Big Book Cover - Alcoholics Anonymous ClevelandThe book "Alcoholics Anonymous," affectionately known by members as "The Big Book," is the textbook for the original step recovery program now known by the same name. Authored by Bill W. Bob, the other founder of A. Many long-time members of the Alcoholics Anonymous program regard The Big Book with the same esteem that others do the Holy Bible, considering it to be divinely inspired. That might stand to reason because the founders of the step program began their spiritual journey of recovery in the Christian-based Oxford Group and borrowed many of that group's and other Christian organization's principles in forming the 12 steps. Consequently, it follows that some would regard The Big Book with a measure of reverence. As it says in the forward of the book, "We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.
Mark H. and Joe H. - AA Speakers - "Experiencing The Big Book" (2002)
AA Deluxe Double Book Cover for Big Book and 12 &12
WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all. Forward to the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous.