From the September 2013 magazine.

September 2013: To Those We Serve

To help get Big Books into a prison, she discovered a creative use of the Ninth Tradition

A fellow AA and I were at a state prison to carry the message to the inmates. Our meeting hadn’t started yet, and the women were just arriving. We were short Big Books; I had brought only a few, and the prison had relocated their own small supply someplace inaccessible. A few of the women had their own. To my question, “Do you have a Big Book?” one of the women said, “No, I ordered one but it didn’t come yet.” Knowing the prison did not take orders for Big Books, I was surprised by her answer and asked from whom she ordered the book. Her response was from one of the AAs who...

-- Karen F.

Los Alamos, New Mexico