Mafia to Mormon in My Own Words
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  771 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Book by Facione, Mario
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Published August 1st 2005 by Cedar Fort (first published August 2004)
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This was a very interesting book. It's not written very well, until you realize that he was basically illiterate until after was baptized, and reading the Book of Mormon helped him become more literate. It's written just like you would picture him talking though, like a tough mobster. It's a great story and a fast read, you could read it in one Sunday afternoon.
Finding the title of the book a bit sensationalized, I expected this book to be the same. I was pleasently surprised to read a very honest, straightforward account of Mario Facione’s conversion. Living a life of theft, bribery, murder, etc, Mario is an unlikely convert to Christianity of any form. It was interesting to read how he initially never saw a conflict between his new religion and his illegal activities. I applaud his Bishop for telling him it was one or the other, and I am humbled by F...more
Doree Burt
Well, I hope by admitting this I'm not destined for damnation, but most of the books at Deseret Book store give me the heebie-jeebies. I find most Mormon fiction about as original and imaginative as dirt and the non-fiction so sappy, contrived, and manipulative that for my sanity and in order to think nice thoughts, I just have to stay away.
But my mom gave my son, Joey, this book a few years ago and he really liked it. So, I gave it a try. While it's not a literary masterpiece it is wonderful. I...more
This was an interesting story. I liked the fact that it was so up-front about what happened (although Faccione admits that some things were left out or names were changed) in his past. Although coming from an Italian family myself, I don't think that it would be told any other way. Very fast read as I finised it in about two hours. The hardest part was understanding what he wanted to tell about his spiritual conversion. The story of leaving behind the worldly possesions is compelling and interst...more
Feb 28, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Chanda, Melanie, Heidi
I thought this was an incredible story. It's told in first person, and the grammer isn't great, and he sometimes repeats himself, but I like how his voice comes through in his story. I think this is a good story for youth -- he'd be a great fireside speaker. It's not deep or introspective or anything like that, but it's a great story. It shows how much the Lord cares about each one of us, and what He will do for you if you're ready to make a commitment. I liked it.
Ann Christensen
Aug 03, 2008 Ann Christensen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Mom
Just read this on our camping trip. My Mom read it, her husband read it, Shaun read it and then Ammon read it!! I finally got to read it on the drive back home! It is a short book but a very interesting conversion story of a guy who was in the mob and then was converted. Wow. Great story. It was kind of like reading someone's journal in parts but he had some fantastic experiences. I actually have the book in my possession if anyone would like to borrow it!
I am quite picky about LDS fiction--this is not fiction, but I was still skeptical when my mom sent me this book. I read it in about 2 hours--couldn't put it down. I love this guy's attitude about life and especially his take on how we should be living. It was very inspiring.
True story written by a man who was in the mafia and has converted to The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is a great example of how we can change our lives and the consequences of our decisions.
I was very inspired by this short biography. It certainly isn't great literature, but it is the story of a man who must relinquish his new-found faith or face death. I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed hearing about Mario's conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and learning of the obstacles he overcame to make this change. Fascinating story!
This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down. It is short. So it was just a great read. It amazes me how committed he was and makes me want to be that much more committed.
I forgot that I read this book a while ago and loved it. It was only a 100 pages or so and had a very powerful conversion story. Jeremy even read it!
Suzanne Walker
This was a very quick read. An interesting look into the underworld. Also a great testimony that no matter who or what you are, you can change.
Feb 13, 2013 Alicia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: Legges
I really enjoyed this quick read about an Italian-American who grew up in Detroit, joined the military, made his fortune stealing equipment and selling it, and then one day the Mormon missionaries knocked on his door. He was interested to hear what these two young man had to say (and curious to find out if they were con-men like him), and their first discussion made me laugh because I've never heard of anything like it: the elders were over from 6:30 p.m. until almost 10 p.m., when they said the...more
Five stars for the story. One to two stars for the writing.

I understand why the writing was rough- Mr Facione had a limited formal education. Keeping the writing rough was keeping the book honest. But, even so, there were some errors that even the worst editor should have caught.
Back to the five-star story... Mafia man meets Mormon missionaries, becomes converted, changes his life and tries to leave the Mafia. That is some major courage.

Toward the end of the book, there's a powerful experience....more

Does anyone want to buy/borrow a slightly damaged copy of this book from me? I left my house to run errands, but neglected to take my stack of library books off the top of the car. By the time I realized they were missing and what I had done (all of two minutes later) I found this one on the road, and someone had driven over it. My other books were undamaged. I think the library will make me buy it. Or who knows, maybe they won't notice the tires tracks and gravel imprints, even though...more
This was an interesting short book about a man that completely turned his life back to the Lord and changed to a better person. He also risked it all and had faith that he was taking the right road. It is interesting how the tender mercies of the Lord are not just for you or me but everyone regardless of the mistakes they have made. God knows us we are his children and we are part of his plan, he wants us to return to live with him again.
Mario Facione lived and breathed his whole life in the It...more
Don Stanton
Hummmm.......How do I rate this book? It reads like a story you would hear from Tony Soprano.
The author, Facione, wrights, as he describes himself, as an uneducated hack. I believe it. No editor would want to polish this.... um...story. Compared and contrasted to say, "The Lord of the Flies"; "The "Lord of the Files" would be a Pulitzer winner. Based on that solely, I could not give any stars, but would give it Black Holes, which I am sorry to say do not appear as an option.

Based on content, wer...more
Lauren Beck
This was an incredible story that seems almost unbelievable, but the fact that it is true only goes to show the power of the Atonement. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us despite our imperfections and that when we stray from the path He designed to help us find true, eternal happiness, he is there, waiting to help us find our way back. We just have to let him.
This is a fascinating story, John Bytheway suggested it at EFY and so I just had to pick it up and read. Now the story is amazing,the writing is fair, and I probley would of gave it three stars, that is until i read the last portion of it. It was a really interesting story and I like how he just told the truth in it.
Mario Facione is a Mafia member, and when one day two young missionaries come knocking on his door he stranagley listens and it changes his life forever. He decides to change his l...more
Nov 11, 2008 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Mario Facione spoke at a staff conference that I attended at BYU to share his conversion story. I was completely captivated and deeply moved the entire hour- I didn't want it to end. His story strengthened my own testimony one hundredfold in that short hour. He was such a sweet, humble man with a powerful story (and a cool accent). :) I shook his hand afterward and could barely muster a "thank you" since my eyes were filled with tears. I went straight to the bookstore to buy his book since I kne...more
John Bytheway mentioned this in his talk to the youth a few weeks agao and I was very intrigued. The first thing I did when I got the book was see if there was a picture of the author...there was...and yes, he looks like a mafia man! His story is impressive and no-nonsense. He was illiterate before reading the Book of Mormon and his writing doesn't always use correct grammer but he is relentless in his persuit of finding the truth. He tells the story of his life, how he got into the mafia and hi...more
Marci Antoniuk
Soo, when I started this book it quickly became clear that the author is no Shakespeare. There was some redundancy and even a couple spelling and grammar errors (where was the editor? Because I think someone needs a pay dock). But then I thought, stop being such an elitist; some books are enjoyed for their literary prowess and some just tell a good story. And then I had a fabulous time, because it's a really good story. I admit that I'm not much of a laugher-out-loud during books, but while read...more
I loved this book. The author is so solid in his testimony of the Church. He got so far in the mafia and became so rich, but none of it mattered when he found the gospel, not even if it meant he would be killed. He learned early on that when you make a promise, you keep it, whatever the cost, so when he made the promise to God to be baptized, he knew he would keep it. I wish I was more like that. I don't have near as much to lose, but when I falter with prayer, scripture study, and temple attend...more
This book was so inspiring. I bought it a couple of years ago when I was working at the BYU Bookstore. Mario Facione was there doing a book signing and thought I'd get the book signed for my VERY inactive brother, due to his love of mafia movies, etc. Anyway, Mario wanted to hear about my brother, so I gave him brief description of his life and here is what he wrote "Christopher, think about what you're doing." Anyway, I totally got to scared to give him the book after that, because I was afraid...more
So, like, all that stuff in the movies about the Mafia is real?? This is a great conversion story. Maybe like Saul to Paul he should've changed his name from Mario to Lucario (that's a Pokemon name, heehee).
Kimball Ungerman
LDS. Rated 5 stars by Markham Bennett. Quote from a reader: I cried, I laughed, I smiled, and I sat in awe as I read this story. Mario Facione, an evil man involved in a very dangerous mafia was touched by 2 young missionaries one day and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. To do so, he flirted with death, lost everything he owned, went through a divorce, and was shunned by his family for years. He pressed on, though, and now he is a temple worker at the Detroit temple and ha...more
linda recommended this book just based on the title, so i got it thru my book swap. 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 defi...more
I love hearing conversion stories, but this one was especially intriguing. Learning the ins and outs of the mafia was interesting, as was the way Mario Facione used his ruthless business tactics to badger the missionaries. He even insisted (and somehow convinced the mission president) that they stay late into the night while he fired question after question. Once he was convinced that the religion was true, he still had to get out of the mafia – something that no one had ever lived to tell about...more
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, it is a true story. I love reading true stories. Second, it seemed so honest. The author just told it like it was. He was in the Mafia. He made bad choices. He couldn't read. He was dishonest. Third, it was a quick read. Fourth, the concluding chapter of the book really nailed the way I feel about the gospel. It was blunt and direct--no misunderstandings. And finally, I love to see how the gospel changes lives for the better. The hopeless have hope...more
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