This is one of the Alcoholics Anonymous books that helped to spread awareness of the group's goals and philosophies.
4. Daily Reflections
Daily Reflections is a book along the principles of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
A short meditative essay is provided for daily reading, each written by an AA member.
There are many books similar to this, each having a daily inspirational/educational thought or quote to help those in recovery.
This one, however, is specifically written by and for Alcoholics anonymous participants.
5. Living Sober
Living Sober is one of the Alcoholics Anonymous more practical guides.
Rather than simply sharing stories, this book offers real guidance for living a life free of alcohol.
6. As Bill Sees It
As Bill Sees It is an anthology of writings by Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA.
It remains one of the more popular selections in the Alcoholics Anonymous books on offer.
It can be very cathartic to realize that alcoholism's effects on the individual and those around him or her are the same today as they were seventy years ago.
7. Came to Believe
Came to Believe is one of the Alcoholics Anonymous most popular inspirational readings.
As with other volumes of Alcoholics Anonymous literature, this was compiled from writings of AA members.
8. Experience, Strength and Hope
Experience, Strength and Hope is another compilation of stories of the personal experiences of AA members.
Many of the publications from AA literature have drawn from personal stories of members.
The purpose of this is to encourage members to relate to others' experiences of alcoholism and recovery.
This is so they can see that they and their problems are not 'special' and that recovery from alcoholism is a very real possibility whatever circumstances they are currently going through.
9. The Language of the Heart
The Language of the Heart contains an anthology of stories and articles that Bill Wilson wrote for The Grapevine magazine through the years.
These stories highlight the evolution of the group through time.
10. Dr. Bob and the Good Old-timers
Dr. Bob and the Good Old-timers tells us of the other founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Dr. Bob Smith, as well as the early history of AA and how it grew.
Alcoholics Anonymous Literature, or more precisely that published by the program's own publishing house, is specifically aimed at recovering alcoholics participating in the Alcoholics Anonymous program.
The books are not examples of outstanding literature, they are not trying to be.
They are written with the sole purpose of encouraging alcoholics in their fight against alcoholism.
So don't expect an objective analysis of Alcoholics Anonymous if you buy one of the above books. If this is what you want then read The Ten Best Critiques of Alcoholics Annoymous.
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