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The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Loconte
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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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.



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About the Author

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595554467
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FABYA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a masterpiece... May 21, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Searchers May 24, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Historian Joseph Loconte unravels the story of the travelers of Emmaus. He uses characters from Gilgamesh to Elvis Presley to get his point across: We are in a great search for God because He is our hero. From the beginning Loconte uses the media, culture, and tradition to relate the message to our modern lives. It begins in the valley of the shadow of death and we march on until we reach inexpressible joy.

I didn't jump out of my seat after every page, I had to think thoroughly. Loconte uses his great presentation skills to create a story for the mind. Every section contains a parallel to our world today. I was glad to see him not use all historical references, but references such as Harry Potter and Elvis Presley to relate to the younger generations. As a younger reader I was able to follow it smoothly, but he also intrigued me with the references I did not know.

I learned a lot from this book and I will end up learning a lot more because it introduced me to many of new articles, essays, and books. I greatly enjoyed The Searchers and will be excited to read other work by him. His students, I hear, love him and I can see why. He knows what he is talking about and enjoys what he does. For anyone looking for a book to read over the summer this is it! Everyone will be able to use this book to get their ideas out in a more fluent manner. Check it out!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Searchers finds faith on the road of despair June 27, 2012
By jason
Format:Hardcover
At the very end of the New Testament gospel of Luke in the 24th chapter is a story of two men, a story that on the surface seems out of place with the rest of the book and one that I've read numerous times without really thinking about it. It's the story of a man named Cleopas and his companion (whose name Luke doesn't mention) on the way back home to the town of Emmaus just outside of Jerusalem. They are (or were) followers of Jesus of Nazareth, disciples, though they've never been mentioned before and aren't mentioned after their story. Although Jesus's tomb has just been found empty by several of the women in the group, Cleopas and his friend simply cannot believe that he could be alive after having been crucified and buried three days earlier. And now on this road home, everything they thought they believed seems to be crumbling before them.

In his book The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt, history professor Joseph Loconte recounts this brief story and shows how these two friends' journey is our journey, how their struggles are our struggles, how their doubts are our doubts. Like Cleopas and his companion, each of us is a seeker, hungry to know the truth about things that are both seen and unseen. And like them, we'll all at some point be shaken to our core, abandoned and left without hope, grieving for all that we've lost. We'll wrestle with our set of beliefs, question them, challenge them, and be made to defend them. But if we allow ourselves, we just might find a truth that is greater than any we've known before.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Info - but not the Info promised June 4, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Joseph Laconte's "The Searcher" is full of interesting information that would likely provide wonderful insights if only it had more room - perhaps if each chapter received its own book. Laconte's background and expertise as a history professor shows, as he includes numerous historical and cultural stories for context. Unfortunately, those stories and Laconte's explanations have little to do with the one story his book claims to be all about, that of the Road to Emmaus, which is found in Luke 24.

Laconte uses pieces of the Emmaus story to launch into specific topics that actually don't shed any light on the Luke 24 passage. For example, Laconte uses the travelers' mention of the Pharisees' actions to discuss the various evils that have been committed in Christ's name, such as the Spanish Inquisition. Another chapter uses the travelers' story (which tells of the women being greeted by angels at Jesus' grave) to discuss our modern perceptions of angels and what angels really are like. Laconte provides lots of interesting information, but only toward the end of his book does her really, finally spend a good amount of time talking about the actual Emmaus story and what readers can learn from it.

"The Searchers" contains plenty of interesting tidbits of information, but leaves readers "searching" for insights on the Luke 24 Road to Emmaus story - an element of Laconte's book that is surprisingly missing.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book. Good for people that may be hurting from something that they cannot explain.
Published 4 months ago by Serg77
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful, fascinating, challenging
One of the best books I have ever read. It is now on my "must-read" list. I highly recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Vctom
4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with the Reality of Doubt on the Journey of Faith
In The Searchers, Joseph Loconte dissects the brief account of two disciples in the wake of Jesus’s death on the cross found in Luke 24:13-35. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Vogel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Within the context of the story there is good development of the theme. It gave me pause to examine myself. I also shed a few tears.
Published 10 months ago by Gramma Cat Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book!
I found the book to be an amazing read and a thought provoking analysis of the last chapter of the Gospel of Luke. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John D Leitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
In his book The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt, history professor Joseph Loconte visits the account of the two men walking on the road to Emmaus found in... Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. W. Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep insights into the Emmaus Story
This was an excellent book. Loconte has done a great job in bringing out the depth of the Emmaus story from the end of Luke. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Terryn
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not match summary
The Searchers by Joseph Loconte is an examination of faith and doubt using the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus as the unifying thread of the book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nicole M. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read on your quest for faith
Based in a time shortly after the death of Jesus, Joseph Loconte's book the searchers finds two disillusioned disciples walking down the road to Emmaus. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 22 months ago by RSH
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