We all remember the line from The Godfather, as Vito Corleone instructs his “consigliere” Tom Hagan to make a certain person “an offer they cannot refuse,” which was Mafia-speak for “Do what I want you to do!”
Though the Godfather trilogy was fiction, based on some fact, we all know there really is a Mafia out there.
Michael Franzese, the real deal
Recently, I had lunch with Michael Franzese, a former mobster. He told me his story and shared how our A New Beginning radio broadcast had been a great help to him while he was in solitary confinement–or “the hole,” as he called it–in a prison here in Southern California.
Having no real knowledge of this mysterious world, I peppered Michael with questions about how the real mob worked.
From the Mob to the Lord
Michael was the son of a notorious kingpin in New York’s Columbo crime family.
Michael was once named one of the biggest moneymakers in the mob since Al Capone by Vanity Fair. By age 35, he was the youngest mobster listed on Fortune magazine’s survey of the 50 most wealthy and powerful Mafia bosses in America.
But amazingly, Michael came to Christ and got out of the Mob and now travels the world telling his amazing story. He has written a book about it called Blood Covenant.
We did an interview recently at Harvest, which you can see below.