AA Big Book Study & Action Group

New Session in Downtown St. Paul begins Sunday January 6, 2019
from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

We recover in AA by taking the Twelve Steps, and if we don’t take the action as described in our Big Book, we may not recover.
These groups will give the participants the tools to do the Twelve Steps precisely as the first one hundred men and women who recovered from alcoholism. This is a back to the basics kind of group, accepting the “simple kit of spiritual tools” that has been laid at our feet. Participants are asked to
commit to the entire process.

History

During the 1950’s, a man by the name of Mac C. (now deceased) started a group in Winnipeg Manitoba called the “Golden Slippers”. The group was a back to the basics of the “Big Book” kind of group, especially for those
people who just could not stay sober for any length of time. The group took a bunch of chronic “slippers” and walked them through the Twelve Steps, taking the same exact action as the first 100 men and women who wrote
the basic textbook, Alcoholics Anonymous. Many stayed sober!
The results were miraculous and word soon spread throughout Winnipeg. Many people with all lengths of sobriety wanted to join this group. During the 1975 International AA Convention in Denver, Mac talked about
their experience and many AA members around the country began to replicate this amazing process. In 1994, a group of experienced AA and Al-Anon members decided to try and replicate this process in the Twin
Cities with equally amazing results. Since then, the original guides and others have gone on to guide dozens of Study & Action groups. The guides for the Study & Action groups have coached thousands of people through the Twelve Steps.

What do we do?

This is not your typical “thanks for sharing” kind of Twelve Step meeting, nor is it like any seminar. Participants are asked to DO all Twelve Steps as laid out in our basic textbook. Don’t attend Study and Action if you want to learn something ~ come if you want to do something! Each of the guides has done the Twelve Steps and coached others. They will coach you through the instructions in our basic textbook, Alcoholics Anonymous. They will use a dictionary published at about the same time as the book to help us better
understand the directions as they were written by the first 100 men and women. Though we read and study the AA “Big Book”, this group is not limited to members of AA. Members of Al-Anon, NA, CA, GA, EA, OA and
SAA frequently attend. Participating in Study & Action will make you a better sponsor or “step coach”. You will be able to coach people through the Twelve Steps exactly as given to us by those who have gone before, unfettered and unchanged. In addition to being a “boot camp” for sponsors, we also believe Study & Action is especially valuable to those who have been through treatment or rehab and have been left off at Step Three or Step Five or are participating in Court programs that require sobriety. We get sober by the Steps we take, not the meetings
we make.

Where do we meet?

The St. Paul Session will begin on Sunday January 6, 2019 at the Downtown Alano Club 520 North Robert Street in Downtown St. Paul from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Parking is allowed in the lot directly North of the Club and there is free parking on the streets in St. Paul on Sundays. Guides for this session will be Bucky M, Janet C. and Patrick B. This session will meet weekly for approximately 14 to 16 weeks.
Pre-Registration is not required. For driving directions or additional information on Study & Action please visit www.Into-Action.com. W e recommend that you bring a fourth edition of the basic textbook Alcoholics
Anonymous, a tablet of paper, pen and highlighter. There are no fees for these sessions, we may ask for a
voluntary contribution to pay for space rental, photocopies and other expenses.
Complete recordings of the Big Book Study & Action sessions is available on our website www.Into-Action.com. Click on the “listening room” button on the left side of the home page.