AUTHOR’S PREFACE: This is a Study Guide to the book Alcoholics Anonymous. It is dedicated to those who want recovery from alcoholism, but have difficulty with the word "God". Especially, as that word gets used by individuals who embrace traditional religious concepts of what it means to them. Be advised that other ideas and interpretations, which are consistent with the basic AA text, also have value and usefulness in the recovery process.
Should you choose to follow this Study Guide, you will be presented ideas which
this author has found to be consistent with the basic text of AA. However, some of those
ideas go beyond the limitations many traditional religions have in their interpretation of the word "God" and what that word means for them. Readers who are open minded (see
Appendix II) may discover new thinking about "a power greater than yourself".
The three-letter word "God" is generally used to communicate a concept of infinite
knowledge and power. Concepts, other than those utilized by traditional religion, do
exist. One fundamental idea of God, based upon the basic text of AA, (see pg 55), is
being offered in this Study Guide. Some individual alcoholics may find the approach is
useful in their personal recovery.
It is self-evident that no person is qualified to speak for God, nor for AA as a
whole. The vital spiritual experience, necessary for recovery from alcoholism, is intensely
personal to the individual alcoholic. That is precisely the point. A readers concept of
God need not follow traditional lines.
The experience of the first successfully sober members of AA tells us:
"Why don't you choose your own conception of God?" (AA page 12)
Regardless of whatever approach you choose for yourself, you can be assured that:
THERE IS A POWER FOR GOOD, AND YOU CAN UTILIZE IT IN YOUR LIFE.
~by Ken W.
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