AA speaker Dr. Mike presents a Big Book study podcast and thoughts on recovery

BIG BOOK LECTURES AND DISCUSSION

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BIG BOOK STUDY RECORDINGS

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Below you will find all of the recordings made by Dr. Mike based on a "Experience the Big Book" study.  Find the one(s) you want and click "Listen here" to hear them on your computer.

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Saturday – Ep: 391 – More about Alcoholism – Pages 34-7 -A man called Jim – Powerful description of the alcoholic

Dec 6, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 390 – More about Alcoholism – p 33-35 – Step 1 – Powerless over alcohol – The queer mental twist before the first drink

Dec 4, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 389 – Step 12 – Sponsorship – Joe Mcq from Joe and Charlie shares his thoughts – Powerful – From Carry this Message

Dec 2, 2022

This episode is about sponsorship. We cover the chapter in Carry this Message that has some excellent information on this topic. Joe Mcq gives his thoughts on this important and maybe misunderstood topic that I believe will be very helpful to listeners.

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Saturday – Ep: 388 – Sponsorship – AA History – Is AA effectively carrying the message? From Carry this Message chapter 2

Nov 30, 2022

This episode has further information on the synchronicity of events that led to the formation of AA. Then we finish the look at passing on this special gift that we have been given. How effectively is AA carrying the message today? The first two chapters in Carry this Message are completed in this episode.

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Saturday – Ep: 387 – Passing on a Special Gift – From Carry this message

Nov 28, 2022

Is AA today carrying this message? How effective are the meetings you attend passing on this special gift? How has the fellowship moved away from the program? This book is a powerful tool in sponsorship and how to work the steps. It follows the big book. Joe Mcq started the Joe and Charlie big book…

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Saturday – Ep: 386 – More about Alcoholism – Pages 30-33 – Once an Alcoholic always an Alcoholic

Nov 26, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 385 – Special Episode – Dr. Mike’s Story- Memorial Group – June 3, 2018

Nov 24, 2022

I spoke at the memorial Saturday night speaker meeting. Tried to carry the message that God has done and can do for me what I could never do for myself. My only goal is always to do his work well and let him demonstrate through me what he can do. Welcome any thoughts mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturdays – Ep: 384 – Step 6 and 7 – Drop the Rock – Removing our character defects – Part 3

Nov 22, 2022

I can’t keep practicing my character defects and expect God to remove them!

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Saturdays – Ep: 383 – Step 6 and Step 7 – Drop the Rock – Removing our character defects – Part 2

Nov 20, 2022

Continue to look at the steps that transform me and the way I think and react to life.

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Saturdays – Ep: 382 – Steps 6 and 7 – Drop the Rock – Removing our character defects – Part 1

Nov 17, 2022

I continue our study of how steps 6 and 7 are the actions change me. How I approach them in initially and then apply them continuously for the rest of my life. My emotional sobriety is directly proportional to how well I apply these steps in my life.

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Saturday – Ep: 381- There is a Solution – Powerful ending Pages 28-9 – More about Alcoholism – Page 30 – The first step in recovery, not the program – What must I fully concede?

Nov 14, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 380 – There is a Solution – Pages 29-30 – Desperation of a drowning man – The flimsy reed becomes the powerful hand of God

Nov 11, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 379 – Step 6 and Step 7 instructions page 76 and review of 5th step promises and intro to Drop the Rock

Nov 9, 2022

Discuss the instructions on step 6 and 7 on page 76.  Then review the 5th step promises. We are going to look at the introduction to step 6-7 in Drop the Rock including the story about dropping the rock.

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Saturday – Ep: 378 – There is a Solution – Pages 26-8 – Roland Hazzard receives the solution from Dr. Karl Jung – AA hx – Roland to Ebby to Bill to Dr. Bob to you today!

Nov 7, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 377 – There is a Solution – Page 25 – Spiritual Experience Pages 567-8 – The solution is described on these pages!

Nov 4, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 376 – There is a Solution – Pages 22-24 – I have no defense against alcohol! My defense must come from God!

Nov 1, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 375 – AA History – The Original Manuscript of the Book that started it all

Oct 29, 2022

Lois Wilson had the original manuscript that went to the printer in 1939.  It had the corrections penciled in and notations and comments written by bill and others. It is a powerful historical document and reflects the thinking of the authors and the thought that went into each word. It was auctioned in 2010 and…

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Saturday – Ep: 374 – There is a Solution – Pages 19-23 – The disease centers in the mind!

Oct 27, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 373 – AA History – A Synchronicity of Events – The Hand of God – Carry this message

Oct 25, 2022

The people and events which came together for the message of AA to come to us today.

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Saturday – Ep: 372 – AA History – Synchronicity of Events – A look at what is the message and are we carrying it today? Carry this message

Oct 25, 2022

Excellent review of the events and people that God brought together to give us this message of hope. Is the fellowship today carrying the original message?

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Saturday – Ep: 371 – A Vision for You – Conclusion of the textbook of recovery – Powerful!

Oct 24, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 370 – There is a Solution – Pages 17-19 – Alcoholism is an illness that annihilates all the things worthwhile in life – How should we present what has been so freely given to us? We have set forth to publish an anonymous volume describing the problem, the solution, and the program of recovery

Oct 19, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 369 – Spiritual Experience or Spiritual Awakening – Part 8 – Steps 8 and 9

Oct 16, 2022

A look at how steps 8 and 9 put our lives in order. any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 368 – A Vision for You – Pages 158-161 – AA History – AA in the beginning

Oct 13, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 367 – Spiritual Experience or Spiritual Awakening – Part 7 – How Steps 5,6, and 7 contribute to our spiritual awakening

Oct 9, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 366 – A Vision for You – Pages 154-158 – Bill W and Dr. Bob carry the message to AA no. 3 and to us today

Oct 6, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 365 – A Vision for You – Pages 153-156 – Bill W meets Dr. Bob – One Alcoholic working with another Alcoholic – AA is born

Oct 3, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 364 – Spiritual Experience or Spiritual Awakening – Part 6 – How does the fourth step make us spiritually awake? What are the results of the fourth step?

Sep 30, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 363 – Beginning Experience the Big Book for 15th year – There is a Solution – Page 17 – The common peril and the cement that binds us

Sep 27, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 362 – Bill’s Story – Pages 13-16 – Bill W has a spiritual experience and begins carrying the message that reaches us today

Sep 24, 2022

Some say this was the birth of AA.  any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 361 – A Vision for You – Pages 151-153 – This chapter is a powerful conclusion to this textbook on the directions on how to recover from a hopeless condition of mind and body

Sep 21, 2022

in these first pages they contrast the despair of complete defeat with the joy of recovery. any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 360 – Spiritual Experience or Spiritual Awakening – Part 5 – How do I achieve it and then keep it? What is the role of the 4th step in this process?

Sep 18, 2022

The resentment inventory unlocks the door to go from living in darkness to walk in the light

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Saturday – Ep: 359 – Bill’s Story – Pages 12-14 – Bill W in Towns Hospital – I believe these pages are essential for all alcoholics to read and understand – The whole deal!

Sep 15, 2022

Bill W works the steps and has a spiritual experience …. 

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Saturday – Ep: 358 – Spiritual Experience or Spiritual Awakening – Part 4 – What does it mean? How do we obtain it? How do we get it? How do we keep it?

Sep 12, 2022

The result of the steps is the spiritual awakening. Going through what the book tells us about it. Why we need it and how it is manifest in our life and how do i obtain it and keep it. any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 357 – To Employers – What is required in step 1 and how do you carry the message in step 12?

Sep 10, 2022

This chapter is excellent. I believe it has powerful information on step 1 and step 12.

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Saturday – Ep: 356 – Bill’s Story – Pages 8-12 – Bill W and Ebby T in Bill’s Kitchen – The Hand of God – The message to us today!

Sep 7, 2022

Bill changes his mind and melts the icy intellectual mountain in which he had lived and stood in the sunlight at last

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Saturday – Ep: 355 – To Employers – Pages 136-142 – One of the ” lost chapters” – Practicing spiritual principles with others especially in the workplace

Sep 5, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 354 – Bill’s Story – Step 1 – Pages 4-8 – The disease progression of alcoholism – Bill W admits complete defeat!

Sep 2, 2022

These 4 pages should be understood by every alcoholic. Is his experience true for me?

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Saturday – Ep – 353 – Spiritual Experience or Spiritual Awakening – Part 3 – What is it? How do we get it? How do we keep it?

Aug 30, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 352 – The Family Afterward – Part 4 – Pages 130-135 – First Things First – Live and Let Live – Easy Does It

Aug 27, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 351 – Spiritual Experience or Spiritual Awakening – Part 2 – What is it? How is it manifested in our lives? What does the big book tell us about getting it and keeping it?

Aug 24, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 350 – Bills Story – Part 1 – Pages 1-4 – A message of hope – How we go from a hopeless condition of mind and body to a life of service to God and others!

Aug 21, 2022

I don’t  know how many times I have gone through these pages but more and more I see the hand of God in this powerful message! any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 349 – Spiritual Awakening or Spiritual Experience – What does this mean? A look at the result of the steps – Part 1

Aug 19, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 348 – Drs. Opinion – Part 3 – xxxix to xxxii – Powerful words

Aug 16, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 347 – The Family Afterward – Part 2 – Pages 127-130 – Spiritual principles to practice in all our affairs

Aug 13, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 346 – AA History – Where did the big book come from and AA in the beginning

Aug 11, 2022

Apologize for the sound. I look at how the book was put together and the books used in the writing of it . Also the spiritual principles and AA in the beginning.

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Saturday – Ep: 345 – Drs. Opinion – Part 2 – What is the problem and solution? Pages xxviii-xxix

Aug 9, 2022

The Dr. in these 2 pages describes the disease of alcoholism and his conception of what is required for successful treatment

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Saturday – Ep: 344 – The Family Afterward – Practicing the principles in all our affairs – Pages -122-7

Aug 5, 2022

 Relationships at home after the alcoholic is sober and trying to live a spiritual life. Spiritual principles to guide all those involved.

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Saturday – Ep: 343 – Going from the not drinking book to the God book – Pages 44-5

Aug 3, 2022

The transition from step 1 to becoming a God seeker

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Saturday – Ep: 342 – Drs. Opinion – Step 1 – Part 1

Aug 1, 2022

The disease of alcoholism described by Dr. Silkworth in 1939. Any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 341 – Step1 – Part 3 – Description of the alcoholic – The Jaywalker – Pages 37- 39

Jul 30, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 340 – Step1 – Part 2 – The description of the alcoholic – The insanity of the first drink – A man called Jim – Pages 34-37

Jul 28, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 339 – Step1 – Description of the Alcoholic – What makes me powerless over alcohol? Part 1

Jul 26, 2022

A look at step 1 using information presented in chapter more about alcoholism …

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Saturday – Ep: 338 – Step 2 in the Big Book – Come to Believe – We Agnostics – Pages 45-47

Jul 24, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 337 – Starting the book Alcoholics Anonymous again – Introduction – Hx and purpose of the book

Jul 22, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 336 – The spiritual checklist and the St. Francis prayer – Essential Tools for me trying to live the spiritual life

Jul 20, 2022

The spiritual checklist can be found under resources on recovery. Great tool for how to practice a new way of thinking and reacting

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Saturday – Ep: 335 – To Wives – Part 5 – Pages 116-121 – Spiritual principles to practice in all our affairs

Jul 18, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 334 – To Wives – Pages112-116 – Part 4 – How the book Alcoholics Anonymous was suggested to be used in 1939 by both the wife and the alcoholic

Jul 15, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 333 – Alcoholism a Disease of Perception – part 2

Jul 13, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 332 – Alcoholism a Disease of Perception – Part 1

Jul 13, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 331 – To Wives (also to Alcoholics) – Part 3 – Pages 108-112 – Spiritual principles to practice in all our affairs

Jul 11, 2022

Considered one of the ” lost chapters” contains both a classification of alcoholics and spiritual principles in dealing with them.. comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 330 – Recovered Alcoholic! – How do I get and stay recovered?

Jul 9, 2022

Recovering Alcoholic is not a term used in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. They say they have recovered from a seemingly hopeless condition of mind and body. I look at what recovered means to me today. Comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 329 – To Wives – Part 2 – Pages 105-108 – Written to all those affected by alcoholism – Includes the alcoholic!

Jul 7, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 328 – To Wives – Part 1 – Pages 104-5 – Description of the Alcoholic Tornado! This is written to alcoholics as well! Enables us to see how unmanageable our lives were and why we must practice the principles in all our affairs

Jul 5, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 327 – The insanity of the first drink – More about Alcoholism – Pages 39-43 – A Man called Fred – Part 2 – The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink!

Jul 3, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 326 – More about Alcoholism – Why is this chapter so important? – Fred’s Story – Part 1 – A powerful message for All alcoholics no matter how long you have been sober!

Jul 1, 2022

See  thought on recovery 75-76. I must admit I am 100 percent powerless over alcohol every day. My defense must come from God!

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Saturday – Ep: 325 – Words of Spiritual Truth – Working with Others – Pages 108-112

Jun 29, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 324 – Step 4 -12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Part 4 – Ruinous coin of my life – Pride on one side fear on the other

Jun 27, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 323 – Starting Big Book Again – To Show Precisely how We Recovered! Go to experience the big book website for more podcasts and resources

Jun 27, 2022

I look at the cover and forward to first edition as well as the table of contents and how the book is laid out. Welcome any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com.

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Saturday – Ep: 321 – Step 4 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Part 3

Jun 25, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 320 – Step 4 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Part 2

Jun 23, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 318 – Step 4 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Part 1

Jun 21, 2022

 

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Saturday – Ep: 317 – Step 3 – The powerful conclusion to this step in 12 steps and 12 traditions

Jun 19, 2022

The final pages of this step in the 12 and 12

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Saturday – Ep: 316 – Step 3 – Part 2 – 12 steps and 12 traditions

Jun 17, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 315 – Step 3 – Part 1 – 12 steps and 12 traditions

Jun 15, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 314 – Step 2 – Comparison between this step in the big book and the 12 and 12

Jun 13, 2022

I looked at this step and compared it between the big book and the 12 and 12

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Saturday – Ep: 313 – False Pride – See thought no.4

Jun 11, 2022

I heard from a talk by Clancy I that False Pride is a killer for alcoholics. I think it defined my life.  See thought number 4 on experiencethebigbook.org under thoughts on recovery ….any comments mhurwitz50@gmail,com

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Saturday – Ep: 312 – Big Book Goals – Row of Dominoes on how we change – Arch to freedom – Bridge from reason to faith – Self will vs God’s will – The process of spiritual growth – Part 2

Jun 9, 2022

see handouts under thoughts on recovery – arch to freedom – shortcomings to change – self will vs God’s will – process to change and principles of the steps

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Saturday – Ep: 311 – Big Book Goals – Disease concept of Alcoholism – Road map to a decision – How meetings brought recovery – The dominoes of recovery – Part 1

Jun 7, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 310 – The 12 Steps of AA – A game plan for living a spiritual life – Building an arch to freedom – The purpose of steps 1 thru 9

Jun 5, 2022

Will be reviewing different aspects of the message contained in the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Go to resources  on the site and find pdf on arch to freedom 

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Saturday – Ep: 308 – Recovery from Alcoholism – A review of the 12 steps – Conscious separation to conscious contact with God – Part 3 – See under thoughts 74-77 and under resources pdf recovery from Alcoholism experiencethebigbook.org -Part 3

Jun 1, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 307 – Recovery from Alcoholism – The 12 steps – A review of the 12 Steps -How to go from conscious separation to conscious conscious – See thoughts on recovery 74-77 and pdf recovery from alcoholism under resources experiencethebigbook.org – Part 2

May 30, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep 306 – Recovery from alcoholism – The 12 steps – How to go from conscious separation to conscious contact with God – See pdf recovery from alcoholism under resources and thoughts 74-77 Experiencethebigbook.org – Part 1

May 28, 2022

How  we go from my self centered world to the world of the spirit and stay there. see resources pdf recovery from alcoholism and thoughts 74-77 on site experiencethebigbook.org …. I can be contacted mhurwitz50@gmail,com

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Saturday – Ep: 305 – Step 2 – Part 2 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions

May 26, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 304 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Step 2 – Part 1 – Continued

May 24, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 304 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Step 2 – Part 1

May 24, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 303 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Step 1 – Part 2

May 22, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 302 -12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Step 1 – Part 1

May 20, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 301 – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Purpose of the Book

May 18, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 300 – How it works – Pages 60-63 – An overview of step 3

May 16, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 299 – How it Works – Page 60 – The ABC’s read at every meeting

May 14, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 298 – How it Works – Page 59 – The program of recovery – The 12 steps – Part 3 – 10-12

May 12, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 297 – How it Works – Page 59 – The program of recovery – The 12 steps – Part 2 – Steps 8-10

May 10, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 296 – How it Works – Page 59 – The program of recovery – The 12 steps – Part 1- Steps 1-7

May 8, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 295 – How it Works – Page 59 – What are my old ideas? Why are they killing me? How is alcohol cunning ,baffling, powerful? What is my only hope against it? How do I find the solution?

May 6, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 294 – How it works – Page 58 – This page is read at every meeting – what does it mean to me today? What does it mean to you?

May 4, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 293 – How it Works – Page 58 – What is required to completely give yourself to this simple program of action

May 2, 2022

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Saturday – 292 – How it works – Page 58 – Review of step 1 and 2 and how it relates to the first paragraph of How it Works

Apr 30, 2022

After completing The Steps We Took we go back to the big book and we had covered thru We Agnostics and now pick up with How it Works

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Saturday – Ep: 291 – The St. Francis Prayer – A guide to living the spiritual life and Step 12 Carrying the Message in The Steps We Took

Apr 28, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 289 – Step 11- Instructions on Inventory, Prayer. and Meditation from Alcoholics Anonymous Pages 84-88 – Life changing for me!

Apr 24, 2022

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