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The Gospel According to Lost Paperback – December 28, 2009
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About the Author
Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film. Chris is the author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded. He lives in Houston with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.
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Chris Seay covers the lives on the island of Hurley, Kate, Locke, Jack, Sun and Jin, Sayid, Eko, Desmond and Penny, Daniel Faraday, Benjamin Linus and Jacob. Other characters are mentioned but chapters are not devoted to them. As each character is discussed, the author gives a good description of what has caused these people to be so lost in their lives and just as lost on the island, and why they are all capable of changing and receiving redemption. They are often compared to Biblical figures and backed up by scripture and often by quotes from famous philosophers. Seay can often be very humorous.
This is not a preachy, über conservative, proselytizing book. As a fan of "Lost" (and I still miss the show) I found the book interesting and inspirational, and some of the points he brought up about the show and characters, I hadn't thought about. If you didn't watch the show, "The Gospel According to Lost" probably won't mean a whole lot to you, but for fans of the show, I think it's a very well-written book by someone who is very knowledgeable about "Lost" and the scriptures and recognized how many threads of religion ran through the show. He also realizes that it wasn't just any TV show and knows how complex it was. "Lost" was not for casual viewers.
I loved the story that Seay tells about series creator J.J.Abrams' grandfather shopping for a box of magic tricks for J.J. when he was a child. I won't spoil the outcome, but Seay talks a lot about the theme of mystery and how we tend to avoid it in life because we fear the unknown, but how we should embrace it in life. When reading about the magic tricks gift, all I could think of was Ben saying to Locke, "somewhere on this island, there is a very large box and whatever you imagined, whatever you wanted to be in it when you opened that box, there it would be..." in Season Three episode 13, "The Man From Tallahassee."
There are also twelve color plates that are paintings of the characters discussed. Each has a halo and each is labeled as a patron saint of something. It's humourous, but so accurate for the characters.
I loved the book and recommend it for all fans of "Lost".
As soon as I found out about this book, I could not wait to lay my hands on it. The Gospel According to LOST is written by Chris Seay, a self-described avid LOST fan. In his book, Chris takes 15 of the characters & relates their stories to Scripture. It is evident for anyone who has watched LOST at all that there are very blatant references to Scripture all throughout the show.
Being a self-described avid LOST fan myself, I was extremely excited to read someone else's thoughts on how the gospel message is seen in this phenomenal television program. It was neat to find that some of the connections I had made were also evident to Chris & some connections I had made were thoughtfully written in this book. Although I am typically the type of person who reads a book in a single sitting, I had to force myself to put the book down after each chapter so I could reflect on the words Chris has written.
This is definitely a thought-provoking book that I would recommend to any fan of LOST. In addition, the stunning paintings by Scott Erickson bring an additional insightful element to this book (& having had the opportunity to see the paintings in person make reading this book all the more mind-boggling).
All things considered, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! A definite must read for every LOST fan. If you are expecting answers to what will occur in the final season of this show, you'll be disappointed. However, if you want to feel like you're sitting down to have coffee with a fellow LOST fan where you can share your insights with each other, you'll be thrilled to read this book.
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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...Read more