What Can Be Found In LOST?: Insights on GOD & the Meaning of Life from the Popular TV Series  -     By: John Ankerberg, Dillon Burroughs
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What Can Be Found In LOST?: Insights on GOD & the Meaning of Life from the Popular TV Series

Harvest House Publishers / 2008 / Paperback

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In its first season alone, the hit TV series LOST averaged 15.5 million viewers per episode. Though this prime-time thriller does not hold to a Christian foundation through its thematic interplay, there is plenty that followers of Jesus can indentify with in its social and cultural perspectives. The show features a complex cast of characters who struggle with the eternal issues of identity, conflict, relationships, and spirituality.
As many of the difficulties of everyday life are captured succinctly in LOST, the show becomes a useful "point of reference" tool for understanding the differing viewpoints people hold regarding issues of a spiritual nature. John Ankerberg and Dillon Burroughs in What Can Be Found in LOST offer practical suggestions for Christians who desire to talk effectively to others about the various themes of the hit TV series.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0736921214
ISBN-13: 9780736921213
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What can Christians learn from one of the most popular TV series of all time?

In its first season, LOST averaged 15.5 million viewers per episode. The show features a cast that struggles with the eternal issues of identity, conflict, relationships, and spirituality. Though the show does not have a Christian foundation or theme, there is much believers can learn about social and cultural attitudes and perspectives through its episodes—such as...

  • the selfish bent of human nature
  • the darkness of evil
  • the hunger people have for acceptance and success
  • the realization of our need for God
  • the hope for a positive future

Many of the problems and difficulties of everyday life are captured succinctly in LOST—making it a useful “point of reference” for understanding how different people view issues of a spiritual nature. Ankerberg and Burroughs offer practical suggestions for Christians who desire to talk effectively to others about the various themes in the show.

Author Bio

John Ankerberg, host of the award-winning John Ankerberg Show, has three earned degrees: an MA in church history and the philosophy of Christian thought, an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a DMin from Luther Rice Seminary. He has coauthored the 2-million-selling Facts On series of apologetic books, as well as Taking a Stand for the Bible and Israel Under Fire. Dillon Burroughs is an activist and the author or coauthor of nearly 30 books on issues of faith and culture, including the groundbreaking Undefending Christianity. Dillon has served among at-risk American youth, constructed housing in Mexico's barrios, provided aid relief in Haiti, and was most recently nominated for a CNN Hero award for his efforts to fight human trafficking. His written and edited works have been featured by NPR, MSNBC, ABC News, and other media outlets.

CCMMagazine.com

While anyone who’s faithfully watched the show has certainly shrugged their shoulders in hope of understanding exactly what’s going on in TV’s “LOST,” What Can Be Found in LOST provides a few compelling theories on what’s happening with Jack, Sawyer, Kate and the rest of the crew. But for those who’ve always suspected there was something deeper going on spiritually, the book makes countless interesting parallels that could be a springboard for an interesting Bible study or personal reflection. Now who says that watching TV doesn’t have its benefits?

CCMMagazine.com- Staff Writer

Publisher's Weekly

Since it debuted in 2004, the ABC drama Lost has sparked intense discussions about its complex themes, some of which are deeply religious. Ankerberg and Burroughs, co-authors of The Da Vinci Code Controversy, write as ardent fans of the series who are intrigued by its mysteries and discussions of faith, miracles, dreams, prayer and God. This is not the book for fans seeking compelling speculation about what will happen in future seasons; section two, which briefly addresses some popular theories, does little more than scratch the surface of other people’s musings. And although Ankerberg and Burroughs state at the outset they’re “not saying that Lost is a Christian show,” their book is primarily concerned with how various plot lines and characters point to the Bible and to Jesus Christ. Sometimes this yields interesting fruit, as when they analyze each Bible verse listed on Eko’s Jesus stick, but mostly the effort to pigeonhole the drama for apologetic purposes feels forced. This book will be best enjoyed by evangelical youth groups, who will resonate with its explicitly Christian focus and the “Lost Talk” discussion questions at the end of each chapter. (Dec.)

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