Made available to readers everywhere for the first time, Our Great Responsibility brings together 16 talks given by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill W. over the span of two decades. With his characteristic humor and down-to-earth candor, Bill shares his thinking on myriad A.A. themes — the principles of A.A. service, the relationship between principles and personalities, even the origins and adaptability of the Twelve Steps — and reveals his willingness to entertain a broad, long view of Alcoholics Anonymous, open to change and growth.
Complementing the text are more than 60 archival photographs and other images from the General Service Office Archives, some never before published, as well as a concise history of the founding of A.A.’s General Service Conference, the mechanism for the Fellowship’s annual “group conscience.” We also hear from “friends of A.A.,” including Bill’s wife Lois, Dr. “Jack” Norris and Bernard Smith. Taken together, Our Great Responsibility provides both a window into how Alcoholics Anonymous has continued to grow over the years — and a roadmap for how it may move forward in unity.
Whether read for historical interest, for inspiration on the journey to recovery, or for a deeper look at the powerful principles upon which Alcoholics Anonymous functions today, Our Great Responsibility both educates and inspires readers today.