I got this book as a review copy for a fun read – and it was enjoyable!  I don’t watch much TV, but I do appreciate LOST since it actually has depth and some meaning.  I like it because the characters read Flannery O’ Conner, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Steinbeck, etc.   I like it because the characters bear names with meaning: John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin, Shepard, Christian, Sawyer, and so forth.  I like it because of the intense battle between good and evil, because of the ethical dilemmas faced, because of the philosophical and theological implications, and so on.

Back to this book by Chris Seay.  Here’s a paragraph that sort of shows what this book is about.

“In the midst of all its action, mystery, suspense, and romance, Lost is a story filled with substance.  The focus on faith and truth is never more clearly explained than in the words of John Locke as he questions Jack Shepard.  ‘Why do you find it so hard to believe?’ Locke asks.  Jack shoots back, ‘Why do you find it so easy?’  Lock then patiently and succinctly sums up his faith, explaining, ‘It’s never been easy.’  This tension between faith and reason is what drives the story line.  Locke adds insight as he explains to Jack, ‘You and I don’t see eye to eye sometimes because you’re a man of science.  Me, well, I’m a man of faith'” (xxiii).

To be fair, I’m not a huge fans of books like these, and I’m not 100% in agreement with the things Chris Seay says here (the theology in it is not as robust as I had hoped).  And I wouldn’t say the show is “Christian” nor would I say the “faith” in the show means “Christian faith.” However, the book was worth reading because it wrestled with doubt, faith, mystery, and love.  It isn’t a mind-blowing book, and it is probably a “forgettable” book, but I still enjoyed it.  If you can get it for a low price or grab it from the local library, and if you’re “into” these kinds of things, it might be worth a few hours of your time.  And it might be one to discuss over coffee with a friend of yours who is a skeptic or unbeliever (read it before you do that though!).

shane lems

sunnyside wa