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

FULL ARCHIVE

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: 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

continued look at step 1 – any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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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

see handouts under resources on recovery – disease concept of alcoholism – road chart to decision – dominoes of recovery – shortcomings to change

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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

thoughts 74-77 and resources on site experiencethebigbook … welcome any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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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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Saturday – Ep: 288 – Step 11 – Tapping an Inner Resource – The Steps We Took – Part 3 – Prayer and Meditation – A perspective on this life changing step

Apr 22, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 287 – Step 11 – Tapping an inner resource – The Steps We Took – Part 2 – The nightly review and morning prayer

Apr 20, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 286 – Step 11 – Tapping an inner resource – Prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God and seeking his power to carry out his will not mine! – The Steps We Took – part 1

Apr 18, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 285 – Step 10 – Living in the now with God! – How it all comes together! – The Steps We Took – Continuing to Grow – Part 3_

Apr 16, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 284 – Step 10 – Living in the World of the spirit – What are the instructions? – What are the results? – The Steps We Took – Continuing to Grow – Part 2

Apr 14, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 283 – Step 10 – What is the result of steps 1-9? How do I stay in the World of the Spirit? – The steps we took – Continuing to Grow – Part 1

Apr 12, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 282 – Steps 8-9 – The Steps We Took – Making Amends – Part 3

Apr 10, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 281 – The Steps We Took – Steps 8-9 – Making Amends – Part 2

Apr 8, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 280 – Steps 8 and 9 – The Steps We Took – Making Amends – Part 1

Apr 6, 2022
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Saturday – Ep : 279 – Steps 6 and 7 – Change is the name of the game – The Steps we Took – Part 2

Apr 4, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 278 – The Steps We Took – Step 6-7 – Change is the name of the game – Part1

Apr 2, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 277 – The Steps We Took – Steps 4-5 – Relationship of steps 4-5 to finding and then living in the truth

Mar 31, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 276 -The Steps We Took – Step 5 – Seeing the Truth – A New Pair of Glasses

Mar 29, 2022
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Saturday – Ep 275 – Step 4 – Resentment inventory instructions according to the book alcoholics anonymous

Mar 27, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 274 – The Steps We Took – Step 4 – Identifying what blocks us from God

Mar 25, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 273 – The Steps We Took and How it Works – Step 4 – Purpose of Step 4

Mar 23, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 272 – The Steps We Took – Step 3 – Making a Decision – Part 4

Mar 21, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 271 – Dr. Bobs Nightmare – Part 2 – Pages 178-81

Mar 19, 2022

This podcast completes our founder DR, Robert Smith’s story. These final pages should be familiar to all alcoholics.  Especially the final paragraphs.  comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 270 – Dr. Bob’s Nightmare – Part 1 – Pages 171-178

Mar 17, 2022

Dr. Bob Smith one of our founders tells his story. We all owe so much to this man. He truly carried the message. He made a difference!

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Saturday – Ep: 269 – A Vision for You – Pages 163-4 – The final instructions – How do the instructions end? With hope! The Fellowship of the Spirit!

Mar 15, 2022

What is the great fact? What do we ask for every morning? Abandon, admit, clear away, give freely, and join them and you will be with them in the fellowship of the spirit! I get emotional whenever I get to this page because it marks completion of another time through the big book studying the…

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Saturday – Ep: 268 – A Vision for You – Pages 159-163 – AA in the beginning

Mar 13, 2022

These few pages describe AA in the beginning. How it grew. Their experience and their hope for us. Great stuff!

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Saturday – Ep: 267 – A Vision for You – Pages 156-159 – Bill W and Dr. Bob Carry the Message and AA is born! –

Mar 11, 2022

These 3 pages have a powerful message. I must keep spiritually active. Faith without works is dead.  AA number 3 found God and in finding God he found himself!

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Saturday- Ep: 266 – A Vision for You – God sends Bill W to Dr. Bob to you today – Akron Ohio 1935 -Pages 153-156

Mar 9, 2022

Bill W in the lobby of the mayflower hotel entering the bar and what happened so we have the solution today. The hand of GOD.

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Saturday – Ep: 265 – A Vision for You – Pages 151-153 – There is a substitute for alcohol!

Mar 7, 2022

These first few pages go from the four horseman and wishing for an end, to a substitute for alcohol. The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.  You will learn the full meaning of  “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

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Saturday – Ep: 264 – The Family Afterward – Part 5 – Pages 131-135 – The powerful information on how to practice the principles in all our affairs is concluded in this podcast! First things First!

Mar 5, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 263 – The Family Afterward – Part 4- Pages 128-130 – The spiritual life is not a theory we have to live it!

Mar 3, 2022
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