June 10th, 1935: Celebrating 84 years of continuous Alcoholics Anonymous: War Fever and Icy intellectual mountains: Bills Story

June 10th, 1935: Celebrating 84 years of continuous Alcoholics Anonymous: War Fever and Icy intellectual mountains: Bills Story

The above image in Bills handwriting is taken from the original working document of the Big Book. 

 

His roots grasped a new soil.

“Despite the living example of my friend there remained in me the vestiges of my old prejudice. The word God still aroused a certain antipathy. When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personal to me this feeling was intensified. I didn’t like the idea. I could go for such conceptions as Creative Intelligence, Universal Mind or Spirit of Nature but I resisted the thought of a Czar of the Heavens, however loving His sway might be. I have since talked with scores of men who felt the same way.

My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?”

That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last.

It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning. I saw that growth could start from that point. Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what I saw in my friend. Would I have it?”

-Bills Story

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