Books that have caught my eye.
The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt
By Joseph Loconte
Historian and journalist Joseph Loconte examines the role of religion in contemporary society against the ancient dialogue overheard on the road to Emmaus in Luke’s gospel. Every human heart has a natural longing for “home,” and these witnesses to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth serve as a rich example of that universal yearning. Along the way, Loconte scrutinizes not only the challenges posed by popular skeptics, but also those created by counterfeit religion.
Whether Christian or Muslim, priestly sex scandals or Islamic “honor killings,” Loconte takes a sober look at the failings of those who claim God is on their side. The author never loses sight, however, of the profound influence that an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ can have on individuals and society. Ultimately, readers will see how the human desire for meaning, purpose, and love can lead us to our true home. There are still reasons to believe, reasons embedded in a remarkable conversation on the road to Emmaus.
Joe Loconte has been a friend for many years. I always learn a lot from his insights, which are informed by Joe’s broad global experience. I expect this volume will be a winner and will provide my response after I get a chance to read it. The book is due out June 5.