Joe & Charlie
- Are those guys still around? I just bought their
CD's so I can listen to them again. I was a little shy
about buying them but I thought I might as well. At my
home group we use to listen to one of there tapes and
talk about it then read a story the other weeks. That
was 5 years ago and I was still a little foggy at
that point so it will be nice going though the book
again. <br><br>Has anyone sat with another drunk and
going though the book? I have heard of
sponsors/sponsees doing this type of stuff but I never have. I was
thinking of starting this with a newbie. Any
recommendations?<br><br>Peace, Love & busy weekends
We can gain some insight into the writing of the book through an examination of the original text (pre-publication "Multilith") in conjunction with the text as printed in the first edition.
Keep in mind, there were more or less two camps within AA at the time Bill wrote the book. The Akron/Cleveland camp was Bible based and religious in nature; the New York bunch was more psychological using a mental approach to gain the confidence of the newcomer and then hitting him with the spiritual angle. Sounds like a difficult task to write a book that would satisfy both trains of thought.
Most of the changes involved inserting "we" for "you" and making the text more inclusive and less like a sermon. Other changes involved key words that were inserted to change the basic meaning of the phrases.
Today and in our next post, we will go through the first three pages of Chapter 5 to illustrate how the book was transformed by these changes. The words that were replaced will appear in [brackets] following the words or phrases by which they were replaced.
Paragraph 1 - "Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path [directions]."
"They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living [way of life] which demands rigorous honesty."
Paragraph 2 - "If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it - then you are ready to take certain steps [follow directions]."
Paragraph 3 -"At some of these we balked [you may balk]. We thought [You may think] we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not [We doubt you can]."
Paragraph 4 - "Remember we deal [you are dealing] with alcohol - cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us [you]. But there is One who has all power - that One is God. May you [You must] find Him now!"
We'll continue with paragraph 1 on page 59 and into the original written text of the 12 Steps with our next post.
Have a great day!
Jim K. - The Into Action Group of Manhattan
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135 East 96th Street (Near Lexington Avenue)
On Manhattan's Upper East Side
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