Category: Experience, Strength & Hope

quakerism

Don’t Throw the Baby Out

By Laurie A. “His religious education and training may be far superior to yours…” (Working With Others, Big Book, page 93). That almost certainly applied to me when I was 12 Stepped by two...

Walking away

My Last Traditional AA Meeting

By Sher G. This story actually starts a bit before my final traditional AA meeting. The single most compelling thing for me when I started going to AA was when faces started to look familiar,...

Wayne M.

A true partnership

By Roger C. I first met Wayne in the rooms of AA. Mind you, these were not traditional AA rooms. Wayne would have nothing to do with the “God bit” in AA and so...

Perry Outside

Perry Street Workshop

By John L. Thousands of people, now living all over the world, have found sobriety in a storefront room in New York City’s Greenwich Village: the Perry Street Workshop.  For me Perry Street will...

Group

And when we were wrong…

By Frank M. I wanted to do this thing right. I wanted to do it by the Big Book. In fact I was pretty sure I needed to, because I appeared to be dying....

Fellowship

An Atheist in AA

By Megan D. When I entered our Program some 33 years ago, I was a complete cynic about life in general and the term “god” made me nauseous in particular. Actually, I was ‘terminally...

Blossoms

My Path in AA

By life-j. The path was not easy for this agnostic in AA. I was an atheist when I got sober, as arrogant as most people with staunchly held beliefs. Sober, I have still never...

Horizon of Hope

First AA Meetings

By Thomas B. A couple of years ago, my wife Jill and I were visiting my daughters and grandkids in Frederick, Maryland. We found an open Big Book meeting listed on the Internet at...

River Thames and Tower Bridge at Dusk, London, England

My Last Binge

By Laurie A. My wife thought I would get up and walk out from my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. The meeting started with a recitation of the 12 Steps suggested as a programme...

Pomegranates

Spirituality for a Non-Believer

By Ed S. My parents sent us three children to Catholic school. After twelve years of attending Catholic schools, first grade through high school, I went away to college and began to question my beliefs....