Mary Pearl T on Steps 6-9 – Episode 209

Mary Pearl is open and honest, with a wonderful sense of humor. This is part of a longer talk, so it starts in the middle of an anecdote. She talks here about Steps 6, “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character”, 7, “Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings”, 8, “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all,” and 9, “Made direct amends to such people, wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Her talk is full of stories from her own life, which make me grin, make me think, and make me cry.

On Step 8: “I had hurt nearly everyone that I had ever come in contact with that I had allowed to care for me.”

She ends with her understanding of the promises.

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The Family Afterwards, part 2 – Speaker talk


Bob and Linda B. speak in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2004, on how the programs work in their family. They trade off during this two part talk, speaking of their experience, strength, and hope through the 12 steps. Part 2 takes us through the rest of the steps.

What does God look like? – An open talk

In this talk, Bob asks and gives his answer to the question “What does God look like?” I think you will like his answer. He explores his experience of what life is like when he follows God’s will for him, and how much better it has been than when he listens to the lies his mind tells him. Bob is an alcoholic, but I identified strongly with most of what he had to say. The audio quality is not good, but stay with it. It’s worth it. I think this talk is from the 1970s, because he talks about “when they started this thing 40 years ago.”