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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849920728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849920721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Seay is a church planter, pastor, president of Ecclesia Bible Society, and internationally acclaimed speaker. His six books include The Gospel According to Lost, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano, and Faith of My Fathers.

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Chris Seay is a church planter, pastor, president of Ecclesia Bible Society, and internationally acclaimed speaker. His six previous books include The Gospel According to Lost, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano, and Faith of My Fathers.

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It is an easy and fun read but also very thought provoking.
M. Copper
In the book, "The Gospel According to Lost", Chris Seay weaves the storylines and characters of the best show on television into a conversation about our own lives.
Samuel Frederick
I wasnt really hoping that this book would be something to reach the lost who watch Lost and maybe it will.
James A. Nichols

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roger N. Overton on June 13, 2010
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From the very beginning LOST was a complex show. Amongst its many layers of story telling were themes related to religion such as faith, destiny, spirituality and sin. One of the great things about the show is that it did not shy away from these topics, but voiced opposing viewpoints directly through skillfully written dialogue. LOST provided ample material to speculate about these themes and The Gospel According to LOST by Chris Seay begins to do just that.

The simplest way to summarize the book is that it explores the spiritual themes of LOST. It does so in the same way LOST does: through it's characters. Twelve of its seventeen chapters are character specific. The other five chapters provide background and set-up the topics that follow them. Most of the material simply explores critical plot points throughout the characters' lives. However, there are some more interesting points of exegesis. For example, the chapter on Eko looks at the various Bible verses inscribed on Eko's stick and considers what they might mean for the plot of the show.

I have two criticisms of the book. The first is that it was published before the final season aired. Probably the best explanation for this is that the book is far more likely to be successful while the show is running than after it ends. But the premature timetable necessarily limits how far the author can go in his reflections. The other problem I have is with the title, The Gospel According to LOST. LOST's "gospel" was never really elucidated, and my guess is that the title turns away readers who would otherwise find the book insightful. It sounds like one of the hokey religious books that reads religion into everything. Seay does a good job of avoiding that sort of hazard.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Franklin Janes on January 26, 2010
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I was recently given a copy of Chris Seay's "The Gospel According to Lost" to review. I had never read or even heard of Chris Seay, but I was willing to give a fellow Christian Lostie a chance to see what he had to say. I wasn't expecting any spoilers for the show, but was interested in what Seay had to say about Lost and Christianity. Unfortunately, everything that Seay said was nothing new. It was almost like some college papers I've read in the past where students try to make a short topic appear to be deep and insightful.

Seay's writing style was very clumsy. He tries to joke around on one page, and then tries to sound very deep and insightful on the next. In my opinion, he failed at both. There were several things that were disturbing, the first one being that for a book that is supposed to contain the Gospel, Seay felt it was ok to curse. The curse words weren't used very much at all, but just the inclusion of them really made me think that Seay is just about sounding hip and not concerned at all about the true presentation of the Gospel.

Another disturbing part of the book is even though the book is called "The Gospel According to Lost," the true Gospel is hardly mentioned. Part of the Gospel is mentioned, but it's almost like Seay remembered "Oh yeah, I've got the Gospel in the title of my book. I'd better include it." Instead, his book almost seemed like his own personal contest to see how many thinkers or philosophers he could quote in one book, such as Hemmingway, Oscar Wilde, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

The last part of the book that disturbed me was the author himself. He is very arrogant in some parts. In the chapter that is devoted to Kate, he asks "So how could educated people fixate on such a character?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad H. Milec on February 22, 2010
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A Review of 'The Gospel According To Lost' by Chris Seay
It took me a while to finish this book. I was able to put it down, and come back to it after periods of time. Each chapter is separate from the others, which is good, because some of the content was deep.
I came to this book as a fan of the show, Lost. If you are not a fan, some of the content will be hard to follow. It is a very interesting book. Chris does a great job of tying things from the show to the Bible.
Although I think some of the content may be hard to understand or see in the show, I think this is a good book, and I would recommend it.

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Thank you, and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hickerson VINE VOICE on February 16, 2010
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Exploring the Biblical and spiritual themes of pop culture phenomenons is nothing new. We've had a Biblical look at Peanuts, the Simpsons and 24 and well as a previous book that looked at the deeper issues of what we can find in ABC's "Lost."

"The Gospel According to Lost" is another exploration of the values and characters exhibited by the hit series but unlike the book "What Can Be Found in Lost" the book feels a deeper and more thought out. Both are good and will give fans and Christians new insights into the show and its characters, all while creating a desire to go back to the source material for greater refection and study. In this case, you may find yourself wanting to dust off those old "Lost" DVDs and your Bible to examine some of the questions and issues raised by this book and the series.

Written heading into the final season of the show, the book offers some intriguing insights into the past and future of the show.
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