As part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program, I received a copy of Chris Seay's The Gospel According to LOST for review. I was especially excited to read it in light of the impending Season Six premiere last night.
The book is basically an exploration of LOST’s Christian/biblical themes: redemption, father issues, forgiveness, betrayal, grace, hope, fresh starts and so on. It delves into each of the major characters’ stories to bring application to our spiritual lives. There are chapters on Hurley, Sayid, Kate, Sawyer, Jack, Locke, Eko, Sun & Jin, Ben, Jacob, Desmond & Penelope and Faraday as well as some “general” chapters on good vs. evil, fate vs. faith, and embracing mystery.
The book is short (192 pages) and easy to read. In fact, to me it seemed a little bit too basic, too simple. I wanted something deeper. There were very few thoughts presented in this book that I hadn’t thought of by myself before. I realize that I’m speaking as a pastor and avid reader. And as a pretty devout LOST fan.
The passages that were helpful and interesting to me were the ones on the historical John Locke and Michael Faraday and what they brought to the worlds of science and philosophy. I also appreciated his thoughts on Christians (and others) not needing to fear science and what truth it brings to us. All truth is God’s truth, and Jesus himself said that the truth will set us free.
I especially liked the Epilogue, where he (very pastorally) encourages viewers in how to experience Season Six well… Build Community, Celebrate, Learn and Show Gratitude. Like Chris Seay, I am a pastor and a lover of pop culture and the ways we can experience God in film, TV, music, dance, theater, etc. I appreciate his attempts to mine spiritual truths from this brilliant TV show.