From the August 1998 magazine.

Your Move

Many thanks

Responses from readers concerning the article in the January 1998 issue: "Meetings, Meetings, Meetings?"

Thank God, the people who were in my first meeting did not feel as the author of "Meetings, Meetings, Meetings?" did. I learned to practice the program of AA from the people who were experienced in putting the Steps and Traditions into their lives. I was able to see the program working long before I believed it would work for me. I found a Higher Power in the eyes and actions of the people who had long-term sobriety. I found hope in the stories of others' struggles to understand and work this program of recovery. I was taught by patient old-timers who spent many meetings explaining the difference between my will and God's will, how to use the book, when to call a sponsor, and myriad other parts of the AA program.

-- Sue Ann K.

Merriam, Kansas

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