A match made on a movie set and a lavish Beverly Hills wedding. The beginning of Camille Franzese's story takes on the shade of an exotic fairy tale. But a closer look at her marriage to mafia capo Michael Franzese exposes more than a decade of anguish endured in the shadows of her husband's crimes. The fear of arrest, the prison sentences, the house raids from federal agents--Camille lived through it all, not knowing whether her family could remain unbroken amid the turmoil and uncertainty that accompanied her husband's life of crime. Discover how Camille's devotion to her marriage and her faith in God's larger plan led to deliverance from devastation. Hers is a story of choices, consequences, and the prayers that hold us up when everything around us is falling down.
I am going to have to be honest and tell you this was a hard book to read. It started off very boring and I could not keep my attention on it for long. It is really an "open book" kinda book if you get my meaning. I am sure that Camille's story is fascinating but the way it was told was hard to keep up with. Although, her story must be somewhat better than I think, because at the end of the book, I found out that they are doing a movie based on this book! So, it just goes to show, you never know what is going to sell!
Camille married Michael and although he was a criminal, she was devoted to God. Throughout the marriage, she tried to bring him over to the Lord's side and finally one day he follows. Today, he is a successful evangelist and has a growing ministry. He goes around the country speaking and finally in the end, he convinces Camille to write this book because everyone is curious about her and how she managed to stay married to Michael and then win him over to God. Camille is a very private person and did not want to write this book or even talk to people after services but once she was cornered by some young women wanting to know how to deal with their men, she finally realized that she could offer some advice and experience. She still does not participate much in his ministry but when called upon to give her testimony of their lives, Camille does indeed help deliver the message.
Camille's four children survived all of this trauma and are going on with their lives in separate and distinctive ways. One is learning to be a culinary chef and wants to open his own restaurant, another is working on the Survivor TV series and later plans to go to law school, one of them is actually helping Michael in the ministry, while the youngest is just a teen and into dancing. So, in the end, it looks like God did indeed look over this family as they went thru so many trials and tribulations.
I decided to review this book a little differently than my last ones because I have to admit I could not concentrate on this book and had to play cat and mouse with it and I did want to be able to say something good about it. Now, if you are a tried and true old school Christian, this book may not be boring to you. But, like most people, I found my attention wondering from time to time until almost the end of the book until I ran across the updates on what the children are doing now. Plus, I did not want to give the main plot away so that it won't be a spoiler alert and you never read the book. It has it's merits and if you are really into this kind of thing, then you will love this book. If you are not very religious, you will probably not like this book and will in fact, may stop immediately reading it. Either way, you will learn something that you did not know about the human spirit and what it is capable of when love is the motivating factor!
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