The Little Red Book evolved from a series of notes originally prepared as Twelve Step suggestions for AA beginners. It aids in the study of the book Alcoholics Anonymous and contains many helpful topics for discussion meetings. Its distribution is prompted by a desire to "carry the message to alcoholics" in gratitude of our daily reprieve from insanity or alcoholic death.
Many groups, in meeting the AA need for instruction of new members, have adopted this brief summarization of the AA recovery program expounded in the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, as an outline for study of that book. Worthwhile results have followed the inauguration of weekly classes devoted to guidance of new members in their quest for a better understanding of the Twelve Steps as a way of life for recovery from alcoholism.
These classes, directed by qualified members, have created solidarity of understanding within our fellowship. They have brought a closer adherence to the Big Book, better understanding and application of its philosophy, more effective sponsorship and a much higher ratio of sobriety among our members.
We hope The Little Red Book for Women opens new avenues of thought and helps the AA member arrive at his or her successful interpretation of the program.
The Little Red Book for Women makes frequent reference to basic matter in Alcoholics Anonymous, fourth edition.
Since 1946, The Little Red Book has served as a guidepost for participants in Alcoholics Anonymous. Revising that book's often male-directed advice, this new edition is written specifically for women going through the recovery process. Descriptions of the famous 12 steps make up the bulk of the book, and while the steps themselves are not rewritten for this publication, the analysis and discussion surrounding each step is geared toward women. Designed to be studied repeatedly, the pocket-sized guide is always reassuring and brims with advice on overcoming addiction. Notes in the margins speak to women readers, giving additional guidance on seeking female sponsors, relieving guilt, getting over the need to be perfect, dealing with low self-esteem, engaging in relaxing activities (like exercise and meditation) and maintaining a healthy balance between what others need and personal needs. A Q&A section and suggestions for further reading (including Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition; and Stools and Bottles) round out this encouraging book. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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January 01, 2004
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