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Question Seventeen

Dear Web Visitors and Loop Friends,

My name is Shana and I am a compulsive overeater. I am grateful to have found the OA program of recovery and part of my program is sharing it with others.

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A.) Read Chapter 4 page 51 in the Big Book.

B.) Discuss and reflect on why a change of attitude toward a power greater than yourself in a few simple actions are necessary if you are to change your life.

First and foremost, in the paragraph that begins on page 50 and moves on to page 51, it states, "Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory. They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith."

As I've mentioned before, it took me so long to come to believe that God could do for me what I could never do for myself. I mean, I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears that this was happening for so many others, but I held on to my old ideas. Fear, I guess was my stumbling block; fear of giving up all that I believed and letting myself walk a new road into a new place.

This page goes on to talk about how in the last century people were slow to believe in the spirit of modern scientific inquiry, research and invention. Take Columbus, whose contemporaries thought a round world was preposterous, or Galileo, who was almost put to death because of his advancements in astronomy. In the last paragraph on page 51, we read, "We asked ourselves this: Are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the ancients about the realm of the material?" When I read this, I see the parallel and come to understand how bias, ignorance and lack of information was a real roadblock in the history of my own life.

So, a few simple actions are required if I am to change my life: to come to believe in a Power greater than myself, to take a new and certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things to change the way I am living and thinking.

God bless all of us on this long road. This is not an easy disease, but the steps we need to take can raise us up from what we once thought of as living hell and bring us into a place where hope and peace reign.

Love in recovery,





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