From the June 1946 magazine.

A.A. Digest--

Excerpts from Group Publications

The Brighter Side, Waterloo, Iowa: "THE NEW RECRUIT--

  1. "He is the most important person in A.A.
  2. "He is not dependent on us, we are dependent on him.
  3. "He is not an interruption of our work--he is the purpose of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him--he is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.
  4. "He is a flesh and human being with feelings, emotions, and problems like our own.
  5. "He is a person who has failed through no fault of his own, to live the life of happiness and usefulness. We have the means and tools to rebuild his life from despair to hope, from darkness to light. . . ."

Central Bulletin, Cleveland, Ohio: " . . . Those of us who don't struggle against names and who have no hesitancy in saying that our help comes from God receive additional help since we are able to benefit by the experiences of all others who acknowledge that their help comes from God. . . . "

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