T U D Y G U I D E
T O T H E
A A B I G B O O K
emphasis upon Principles before Personalities
this Study Guide presents
"A SPIRITUAL VIEW BEYOND THE LIMITS OF
Ken W. as - "a member of Alcoholics Anonymous"
(see Forward to First Edition)
W., a member of A.A. for more than 50 years, explains
why he decided to write his Study Guide and why he has
made it available for free to anyone who wants to use
got sober in 1951, stayed sober thus far, but had a lot
of problems with the "God Stuff" in the process.
On retirement, I had a chance to get back into the basic
AA text to see what it had to say and where it conflicted
with what "spokemen for traditional god-clubs"
said "God was supposed to be" - their version.
result was a rather lengthy manuscript (533 pages) using
only the basic text of AA as an authority, intended to
"walk someone like myself" through the first
164 pages. Sort of "a sponsor in print" ...
to point out what is there - on this particular issue.
It is obviously not for everyone. There are many who are
offended when what they believe is found to be in conflict
with what the AA Big Book actually says. (see page 34
of "As Bill Sees It")."
you choose to follow this Study Guide, you will be presented
ideas which this author has found to be consistent with
the basic text of AA. However, some of those ideas go
beyond the limitations many traditional religions have
in their interpretation of the word "God" and
what that word means for them. Readers who are open minded
(see Appendix II) may discover new thinking about "a
power greater than yourself."
three-letter word "God" is generally used to
communicate a concept of infinite knowledge and power.
Concepts, other than those utilized by traditional religion,
do exist. One fundamental idea of God, based upon the
basic text of AA, (see page 55), is being offered in this
Study Guide. Some individual alcoholics may find the approach
is useful in their personal recovery."
would like to make my material available - to anyone interested.
I am not trying to "sell" anything that was
freely given to me and joyfully accepted to produce over
50 years of being reasonably happy, joyous and free. Supposedly
"God's Will for Me" according to page 133."
interested in this new Study Guide can read
it online, download
the file, print
the book, or order pre-printed copies (at
actual cost of production) from BBstudyguide.org
2nd Printing June 24, 2003.