This is a list of the books and documents that we will be using during our workshop.
Here is the link to view or download a free copy of the books Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book), Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
Initially, we will be reading from The Next Frontier — Emotional Sobriety by Bill W.
We will briefly review the next 2 articles:
After we read the article by Bill W. on Emotional Sobriety, we will be reading about the 4 Absolutes, which were from the Oxford Group and used by the pioneers of our program before the AA Big Book was written.
Step_4_Four_Absolutes_Inventory (this one includes the 4 Absolutes Inventory)
This is the annotated Big Book Workbook, that we will be using for the reading of the Big Book up to I believe page 101.
This is the Original Manuscript of the AA Big Book
This is the Unofficial Guide that we will be using to guide our step work:
This is something that we will also read and discuss during our meetings:
This is a very helpful explanation of addiction:
For Step 5, in addition to the AA Big Book, we will read The Unpopular Guide To Step 5.
This book is available for free as a PDF download, or available as a booklet.
For our Study on Steps 6 & 7, we will read and discuss the book, Drop the Rock
The 1 Minute Apology is what we will be reading during our study on Steps 8 & 9.
This is a summary of the book: One-Minute-Apology
For Steps 10 and 11 and 12, we will read and discuss The Unpopular Guide To Step 10, and also Unpopular Studies In The Last Three Steps, which are also available for free as a PDF download or available as a booklet.
We will also be reading from Drop The Rock — The Ripple Effect. Using Step 10 To Work Steps 6 and 7 Everyday.
For Step 11, we read the book Prayer And Meditation – A Practical Guide To The life Promised In Step 11 by Tom R.
Another book we will be reading is You Can’t Make Me Angry By Dr. Paul O.
Other books used in our workshop:
We read from the step guide written by Lawrie C. The link posted is to his site, where you can download the book.
For fun, during one of our off topic meetings, we read: GRESHAM’S LAW & ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR CUP OF TEA? STRONG? – MEDIUM? – WEAK?
I am posting it here for reference purposes only.
We are planning on reading and discussing the following books:
There’s More to Quitting Drinking than Quitting Drinking by Dr. Paul O.
“Living Clean – The Journey Continues” which is published by NA. It addresses many of the topics that we discuss during our group.
As a group, we read and discussed the AA Group pamphlet by AA. Included in the pamphlet is a group inventory.
Overall, the response to the pamphlet was mixed. Some of us enjoyed it, and others found it boring and not helpful for their recovery. Although I am glad that we read it, I do not think that we will read it again.
Our group will alternate between reading and discussing a particular step, and from the stories in the AA Big Book.
This is a link to the first section of the stories in the AA Big Book.
The is a link for the second section of the stories in the AA Big Book.
This is a link for the third section of the stories in the AA Big Book.
They are all available for free as a PDF download from AA World Service.
The documents below are not official program literature, but, we may refer or read some of excerpts from them.
The PDF of the book by William James that is also mentioned in the AA Big Book with respect to understanding a spiritual experience:
Chuck C. is iconic, although his book never became part of official conference approved literature.
This is a link to a wonderful document on taking a sponsee through the steps: A Step by Step Guide for Sponsors: A Companion to AA Big Book and 12 Steps and 12 Traditions.
If we decide to do the steps again, I would love to use that as the basis for our workshop.