Excellent conversion story of a "made" member of the Mafia.
This is an amazing look at how God can change a person's life. Facione transforms before your eyes from being a hard-core mafia member to joining one of the most conservative religions around!
The first half of this book outlines the life that Mario Facione led growing up in crime and as an adult dedicating himself to the challenge of committing crime rather than the desire to get rich. But get rich on ill gotten gain he did.
Surprisingly when two LDS missionaries come to his door, he listens to them. At first, he wants to figure out their scam, but as time goes on he realizes that they have answers to life's questions that he has never found anywhere else.
He joins the LDS church with the thought he can continue his life of crime and be a good member at the same time. He soon finds that this is not the case and he is confronted with a decision that leaves his life in the balance.
The first half of this book is a look into how a person can become involved in crime. I was ready to put the book down at that point, it was so disturbing, but the second half of this book is worth the wait. His conversion story and consequent strength in the gospel is inspirational.
The only thing I found lacking was any expression of guilt he had for all the hurt he perpetrated upon others because of his actions. That's not to say that he didn't have such remorse, but putting it into the book would have added the extra missing dimension that would have made this book better.
my friend linda recommended this book just based on the title, so i got it thru pbs. it was a super fast, super easy read. it wasn't amazing, but it was interesting.
facione is in the mafia, making a lot of money doing a lot of different things, and two mormons end up on his doorstep. he questions them thinking it's a scam and finds that he really likes the religion and decides to learn more and more until he get to the point where he feels he has to chose. either mormonism or the mafia.
hes definitely not a writer- the editing was not that great- a lot of misspellings, but it was worth the hour or so it took to read it.
It stunk. To begin with the title is bogus because Mario says he is not actually part of the Mafia. If you get the recorded version, it is poorly recorded. What you can make out is a lot of Mormon propaganda, follow the prophet and be a good mormon and all that, accentuated by emotional outbursts from the author. Not worth your credit or time.