A solution came early in the development of The A.A. program. It was replaced with a similar book that was co-written By Bill W. the A.A. cofounder. "The little Red Book" is an answer for anyone needing more help doing the steps
The old-timers know the best. The members of the first 12 step programs worked hard and collaborated on many booklets and pamphlets. One of the efforts was the creation of a 12 step workbook.
The Little Red Book* was the original book for doing the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. It was endorsed by Dr Bob as a companion to The Big Red Book, better known today as The Big Book which was written by Bill W. The little Red Book is a, simple and straight forward outline for reference and study of the mechanics of the twelve steps.
The Big Book has helped millions of people find recovery from Alcoholism, yet it is general in its ability to guide the alcoholic through the 12 steps. From 1939 when the twelve steps were written to 1946 when the original 12 step guide book was introduced, many groups developed and distributed pamphlets for doing the steps. The best literature that were created and circulated amongst the groups became the foundation for The Little Red book. It was on this solid foundation that the early AA members stood to discover a way out of their addiction. It is our assertion that members who are working the program will find that the little Red Book will help them to enhance their program.
This elegantly simple workbook has helped many find recovery and maintain sobriety. The Little Red Book has not been matched by any other 12 step guide book in its ability to simplify the twelve steps which helps people recover from their addiction and maintain their sobriety. This book was offered by A.A. in New York as it’s official 12 step guide book as a companion to the Big Book. Although this Twelve Step guide was written specifically for alcoholics, it serves as an excellent guide for any 12 step program such as AL Annon and Alateen. It is an actual program for living that can, and should be used in every aspect of a person’s life. It is a tool that can be used by anyone on a spiritual path.
*The Original 12 step book was affectionately called The Little Red Book by Dr Bob’s group. In its first four printings, the book was given the short title of The Twelve Steps. It was seen as a necessary companion to the Big Red Book. It however lost its connection when The Alcoholics Anonymous Book cover was changed to Blue with the printing of the 2nd edition in 1955