratitude to Dean and e-AA-----

Hugs from Finland,

Ann (ann2)

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