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The Gospel According to Lost Paperback – December 29, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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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"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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I'm a huge LOST fan, but this book was pushing it a little bit with it's connections to Christianity. It was OK, but not great.Published on January 9, 2014 by Matt Anderson
The book takes an in depth look at the characters and how we relate to them. It points out the duality in each character and even the multiple levels of duality. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by weimert
Good read. From a lost point of view anyway.Book came in on time and that was appriciated. If you like the lost series....buy this.Published on July 18, 2012 by German
Chris Seay is a pastor of a church in Texas and also a die hard fan of the TV series "Lost" which ended two years ago on May 23, 2010. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by S. Warfield
There are thousands of interpretations on what LOST the TV series was really about. This book gives a very interesting religious take on the characters, the location, etc. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by seeker
Not being an avid watcher of "Lost" made this book very interesting to read. When Thomas Nelson offered the book, I am not sure what I was going to receive, but was... Read more
When I saw that The Gospel According to Lost was available for me to review through Thomas Nelson, I requested it immediately. Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Jen