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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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The Love of God and the Lure of the Streets

The Love of God and the Lure of the Streets

(p.15) 4 The Love of God and the Lure of the Streets
The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

For most of his life, Allen Jones has been torn between God and the streets, feeling at one and the same time the pull of the spiritual life and an irresistible attraction to risk and danger. His father, used to give him this tough talk, but knew his father loved the street life he tried to protect his son from. As for the mother, she was a faithful, churchgoing woman who tried to instill the faith and values she lived by. She not only made sure that her children made their first communion and confirmation, she was for them a living example of a true Christian. Unlike the father, she never cursed and rarely lost her patience with the children. She was also always involved in neighborhood projects and organizations. She served as a den mother for the Girl Scouts and had all the young girls in the Patterson Projects in her troop.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, God, streets, spiritual life, risk, danger, Patterson Projects, Girl Scouts, faith, Christian

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