Embracing Our Roots: Rediscovering the Value of Faith, Family, and Tradition (Wipf and Stock, 2021)

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Drawing from Palma’s 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, Palma maintains 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.

Italian American Pentecostalism and the Struggle for Religious Identity. Routledge Studies in Religion series, 2020.


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.

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*This book will appear in the Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies series, edited by Wolfgang Vondey and Amos Yong.

Grassroots Christianities challenge the hierarchical structure and institutional makeup of mainline denominations. Exceedingly diverse, global Pentecostalism encompasses forms which veer from the organizational structure of the dominant forms of Christianity characterizing the Western world. On the other hand, the many expressions of grassroots Pentecostalism generate stability from the bottom-up. Whille the rise to prominence of churches like the Assemblies of God in Brazil demanded structure akin to mainline churches, other Pentecostal churches retain their grassroots, bottom-up identity. In light of their migratory beginnings and transnational expansion, this book provides an historical and comparative analysis of the shifting pattern of growth among major Pentecostal denominations in Brazil.


“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.

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