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 pleased to announce that this book is now under contract with Wipf & Stock (Eugene, OR) and due for publication in 2021.

Twentieth-century America provided a platform for countless immigrant peoples who, in turn, have contributed to the nation’s landscape as a multicultural, inclusive land of possibilities. Still, the waves of assimilation work to obscure and suppress the distinctive customs and beliefs of immigrants and refugees, 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 and background that make them unique.

Drawing from personal experience and years of research, Embracing Our Roots considers the significance of rediscovering our cultural origins in a society where many are forced to repress, ignore, or even reject their heritage. As a nation of immigrants, every American is an “ethnic” American and stands to gain from considering the people and places they come from, as well as the customs and beliefs that make them, and their ancestral line, unique. In an age of immediate access, electronic devices, and virtual social networks, I maintain the most promising path for unearthing our roots is thumbing through the family archives, hearty conversations with loved ones, and building a family tree. This book is for laypersons and scholars alike with interest in the themes of faith-based traditions, food culture, lifestyle, immigration, social class, race, family dynamics, and mental health.

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.

“New Faith, New Family: Contadini, Pentecostalism, and the Struggle for Social Identity in the New World.” PentecoStudies 17, no. 2 (2018): 116–33.

“The Global Reach and Lasting Legacy of Italian Pentecostalism: An Interview with Paul Palma.” The Pneuma Review (December 2, 2019).

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.

“Baptized in Jesus’ Name: Oneness and Trinitarian Pentecostal Readings of Acts 2:38.” Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research 25 (April 2018).

Review of Trinity and Revelation, by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. Reviews in Religion and Theology 23, no. 4 (October 2016): 527-30.

** For a complete list of publications, see my CV at

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