From the July 1953 magazine. First printed in January 1951.

Lest We Forget

Excerpt from the fourteenth printing of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous," pages 72-74

OUR description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

  1. That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
  2. That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
  3. That God could and would if sought.

Being convinced, we were at step three, which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him. Just what do we mean by that, and just what do we do?

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