Sunday, February 7, 2010

"the gospel according to lost" by chris seay

As a long-time Lost fan, I was thrilled to receive The Gospel According to Lost in the mail. My original intent was to read it prior to Lost’s sixth and final season premiere. Well, I made it halfway through by that point; after watching the premiere, I was hungry for anything and everything Lost, and I quickly devoured the last half of the book.

The Gospel According to Lost explores the religious themes found in the popular ABC drama. In particular, author Chris Seay draws parallels between the fictional world of Lost and biblical Christianity.

To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. Much of what the author had to say I had already read elsewhere; however, he came at it from the perspective of a follower of Christ and, therefore, went deeper into the biblical allusions than the secular bloggers I read ever did. And when he compared Benjamin Linus, one of Lost’s major villains (or is he?), to the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, I sat back and thought, “Of course! That’s exactly who he is … and why didn’t I think of this before?”

My one quibble with the book is its title. While The Gospel According to Lost may be a catchy name, the book is not so much about the gospel—that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty of sin, was buried, and rose again—as it is about exploring the religious symbolism in Lost. And while discussing Lost could easily lead into a discussion of the gospel, I wouldn’t say the gospel message is contained in Lost.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Lost. Anyone who doesn’t watch Lost would probably just find himself … lost!

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I have the same question before about Benjamin Linus.

    When Chris compare him to the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, I also thought something of the same, “Of course! That’s exactly who he is … and why didn’t I think of this before?”

    Of course there are many more of my questions been answered by reading this book.


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