From the August 1945 magazine.

Your Letter to Grapevine Aids Others

As all know who have been in A.A. any length of time, one of the purposes of the group meetings is to provide opportunity for the relation of experiences which enlighten and reassure both old and new members.

The accounting a speaker gives of his own case usually parallels that of one or more of the listeners in the audience who thereby add to their own store of self-knowledge. For the newcomer, the discovery, through what he hears from the speakers, that others have gone as far or farther than he along the road and then recovered, is indeed reassuring.

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