October 2016 Table of Contents

Read the Letter from the Editor  

On the Cover: Atheist &
Agnostic Members

"Sober with no god"
How a nonbeliever got active, 
found his place in AA and has 
stayed sober for 26 years 

"Ceased fighting"
She connected to the power in the
rooms, and with her sponsor's help,
she learned to take off the gloves 


"God on every page"
When he opened the Big Book for
the first time, he thought ... How will I ever fit in? 

"Open-minded "
A long-time member shares
about the challenges of being an
unbeliever and helping others along the way 

"My search"
After five years of faking it,
a young member, with the help of
her sponsor, gets honest about her beliefs
related:Coinsidentally sober

"We share common ground

A past General Service Board 
Chair shares his thoughts after 
attending an atheist and agnostic 
AA convention 

Steps and Traditions  
"Pause button"
It was a vacation in paradise. So 
why was she getting into people's faces 
at every turn? Step Ten to the rescue  


"My vote: no opinion"
It's election time! Members are
stressed and rattled. Time to 
share about it? Uh ... maybe not 


Our Personal Stories
"Time to punt".  
This high school coach was losing 
the drinking game. Then one day
a fellow teacher handed him a winning play 

"Paradise not lost. "

How a return to the scene of 
her darkest drinking became a
beautiful experience 
related:Checking out

"Hunting the enemy"
This old-timer saw battles
all over the world, but his
real foe was always within 
related:A good run


Panic time
Newly sober, his marriage ends—
and now a brand new job! 
What could possibly happen next? 


Into Action
Study buddies
Her daily dose of AA literature for 
a wonderful sobriety boost was just a call away 


What's on your mind?
I'm getting thirsty!
Why one member needs to hear 
about someone's desperate need for booze  


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