Big Book

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Big Book

Postby stephbridget » Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:17 am

Instead of posting another step this week, I am going to just say share what you want or feel in regards to the BIG BOOK or your sobriety.


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Re: Big Book

Postby Carl » Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:06 pm

Hello, Carl P here. To be quite honest, the Big Book is sometimes difficult to read.

currently, I have to re-read the same paragraph over a dozen times before I stay in the moment.

ever paragraph I read causes my mind to drift to some memory of past drinking, or future dreams of sobriety granjure.

In time, I hope I can focus better, and get a deeper meaning out of the readings, than just the words.
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Re: Big Book

Postby PamW » Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:30 pm

Hey Carl,
When my mind did that, I learned to write down what came drifting into my head. God and I had a bit of a deal it seemed. If I would write stuff down he would give me a days reprieve from the stuff driving me insane (2nd step).
AND low and behold before long I had done my fourth step.
Lawdy be---I didn't even see it comin'
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Re: Big Book

Postby SteveC » Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:36 pm

Hey Carl!

Hang in there partner! I had the same problem in the beginning. The longer I was sober & the more meetings I went to & The more I talked with my sponsor, the clearer things became. Gotta remember, the Big Book was written in 1939 and the manner of speech has changed since then. Just keep at it & you'll soon get the hang of it.

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Re: Big Book

Postby stephbridget » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:27 am

Hey Carl,
I am a young one lol or so they say. The BB is very hard to just read. I find it helpful to get what I am able to out of it and ask questions. It has helped for me to keep it simple and not overanalyze. It would have taken me 5 years :) to interpret the whole book.
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Re: Big Book

Postby trent » Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:45 am

I got my first Big Book from a treatment center. I was 21 years old. I took it into the bathtub with me and read up to the stories. I remember really being in awe of how much I could relate to the description of the alcoholic in the first couple chapters. It fit me so well. It was, in a lot of ways, a relief to me. It explained a lot. One of the parts that really got me was: "He does absurd, incredible, tragic things while drinking. He is a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." That was me.

The problem was at that time I still thought I could control it, to fight it out with it. I was still young, I could still get away with. Oh, and one of the thoughts that really helped me keep going was thinking that if I could get my other problems taken care of I would not be like I was.

I did not understand or want the solution offered in the book.

After that I found being an alcoholic could be used as an excuse for some of my actions. But I could not fully concede to my innermost self.

At 24, still young but worse off then at 22, I got to a point where the light finally went off and I realized I really could not stop or control it and, somehow, I was able to fully concede. It was a turning point. I love this passage in the BB: "We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help. This we did because we honestly wanted to, and were willing to make the effort."

I am glad I took the 2nd option. But struggled even after that light went off. At times in my first year of sobriety that first option could seem more appealing. I even threw my Big Book away, then changed my mind and had to go buy a new one.

I have a lot of favorite passages in the Big Book. Being young and getting sober in the 90's I could relate to it nonetheless. I still do. I can relate to a book written in the 30's by a bunch of ex-drunk old farts. But they knew what they were talking about. It has so many answers in it.
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Re: Big Book

Postby tracy » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:29 am

I too got the book in the treatment center I was at. Being 19 I wasn't too interested in it. I looked at it and thought...blue, really big, and no pictures - no thanks! I did end up staying sober though it wasn't a very happy sobriety. Looking at it now it wasn't happy, but I thought I was. Anyway, I turned to the book and sponsorship (as suggested) and found a new way of life.

Cars come with and owners manual - sobriety does to!

The Big Book is my owners manual on life. The 1st three words on page 112 will contain the answer to any question I may have.

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Re: Big Book

Postby Carl » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:02 am

thanks everyone, Tracey that was tricky, I actually had to pull my book out to read those three words.lol

when I got the F2F meeting, I am going to use that.lol
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