Telling our lives is important for those who come after us, for those who will see our experience as part of their own historical struggle.
Linda Hogan Chickasaw
Yet it is our great hope that all those who have yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.
Foreword to the Second Edition pg. xxi
...When we see a man sinking into the mire that is alcoholism, we give him first aid and place what we have at his disposal. For his sake, we do recount and almost relive the horrors of our past…
Big Book pg. 132
Our hope is that when this chip of a book is launched on the world tide of alcoholism, defeated drinkers will seize upon it, to follow its suggestions. Many, we are sure, will rise to their feet and march on. They will approach still other sick ones and fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous may spring up in each city and hamlet, havens for those who must find a way out.
Big Book pg. 153
Great Spirit may I share my experience, strength and hope that others may benefit.