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Chapter 2: The Burden of Big Book Sobriety

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Sponsor’s Note: In the closing paragraphs of the Big Book, Bill Wilson tabled his ego-driven salesmanship with a humbling, “We know but a little.” We take the promise that “more will be revealed,” as a challenge, a call to arms for new generations to carry on the exploratory optimism that Wilson continued through the rest of his life, much to the consternation of the AA rank-and-file. So, where are all the new revelations? the new disclosures? Instead of igniting the divine fire to discover what works and does not work, the Big Book has been turned into a sanctimonious fossil while so many who try to follow its template suffer in their sobriety. In those final words on page 164, the author tried to relieve the reader of the burden of too narrow an interpretation of Big Book sobriety. We will honor his intention.

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Our dilemma was not lack of power. Our problem was the instability of Power (that arises from a source). We go to AA meetings to plug into Power, only to feel the charge dwindling away in just a few days. We turned our wills over to God only to “take them back” in a short time. We struggle to maintain conscious contact with God when the connection is always being broken. In any relationship based on a large imbalance of Power, we will always be playing catch-up, always going back to the well, even after it has long gone dry…End of UNRESTRICTED ACCESS

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