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eBook Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey download ISBN: 1561012785
Author: Linda Mercadante
Publisher: Cowley Publications; First Edition edition (September 25, 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 212
ePub: 1181 kb
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Rating: 4.3
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Category: Christian Books
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I read Bloomfield Avenue in two sittings and couldn't believe Linda Mercadante and I traveled many of the same roads-literally. I also grew up in the North Ward of Newark, NJ and could relate to the difficulty of fitting in among the predominately Italian, Catholic population.

I read Bloomfield Avenue in two sittings and couldn't believe Linda Mercadante and I traveled many of the same roads-literally. I actually shopped at Linda's family bakery, though I did not know her. Perhaps because I knew the setting of Bloomfield Avenue intimately, it evoked strong memories of challenges I'd forgotten. Her characters are real to her, of course, but also became real to me as a reader

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Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey. In this memoir, she has the rare gift of getting her personal importance entirely out of the way, so that readers are free to take in the story she tells. She’s not asking us how we like her. Newark was her hometown, a place that carried absolutely no cachet.

Linda Mercadante is professor of theology in the B. .She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and author of three books. Robert Straker Chair at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey. Cowley Publications, 2006.

Dr. Mercadante is Professor of Theology and the Straker Chair of Historical Theology at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO). She received her P. from Princeton Theological Seminary and her .

In this memoir, Mercadante tells of her quest for religious identity, a real home, good work, and a one-faith family  . What is Kobo Super Points? A loyalty program that rewards you for your love of reading. Explore rewards Explore Kobo VIP Membership.

Her books include the memoir Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey. Linda Mercadante teaches at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Her books include the memoir Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey.

About Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girls Spiritual Journey - In this memoir, Mercadante tells of her quest for religious identity .

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Bloomfield Avenue : A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey. Interesting journey to faith. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 9 years ago. I bought this book after hearing Dr. Mercadante speak at my church about the "spiritual but not religious" movement

Bloomfield Avenue : A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey. by Linda A. Mercadante. Mercadante speak at my church about the "spiritual but not religious" movement. So, I purchased "Bloomfield Avenue.

In this memoir, Mercadante tells of her quest for religious identity, a real home, good work, and a one-faith family. Born just after World War II to a mixed-religion family, she tries Catholicism, a WASP sorority, atheism, Eastern mysticism, and vegetarianism. She works as an airline stewardess and as a journalist. She earns a doctorate and becomes a seminary professor. Her story holds key lessons for people from “mixed” backgrounds, those who long for the ideal family, and those who shun religion as a dead-end.
Comments: (7)
Simple
As someone who is not religious, I think that Linda Mercadante’s book has appeal for the religious and non-religious, alike.
It’s an honest, insightful, and even courageous memoir that follows Linda’s “internal” journey, from childhood to the present, through significant and often tumultuous personal relationships and experiences including travel abroad, as she seeks personal and spiritual answers to life’s most significant and pressing questions. Experiencing a number of religions from the “inside”, she reflects on many of the inclusive/exclusive tugs of war so often associated with organized religions.
It is a timely and insightful read, particularly in light of current religious and socio-political discussions about what constitutes “family” or discussions about which organized religion is “the right one”, or if there is such a thing at all. Or, is the ever-increasing population of Americans who see themselves as “spiritual but not religious” the way to go, and what does that really mean? In short, the book provides a personal journey with wide-ranging applications.
Food for thought – for the soul. A nourishing read!
Framokay
This book turned up when I was searching for background information on Catholicism. It caught my eye because I have spent time around Newark and thought it might give an interesting history of the area. Once I started it, I absolutely devoured the book!

As a Millenial, this book made sexism real to me in a way that few things have been able to do. I knew that Ivy Leagues had sister schools "way back when," but it didn't occur to me that a woman of my parents' generation wouldn't have been able to attend a state school like Rutgers! There were numerous other areas where Mercadante described the everyday sexism of her time.

I also enjoyed her descriptions of the cultures and areas she participated in. I have been to Branch Brook Park and been mesmerized by Sacred Heart cathedral. I've also been part of insular evangelical groups, and immigrant groups, and academic groups. She explained her experiences vividly, and I believe I gained insight into groups and areas I'm less familiar with.

I think many of the criticisms other reviews have brought up are reasonable. However, Mercadante is not a character whose story can be written to a close; she is a real person, with flaws and limitations. It seems that her parents' families and communities reacted intensely to their "mixed marriage," in a way that created a deep wound for them. Mercadante devoted much of her life to healing that wound in herself, but there is little indication that the wound was ever resolved for her parents. Perhaps her parents simply didn't care enough about religion to work through it, or perhaps the wound was so intense for them that they couldn't bear to approach it. Either way, as is clear from the title, spirituality and religion has been a central force in Mercadante's life, and she emphasizes those themes in her life and relationships throughout the book.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a very vivid and personal story, like being allowed to peep inside someone else's mind for a bit.
Reddefender
I read Bloomfield Avenue in two sittings and couldn't believe Linda Mercadante and I traveled many of the same roads--literally. I also grew up in the North Ward of Newark, NJ and could relate to the difficulty of fitting in among the predominately Italian, Catholic population. I actually shopped at Linda's family bakery, though I did not know her. Perhaps because I knew the setting of Bloomfield Avenue intimately, it evoked strong memories of challenges I'd forgotten. Her characters are real to her, of course, but also became real to me as a reader.

I found the chapters about her spiritual journey to be well written. They held my attention, although I did not identify with that portion of this memoir. The life lessons the author shared can translate to a variety of searches we all experience and that is the strength of the book. I've recommended it to friends who shared the neighborhood adjacent to Bloomfield Avenue. It is nostalgic without being trite. I couldn't help wondering how much more she would have had to write if her parents had sent her to the neighborhood high school instead of shipping her off to a suburban school.

I'm glad I stumbled upon this book, recommended by a friend who knew of my Newark, NJ roots.

Lissa Brown
Author of Family Secrets: Three Generations
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