"If you don't know
the language, you'll only see the surface of the culture...the language is the
heart of the culture and you cannot separate it."
spite of the great increase in the size and the span of this Fellowship, at its
core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery
begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience,
strength, and hope.
"Foreword to Third Edition"
the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with
facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another
alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or
nothing can be accomplished.
the man who is making the approach has had the same difficulty, that he
obviously knows what he is talking about, that his whole deportment shouts at
the new prospect that he is a man with a real answer, that he has no attitude
of Holier Than Thou, nothing whatever except the sincere desire to be helpful,
that there are no fees to pay, no axes to grind, no people to please, no
lectures to be endured--these are the conditions we have found most effective.
After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again.
Book pgs. 18 & 19
Great Spirit teach me
to speak with the language of the heart.