There is a group of individuals in Austin, Texas who take this Big Book thing pretty seriously. They have started a group which examines every senytence of the Big Book “Alcoholics Anonymous” and guides recovering alcoholics in understanding the purpose and meanings entirely.
“The purpose of this Study Guide is to enable the student to better understand the information the authors of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, intended to impart to each of us based on their experience and knowledge of alcoholism and their Program of Recovery. It can be used by an individual or by a group. This Guide is intended to examine the content of virtually every sentence in the basic text of the Big Book.”
“The Primary Purpose Group was founded on January 26, 1988 with one specific purpose in mind and that was to bring the focus of our meetings back to the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous. That is to learn what is in the Big Book. Some of our members had been around for a number of years and had witnessed a very stark reality. We had seen our success rate with long term sobriety slip from, “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path” to seldom do we see a person recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. We had watched the groups we were betting our lives on downsize or become history. We were not realizing the Promises of the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous. We were confused and were not comprehending the word serenity nor were we enjoying the peace we once had.”
“…One of the first things that became apparent as we pursued our study was that we had drifted away from the path the First One Hundred had prepared for us.“
You can get the complete study guide here.