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October 2022

Read our latest issue of Roundabout Magazine - October 2022

God, Higher Power, Him - all things I heard when I came into AA - all things I rebelled against like many before me. Once I twigged the book on the table was not in fact a bible as I had presumed, it was this ‘big book’ they kept mentioning, I started to relax a little. I didn’t let the God word put me off and I am grateful for this, but I did battle with the concept of a Higher Power for a while. As I listened and started to feel more comfortable with the mention of God, I was relieved when I heard in Step Two, that I could choose to make AA my Higher Power - I could get behind that idea. I know I started to believe in a Higher Power when I just couldn’t argue with the fact that the good people in AA had helped me stay sober, when I had not managed to do this on my own and therefore they were certainly a greater power than I was! From there my Higher Power took several forms, all things that felt right at the time. The fact that it is there, looking after me, is all I need to know.

If you are new to AA and looking through this edition of Roundabout contemplating your own beliefs, please have a read of the Preamble on page 1. This tells us what AA is and isn’t and also assures us that “the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking”.

It does not mention a requirement to believe in a God or Higher Power, so please don’t let this put you off in anyway. I don’t say this lightly - I had a conversation a few years ago with a guy who had been in and out for some years, we were similar ages and one of his concerns was the need to believe in God. I reminded him of the Preamble. He was a kind-hearted guy, but a year later I went to his funeral as he had not been able to stick to meetings - please don’t let this be your story too.

Again, thank you to everyone who has submitted an article or recorded and audio for Roundabout. These are all gratefully received.
Editor, roundabout@aamail.org

1 Preamble
2 Subcommittee Noticeboard
3 Editorial
4 Group Of Drunks!
6 AA Literature Extracts
8 Roundabout Yearbook
9 Look Back In Laughter
10 What Do I Do When Confronted...?
11 2022 Themes
12 66th Scottish National Convention
i Conventions And Gatherings
ii-iv Group Information
13 The One Thing I Needed
14 The Roundabout Interview
18 AA History Corner
20 I Have Changed
22 Today I Am Free
23 Subscribe To Roundabout
24 The Twelve Concepts Of World Service
25 The Twelve Traditions
 

Roundabout Magazine cover October 2022

Today I Am Free

I'm Tam, a grateful member of AA and I thank my Higher Power for giving me the chance to write this letter.

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Group Of Drunks!

From early on in my recovery I found the concept of a Higher Power difficult to grasp.

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