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Mortal Bonds [Kindle Edition]

John Tsilimparis
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Book Description

MORTAL BONDS is a memoir that chronicles the difficult dying of a mother and father—and their deaths within thirteen days of each other. It is also an intimate, true account of personal struggle and transformation. Over the course of two years of helping ease his parents into the end of their lives, John Tsilimparis reconciled himself to his own traumatic past and found redemption in the most unlikely circumstance–death. By facing terminal illness in the two people he loved most, he let go of the fear, panic, and anxiety that had stunted his own life. MORTAL BONDS counterpoints the narrative of the frantic two years that follow his mother’s diagnosis and his father’s suicide attempts while probing the bizarre and tragic roots of the family’s staggering dysfunction. MORTAL BONDS is about loving and accepting difficult or impossible parents even when they have wounded you almost mortally. It’s about overcoming shame, reconciling the past and present. It’s about learning to trust life and death.

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  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KABI9S
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Family Saga July 9, 2011
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This memoir is an honest and compelling story of a family and the parents ultimate deaths within 2 weeks of each other. The author weaves together the story of how his parents got together, what life was like growing up with difficult family dynamics, and the tragic losses the family suffered. I so appreciated the psychological tidbits and the authors transparency as to the roots of his panic disorder and what it is like to live with the disorder today. His lifelong devotion to his parents is inspiring. I read this book while away on vacation and I could not put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Bonds is still with me. February 7, 2011
By Heidi
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I finished reading this book two days ago and it is still with me. For this reason alone, I felt compelled to write this review.
In his memoir, Tsilimparis struggles to understand himself and his family, particularly his Mother and Father, by telling us about a difficult and often tragic childhood. He tells his story with such an honest voice that I found it hard to put this book down. How do our parents define who we are? How do we define our parents? We all strive to become the people we want to be and to separate from our parents and their history. Here is a compelling story by one person who somehow, bravely, accomplishes this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Secrets February 18, 2011
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Complelling story of the love-hate relationshilps we may have with our parents. As dysfunctional as a family may be, we carry these family secrets with us where ever we go. While breaking the family secrets, this story provides insight into an all but too typical dysfunctional family and striving for finding your personal identity. Well written, poignant and timely as I struggle through my own feelings about a mother at the middle atages of dementia. Recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, insightful, and helpful June 6, 2011
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Intrigued by the ethereal beauty of the faces on its cover, and having become a fan of Mr. Tsilimparis' by reading his first book (Living With Panic Disorder), I picked up Mortal Bonds hoping for a well-written life story that would take me on a compelling journey. Never did I expect to be touched so deeply -- not only by the author's life history -- but by the raw sensitivity and insight with which he interweaves the events of his life with the debilitating realities of anxiety and panic disorder.

There is a synergy to Mortal Bonds that sets it apart from and above both memoir and self-help books, though it certainly makes an important addition to both genres. As memoir, it is a page-turner that is at once heartbreaking and beautiful (Tsilimparis' pained yet ultimately sympathetic relationship with his difficult father alone provides enough depth for a fulfilling read). As a journey specific to one man's battles with the inner demons of anxiety and panic, it fills the reader with gratitude that as sufferers we are not alone. That gift also makes Mortal Bonds well worth the read. Don't miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Palpable February 4, 2011
By Scholar
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"A Wonderful book. Palpable and reflective. A chronicle of a family's struggle through illness, death and the constant re defining of love. This is a profoundly moving and morally challenging story... It will grab you and speak to your heart".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facing our truths February 7, 2011
By Allison
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I loved reading the honest telling of a son's perspective about the love of his mother and his difficult father. It isn't easy to read, but I could feel the people come alive. Its about facing truths in family that make us who we are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "physician, heal thyself" February 25, 2015
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in this intimate accounting of his childhood, in particular, his conflicted yet loving relationships with his parents, john tsilimparis courageously shows us how dealing with our sh#t instead of running away from it in the forms of various addictions, distractions,compulsions can lead to a deeper, more forgiving sense of ourselves. When we finally face our fears, in this case, our fear of death, a huge American anxiety, we can finally find the courage to live; balls out, jumping in both feet, taking leaps of faith. This requires the willingness to be open,intimate,and hopeful. We only get out of here one way,last I heard...might as well make it full bore...nice work!
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I loved this book! It's like reading someone's personal diary, (who happens to be a great writer). The love he has for his Mother and difficult Father is told in a very personal and honest way. The fact that the author is a psychotherapist just adds another dimension to an already rich tale. His insight into what brings about his own feelings and actions, including panic attacks, is interesting and enlightening. Most of us, are not that self-aware. Most of all, I was deeply moved by the tenderness and emotion that is not spared in his writing. It's also a sweet love story, the love of parents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pageturner
an excellent read - could not stop reading this compelling story so had to finish it in one sitting. Read more
Published on November 11, 2012 by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat
Rarely do you get to see what is really going on inside of someone. I know you could talk to my closest friends and they would be surprised at how little they know of me if I were... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Umm only kindle wtf
too bad why only kindle wtf? Sounds interesting but f it, put it in print if it's all that? Kindle only is crap
Published on September 24, 2011 by wtf
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Put Down ... But Even Harder To Forget
Brutally honest, compelling, emotionally draining and hopeful all at the same time. Mortal Bonds is a novel you won't forget anytime soon. Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Ted G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Touching
Mr. Tsilimparis' personal story moved me, embraced me, made me cry, and made me question my own beliefs about my family. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by BM
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Good Read
New Year's Eve 2000 was the evening that I met John Tsilimparis' mother, Rosario, or better known to the family as Chayo. Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by LBG
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
A compelling memoir which chronicles not only the author's personal struggle with his panic disorder, but also his relationship with his parents, in particular his unforgiving and... Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by Tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Its THAT good!
I have never written a review before - but this book is THAT good, and moved me THAT much, I had to. Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by Kirsten Helgeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Honesty
While so many memoirs today provide a captivating story, they don't always convey what is happening emotionally with the author and his subject. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by Wits End
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More About the Author


John Tsilimparis recently published his latest book, RETRAIN YOUR ANXIOUS BRAIN (Harlequin Books 2014) A self-help book for anyone struggling with stress and anxiety symptoms. it is also available in book stores.

JT also published a memoir, MORTAL BONDS, in Kindle version available to be uploaded. The memoir chronicles the difficult dying of a mother and father--and their deaths within thirteen days of each other. It is also an intimate, true account of personal struggle and transformation. MORTAL BONDS is about loving and accepting difficult or impossible parents even when they have wounded you almost mortally. It's about overcoming shame, reconciling the past and present. It's about learning to trust life and death.

Visit the MORTAL BONDS page on Facebook. The link is below:!/pages/Mortal-Bonds-by-John-Tsilimparis/107235622685643

John Tsilimparis is a writer and psychotherapist in Los Angeles and was featured on the hit TV show, OBSESSED, where he treated individuals with OCD on camera. The show aired on A&E and received a great deal of exposure and success. John has also appeared on television as an expert on addiction and other psychiatric conditions. He was featured on Larry King Live, The View, Fox News, and KTLA-News. He was also featured on several radio programs in the Los Angeles area.

In his psychotherapy work, he treats individuals suffering from anxiety disorders, particularly OCD, depression, and addiction, and also specializes in bereavement counseling. His approach is a cutting edge theoretical orientation called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on changing individuals' personal thinking and belief systems about every aspect of life.

John is a former staff clinician at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, where he worked in an outpatient psychiatric program. At Cedars, he helped patients suffering from severe mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University and Antioch University. He teaches classes on the master's level in chemical dependency and supervises students in a Practicum class.

He has also presented many workshops on anxiety disorders and depression to both psychological professionals and the general public. John is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) based in San Diego.

John Tsilimparis is the editor of the book Living with Panic Disorder (Publish America, 2003), a collection of stories written by panic disorder sufferers throughout the country. He was inspired to write his own story and publish the book because of his own personal experiences with panic disorder as a child. The book has increased his prominence as an authority on anxiety disorders and he is widely known as an authority in the field.
John was born in New York City in 1961. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991.

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