The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay is a book I reviewed as part of the Thomas Nelson Publishers Reviewers.
Lost is NOT just a television show. It has become larger than that—a massive story filled with mystery that has garnered over twenty million participants. Some might call them viewers, but one does not just watch Lost, one participates in it. It demands that you dialogue with the story, seeking theories and comparing yourself to characters. Lost breaks all the formulas for television, and in doing so has drawn together millions of people on a shared journey that explores life, faith, history, science, philosophy, hope, and the basic questions of what it means to be human. It is the seemingly infinite ideas, philosophies, and biblical metaphors that make this story so engaging.
The focus on faith and truth is never more clearly explained than in the words of John Locke as he questions Jack Shepherd asking “Why do you find it so hard to believe?” Jack responds quickly “Why do you find it so easy?” But Locke declares “It’s never been easy.” This tension between Faith and Reason drives every episode and story line. Locke summed this up as he explained to Jack “That’s why you and I don’t see eye-to-eye sometimes, because you’re a man of science…Me, well, I’m a man of faith.”
- Faith and Reason – The war within?
- Guilt –The single common denominator that binds everyone on the island
- Fate – Do we choose our path, or does fate happen to us?
- Quantum Spirituality – What if everything and everyone is connected?
- Dharma – Is there any truth to be found in Institutional Religion?
- Island Life – If we are made for the garden is it the consumer world that is killing us?
- Salvation – Will it ever come, and will we recognize it when it does?
Chris Seay’s fascinating book explores each of these elements in a spinning analysis of faith and metaphor that will attract a multitude of readers who desire to go even deeper into the journey.
My Personal Thoughts…
I’ve been a fan of Lost since the very first episode aired many years ago. What drew me to this series were the people. They weren’t shallow, they weren’t fake, They were real people with real issue like the rest of us. Sure they are stuck on a mysterious island where a lot of pretty strange things happen but despite not knowing all the answers, the growth of each characters is what keeps me watching.
Author Chris Seay does an excellent job interpreting how each character can some how relate to those in the Bible. I enjoyed the fresh look on this widely watched show compared to the Word. I can’t help but think to myself that taking pop culture and comparing it is much like how Jesus gave visuals to the disciples through many well known parables.
A story that truly touched me is found on the last two pages of this book. I don’t want to give away exactly what it is because I want others to experience it them for themselves. I know this much and if you have a heart you truly will be touched, challenged, and broken after completing this book. Note that The Gospel According to Lost is more than just thoughts and comparisons about the show Lost but it’s a tool to look within yourself to live more like Christ.
If you are a fan of Lost, this is a great book for you. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.