New Book Coming Soon:
Embracing Our Roots
Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition
Family portrait of the Tosettos (paternal ancestors), 1927
I am happy to announce that this book is now under contract with Wipf and Stock (Eugene, OR) and due for publication in 2021.
America has provided a platform for countless migrant peoples who have, in turn, contributed to the nation’s landscape as a multicultural land of opportunity. Still, the waves of assimilation can obscure the distinctive customs and beliefs of immigrants, many feeling coerced to conform to American attitudes towards race, the economy, and politics. Others, inundated with American media, consumerism, and secularity, have forgotten those aspects about their family heritage that make them unique.
Drawing from my background as an Italian American evangelical, Embracing Our Roots considers the significance of rediscovering our ancestral history in a society where many are forced to repress, ignore, or reject their heritage. A nation of immigrants, every American is, in some sense, an “ethnic” American and stands to gain from considering how the people and places they come from make them unique. In addition to using genealogy databases and social networks, I maintain the rich value of thumbing through the family archives, hearty conversations with loved ones, and building our family tree. This book is for scholars and laypersons alike with interest in the themes of biblical living, faith-based traditions, food culture, immigration, social class, race, family dynamics, and mental health.
While many established forms of Christianity have seen significant decline in recent decades, Pentecostals are currently one of the fastest growing religious groups across the world. This book examines the roots, inception, and expansion of Pentecostalism among Italian Americans to demonstrate how Pentecostalism moves so freely through widely varying cultures. Click here for more info.
SELECT PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS
“Between Abstention and Moderation: The Example of the Jerusalem Council and the Italian Pentecostal Holiness Ethic.” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 39, no. 1 (2019): 14–24.
“Luigi Francescon,” among other entries, contributed to the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
Review of The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism, 2 vols., by Michael J. McClymond. Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 41, no. 2 (2019): 339–41.
** For a complete list of publications, see my CV.