Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review - The Searchers

The Road to Emmaus.

Most believers have heard of this Biblical account. Many see it as an experience. Joseph Loconte wrote The Searchers in an attempt to flesh this story out. There were many aspects of this book, that needed to be reread a few times to grasp what he was saying because it challenged so much of contemporary Christianity, some good and some not so good.

At first read, it was difficult to follow, but as I became accustomed to his style of writing, I was able to adapt. There were many instances that made me really think about why people believe what they believe. After all, there were so many questions of the two who walked the Road to Emmaus; questions over what they believed and why. 

I wasn't sure at some points whether Loconte was a searcher himself or if he was just intending to challenge us, the reader. There are many references to other religions that seemed to muddy the waters. But finally, by page 159, he acknowledges, "Only an act of God's grace can offer this freedom, and only a willing and humble heart can accept it."

A helpful point in this book is how Loconte brought out the history of the times and Biblical places surrounding the Bible. This is definitely helpful in understanding the Bible as a true, historical book. 

As part of the Booksneeze blogging network, I received a free copy of this book.

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