Exactly How Many Times Does the Big Book Mention God?

If you read “7 Names for God You’ll Wish You Understood Sooner”, then you don’t have to ask “how many times does the word God appear in the Big Book?”  Though, it is an impressive number when you stop to consider how many pages are in the Big Book.

FUN FACT: The word “God” individually appears 134 times within the first 164 pages of  the book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Mathematically, if the word “God” were distributed evenly throughout the book it would appear every 1.2 pages.  Yet, that isn’t the whole story.  There are an additional 35 words and phrases to reference the fundamental idea of God as well.

With this in mind, many people have asked “Exactly How many times does the Big Book mention God?”  Below is the answer to this question.

This alphabetical list of God pronouns (capitalized words and phrases which indicate a reference to God) lists the number of times a particular word or phrase is used in the first 164 pages of the Big Book followed by the page numbers where each instance occurs in parenthesis.

FUN FACT:  Anytime a word is found capitalized where it normally would not be, the authors of “Alcoholics Anonymous” are using that word to represent the fundamental idea of God.

All Powerful Creator:  1 (page 161)

All Powerful, Guiding, Creative Intelligence: 1 (page 49)

Boss Universal: 1 (page 11)

Bridge of Reason: 1 (page 53)

Broad Highway: 2 (page 55, 75)

Creation: 1 (page 49)

Creative Intelligence: 3 (pages 12, 46, 49)

Creator: 11 (pages 13, 25, 28, 56, 68, 72, 75, 76, 80, 83, 158)

Director: 1 (page 62)

Employer: 1 (page 63)

Fellowship of the Spirit: 1 (page 164)

Friend: 1 (page 13)

God-Consciousness: 2 (pages 13, 85)

God of Reason: 1 (page 54)

God: 134 (pages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 24, 25, 28, 29, 45, 46, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62, 63, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 75, 76, 77, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 93, 95, 98, 100, 102, 114, 116, 117, 120, 121, 123, 124, 128, 129, 130, 133, 155, 156, 158, 161, 162, 164)

Great Reality: 2 (pages 55, 161)

Great Fact: 1 (page 164)

He: 23 (pages 12, 13, 25, 53, 55, 57, 60, 62, 63, 68, 76, 116, 120, 130, 164)

High Finance: 1 (page 4)

Higher Power: 2 (pages 43, 100)

Him: 31 (pages 11, 12, 13, 45, 46, 47, 57, 59, 60, 63, 68, 71, 75, 85, 130, 164)

His: 12 (pages 11, 12, 13, 14, 59, 62, 63, 85, 133)

King Alcohol: 1 (page 151)

Maker: 2 (pages 57, 63)

The New Land: 1 (page 53)

Power: 18 (pages 10, 12, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 55, 59, 63, 93)

Presence of Infinite Power and Love: 1 (page 56)

Presence and Power of God: 1 (page 162)

Principal: 1 (page 62)

Providence: 1 (page 101)

Realm of the Spirit: 1 (page 46)

Thee: 1 (page 85)

Thou: 1 (page 63)

Thy: 5 (pages 63, 67, 85, 88)

Thy Power: 1 (pages 63)

Thy Love: 1 (page 63)

Thy Way of life: 1 (page 63)

Universal Mind: 1 (page 12)

Spirit of the Universe: 4 (pages 10, 46, 52, 75)

Spirit of Nature: 1 (page 12)

Sunlight of the Spirit: 1 (page 66)

Supreme Being: 1 (page 46)

Spirit, world of the: 1 (page 84)

His Spirit: 1 (page 85)

Total references to God in one form or another: 281

FUN FACT: God (by one name or another) is mentioned 281 times within the first 164 pages of the Big Book.  That’s an average of God being mentioned every 0.58 pages.

PLEASE NOTE: This list includes pronouns that are capitalized in order to represent a false god like King Alcohol, High Finance, God of Reason, etc…

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