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In the Chapter - How it Works, the portion of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous that is read at every AA meeting it says: "Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil undtil we let go absolutely." and "Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the truning point. We asked for His protection and care with complete abandon."
These phrases echo the sayings of the Keswick movement which talked of 'Letting Go and Letting God." The song "I Surrender All" also is an expression of the Keswick ideal.
They were expressing the ideas first brougth to them by Hannah Whitall Smith who worte in "A Christains Secret of a Happy Life":
Today we will be talking about this act and process of letting go absolutely.
*Absolutely Sober, Page 58
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