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.

This is the full archive, listed by date of publication - in other words, the earliest ones appear first.

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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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Saturday – Ep: 262 – The family afterward – Part 3 – Pages 126-9 – The spiritual life is not a theory we have to live it!

Mar 1, 2022

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Saturday – Ep 261 – Family Afterward – Pages 124-6 – Part 2 – Living the spiritual life – Practice these principles in all our affairs

Feb 27, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 260 – The Family Afterward – Part 1 – Pages 122-123 – How to practice the principles in all our affairs with not only the family but the world and the people in it!

Feb 25, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 259 – To wives – A powerful message of hope for all those who suffer from alcoholism – Part 5 – Patience, tolerance, understanding and love are our watchwords – Show others these things in yourself and they will be reflected back to you!

Feb 23, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 258 – To Wives – Part 4 – Pages 116-118 – A powerful message of hope for all those who suffer from alcoholism – How to practice the principles in our relationships.

Feb 21, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep:257 – To Wives – A powerful message of hope to all those who suffer from alcoholism – Part 3 – Contains excellent advice on how to approach and help the alcoholic – Pages 112-116

Feb 19, 2022

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Saturday s – Ep: 256 – To Wives – A powerful message of hope to all who suffer from alcoholism – Spiritual principles for dealing with the alcoholic and classification of the alcoholic – Part 2 – Pages 108-112

Feb 17, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 255 -To Wives – A Powerful Message of Hope to all those who Suffer from Alcoholism – Part 1 – Pages 104 – 108

Feb 15, 2022

This chapter is for alcoholics to see how our disease is manifested and to those who suffer with us to begin the process of healing through mutual understanding and the beginning of spiritual growth. I believe must reading.  Any comments mhurwitz5o@gmail.com

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Sat – Ep:254 – AA History – Why are we here today – A synchronicity of Events – The Hand of God – From Carry this Message

Feb 13, 2022

What were the events that put people together to give this program of recovery to us? You can’t help but see the hand of God. I never get tired of looking at the history of AA. We go over this chapter from Carry this Message by Joe Mcq. any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 253 – Dr. Mike tells his story Oct 24 2019 – The prodigal son – Arch to Freedom – Purpose of the book – Process of recovery

Feb 11, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 252 – Carry this Message – Carrying this message to others – Sponsorship – Step 12

Feb 9, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 251 – Carry this Message – Passing on a Special “Gift – Part 2 – The Purpose of the Big Book – The Purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous

Feb 7, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 250 – Carry this Message – Passing on a special Gift – Part 1 – The purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous and each member – How are we doing at carrying the message

Feb 5, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 249 – What does the big book say ? – Part 2- Fellowship and treatment “truths” seriously examined in light of the message of the big book!

Feb 3, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 248 – What does the big book say? Part 1 – Fellowship and treatment “truths” seriously examined in light of the message in the big book! Part 1

Feb 1, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 247- Working with Others – Pages 101-103 – Be sure you are on solid spiritual grounds and your motives are good and you can go anywhere – Your job is to be at the place where you may be of maximal helpfulness of others – What should be our attitude? Bottles were a symbol of what?

Jan 30, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 246 – Working with Others – Steps 1-12 – Pages 99-101- Cannot shield the alcoholic from Temptation except thru a relationship with God – Great review of the spiritual principles we should practice in all our affairs

Jan 28, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 245 – Working with Others – Pages 98-100 – Dependence on God – Follow the path of spiritual progress – What happens when we place ourselves in God’s hands – Follow the dictates of God and receive the greatest gift !

Jan 26, 2022
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Saturday – Ep: 244 – Working with Others – Pages 96-8 – Step 1-12 – Absolute dependence on God! How to carry the message and practice the principles in all our affairs!

Jan 24, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 243 – Working with Others – How do you approach someone on the first visit? Specific suggestions are given on these pages along with spiritual principles that every alcoholic should know if trying to carry the message- Pages 93-96 – Steps 1 and 12

Jan 22, 2022

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Saturdays – Ep: 242 – Working with Others – How they passed it on – When all else fails work with another alcoholic – Pages 89-92

Jan 20, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 241 – Working with Others – Pages 89-90 – Practicing Spiritual Principles in all our Affairs – Step 12

Jan 18, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 240 – Special meeting – Beginning another year – Thank You for Sharing the Path

Jan 16, 2022

I put together a special meeting celebrating another year of experience the big book. any comments mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 239 – Step 11 – The St. Francis Prayer – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Pages 96-100

Jan 14, 2022

We look at the St. Francis prayer. What does it suggest? What do I bring if connected to God ? What do I seek? What do I receive? How can this prayer be used in meditation to improve my conscious contact with God? How is this prayer a vision of God’s will for me?

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Saturday – Ep: 238 – Step 11 – The Power of Prayer and the Sense of Belonging – 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – Pages 98 -105

Jan 12, 2022

We look at the power of prayer and the benefits written in the 12 and 12. Great stuff!

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Saturdays – Ep: 237 – The Spiritual Axium – The 12 steps and 12 Traditions – Pages 90-92 – Every time I am disturbed no matter what the cause there is something wrong with me!

Jan 10, 2022

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Saturday – Ep: 236 – Step 10 and Step 11 – The St. Francis Prayer and how it relates to living in the World of the Spirit

Jan 8, 2022

In this episode I take a final look at these important steps. I spend some time on the St. Francis prayer. What it says to me and how I use it in my daily prayer and meditation. Then try to summarize these 2 steps that are crucial for my achieving emotional sobriety.

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Saturday – Ep: 235 – Into Action – Pages 87-88 – Step 11 – The spiritual power of Pausing – The serenity Prayer in the big book – The St. Francis Prayer

Jan 6, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 234 – Into Action – Step 11 – Pages 87-88 – The next right thing in the big book – Final instruction on how to practice the principles whenever agitated or doubtful – Faith without works is dead

Jan 4, 2022

These 2 pages have the final instructions on working the steps before the authors turn to working with others. I try to use these instructions every day.

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Saturdays – Ep: 233 – Into Action – Step 11 – Pages 86-7 – Prayer and Meditation – Upon Awakening and When Facing Indecision

Jan 2, 2022
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Saturdays – Ep: 232 – Into Action – Step 10 – A Final Review – Step 11 – The Nightly Review – How I Constructively Review My Day – Pages 85-6

Dec 31, 2021
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Saturdays – Ep: 231 – Into action – Step 10 – Page 85 – Daily reprieve based on fit spiritual condition – I must carry vision of God’s will into all my activities – Proper use of the will

Dec 29, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 230 – Step 10 – What does it mean to be recovered? – Into action – Page 85

Dec 27, 2021

We look at the final paragraph in step 10 on page 85 after I share my thoughts on what it means to me to be a recovered alcoholic.

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Saturday – Ep: 229 – The Program of Recovery – The 12 Steps – How I go from the the World of My Alcoholism to the World of the Spirit – How I stay there! See pdf recovery from alcoholism on site ebb.org

Dec 25, 2021

I summarized my thoughts on the program. What the world of my alcoholism looked like and what I did to get out of that world and enter the world of the spirit. What steps are required. Then I look at what the world of the spirit looks like and what steps are required to stay…

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Saturday – Ep: 228 – Step 10 – The Recovered Promises or Step 10 Promises – P 85 – Into Action

Dec 23, 2021

The promises of being in the world of the spirit. How I react if I am in fit spiritual condition. The problem has been removed. This paragraph has been called the recovered promises by some members. Like to hear from you mhurwitz50@gmail.com

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Saturday – Ep: 227 – Step 10 – We have entered the World of the Spirit – How do I stay there? Specific instructions – Page 84

Dec 21, 2021

I look at this one paragraph on page 84 that has become for me the instructions on how to live each day and stay on the beam connected to God. WADAT. Watch Ask Discuss Amend Turn. These few lines of instruction simplify how to live the spiritual life. If you find it helpful share this…

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Saturday – Ep: 226 – The Circle and Triangle and AA today – See also thought no. 1

Dec 19, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 225- The 9th Step Promises – We have entered the world of the Spirit – Into Action – Pages 83-4

Dec 18, 2021

This episode looks at the 9th step promises which are read at every meeting in Topeka usually off of a card. They are read and people chant. These promises are so powerful. I look at where they occur in the big book. What is required for them to occur? They are a gift we receive…

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Saturday – Ep: 224 – Into action – Steps 8 and 9 – How do I receive the promises on Page 83? – I must stop being an alcoholic tornado and live a spiritual life – Pages 82-84

Dec 16, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 223 – Into Action – Pages 79-83 – Step 9 – Clearing away the wreckage -The alcoholic tornado

Dec 14, 2021

These pages cover their experience in making restitution in domestic and criminal situations and where someone else is involved. They compare us to the farmer after the tornado. There are prayers for the family and suggestions on how we should live our life. Very important pages!

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Saturday – Ep: 222 – Steps 8-9 – Into Action – Pages 76-9 -Why is forgiveness essential for willingness? – What is the purpose of amends – Specific instructions

Dec 13, 2021

These pages have the instructions for working steps 8 and 9. I review the information from last week. Further thoughts on forgiveness and willingness. How do you approach the person whom you once hated? What is the attitude that one should have? What about if you owe money? What about criminal offenses? They give us…

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Saturday – Ep: 221 – Step 8 – Forgiveness , Willing to make Amends, Our Real Purpose in AA – Into Action – Pages 76-77

Dec 11, 2021

The instructions for step 8 are contained in these 2 pages. Freedom from fear of people. Willingness to forgive and what that means. Willingness to make right our past. Then the 2 sentences on what we are doing with the steps. Putting our life in order and most importantly what is our real purpose.

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Saturday – Ep: 220 – The Steps We Took – Step 3 – Making a decision – Part 3

Dec 9, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 219 – Acceptance was the Answer – Part 2 – Pages 407-420

Dec 7, 2021

We finish Dr, Paul O’s story . Powerful stuff. Enjoy!

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Saturday – Ep: 218 – Acceptance was the Answer – Pages 407-420 – Part 1

Dec 5, 2021

Before starting over for the 10th time on Sunday the big book I wanted to look at this famous chapter which is Dr. Paul’s story. I found this story very moving when I first read it years ago. It was the third edition. They changed the pages and title in the fourth edition because so…

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Saturday – Ep: 217 – How it Works – Step 3 – Part 3 – Pages 60-63 – Step 3 decision, promises, and prayer – The keystone of the arch to freedom!

Dec 4, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 216 – The Steps We Took – Step 3 – Part 2 – What makes up self will? What are the instincts of life? Why will a life run on self will never be successful?

Dec 2, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 215 – The Steps We Took – Step 3 – Part 1 – What is the decision I make in step 3? What is it’s importance for me today and for the rest of my life?

Nov 30, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 214 – The Steps We Took – Step 2 – Part 2 – The process of changing – Willingness, belief, decision and action – The result is true faith and reliance upon God!

Nov 28, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 213 – The Steps We Took – Step 2 – Part 1 – There is a power outside of ourselves!

Nov 26, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 212 – The Steps We Took by Joe Mcq – Forward and Introduction

Nov 25, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 211 – How it Works – Step 3 – Part 2 – Pages 60-63 – What is the root of my troubles? Who caused my troubles? What is killing me? What must I do? Who makes it possible?

Nov 24, 2021
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Saturday – Ep:210 – How it Works – Step 3 – Pages 60-63 – Part 1 – A life run on self will never be successful, am I convinced of that? What did a life run on self will look like or how did I play God and why didn’t it work described on pages 60-61!

Nov 23, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 209 – The Steps We Took – Step 2 – Part 1 – There is a power outside of ourselves

Nov 21, 2021

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Saturday – Ep: 208 – The Steps We Took – Step1 – Understanding the problem – Surrender – Part 2

Nov 18, 2021
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Saturday – Ep: 207 – The Steps We Took – Step 1 – What is the problem – part 1

Nov 16, 2021
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