Thanks for your thoughts, guys.
Geez ... I just assumed the two books went together. Didn't know there might be a controversy. Every group I've ever been to has literature available - devotionals, meditations, etc. The list varies from group to group, but there are always two books in every library and sometimes the only books there - the BB and the 12/12. I just thunk they went together.
In my "sponsor tree" to way back it's been passed down that the BB is read. After each step in the BB is read and discussed, the appropriate step in the 12/12 is read and discussed and done before going on to the next step. Seems the 12/12 just drives the BB deeper in. Tamps it down a little more.
The two books are reconciled with the sponsee showing that they agree, support, and expound on each other. Sometimes saying the same thing in different vernacular/tone strikes the right spark.
Just seems right to me. Did me WONDERS ! And it has worked very well for my sponsees as it did on this sponsee and the sponsees that sponsored me. I don't see a reason to change it.
(A Vision For You - BB pg. 164) - "Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us."
Apparently God revealed more to Bill W. in the 14 years after the BB was published for him to write the 12/12. ya think? Thing is, to my meager mind, it's more simplification of the same book from the same guy under the same God. Kindofan addendum, I reckon.
Do what you got and what got you that, is what I figure.
I'm sure I have more controversial ideas than that.