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The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt Hardcover – June 5, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554468
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Loconte uses his great presentation skills to create a story for the mind.
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The author also doesn't ignore both sides of an argument; he comments on both sides of the issues.
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Pick up a copy for yourself (put it on the coffee table after you read it!)
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30 of 32 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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13 of 13 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jason on June 27, 2012
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 By HarmonyWheeler on 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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