RA offers hope, sanity, and recovery, especially to those who, despite their best efforts, have yet to find full recoveries, no matter what their problems or behaviors may be and their family and friends.
II Facts about the Twelve Steps you might not know
v) The "hidden" purpose of Step Three
It may not be obvious, but it's true. The Big Book's discussion of Step Three is
really the introduction to Step Four.

1. In R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, the discussion of Step Three begins with the fifth paragraph on page 27, and continues up to the last paragraph on page 28.

2. In R.A., we believe that a careful reading of these paragraphs shows something strange.

3. These paragraphs donít only discuss making a decision to surrender our life and our will to God. These paragraphs also discuss the character defects that stand in the way of our surrender.

4. For an example, in R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, please turn to page 28.

5. Read the first full paragraph. Then, also read the second paragraph.

6. These paragraphs discuss character defects!

7. These paragraphs give us the reason why we need to search for our character defects by using the Fourth Step that is written in R.A.'s Multilith Big Book.

8. For another example, just look at pages 28 and 29 in R.A.'s Multilith Big Book. Look at them side-by-side, as they were originally printed.

9. This makes it clear that pages 27 and 28 are the introduction to Step 4, which starts on the bottom of page 28 and continues on page 29.

10. In R.A., we believe that this makes the real purpose of the inventory, as a search for character defects, easier to understand.

11. This is why it is important to work all Twelve Steps within R.A., by following the "clear-cut directions" that are in R.A.'s Multilith Big Book.

12. For example, if someone has not read and followed the "clear-cut directions," for working Steps One through Three, that are in R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, they will have a hard time understanding the purpose of, and directions for, Step Four.


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