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Chapter 3: The Big Book Unplugged

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Preface

“Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.” Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 45

And that’s exactly what this Chapter is about—well, not exactly.

If the power behind the Twelve-Step program is a God that has a will for us, cares for that will and our life, consciously contacts us, and can remove our shortcomings, how does an AA member find sobriety without allying themselves with that particular source of power? If they have logically, empirically, and emotionally rejected the manner in which God is portrayed in the Twelve Steps, where do they go? And for those who have embraced a Program of diminishing returns, how do we jump-start an ever-weakening spiritual foundation? Can we offer them more than a constant uphill battle to maintain a daily reprieve against alcohol? Can we offer them a new, ever-strengthening spiritual foundation on which to build their lives?

Inspired by spiritual malcontents who wanted more than AA had to offer, (Chapters 1 & 2) I turned my effort towards answering these questions. As my investigation gained momentum it crept into every area of my life. Relationships would be sacrificed, professional duties ignored. I sensed that there was a much larger force than just curiosity or ego driving me, a force with a still hidden agenda. I desperately needed to salvage something out of my years in the AA program, and was determined to follow the thread wherever it led me, whatever the cost.

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Excerpt: from Chapter 5, “Beyond Belief, Faith, & Experience.” Will need to rework the transfer there.

5.5 Our dilemma was not lack of power. Our problem was the instability of Power. We have watched as the Higher-Powered go to AA meetings to plug in, only to report their re-charge dwindling away in just a few days. We have witnessed them turn their wills and lives over to God only to “take them back” in short order. We wondered why they struggle to maintain conscious contact with a God who always seems to disconnect at an inopportune moment. We have watched, witnessed, and wondered as the Higher-Powered play catch-up, always going back to a well that constantly runs dry. But such is to be expected from any relationship that roots itself in the fickleness of Power. Obviously.

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