From the July 1977 magazine.

No Longer A Phony

TWO WORDS kept jumping out at me every time I read Chapter Five in the Big Book: "rigorous honesty." I could understand what was meant by the simple fact that to succeed in this program, an individual must be honest with himself. But why this "rigorous" business thrown in? As a matter of fact, honesty is referred to three times on the first page of Chapter Five.

As I kept trying to work the program and tried working that Fourth Step, I finally realized why the honesty portion is stressed with such force. Without no Step and no part of the program can be worked with any degree of success.

-- Stan

Texas

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