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The Gospel According to Lost Paperback – December 29, 2009
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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 Reloaded, coauthored with Greg Garrett, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano, and Faith of My Fathers. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This book, written by pastor and pop culture analyst Chris Seay, was written prior to the start of the final season of Lost, season six. This is curious because while it documents the first five seasons, it merely speculates about what will follow. Perhaps the thinking was that few would buy a book based upon a show in reruns, but it is, at times, awkward reading Seay's limited knowledge of the storyline now that the show is nearing its finale. In other words, the book is dated--in places.
The bulk of the book is timeless. Seay weaves biblical themes and theology in the midst of character sketches. For example, he notes, "Sayid battles his capacity for evil throughout the entire series; he has seen what lies inside himself, and he is tormented by it." On the next page, he connects the show to the reader. "We are, through our sin, enemies of God, and it is only through the Cross, that destroyer of social paradigms, that we are reconciled...and this is the beauty of the gospel. We can't earn grace; God gives it to us. No one is beyond redemption. Not even Sayid." Observations like this are relevant to any reader, regardless of their exposure to Lost. It is likely, however, that the audience for this book is limited to members of the Lost cult.
My favorite moments of the book came on its final pages. Seay quotes his late friend, Kyle Lake, with the admonishment to live life to its fullest. Then he provides suggestions for embracing season six and life itself in the epilogue--build community, celebrate, learn and show gratitude. I am grateful for this book. I would recommend it to any Lost viewer, regardless of the date on the calendar. It is engaging, informative, and even inspirational.
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Quick PS: It only took me 3 days to read this book so if you get on it, you can finish it before the last season starts on Tuesday! GET ON IT!
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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.
The Gospel According to LOST is a worthwhile read for any fan. If you care about the characters and the nuances of LOST's narrative, this book will definitely interest you. Chris Seay is a pastor, and he doesn't shy away from being pastoral, but he also doesn't try to shove anything down anyone's throats. This book is a great way to delve a little deeper into the many complexities that constitute LOST.
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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