Born Again in a Biker Bar: A Memoir

Born Again in a Biker Bar: A Memoir

by Charisse Ann Tyson


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Born Again in a Biker Bar depicts the story of a raging codependent and her alcoholic husband. It is centered in famous Johnny's Bar & Grill in Hollister, California. Johnny's is the bar depicted in the 1953 movie The Wild One featuring Marlon Brando. When Charisse purchased Johnny's in January of 1996, she had no idea of its fame or place in history. She did however know that her husband was an alcoholic. Within a few months of the purchase, Tommy quit his well-paying job and took his drinking to a whole new level. The deterioration of his health and their marriage was the result. On the brink of divorce, Charisse found herself at an Al-Anon meeting. Standing in a room surrounded by her peers she said the life changing words, "Hello, my name is Charisse and I'm a codependent." Embracing the Christian roots that she had all but abandoned, she went on an odyssey of self-examination. Her acceptance of the part she played in her dysfunctional life led to her recovery, and eventually to her husbands. Charisse and her husband have been together for more than twenty six years and Tommy just celebrated ten years of sobriety.

Born Again in a Biker received the Bronze Medal in the 2015 Living Now Books Awards in the Inspirational Memoir category. Living Now recognizes the year's best books for better living. If you are in a codependent relationship, help and healing is available in the pages of this book.

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ISBN-13: 9780988924420
Publisher: Lifeanew Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Charisse Tyson was a self-confessed, enabling, co-dependent. With God's help she is enjoying a transformed life with her husband Tommy. They have been together for more than twenty six years and he just celebrated ten years of sobriety. Charisse has owned and operated the famous biker bar Johnny's Bar & Grill in Hollister, California for almost twenty years. She hopes to one day sell the bar and pursue her writing career full time. In the meantime the bar continues to supply her with plenty of material for her writing endeavors.

As one of four children of a single mother, Charisse came by her caretaking tendencies at an early age. When she became a single parent herself at seventeen, her sense of responsibility was compounded. Having a dysfunctional upbringing and an A-type personality made Charisse an excellent candidate for codependency. Having overcome it, she shares her many life experiences to offer help and healing to those who know the suffering codependency brings.

Charisse offers one on one coaching sessions to those who want to face the issue of codependency head on. She hopes to help others see and accept the part their enabling behavior plays in the scope of their loved ones alcoholism. She believes that until a person admits to their dysfunction there is no hope of changing it.

Charisse has had articles published in three major biker magazines and has contributed many essays to her local paper. Despite having only a tenth grade education, she is blessed with ability to touch people with her words. Using her God-given talent to help others that struggle with codependency has been a dream since she found recovery.

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