THE OTHER ITALIANS
"A book that challenges the very core of traditional Italian faith."
"This is a book about an organization that has had a profound influence on the history and culture of those individuals of Italian heritage and ancestry. David Mercaldo has dedicated himself to years of research, and in the words of critic and playwright ("NINE"), Mario Fratti, "he has now a new, daring book," and further confesses that, for many years Italians were told that the Bible was forbidden reading. While many provocative books have been written and published about Italians, this one deals with perhaps the most confrontational and sensitive subject one dare bring to the printed page…the religion of Italians! The labor of bringing this book to you is nothing less than a "herculean task," as Fratti puts it – "An important book that we must read with a healthy curiosity!
From the Publisher
The word ‘scripture' carries weight in any language. Historically it has been assigned only to documents that societies deemed "very important" – significant documents that guide and instruct in all manner of behaviors and actions. It is not surprising that key operational documents are dubbed, "The Bible" of this or that discipline. There are "golf bibles and even a "plumber’s bible." In every case, they are thought to be definitive and complete! But there are other kinds of bibles bearing ‘scriptures’ that actually direct adherents to do away with anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Other, so called ‘scriptures,’ engage followers to perform all kinds of emotional and mental acrobatics to achieve some higher state. Still, other documents describe mystical places beyond, outside, below or above our world. Not surprisingly, most create their own basis for authority that simply cannot be substantiated or corroborated. These are based on one person’s vision, the ever-evolving dogma of an institution, or some mysterious document with no verifiable origin.
And then there are jocular systems that mock the entire concept, like Dadaism and the Church of Bob. They have their own "bibles," but they’re just not Holy!
Sitting outside this cluster of confusion sits the Bible! Say what you will, it simply rises above the confusion in terms of scope, accuracy, consistency, and message. You may not choose to follow its teaching nor its answer for eternal salvation but any honest inquirer and student would have to admit that it is unique among religious documents.
Yet, even it has been maligned and encumbered with messages that distort its clarity and truth or the demand that someone other than the inquisitive individual interpret its "real" meaning.
That is the message of David Mercaldo’s book… "The Other Italians." It is a provocative look at a religious system that has governed much of Italian life for millenniums, and how many are now realizing the simple message of the Gospel has been obscured by centuries of distortion. Playwright and theater critic, Mario Fratti, called it "an important book" and we agree!
So, read on! Read carefully! Read with an open mind…or shall I say an, "open heart!"