Perhaps the most stunning aspect of this book is that it captures the truth that God shows up in the messiest situations. In This Thing of Ours: How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage, Cammy Franzese discusses the trials and tribulations of her marriage to Michael Franzese, a member of a notorious crime organization. Incorporating her childhood experiences with a loving, yet negligent father and devout, Christian mother, (in addition with the obstacles that are attached to raising children with an incarcerated father) Franzese allows readers to see how the God of Jesus Christ shows up to make things right for His purposes.
Though the Franzese discusses the difficulties of being married to a member of the mob, her most stunning contribution through This Thing is her belief in a God that places everything in motion. Describing her Christian mother that often tolerated her father’s alcoholic antics, Franzese learned patience in the midst of trials, a skill she exercises throughout the book. Moreover, when her husband Michael was in prison, Cammy describes her dependence on prayer and faith, which helped enhance her relationship with Jesus Christ.
Though Franzese states that though her husband Michael now works in Christian ministry, offering his testimony to those that will hear, she does not shy away from the fact that her family still struggles because of Michael’s past decisions. Despite a strained, yet healing parent-child relationship between Michael and their son Michael Jr., Franzese states that life is better and fuller because of Jesus Christ and His undying love. Overall, the message in This Thing is more than marriages and crime, it is about a God that many, many years ago, appeared in a manger to make the broken things whole.
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