• The Sarcastic Big Book

  • The Story of How Thousands of Well-Intentioned Men and Women Have Totally Screwed Up the Original Message
  • By: Clay" "F"
  • Narrated by: Clay F
  • Length: 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

We are a diminishing group of men and women whose amazing experience actually resembles the incredible experience described in the original “Big Book.” To show other alcoholics, through the heavy use of sarcasm, precisely how far away from that message we have strayed is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these chapters will effectively point out the absolute ridiculousness of much of what is commonly spoken, taught, and accepted in the world of recovery today, thus inspiring a reevaluation of the actual “Big Book”. What is written here may be found offensive to some. And maybe it should be - because this book contain nothing but a sadly accurate description of exactly what has been constantly reflected back to its author for several decades.

©2019 Clay F (P)2019 Clay F

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what a relief

I'm not sure this is thoroughly sarcasm, for the most part this mirrors my experience. this book puts in words what has been my thinking for so long. I have enjoyed this read. I recommend it to anybody who's worked the steps, for 20 years in AA, as I have. fresh!

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If Clay F were a women I would ask him to be my sponsor

Parts of this book were quite funny and some just hit me on such a deep level. Particularly the parts about sponsorship. I enjoyed this booklet and would recommend it to others. It’s not for everybody.

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I Work In Recovery, Spot On!!

I absolutely love this book! So many people are so turned off by 12 step recovery because of the mass amount of people who truly do behave this way. If you're a hardcore 12 stepper with no sense of humor this book is not for you. If you are a hardcore 12 stepper that has a firm grasp on reality and human nature who wants a good laugh, don't pass this up!

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I have been around AA since 1987. This story is so perfectly told. Thank you! Thank you!

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Not for the faint of heart or the overly sensitive

This is my first audio book, was it me or did he fart in chapter 4? LOL! I loved this book! I could totally relate not only to myself, but to most of the sponsors that I have had over the years. Tough love is not the only love that should be used.

I think that this book shouldn't be read by anyone with a "holier-than-thou" program or by the overly sensitive which I was when I first got sober, but I also feel that this is a MUST READ for a reality check. I listened to the whole book (it wasn't that long, at least, not nearly as long as the original Big Book) and I enjoyed every minute of it. Narration was great although some may think that he's boring. Kept a narcoleptic like me awake! I highly recommend it for a lighter side of the program and a good laugh or two.

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  • Ann Marie Burbidge
  • 01-04-22

Our common welfare....

I listened to the book which was very true in parts in my experience and I understand the frustrations but it also came across as slightly condescending and superior. The author intimated that he was part of an exclusive club, a lamented dying breed which is never a unifying message. It is certainly true that there is often confusion about the role of a sponsor and many play God etc, but it would be more in line with the spiritual principles highlighted by the author if he had shared his experience strenght and hope rather than an outpouring about people in the rooms. Step ten does not say - continue to take others personal inventory and when people are wrong, promptly tell them they are. It says we must take our own. it would be nice to hear the authors actual experience, strenght and hope which addresses the heart directly, mindful of traditions 1 and 12 as I feel he writes well and has alot to offer and could encourage others to seek their own conscious contact and to trust themselves more, which would alleviate some of the risks of sponsor dependency and skewed messages.

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  • 09-10-21

Finally I get it

After a year and a half of struggling I get the message. A revaluation. A triumph. I cannot recommend this book enough. I’m going to listen again now. 🙏🏽 Thank God.