August 30, 2010 Tony Morgan

Former Mobster on New Mission

Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family.  It was a life filled with power, luxury,and violence until he decided to walk away. Now, the former “Prince of the Mafia” is a man changed by the saving power of Christ. Michael’s compelling testimony comes from a deep passion to inspire others to make positive changes in their lives against intimidating odds.

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous interviewing former mobster, and I had a few mob questions I wanted answered. Michael is truly an amazing man and a living example that no one is “too bad” to be forgiven.

TONY: Do still you consider yourself to be in danger?

MICHAEL: Imminent danger? NO! Most everyone I ran with during my years in the life are either dead or in prison. I don’t believe anyone is “actively” hunting me down. But I would not consider moving back to Brooklyn. I never sell my former associates short. I am cautious, but not fearful. I believe God has my back.

TONY: What is the hardest thing to let go of since leaving the mob?

MICHAEL: My allegiance to the oath I took in becoming a “made” man and the relationship I shared with my father, who was also a “made” man. For a time, letting go of both tore me up inside.

TONY: Do you think that mob movies such as “The Godfather”, “Goodfellas”, and many others have helped to expose the evils of the mob or glorified the mafia?

MICHAEL:  “The Godfather” glorified mob life, in my opinion, and to a lesser extent, so did “Goodfellas.” Mob life is bad because it sanctions and promotes illicit and sinful behavior. It is also devastating to the families of its members. I just signed on to have a movie produced on my life story as it is told in my autobiography, Blood Covenant. I can assure you, that movie will accurately portray the “life.”  Stay tuned!

TONY: Are you truly at peace with your past?

MICHAEL: I am. I certainly do have regrets, but I’m at peace because I believe in the cross. Took me a while to get there, but God has shown me in these past years that He does forgive those whose hearts are sincere. He has given me a new path and purpose in my life, and all I can do is hope to do better with the opportunity I have been blessed with.

TONY: If you bumped into a past associate, what would you say?

MICHAEL: I have bumped into men from my past. God has blessed every encounter. Almost every broken relationship I have had as a result of my defection from my past life has been repaired. Only God could have done that!

TONY: Who has had the greatest influence on you?

MICHAEL: Jesus, my hero! The only true “man’s man!” Also, my wife, Camille.  She is a true blue and hung in there with me through all the turbulent times. My late mother-in-law, Irma. Her rock solid faith in God was and is a tremendous inspiration for me. Lastly, the apostle Paul, my motivator. If his heart could be transformed, there is hope for all of us.

Michael, a speaker and author of several books, is available for speaking engagements through Outreach Events.

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This is a sponsored post from Outreach Events, one of my ministry partners on TonyMorganLive.com. And, since I’m Italian, this proves that I still have “connections”…if you know what I mean.

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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