Friday, August 31, 2012

Nonfiction: The Searchers


Title:  The Searchers
Author:  Joseph Loconte
Pages:  207
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988

The Searchers is a nonfiction book supposedly following the two men on the road to Emmaus after the crucifixion of Christ.  The author has a background in journalism and history.  He seems to have a wide variety of knowledge in history and modern entertainment that he puts to use in this book.
Each chapter begins with a portion of the text of this event taken from the Bible in the book of Luke.  This is followed by a scene from a movie or a few short paragraphs of an event from history.  Then, the author begins the exploration of the portion of text from the book of Luke.  However, instead of exploring Scripture, the reader is introduced to a host of other subjects ranging from Elvis, Darwin, Isaac Newton, a freak car accident, John Lennon, and a brief look at a time in history of the country of Turkey.  This list is by no means inclusive.  There are a lot of other tangents presented by the author that do not seem to have a lot to do with the subject of the book.
There is a brief “Preface” at the beginning that sets the stage for what I thought the book was to be about very nicely.  The book also includes an extensive “Note” section at the end, citing the sources of the content of the many tangents.  The chapters are long, and I found them difficult to read and follow.  There seems to be so much jumping from one place to another it was hard to find my way to what the chapter was supposed to be about.
The author did make some valid statements about how, over time, God is being taken out of the scientific quest, the poison of “religion”, and Christian hypocrisy.  However, I did find a tendency to put all Christians or Christian leaders in the same boat.  While there are examples of Christian hypocrites, there are also many Christians who are not hypocrites.
All-in-all, I found this book to not be one of my favorites.  Maybe the author uses so many modern references to try and draw in non-believers or younger readers.  I do not know the author’s intent.  I was left searching for a uniform, cohesive explanation as to why this event is Scripture is so important.
My rating is 2 stars.
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