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Eternal Sobriety

Neal P.

FOREWORD

CHAPTER ONE

A New Beginning

The Path Often Traveled

The Path to Destruction

Approaching the Bottom

Alcoholics Anonymous

Beyond Sobriety

CHAPTER TWO

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Click Clack

The Thinking Process

The Lie Unfolds

Upside-Down Thinking

The Sin Principle

Truthful Beliefs Aid Recovery

Belief Systems

Our Needs Play a Role

Beliefs Affect Perception

Principles

Feelings

Think, Think, Think

A.A. – A Process that Works

Emotions Have Their Purpose

Why A.A. Works

What’s the Rub

Habits

Choices

Breaking Habits

The A.A. Fellowship

Why We Need God

The Best of Both Worlds

CHAPTER THREE

The 12-Step Waltz

The Dues Have Been Paid

The Music Begins

Dancing with the Stars

12-Step Recovery is a Process

Step 1 – Discussion

Step 2 – Discussion

The Power of Desire

Our Understanding of God Changes

Different Concepts of God Exist

The A.A. Approach

Our Objective is Spirituality

The True Source of Spirituality

Insanity – What Does It Mean?

God knows the Alcoholic?

The Wisdom of Man

The Wisdom of God

Step 3 – Discussion

Choices Make a Difference

The Source of Truth

Step 4 – Discussion

Step 5 – Discussion

Step 6 – Discussion

Step 7 – Discussion

Step 8 – Discussion

Step 9 – Discussion

The Promises

The Goal is Peace

Step 10 – Discussion

Step 11 – Discussion

Step 12 – Discussion

The Principles of the Program

The Human Dilemma

CHAPTER FOUR

What is God Like?

The Calling

Confusion and Doubt is Normal

The Search Begins

The Personality of God

God is a Spirit

The Spiritual Connection

God is the Creator

God is Infinite

God’s Is Faithful to His Creation

God is Eternal

God doesn’t Change

God is Perfect

Eternal Life is a Choice

God knows All, Has Absolute Power, and Is Everywhere

God’s Is Aware of Us – Personally

Recovery is God’s Business

God is Truth

God is Holy

God is Love

God is Personal

The Gift of Salvation

The Gift of Grace

CHAPTER FIVE

Made in His Image

God’s Image is Visible

The Path to Spiritual Experience

A Match Made In Heaven

The Human Creation

Driven by Beliefs

The Magnificent Mind

Think, Think, Think.

It’s the Thoughts, not the Thinker

Change the Thought – Change the Feeling

The Healthy Mind

The Denial Wall

Truth can be Painful

Anger – Right or Wrong

The Lies that Society Tells

CHAPTER SIX

This Thing Called Self

Are the 12 Steps Enough?

Why We Need God

The Good Book

Man from God’s Perspective

The Creation of Man

Error Takes away Life

The Giver of New Life

Spiritual Growth VS Spiritual Awakening

God’s Will is not Guesswork

Is God in A.A.?

God Loves the Alcoholic

The Best Choice

My Story

What about You?

Spiritual Attitudes

More Promises

CHAPTER SEVEN

Powerlessness

The Surrender Paradox

It’s a Spiritual Battle

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Mind is the Battlefield

The Importance of Christ

Fighting the Battle with Truth

The Importance of Truth

Our Conscience Has a Purpose

Peace Be With You

A Good Defense

And More Defense

The Heart of the Matter

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Helper

The Conscience Awakens

A Change of Mind

The Helper

It’s about Choice

And More Choice

Good Choices – Good Consequences

Recognizing our Flaws

Replacing the Bad with the Good

CHAPTER NINE

Gods Will For the Alcoholic

God either Is, or He Isn’t

A Sincere Commitment

God’s Simple Truth

Practicing Principles

Reading, Meditating, and Application

The Serenity Prayer

Living One Day at a Time

Making the Choice

The Old Nature Dies – The New Nature Lives

A Word about Alcohol

A Fine Thin Line

Transforming the Mind

Is the World or the Truth in You?

God’s Will is Twofold

God Knows All About Recovery

Powerlessness – Revisited

Error yields Bondage

CHAPTER TEN

Off The Beam

Who, Me?

Out of the darkness – Into the light

The Roots of Sin

Pulling the Roots

The Deadly Seven

Pride

Characteristics of Pride

Envy

Common Forms of Envy

Envy breeds Jealousy

Healthy Desire

Anger and Resentment

Justifiable Anger

Unjustifiable Anger

Symptoms of Anger

Resentments

Real Fear VS False Fear

Greed

Lust

Gluttony

Sloth

Depression

The 12 Step Process

CHAPTER ELEVEN

On The Beam

Beginning of Day

End of Day

Desire leads to Change

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Doorway to the Kingdom

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Worldly Sorrow

Godly Sorrow

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Acceptance

The Full Serenity Prayer

Peace, Peace, and more Peace

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

The Spiritual Growth Process

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

The True Source of Love

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Love in Action

A True Son

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Unconditional Love

The Behavior of Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

The Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous

Faith Grows with Use

Faithfulness

Gentleness

The Gentleness of Stephen

CHAPTER TWELVE

To Control or Not To Control, That Is the Question

Losing our Grip

Our Need for Self-Control

We are Equipped for Self-Control

Energy for Self-Control

Made Whole (But Not Finished)

Our Body Beautiful

God Given Faculties

Those Pesky Emotions

Choices – Feelings or Principles

Self-Control the World’s Way

Self- Control God’s Way

Death through Adam, Life through Christ

Justification

Sanctification – God’s Perfecting Process

Establishing Boundaries

Taming the Imagination

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Prayer and Meditation

Meditation

Benefits of Meditation

Prayer

Purpose of Prayer

Praying for Needs

Praying with Persistence

Praying for Others

The Lord’s Prayer

God the Father

Approaching God

From Pour Me to Poor Me – A Blessing

Submission to God’s Will

God’s Will is Written

One Day at a Time

Bread is Good

The Bread of Life

Forgiveness

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Resentments and Forgiveness

The Truth about Temptation

Prayer Brings Us Together

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Practice, Practice, and More Practice

The A.A. Path Leads to God

Faith and Right-Standing with God

Making Choices

The Ultimate Choice

Christian Obedience

Self or Selfless

It never has been about Us – It’s about Others

More Promises

A Timeless Journey

APPENDIX

How We Know the Bible Is God’s Word

Question 1: Does God Exist?

Creation Shows That There is a God

Conscience Shows That There is a God

First Conclusion: God Exists

Question 2: Has God Verified His Communication

The Bible is Trustworthy

Copies

History

Archeology

Science

The Bible is Inspired by God

Miracles

Prophecy

Old Testament References

New Testament References

Second Conclusion: the Bible Alone is the Word of God

What about All Those Contradictions?

Final Conclusion

Reference Books