Where did these GEMS come from?
When I am listening to fellow alcoholics share at Meetings, I take notes. Not transcriptions, just notes of things that catch my attention. By jotting a reminder, I can later recall the thought.
One night, my sponsor asked me, “what do you do with your notes?”
“I keep them and reread them, often the next morning during my morning quiet time,” I replied. “They bring to mind the wisdom and humour that I heard. I meditate on the comments and see the insights that I missed. I feel grateful all over again… then I throw them away.”
“You should write your thoughts down and share them,” he said, “you might have some fun and it might do some good.”
So I started writing my meditations. In the beginning, I only shared them with my sponsees, who passed the notes to their sponsees, and then others in the Program. A couple of the recipients, involved in treatment centres with newsletters, reposted them in their newsletters and websites. They seemed to attract attention, so I started a website the4thdimension.ca and posted them online.
One day I thought, “maybe a book is a good idea.”
*eBook versions include hyperlinks for topical study
Reading this book is like going to a good meeting, without the drunkalogs!
It is the best parts of a good meeting.
Like a good scout or guide, Andy reminds us in these pages how to stay on the right path, with a reminder to the trouble that lies ahead should we wander too far from the program.
A common sense guide to living the program, not taking yourself too seriously, and finding peace through the tools of AA.
— Bruce M
This book brings up so many topics that I have heard in AA meetings that have been so helpful along my trek.
Getting these jolts when I read Andy’s book help remind me and encourage me to stay centered on the beam of sobriety and spirituality.
This book is truly filled with gems.
— Mike C
A thoughtful collection of observations and experience in how taking action deepens our spiritual growth and relationship to the steps.
— Dave I