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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Review of The Gospel According to Lost

I'm a big fan of certain TV shows, Lost being one of them. So when the chance to review this book for Thomas Nelson came up I jumped for it! The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay was most definitely an interesting read, but I was slightly disappointed. It was an easy read, but for some reason I seemed to struggle through it. Maybe it was the fact that some of the comparisons between the characters of Lost and scripture got a little bogged down, I'm not exactly sure. Maybe it was the fact that even though it was CLEARLY stated that the point of the book was not about spoilers or even unveiling exactly what the writers had in mind when they wrote the show, I was still hoping for something along those lines!

I tend to watch my TV shows without giving much thought to them. I'm a strictly for entertainment watcher. However, when parallels are so strong they jump off the screen at you, I can't help but notice. But, since I don't usually go searching for deeper meaning, this book was an interesting look at a show that is obviously filled with hints of much more than we see on the surface.

One of the large concepts in the book was how the characters change over time. How even killers can become respected leaders, and how people come to look to them for help and advice. The theme of redemption and change is a strong one, one that Seay points out is a journey and not something that happens quickly. For several characters, Seay points out that they feel helpless to change who they are and feel that redemption for themselves is impossible. He also points out that "One of the most satisfying pleasures of Lost is that we find characters who actually change and grow."

This book has made me see that there's so much more to the show than I'd given it credit for, and even mentioned past episodes that I'd forgotten and now want to go back and re-watch. It's a quick read and an interesting one. Whether the writers of the show truly meant to parallel biblical principles or not, Seay makes a compelling case to support it. For fans of the show, I would recommend checking into this book, just don't expect any undercover revelations or spoilers for the coming episodes!


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