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The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt

Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Hardcover

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Explore a seldom-studied passage of Scripture! Drawing from the Bible, literature, film, philosophy, history, and politics, Loconte unlocks the meanings of the encounter on the road to Emmaus. Full of profound insights for believers and skeptics, this story of loss, hope, and faith reveals the journey every pilgrim takes to make sense of the world. 207 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 207
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595554467
ISBN-13: 9781595554468
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Publisher's Description

Never before had they known such hope.

In a world drenched in violence and oppression, here was a man armed with a message of peace and freedom. Into lives nearly overwhelmed by grief and sorrow, he brought compassion and healing and the deepest joy. To people who felt like outcasts and aliens, he showed the way home. And then, in one devastating night, all their hopes collapsed.

This is where our story begins—in the valley of despair. It is a tale of two friends, a stranger, and a search for truth in a world gone mad with doubt.

Historian Joseph Loconte unlocks the meaning of their exchange, set in the chaotic days following the execution of Jesus of Nazareth. Drawing from literature, film, philosophy, history, and politics, Loconte shows how this biblical drama is an integral part of our own story. Sooner or later, we will find ourselves among the searchers.

Author Bio

Joseph Loconte is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Politics at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches Western Civilization and U.S. foreign policy and writes widely about the importance of religious freedom in strengthening democracy, human rights, and civil society.

Endorsements

"Every once in a while a book comes along that is so elegant and beautiful and vital that you can't imagine the world without it. Joe Loconte's 'The Searchers' is a masterpiece, one of those rare books you will want to give to almost anyone, believers and non-believers alike. It overflows with wisdom and information about the very thing that makes us human - our search for meaning in the universe." - Eric Metaxas, NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author, of BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY

Publisher's Weekly

With the tone of a circumspect apologetic, Loconte (God, Government, and the Good Samaritan), a senior research fellow at King's College in New York, examines, among other things, "the poison of religion," acknowledging well-known abuses and disgraces that have plagued Christianity through the ages. While the reader may nod in approval here, he or she will soon squirm. Loconte asserts every civilization is shaped by God seekers who are trying to understand the relationship between the natural and the supernatural; he explores, for example the inexplicable need people have to touch relics or pray to saints. He asserts that this connection carries the hope and gravitas of the supernatural: "They want to believe." And so he builds his case, championing the notion that faith is a mystery and that "mystery," of itself, is not an excuse to disbelieve. He helps the reader with up-to-date cultural reference points, such as a nod to The X-Files, citing Mulder, who "want[s] to believe" and (predictably) Harry Potter. Whereas those of an older, more seasoned, cohort will have read the likes of this before, those of a generation who missed out on John Stott will find the book relevant and compelling. Agency: Alive Communications. (June) 2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    December 6, 2012
    DUCKgirl
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt

    By Joseph Loconte

    Book Description

    Never before had they known such hope.

    In a world drenched in violence and oppression, here was a man armed with a message of peace and freedom. Into lives nearly overwhelmed by grief and sorrow, he brought compassion and healing and the deepest joy. To people who felt like outcasts and aliens, he showed the way home. And then, in one devastating night, all their hopes collapsed.

    This is where our story begins—in the valley of despair. It is a tale of two friends, a stranger, and a search for truth in a world gone mad with doubt.

    Historian Joseph Loconte unlocks the meaning of their exchange, set in the chaotic days following the execution of Jesus of Nazareth. Drawing from literature, film, philosophy, history, and politics, Loconte shows how this biblical drama is an integral part of our own story.

    Sooner or later, we will find ourselves among the searchers.

    The answer to this — and the target at which The Searchers points us toward — is our own authentic encounter with Jesus, causing our hearts to burn within us every bit as much as the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging
    November 7, 2012
    Jameus
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Searchers was an interesting read. Purported to be about the men on the road to Emmaus after the death of their hoped-for Messiah, Jesus, I felt like it had very little to do with them. However, as Loconte fills the book with scores of current pop culture references to relate how those men must have felt, it did do the job of being "A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt." Those references kept me interested, and it supplied some new ways of looking at very old ideas, mainly doubt in the face of great seeming tragedy.

    The book was intriguing, and I was interested with how Loconte related grief felt after recent tragedies like the Japanese tsunami in 2011 to the grief those men felt as they walked away from Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. They were different types of grief felt by people in vastly different cultures, and yet grief is a universal feeling that no human can avoid. Jesus met with the men on the road to Emmaus amidst their grief, just as He meets with us today.

    I found the book encouraging and hopeful. The way Loconte describes events was informative and entertaining and kept me wanting to read.

    I received this book free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.
  3. oh
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Searchers by Joseph Loconte
    October 6, 2012
    oh
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Join Jesus and the two men journeying to Emmaus as they confront the doubts that they faced after the death of their savior. After they saw Jesus give his life on the cross, these two men were distraught and lost, confused in their faith. What they didn't know was that their savior had risen, conquering death and at that very moment was walking right by their side. In his book, The Searchers, Joseph Loconte explores the emotions and issues those two men were wrestling with thousands of years ago, and, using history, poetry, pop culture and more, compares their journey to the very one each of us go through during our time on this earth.

    While starting out a little slow, the information that Laconte weaves together makes for an informative and engaging read. There is a lot of information to digest in this short book, but Laconte succeeds in shedding light on our own choices and doubts today and how those very same feelings have been confronted throughout history. Just as he was on the road to Emmaus, Jesus is right by our side while we walk out our faith and confront our doubts today.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read
    September 17, 2012
    dlruss
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Title: The Searchers

    Author: Joseph Loconte

    Publisher: Thomas Nelson

    The Searchers is a nonfiction book supposedly following the two men on the road to Emmaus after the crucifixion of Christ. The author has a background in journalism and history. He seems to have a wide variety of knowledge in history and modern entertainment that he puts to use in this book.

    Each chapter begins with a portion of the text of this event taken from the Bible in the book of Luke. This is followed by a scene from a movie or a few short paragraphs of an event from history. Then, the author begins the exploration of the portion of text from the book of Luke. However, instead of exploring Scripture, the reader is introduced to a host of other subjects ranging from Elvis, Darwin, Isaac Newton, a freak car accident, John Lennon, and a brief look at a time in history of the country of Turkey. This list is by no means inclusive. There are a lot of other tangents presented by the author that do not seem to have a lot to do with the subject of the book.
  5. Athens, AL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting glimpse...
    August 28, 2012
    YMinister1204
    Athens, AL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Searchers by Joseph Loconte is an interesting book filled with a new insight on a story that oftentimes gets overlooked by many who read the gospel story. Jesus' conversation with these two men on the road to Emmaus is a story that carries a deep, emotional impact, but we will look past it to things we consider to be "more important" in the post-resurrection era of Christ. This, as Mr. Loconte points out, is causing us to miss out on a truly life-changing conversation. The men who are involved in this conversation represent nearly everyone in that day and certainly those of us even today. They are scared, skeptical, and concerned about their futures. Therefore, Mr. Loconte's book is more than just an interesting read, it is an eye-opening look into the world of those who were just ordinary men in the time after Jesus' death.
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