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An inspired and captivating word-for-word reading of "Alcoholics Anonymous", also known as the Big Book. Reading and following the Big Book is vital to getting/staying sober in AA, and achieving recovery from the disease of alcoholism. Each episode contains a chapter from "Alcoholics Anonymous" as published in 1939 and 1955. Nearly 60 Personal Stories from the 1st and 2nd editions are also being released as individual episodes. Many Personal Stories never made it to the 3rd and 4th editions, so these stories are "new" to most people and truly amazing to hear for the first time! This unabridged version of the Big Book is read Howard L., sober and active in AA since Jan. 1988.

Share the Big Book Podcast with anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. It may be the only version of the Big Book they ever hear! And visit our website https://bigbookpodcast.com where you can listen to and read transcriptions of the main chapters of the book.

The 1st and 2nd editions of "Alcoholics Anonymous" (out-of-copyright and in the public domain) are used exclusively for the Big Book Podcast.

Big Book Podcast Howard L.

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An inspired and captivating word-for-word reading of "Alcoholics Anonymous", also known as the Big Book. Reading and following the Big Book is vital to getting/staying sober in AA, and achieving recovery from the disease of alcoholism. Each episode contains a chapter from "Alcoholics Anonymous" as published in 1939 and 1955. Nearly 60 Personal Stories from the 1st and 2nd editions are also being released as individual episodes. Many Personal Stories never made it to the 3rd and 4th editions, so these stories are "new" to most people and truly amazing to hear for the first time! This unabridged version of the Big Book is read Howard L., sober and active in AA since Jan. 1988.

Share the Big Book Podcast with anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. It may be the only version of the Big Book they ever hear! And visit our website https://bigbookpodcast.com where you can listen to and read transcriptions of the main chapters of the book.

The 1st and 2nd editions of "Alcoholics Anonymous" (out-of-copyright and in the public domain) are used exclusively for the Big Book Podcast.

    HIS CONSCIENCE

    HIS CONSCIENCE

    This story was printed only in the Second Editions,  so it has remained largely unseen by those AAs who’ve otherwise been raised on the Third and Fourth Editions. As with the last story, the author of this story is unknown. A deep dive into AA history indicates little about this author, except the fact that he was a Canadian man who got sober in the middle to late 1940’s. But like many other anonymous stories, the obscurity of the author does not diminish the impact of his testimony.  As you listen to it, perhaps for the first time, I think you’ll find many similarities to contemporary AA stories.







    Howard L, sober since January 1, 1988, presents this inspired reading of the Big Book and encourages listeners to revisit earlier podcast episodes that feature the main chapters and stories in the First Edition of the Big Book. Enjoy listening on our website, BigBookPodcast.com, or download and subscribe to the podcast for free at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a minute, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Also join our facebook group, Big Book Podcast Listeners, where you can share your thoughts and experiences with fellow listeners.

    • 18 min
    UNTO THE SECOND GENERATION

    UNTO THE SECOND GENERATION

    Unlike many stories in the First and Second Editions of the Big Book, the author of this story is unknown. We know from the story that he got sober in 1950 and was still sober four years later when he wrote the story for the Second Edition. Whether his ultimate obscurity was intentional or not, the story itself still resonates in the annals of AA history with familiar strains for all who hear it. As it was printed only in the Second and Third Editions, if you’ve never seen it,  I hope you enjoy listening to it for the first time.







    Howard L, sober since January 1, 1988, presents this inspired reading of the Big Book and encourages listeners to revisit earlier podcast episodes that feature the main chapters and stories in the First Edition of the Big Book. Enjoy listening on our website, BigBookPodcast.com, or download and subscribe to the podcast for free at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a minute, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Also join our facebook group, Big Book Podcast Listeners, where you can share your thoughts and experiences with fellow listeners.

    • 18 min
    A FLOWER OF THE SOUTH

    A FLOWER OF THE SOUTH

    This story's author, Esther E., got sober in Texas in 1941 and was inspired to seek help from AA’s relatively new General Service Office in New York after reading Jack Alexander’s seminal article about Alcoholics Anonymous published in the Saturday Evening Post. A week after she wrote to the GSO, she received literature and a referral to a local sober member of AA who could help her. But, as she related in a 1953 speech, it was the personal handwritten letter from Ruth Hock, the non-alcoholic secretary at the General Service Office, that gave her the most hope that AA could work.







    In her 19 years of sobriety, until her death in 1960, Esther’s service work helped establish the Houston Group, as well as AA groups in Dallas, Fort Worth, New Orleans, and San Antonio. In 1953, one of her fellow members summed up the importance of her involvement in the Program by saying, “Esther was the catalyst that made AA work…, I don’t think the opportunity exists now for any one person to be as influential in establishing AA as Esther.” Written in the early 1950's, this story was printed only in the Second and Third Editions, so it may be heard as "brand new' by many listeners.







    Howard L, sober since January 1, 1988, presents this inspired reading of the Alcoholics Anonymous and encourages listeners to revisit earlier podcast episodes that feature the main chapters and stories in the First & Second Editions. Enjoy listening on our website, BigBookPodcast.com, or download and subscribe to the podcast for free at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a minute, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Also join our facebook group, Big Book Podcast Listeners, where you can share your thoughts and experiences with fellow listeners.

    • 23 min
    THE PROFESSOR AND THE PARADOX

    THE PROFESSOR AND THE PARADOX

    This short, but powerful, story was written by John P. and appeared only in the Second Edition, which is why most AA’s have never seen it. John enumerated four paradoxes of the AA program and why they are so important: 1) We surrender to win; 2) We give away to keep; 3) We suffer to get well; and 4) We die to live. He also wrote a poignant update to his Big Book story for the July 1967 issue of the Grapevine. With the perspective of 12 years of sobriety, John said: “…in A.A. we don't just quit drinking. We learn to change our self-centeredness, to stop running away from things we don't like, and to remove or at least adjust our emotional shortcomings. We do these things by taking seriously and honestly our Twelve Steps, the nearest thing to a 'cure' for alcoholism that anybody has yet discovered.” He went on to say, “We learn to do these things not by just memorizing the Steps (though that is a good idea), but by attempting to live and act them each day or our lives. And eventually, often when we least expect it, we discover that as a result of all this we are happy and contented and full of thanksgiving -- something I once knew (or thought I knew) I could never be, without drinking."







    "The Professor and the Paradox" is story 3 in part 2 of the Personal Stories section of the Second Edition of the Big Book published in 1955.







    Howard L, sober since January 1, 1988, presents this inspired reading of the Big Book and encourages listeners to revisit earlier podcast episodes that feature the main chapters and stories in the First Edition of the Big Book. Enjoy listening on our website, BigBookPodcast.com, or download and subscribe to the podcast for free at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a minute, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Also join our facebook group, Big Book Podcast Listeners, where you can share your thoughts and experiences with fellow listeners.

    • 14 min
    FEAR OF FEAR

    FEAR OF FEAR

    This relatively short story was authored by Ceil M., who got sober in New York City in 1949. As with other authors of Personal Stories in the Big Book who achieved long-term sobriety in AA, Ceil M. provided an update to her story some 18 years after she and her husband, George, first came into the Program. In an article published in the September 1968 issue of the Grapevine, Ceil spoke of the happiness she and George had enjoyed in the intervening years as active members of AA. She said, “Friends ask us why we continue to go to meetings, do Twelfth Step work, and speak at other groups. They ask, ‘Isn't eighteen years enough time to prove you have the alcoholic problem licked?’ My answer,” she said, “is always the same: that I love my AA. It is the one Fellowship that has given us our lives, our freedom, and happiness. We are not reformed drunks -- but informed alcoholics.”  







    Howard L, sober since January 1, 1988, presents this inspired reading of the Big Book and encourages listeners to revisit earlier podcast episodes that feature the main chapters and stories in the First Edition of the Big Book. Enjoy listening on our website, BigBookPodcast.com, or download and subscribe to the podcast for free at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a minute, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Also join our facebook group, Big Book Podcast Listeners, where you can share your thoughts and experiences with fellow listeners.

    • 12 min
    RUM, RADIO AND REBELLION

    RUM, RADIO AND REBELLION

    The first of 12 stories in Part 2 of the Big Book presents a compelling case to stop drinking sooner than later and save years of infinite suffering. It was written by Pete W., who got sober in 1945. It was published only in the Second and Third Editions, so it’s likely those who’ve been raised by the Fourth Edition will find it to be a fascinating "new" story. Historically, not much is known about Pete W., but in a speaker tape I found from 1962, I was impressed by his continuous involvement in AA through the 12th Step work he did throughout his sobriety. During the speaker meeting, Pete mentioned his wife, Florence, many times and her ardent support of his efforts to stay sober in AA over their many years of marriage. She is the heart of this captivating story I’m sure you will enjoy.







    Howard L, sober since January 1, 1988, presents this inspired reading of the Big Book and encourages listeners to revisit earlier podcast episodes that feature the main chapters and stories in the First Edition of the Big Book. Enjoy listening on our website, BigBookPodcast.com, or download and subscribe to the podcast for free at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a minute, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Also join our facebook group, Big Book Podcast Listeners, where you can share your thoughts and experiences with fellow listeners.

    • 24 min

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