The Searchers by Joseph Loconte is quite simply a gem. It is one of the best written books I have consumed in a long time. You should go out and purchase this book right now…still here? Well, in that case I’ll give you a review, and hopefully you’ll understand the stupendousness of the book. Loconte takes little over 20 verses from Luke 24 and writes a whole book on them. I know that may not sound like the most thrilling of premises for a book, but it works.
The text Loconte uses is the Road to Emmaus. In each chapter he takes a verse or two from the recounting in Luke’s historical narrative and makes it really come alive using a variety of sources. These sources include, but are certainly not limited to – cause it would take a really long time to list them all: Christopher Hitchens (I know, right?), The New York Times, Into the Wild, Blaise Pascal, Angels 101: An Introduction, Oprah, Legion, and the Aeneid. And these are really just the tip of the iceburg. Laconte expertly uses these many resources to bring us to a deeper understanding of what the men on the road to Emmaus experienced. How it was that they were not able to recognize Jesus, and what they were going through that made them speak as they did.
I look forward to reading this book again and being able to glean more knowledge from its glorious spectrum of resources. It’s not the type of book that you just read once and walk away from. Rather, it leads you to a better understanding of a critical Biblical text and leaves you craving more. The Searchers will forever change the way I read my Bible.
Loconte certainly could have broken this down into boring – though informative – exegesis. And thank goodness he did not! The book is a treat. If you are going to read one book this year…make it the Bible. But put this one on deck right after it! A home run and a half – which I do understand is not a physical possibility.
I received this book from Booksneeze in order to review it. There is no requirement to write a positive review. It’s just that stinkin’ good.