THE SEARCHERS: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt – Joseph Loconte (2012)

Joseph Laconte’s book, The Searchers takes readers on a journey of faith and doubt.  The author utilizes the travelers on the road to Emmaus to make a thought-provoking point – people long for home, a place of “belonging, meaning, and love.”  But Laconte doesn’t build his case on false pretenses.  He admits that the notion of a happy home “can be a distraction, something that keeps us from fulfilling a great task or obligation set before us.”  The Searchers probes where some people seem unwilling to go.

The author utilizes literature and film to drive home the aforementioned point.  He interacts with conservatives and liberals, yet he comes across with a sense of cynicism toward anything or anyone who is sympathetic to the doctrines of grace.  Some of his criticism is helpful; some of it is unwarranted.

Laconte spends too much time interacting with the zeitgest in order to get to the central notion in the book.  But once he lands, his thoughts are worth reading.  He summarizes the essence of Christ’s message to the travelers on the road to Emmaus: “The message from Jesus … is that God sent His Son to rescue people from the curse of sin and death.  It is the news that this Rescuer, Jesus, gave his life in exchange for ours – and then rose from the dead to offer us new life, an incorruptible life, with God.  It was love that sent the Rescuer to his death and love that raised him to life again.”

The insight in The Searchers is commendable.  Loconte has surfaced some important principles that are helpful in the Christian pilgrimage.

3 stars

Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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