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120 pages
Mar 2011
Messianic Jewish Resources International

The Conversation: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter

by Judy Salisbury

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Judy Salisbury’s The Conversation is a fictionalization of the Luke 24:27 account of Jesus meeting two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. Luke 24:27 states: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (NIV). The author takes this single verse and, using many scriptural references as a framework, develops her rendition of that dialogue.

Salisbury’s long list of credentials include founder of Logos Presentations, certified counselor by the American Association of Christian Counselors, radio program host, and International Society of Women in Apologetics board member. After reading Luke 24:27 during her morning devotionals, she was particularly and strongly led to write a book expounding on what it might have been like for Cleopas and the other unnamed disciple to have the prophecies about the Messiah explained to them by Jesus himself.

Salisbury says her hope for this book is that “you will be rewarded…and that this resource will help you grow in your confidence in the Scriptures, the fact of the Resurrection, and in faith in the Messiah.” The book is written from the first-person perspective of the unnamed disciple. It begins with the two disciples leaving Jerusalem and being joined by a man on the road to Emmaus. It then takes the readers along that road as, chapter by chapter, this man explains to them the prophetical and New Testament Scripture references about who and what the Messiah would be. In the final chapter, the man’s (our) eyes are opened to who He is.

The book is short and easy to read. It is broken into well-organized chapters that would lend themselves well to personal or small group study, and, to that end, includes detailed endnotes and several pages for note taking. Recommended, though the price tag is a little high for a book of about 100 pages. – Jan Reber,

Book Jacket:

“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” Luke 24:27

If you’ve ever wondered what that conversation must have been like, this captivating book takes you there.