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Miracles and Grace in an Unlikely Place: Memoir of a Christian Woman Biker-Bar Owner by Ms. Charisse A. Tyson

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About meI’m a Christian woman, married to a recovering alcoholic and I own a famous biker bar. When I bought Johnny’s Bar & Grill in Hollister, California in January of 1996 I had no idea the bar I had just purchased had such a significant place in history. I did, however, know my husband was a functioning alcoholic. It wasn’t long before he was a dysfunctional alcoholic who drank up plenty of the bar’s profits.
I am a bona fide, enabling, co-dependent, control freak. Thankfully less now than I used to be. With God’s help I have changed a lot. You may be wondering how a biker bar owner wound up embracing her Christian roots and turning to God for help with her personality disorder? It went something like this:
In January of 2002 my husband, Tommy, asked me for a divorce. I went into a tailspin that led me to Alanon, and right into the arms of my loving Savior. Since I was paying all of the bills, including his charge card debts that ran into the thousands, his request came as quite a shock. Even though I had been miserable for many years the thought of my marriage ending was more than I could take. Deep down, I still loved my husband. Somehow God kept me aware that beneath the sickness of alcoholism my husband was still the loving man that I married. I hadn’t seen that man for what seemed like an eternity, but he was still there.
A Joyce Meyer video on co-dependency opened my eyes to the fact that I couldn’t blame all of my problems on my husband. I bought a bar while married to an alcoholic. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the folly in that. With a God given sense of my culpability in the pickle I now found myself in, I turned to Him for help. I asked God to show me the person I had become, and I will tell you it wasn’t a pretty picture. After a three day pity party I decided to reroute my life (which was headed down the tubes) by making changes in me, and leaving my husband to God.
It was not an overnight transformation and the journey was not a walk in the park, but I am victorious. I celebrated my twentieth wedding anniversary with my husband who is approaching eight years of sobriety. God is so good.
I believe God’s plan was to use Johnny’s Bar & Grill to transform our lives and many others, from the start. Owning a business with such a rich history and so much fame has allowed us to share the miracle of our renewal with more people than I could ever have imagined. Miracles and Grace in an Unlikely Place is that story and more. I felt it was important to shed a light on the bar’s famous roots as well as tell the stories about the wilder times in our lives. You have to understand who we were to fully grasp how far we have come.

About my libraryI published my memoir Miracles and Grace in an Unlikely Place on April 13, 2013. I love reading Joyce Meyer and Anne Lamott and my editor tells me my writing style reminds her of the later.

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