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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.

 

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Eric Metaxas on May 21, 2012
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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 By Kenneth G. Campbell III on May 24, 2012
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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 I was glad to see him not use all historical references, but references such as Harry Potter and Elvis Presley to relate to the younger generations.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!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jason on June 27, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lampman on May 22, 2012
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In The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt, Joseph Loconte takes us on a journey down the ancient road to Emmaus as he explores with us many issues relevant to any modern day "Searcher".

The Searchers manages to weave a fascinating and insightful web of the biblical, the historical, and the philosophical together with a refreshing dose of popular culture as Loconte illustrates the relationship between the story of the Road to Emmaus with our modern faith and skepticism. This book is an extremely detailed analysis of the familiar story of the two friends, providing a unique perspective of just how it relates to us.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in religious philosophy. I loved both the historical and the popular culture references used in order to better illustrate various points. (From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Lord of the Rings and Johnny Cash.) I found these points served to keep the book interesting but also truly reveals Loconte's expertise as an historian and author.

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