In The Searchers, Joseph Loconte joins the two men who journey on the road to Emmaus to explain and chronicle the expectations all mankind has when searching for God. From the passage in Luke describing the walk these two men were on, Loconte develops the emotions they dealing with after the disappointing events they just left in Jerusalem.
The attribute of this book that causes me to recommend it highly is how history is chronicled and woven throughout. Loconte is a wealth of knowledge of people and events large and small and uses them skillfully to show that the journey to Emmaus is a picture of the journey we are all on as we respond to God.
In the middle chapters (3 – 6), there is so much good, relevant information that I read much of it twice. These chapters reveal our expectations of God and how that evidences itself in religion, illusions, angels, and conspiracy theories. Particularly in the chapter on angels, where our cultural fascination with these supernatural beings is addressed, Loconte shows his skill at presenting questions, observations, and facts to refute false view without using a finger wagging, shame inducing tone. Someone reading this, rather than being put on the immediate defensive, could actually have their view changed. Each of the chapters is written with this same skill.
I chose this book some time ago to review for a program I am part of, but it sat on my shelf, looming as just another obligation. Yet, once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It is not always the case when reviewing books that you actually read one that you would buy, as is the case with The Searchers, and would seem to speak highly of its content – in my estimation.
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