Fifty-six retired stories from the first three editions of the Big Book come back in print in this anthology.
From the inside cover: "This collection of stories offers back to the A.A. Fellowship the experience of 56 members whose stories are no longer available in the book "Alcoholics Anonymous". Co-founder Bill W. was keenly aware of the importance of personal stories, and as he began work on collecting new material for the second edition, he wrote: "The story section of the Big Book...is our principal means of identifying with the reader outside of A.A..it is the written equivalent of hearing speakers at an A.A. meeting; it is our show window of results." Today, these stories provide a fascinating glimpse into A.A.'s past... Alcoholics Anonymous' membership continues to grow and change, but these stories form the past will never be outdated. The essential A.A. story --"what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now" --is a constant." This book contains stories of the past and stories that are more current from the 3rd edition.