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

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Historian and journalist Joseph Loconte examines the role of religion in contemporary society against the ancient dialogue overheard on the road to Emmaus in Luke's gospel. Every human heart has a natural longing for "home," and these witnesses to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth serve as a rich example of that universal yearning. Along the way, Loconte scrutinizes ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy by: Samuel Tran
Beautifully written and detailed, The Searchers is well worth reading. Dr. Loconte uses personal stories, pop culture references, and historical examples to illustrate the passage from Luke of the road to Emmaus. He explores not only grief and doubt, but the nature of angels, conspiracy v conspiracy theories, and humanity's desire for something beyond, among other things. By taking a few verses of the passage at a time, he uses it as a springboard to explore surrounding themes and illuminate mea ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: catholic
Loconte does a thorough job of unpacking the short story of the men on the road to Emmaus from Luke's gospel. I was impressed by how much he drew from the few lines. Almost line by line, he took the emotion, thought, or action and expanded on the topic. Some connections were tangential, such as a discussion on grief and why there is suffering in the world, or how so many do evil--some intended, some not--in the name of religion. Other connections truly teased out the immediate state of the chara ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A return read, my second time through and just as rich and delightful. Author / Kings College NYC History Professor Joe Loconte put me on the road to Emmaus (Gospel Of Luke) with those two strangers who I recognize to be like me (past/ present) and so many others I know, disillusioned and culturally confused - “foolish” and “slow to believe” , unwilling to think differently, to give up my false assumptions and admit I might be terribly wrong about God.
Great Biblical themes are explored, God’s p
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Who is this Walking Man?: a book review.
By matichuk

The Searchers: A Quest For Faith in the Valley of Doubt by Joseph Loconte
We live in a world where people are bewildered, doubtful and despairing and feel let down by religious leaders, institutions and dogma. Sometimes it seems as though, God himself has turned his back on us, and we doubt who Jesus is. Is he God? Is he the Messiah? Was he even a real person (as a recent book by Bart Ehrman asks)?

In The Searchers, historian and journalist Joseph
Lee Harmon
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well, I screwed up this time. I picked up The Searchers from Booksneeze, and let it sit on my shelf for two months while I took care of other promised reviews.

Stupid me. This is a fantastic book, intelligent and raw. Raw, not in the vulgar sense, but in the lead-you-to-the-edge-and-curl-your-lip sense. Then it will draw you back from the edge, like the scent of marsh mellow cocoa by a warm fire. Combine all that with a captivating writing style, and you have a winner.

Two men walked side-by-side
Karie Hall
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to tell you that I had such high expectations of this book. The premise appealed to me because we all question our faith from time to time and search for something more. It's completely normal but no less settling when it is happening to you. I had hoped this book would really guide the reader through that search via the gentlemen walking the road to Emmaus.

What an unusual book. I don't think I've read anything quite like it. Loconte has taken the experience of the two disciples on the wa
Ashley Charlton Griffin
Joseph Loconte, PhD., illustrates an in-depth look at two people mentioned in a particular passage of the Bible that might be overlooked: the two men who walked with Jesus, unbeknownst to them, after the Resurrection. Loconte, an Associate Professor of History at The King's College, skillfully guides readers through their brief experience with the Lord in a systematic way that almost feels like an apologetic piece.

The book is easy to follow yet provides in depth analysis of the Gospel of Luke, C
Frank Peters
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was brilliant, yet odd. It is a series of stories and reflections on a fairly short (but significant) passage of the Bible. The author tells his stories, while relating in many ways to his readers – all the while directing thought toward God. Reading the book is a spiritual experience, rather than a learning or teaching session. As a result, even after reading the book, I cannot quite identify anything that the book said. But, while reading the book, I was continuously bombarded with i ...more
Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stephanie by: BookSneeze
I know this book has gotten rave reviews but I do not see what all the fuss is about. I found it boring and obsolete. The synopsis given by many sources, including the book jacket makes you believe that we were going to learn about the conversation on Emmaus Road. However, through examples like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, we were given a breakdown of the conversation. However, the Bible is not Shakespeare. Even I, who have not read the Bible, understood what the conversation conveyed wi ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable exploration into the scriptural story of the two travelers on the road to Emmaus and how their story is not that different from ours. As an associate professor of History at King’s College, Author Joseph Loconte draws strong parallels between the ancient story of the travelers, contemporary history and the doubts that many face today. He makes a really good case for keeping true even when the world seems to be shaking. Bringing up Whittaker Chambers classic Autobiography, ...more
Tim Sheppard
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like how the author takes one text and focuses on it for the whole book. The text is from Luke 24 and is about the men on the road to Emmaus. I read a great deal of recommendations for this book and was a little disappointed in finally reading it, but found it to be helpful and interesting in the end. I liked how he talked about the fact that searching for truth is a necessary part of a life well lived. There was also a ton of research done for this book which caused me to want to read some ot ...more
Rheanna Christine
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: learn-something
Excellent book, well written and quite enjoyable. I learned a lot from this book, and it touched on so many topics and intertwined them with that simple story of that walk to Emmaus. It was quite remarkable. Not a book that I would probably normally pick up but I'm glad I got to chance to read it. I would definitely recommend this book to Christians and anyone interested in history of the time. For such a complex topic it was very easy to read.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is a light read with some good things to ponder. I especially enjoys the many illustrations from literature and contemporary stories. ...carefully weaves the story of two men on road to Emaeus
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is very well written and thought-provoking. Using the experience of the two men on the road to Emmaus on the first Easter, he interprets various aspects of religious experience. His insights, looking at Luke's narrative from Jesus' perspective as well as that of the men, is very insightful.
Bobby Troge
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Uplifting book that draws many parallels to historical events, other religions, and fictional works to bring clarity and relatable concepts in regards to the story after Jesus's resurrection and his appearance to two men on the road to Emmaus.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting read - a thinking book.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tremendous personal and journalistic account of searching for faith.
Roger Price
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For those of us who search for meaning, Joe Loconte takes us down the road to Emmaus demonstrating how ultimate meaning may be found in the Lord Jesus.
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: culture, theology
A great book to give to friends or family that are searching for answers to life's dilemmas or for those who need to know that there is more to life than just living.
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Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches Western Civilization and American Foreign Policy.

Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, where he taught on religion and public policy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Was
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