Thursday, March 25, 2010
Book Review: The Gospel According to Lost
I've been a Christian my whole life, and a dedicated Lost follower since the first episode. The Biblical analogies in the show haven't been lost on me, so I was very interested to read this book. It turned out not to be my cup of tea, but I could definitely see using it to create a discussion group.
After the initial introduction section, the book goes through character by character, equating them to their Biblical counterparts, and analyzing their actions through a Christian lens. Some of the analogies fit better than others- for example, equating Hurley to Jacob was a bit of a stretch, but using Sayid to illustrate the Christian view of God’s grace was more natural.
If you haven’t watched the show and plan to, you might not want to read this- it assumes you know everything that has happened through the end of the 6th season and will ruin most of the surprises. If you are into all of the spoiler resources out there, none of the references in this book will likely surprise you. It did help me connect the dots for some details I had forgotten in the 6 or so years since the show began, but since I'm not really into all of the conspiracy stuff it just didn't hold my attention.