February 6, 2010

The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay

Lost is one of the shows I’ve been watching since it first aired. I remember the previews before the show even aired, and I was hooked even then. Sure, there were those people who asked “how long can these castaways stay lost for?” “is this another Gilligan’s Island?” Not me though, I knew that Lost was going to be a very special show.

The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay is a fantastic book that explores the complexities that Lost offers their viewers with each episode. It explores the clash between faith and reason, good and evil, struggles of guilt with each character, and how being lost (either on the island or in real life) presents the opportunity for reinvention which liberates some and paralyzes others.

One of my favorite parts of The Gospel According to Lost is how Chris Seay gives each of the main characters of Lost a patron saint name such as: Kate Austen: Patron Saint of Beautiful Killers, Sayid Jarrah: Patron Saint of Tormented Humanitarians, James "Sawyer" Ford: Patron Saint of Kindhearted Con Men, Man of Science, Man of Faith; Saint Jack and Saint John, and one of my favorites - Hurley: Patron Saint of Blessed Losers.

Book Description:
An epic journey into the deepest mysteries of faith.

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.

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.

After thoroughly reading this book (and being captivated by each episode of the series), I feel like it really gave me a better understanding of how Lost relates to the bible and is a much more spiritual show than I originally thought – even after seeing each season. This is a must read for any fan of Lost. If you aren’t already a fan of the show, pick up this book and the seasons already out (on DVD) and start watching it for the last season – you won’t be disappointed!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

Berry said...

My curiosity to read this book is to know more and at the same time seek some answers to questions I have on the show LOST.

It doesn't disappoint me, I receive many answers and to me Chris successfully explained on how the book relates each main characters with the people.