Celebration of Dr. Bob’s Life and Service on the Day of his Passing – 11/16/1950

Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Founder Dr. Bob Smith passed away November 16, 1950. Dr. Bob acheived sobriety on June 10th, 1935, shortly after meeting a New York City business man who recently found a new pathway to sobriety, Bill Wilson. The two men, newly sober sought out...

A Vision For You Recited By Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson Speaking at the 1950 AA International Convention in Cleveland, OH. 

Bill Wilson Reading How It Works

Original Manuscript Edits To How It WorksHere is a great photo of the first page of How It Works from the Original Manuscript of the Big Book. This photo includes the edits to be made for the printing of the Big Book!...

AA Number 3 : Bill Dotson

As told by AA Co-Founder Bill Wilson, the story of how Bill and Dr. Bob encountered AA #3, Bill Dotson:I was living at Dr. Bob's place and one day he said to me "Don't you think that for self-protection that we had better be working with more drunks." I thought it was...

Our Greatest Danger : Rigidity

Bob PearsonHere are some very inspiring excerpts from the talk that Bob Pearson gave at the 1986 AA General Service Conference. Bob discusses his gratitude and concerns with AA's future as he knew this was the last General Service Conference that he would be involved...

Stock Certificates Finance the Publication of the First Edition Big Book

In June 1935, the spark of AA was born when Bill Wilson shared his experience with alcoholism and recovery with Dr. Bob Smith. Shortly after Bill and Bob met, Bob took his last drink of alcohol and the two men were inspired to spread this message and "save" as many...

Absolute Purity

Purity is simple to understand. Purity is flawless quality. Gerard Groot in his famous fourteenth century book of meditation, has an essay entitled, “Of Pure Mind and Simple Intention,” in which he says, “By two wings a man is lifted up from things earthly, namely by...

Absolute Love

We often learn more by questions, than answers. Did you ever hear a question that caused you to think for days or even weeks? The questions which have no easy answer are often the key to the truth. However, in this series on the four absolutes, we are concerned with...

Absolute Unselfishness

At first blush, unselfishness would seem to be the simplest of all to understand, define and accomplish. But we have a long road to travel because ours was a real mastery of the exact opposite during our drinking days. A little careful thought will show that...

Absolute Honesty

Over and over we must ask ourselves, “Is it true or is it false?” For honesty is the eternal search for truth. It is by far the most difficult of the four Absolutes, for anyone, but especially for us in this fellowship. The problem drinker develops genuine artistry in...

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