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III Facts about the Big Book you might not know
 
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xii) The design and goals of R.A.'s Step Presentation
The Big Book is the source of the information used in R.A.'s Step Presentation.
 
 


1. Now that we know the main purpose of the Big Book, we are going to discuss the design and goals of R.A.'s Step Presentation.

2. R.A.’s Step Presentation has three parts.

3. The blueprint for these three parts comes from the story "He Sold Himself Short."

4. In R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, on page 291, in the Second Edition Story section (Fourth Edition page 262), in the fourth paragraph, Earl T. who wrote this story says:

    "I stayed in Akron two or three weeks on my initial trip trying to absorb as much of the program and philosophy as possible. I spent a great deal of time with Dr. Bob, whenever he had the time to spare, and in the homes of two or three other people, trying to see how the family lived the program."

5. In Part 1 of R.A.'s Step Presentation we go through R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, reading and discussing every paragraph and following every direction. This includes following the Big Book’s “clear-cut directions” for working the Fourth Step. We do this so that you can absorb as much of the program and philosophy as possible.

6. This is the equivalent of the two or three weeks Earl T. spent studying the program.

7. Therefore, the goal of Part 1 of R.A.'s Step Presentation is for you "to absorb as much of the program and philosophy as possible."

8. In the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, on page 262 (third edition of the Big Book, on page 291), starting in the last line, it continues:

    "The day before I was due to go back to Chicago, a Wednesday and Dr. Bob’s afternoon off, he had me down to the office and we spent three or four hours formally going through the Six Step program as it was at that time."

9. While the program was originally presented in Six Steps, Bill Wilson wrote about what he was thinking, when he wrote the Twelve Steps.

10. If you have a copy of A.A. Comes of Age available, please open it to the first full paragraph on page 161, where Bill Wilson writes:

    "Our steps would have to be more explicit. There must not be a single loophole through which the rationalizing alcoholic could wiggle out. Maybe our six chunks of truth should be broken up into smaller pieces."

11. When he finished writing, Bill had divided all the actions that the Six Step program called for, into the Twelve Steps we know today.

12. Part 2 of R.A.’s Step Presentation is where we formally go through Steps One through Eight. In R.A., we do this the way Dr. Bob is described doing it in the story “He Sold Himself Short.” This means that, if possible, we go through all these steps in one session.

13. In the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, on page 263 (third edition of the Big Book, on page 292), the second paragraph starts by saying:

    "This picture is still vivid. If I live to be a hundred, it will always stand out in my mind. It was very impressive, and I wish that every A.A. could have the benefit of this type of sponsorship today."

14. Therefore, the two goals of Part 2 of R.A.'s Step Presentation are to make the benefits of this type of sponsorship available again, and to formally go through Steps One through Eight.

15. In the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, on page 263 (third edition of the Big Book, on page 292), in the second paragraph, it continues:

    "Dr. Bob always emphasized the religious angle very strongly, and I think it helped. I know it helped me. Dr. Bob then led me through the restitution step, in which I made a list of all of the persons I had harmed and worked out the ways and the means of slowly making restitution.

    "I made several decisions at that time. One of them was that I would try to get a group started in Chicago; the second was that I would have to return to Akron to attend meetings at least every two months until I did get a group started in Chicago; third, I decided I must place this program above everything else, even my family, because if I did not maintain my sobriety, I would lose my family anyway. If I did not maintain my sobriety, I would not have a job. If I did not maintain my sobriety, I would have no friends left. I had few enough at that time."

16. Part 3 of R.A.'s Step Presentation is a discussion of Steps Nine through Twelve. This will equip you to go out and work these steps in your life. In R.A., we do this by going through R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, reading and discussing every paragraph.

17. Therefore, the two goals of Part 3 of R.A.'s Step Presentation are to have an in depth discussion of Steps Nine, Ten and Eleven, and also to discuss all the various aspects of working with others in Step Twelve.

18. This is so that you will easily be able to begin working these important steps in your life, especially working with others, so you can find the recovery you are seeking.

Please turn to Quick Quiz "B" in your Workbook, or print out the following section.

Please circle the correct answer to the questions below.

A. What story is the design of R.A.'s Step Presentation based on?

  a) "The Little Engine That Could."
b) "The Adventures of Pinocchio."
c) "Profiles In Courage."
d) The Big Book story, "He Sold Himself Short."sp
B. How many parts does R.A.'s Step Presentation have?
  a) Only one part.
b) Just two parts.
c) As many parts as we could cram into it.
d) Three parts. sp
C. What is the goal of Part 1 of R.A.'s Step Presentation?
  a) To score at least one goal during this part.
b) To let you know there will only be one goal in this part.
c) To let you know there will be more than one goal in this part.
d) To let you absorb as much of the program and philosophy as possible. sp
D. What are the two goals of Part 2 of R.A.'s Step Presentation?
  a) To score at least two goals during this part.
b) To let you know how many goals there will be in this part.
c) To give thanks that there are no more parts.
d) To make the benefits of this type of sponsorship available again,
     and to formally go through Steps One through Eight. sp
E. What are the two goals of Part 3 of R.A.'s Step Presentation?
  a) To score a goal during each part of this presentation.
b) To score two goals during each part of this presentation.
c) To think of more topics, so we can have more parts.
d) To have an in depth discussion of Steps Nine, Ten and Eleven, and also
     to discuss all the various aspects of working with others in Step Twelve. sp

19. In R.A.'s Multilith Big Book on page 26, in the second paragraph, the pioneers say:

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to follow directions.

20. If you have decided you want what we have, are willing to go to any length to get it, and are ready to work all Twelve Steps, then we have found that it will help you to complete this process if you make a commitment to yourself before starting R.A.’s Step Presentation.

21. After you finish reading the notes at the bottom of this page, please turn to R.A.'s Step Presentation Workbook, on page 7, and read it. When you are ready, make your commitment to yourself, and then stop.

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I) If you are going through this presentation with an R.A. sponsor, stop reading after this paragraph. Your R.A. sponsor will then work with you one-on-one. Starting with the title page, you and your sponsor will go through R.A.'s Multilith Big Book paragraph-by-paragraph. You will start by reading a paragraph aloud. You will then pause after each paragraph so that your R.A. sponsor can share about what you just read. In R.A.'s Step Presentation Workbook, on page 2, read ABOUT R.A.'S STEP PRESENTATION. Then on page 3, read WELCOME TO R.A.'S STEP PRESENTATION. Then read INTRODUCING R.A.'S STEP PRESENTATION WORKBOOK on page 4. These three pages will give you more information about going through the Twelve Steps with an R.A. sponsor.

II) If you are an R.A. sponsor, read HOW TO GET STARTED WORKING WITH OTHERS IN R.A. on page 21 in R.A.'s Step Presentation Workbook. Then refer to this website, starting with the next page, to see how to continue working with the person you are sponsoring. Using R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, starting with the title page, you should have the person you are sponsoring read a paragraph aloud and then pause so you can share about what was just read. If you are not familiar with the information to share, you can read from this website, starting with the next page, continuing page-by-page, as the person you are working with reads from their Multilith Big Book.

III) Read the INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE R.A. SPONSOR in R.A.'s Step Presentation Workbook, on pages 22 and 23. Then read PREPARING A NEWCOMER TO BE AN R.A. SPONSOR on page 24. Each time you work with a newcomer, review these pages and make sure the newcomer has the latest version of the workbook. These three pages will give you more information about using R.A.'s Multilith Big Book, R.A.'s Step Presentation Workbook, and this website, to take someone through the Twelve Steps using R.A.'s Step Presentation.

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