Big Book Awakening is a 26 to 30 week in-depth study designed to take you through the 12-steps as outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It enables you to have a personal spiritual experience that you can pass on to others, to grow in understanding and effectiveness about AA’s main original purpose and to discover your own truth.
In the spring of that year Erik H. brought BBA to Holland. He introduced us to Adam M, Michael K. & Catherine P. We formed a Dutch group of 6 and got started. The first step in BBA is an 8 week journey were I asked myself some really important questions. Why I'm behaving the way I do? Why am I thinking the way I do? What happens after I start drinking or using? Am I an alcoholic of the hopeless variety? Do I need help from a Higher Power? Well for me those questions are simple now. And the rest of the steps made clear that I need a spiritual solution to my problems! If one thing is clear to me now I have to say that lack of power is my problem. BBA gave me the power I need to stop for good. Power to be helpful to others. Power to enjoy life as it comes. And still BBA is growing here in Holland and the rest of Europe.
Thanks for BBA Dan!
When I first tried to get sober, I had no clue what recovery was all about. I thought it was about getting clean, just clean and sober. Of course this was my motive when I came in. The first couple of times I went through the steps in various ways. I felt better, but deep down inside I still felt empty and alone. I couldn’t grasp the real message and I just did the bare minimum. I didn’t have a relationship with God, I tried but was lost in the how and why of it.
BBA changed that. It really helped me understand what recovery is all about. Now I feel (most of the time) connected with God and His message. I face my fears, because God is with me. And most important I am blessed to give this wonderful program to others. I never felt so connection with myself since I worked the steps this way. Step 4 gave me so many insights and taught me that my problems are (mostly) of my own making. I just can’t do it different on my own power, that’s why I need God.
God is there. Always. I never have to feel alone again.