Monday, January 9, 2012

Book review -- This Thing of Ours: How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage

This Thing of Ours: How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage by Cammy Franzese was disappointing. The description of the book, a lady who remained faithful to her marriage while her mafia husband spends eight years in jail, sounded interesting. If it were not for the Book Sneeze agreement to read a book in its entirety, I could have closed it with the third chapter.

The environment from the start of the book, movie industry and dancing, was not appealing. Even the author uses such language as “seductively” in describing the dancing, yet still approves of it. This coming from one who claims to be a Christian is astounding. As it begin to move into describing her mother’s remaining in a difficult marriage, it seemed the book was progressing to better territory. Then it reveals the fact that the man the author ends up marrying already had a wife and was divorced. From there, the book lost its worth. It talked about being faithful in marriage until death and the author stayed with her husband through all the trying years he was in prison, yet the point of stressing the permanency of marriage was lost in the fact she married someone who had already broken those vows in a previous marriage. Also, the book frowned on infidelity in marriage yet indicates, with no shame, that the woman was already with child when she married. This leaves the un-spoken implication that adultery is wrong, but fornication is not.

This book was a complementary copy from the Thomas Nelson to read and review. There was no obligation to give a favorable book review.

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