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Steps in the Big Book

Step Reading
1 “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol...” The Doctor’s Opinion pp. xxiii-xxx
1 “...that our lives had become unmanageable.” Chapter 3: More About Alcoholism pp. 30-43
2 “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Chapter 4: We Agnostics pp. 44-57
2 “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Chapter 2: There Is A Solution pp. 17-29 4
3 “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Chapter 5: How It Works pp. 58-64
4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Resentment Chapter 5: How It Works pp. 64-67
4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Fear Chapter 5: How It Works pp. 67-68
4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Sex Chapter 5: How It Works pp. 68-71
5 “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Chapter 6: Into Action pp. 72-75
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“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”  “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” Chapter 6: Into Action pp. 76
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“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”  “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Chapter 6: Into Action pp. 76-84
10 “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” Chapter 6: Into Action pp. 84-85
11 “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” Chapter 6: Into Action pp. 85-88
12 “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics...” Chapter 7: Working with Others pp. 89-96
12 “...and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Chapter 7: Working with Others pp. 96-103