The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, called Alcoholics Anonymous, was written by the founders of AA. It was designed as a guide to recovery from alcoholism for those that were not in the vicinity of AA. The book became very popular and new AA groups began popping up all over as a result. Many men and women have used the Big Book to recover from alcoholism.
In the pages of Alcoholics Anonymous, users are encouraged to find a God of their understanding. Here are some of the prayers of the Big Book:
Serenity Prayer. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Second Step Prayer. God, I’m standing at the turning point right now. Give me your protection and care as I abandon myself to you and give up my old ways and my old ideas just for today.
Third Step Prayer. God, I offer myself to Thee- To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!
Fourth Step Prayer. This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done.
God help me to show this person the same tolerance, pity and patience that I would cheerfully grant a sick friend. This is a sick person, how can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done.
Seventh Step Prayer. My Creator, I am not willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.
Eleventh Step Prayer. As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day ‘Thy will be done.
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