From the July 2007 magazine.

AA In A Nutshell

A short story with a long reach

When what had originally brought a rosy glow to life clouded everything with embarrassment and shame, and when I couldn't find any reason to live, and it seemed that everything in my life was ruined, I found Alcoholics Anonymous. I had reached a point in my life where I wished, daily, that I could simply go to sleep and never wake up.

I began by attending meetings and then volunteered to work on the literature for the central office. During the meetings I attended, day after day, and week after week, the words to a song I used to sing in church, years ago, kept coming to mind. The words repeated inside my head. They went, "Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me, melt me, mold me, fill me, use me."

-- Patrick G.

Huntsville, Alabama

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