We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.World Service, Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book and A Study Guide of the 12 Steps . Anonymous Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Insert a period after “who suffer.”
Alcoholics Anonymous asks that we read
the book…their book…as written,
and certainly I honor that request.
But I, and you, can edit in our heads.
I believe this book can work miracles
in the lives of all people, that each of us
needs a twelve-step program!
The passage later goes on to say
when someone in Recovery has shared the message,
“After such an approach
many take up their beds and walk again.”
Recovery literature abounds
as do Twelve-step programs…
Wikipedia lists thirty-three
who closely follow Alcoholics Anonymous
and eight more who partially follow
and most of us could name others
not listed. Read those that speak to you,
but don’t forget to read the one
that in ninety years has transformed the world!