The Gospel According to Tony Soprano: An Unauthorized Look into the Soul of TV's Top Mob Boss and His Family

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The Sopranos has captured audiences and awards with its portrayal of life in an Italian-American crime family. But it is more than just a mob show. It provokes us, excites us, and pries back the exterior to peek into the darkest parts of our souls. The plotlines and characters raise spiritual issues that leave us questioning our own beliefs. The Gospel According to Tony Soprano explores the many reasons why this hit series has connected so deeply with American culture and exposes the mysteries of faith, family, ...

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Overview

The Sopranos has captured audiences and awards with its portrayal of life in an Italian-American crime family. But it is more than just a mob show. It provokes us, excites us, and pries back the exterior to peek into the darkest parts of our souls. The plotlines and characters raise spiritual issues that leave us questioning our own beliefs. The Gospel According to Tony Soprano explores the many reasons why this hit series has connected so deeply with American culture and exposes the mysteries of faith, family, life, and God that permeate the show.

Published to coincide with the debut of the highly anticipated fourth season of the HBO series, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano is a fascinating book that looks through the violence and drama to the deeper moral issues. Spiritual teacher and writer Chris Seay analyzes the characters and their all-too-human behaviors, and helps us evaluate our own humanity, and ultimately our relationship with God.

Accessible, witty, and enlightening, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano is essential reading for every fan of the television show, and for anyone who wants to examine the larger questions of right and wrong.

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Tony Soprano and his band of goodfella whackers will never be mistaken for angels, but there's no mistaking that the award-winning HBO show The Sopranos touches on questions of faith, forgiveness, and family values to which we can all relate. Pastor Chris Seay uses the characters and their all-too-human lapses to help us to enhance our relationship with God.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585421947
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Seay is pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film.

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Mob Drama or Morality Tale?: Chris Seay on The Gospel According to Tony Soprano
I have not yet traded in my Bible for HBO, but I think the two go together quite well. It is a rare jewel in the barrage of television programming cluttered by advertisements and commercial interest. One channel is telling stories that entrance the American public, like The Sopranos, which steps to center stage and forces me to respond. It provokes me, excites me, pisses me off, and pries back the exterior to peek into the darkest parts of my soul.

St. Augustine speaks of the story of Scripture as a pharmacon (the Latin word from which we derive "pharmacy"). It literally means both "poison" and "remedy." Like most medicine, it has the power to heal and to kill. If it, or this HBO series, is misinterpreted or used to support one's own views it can be destructive, but if used as a source of wisdom it offers life to those who approach it humbly. The Sopranos is much more complex than a mere mob tale or your typical miniseries about a suburban family. It is about life and death. To misread The Sopranos as a glorification of violence or a cheap comedy about middle-class America is to not read it at all. Like all art, it must be interpreted.

The closest thing that I know to this type of personal awakening via television is the love my family has with M*A*S*H. Some of my greatest memories growing up are sitting on the floor with my parents and siblings, eating popcorn as we watched Hawkeye, B.J., and Colonels Blake and Potter. They became a part of our family that we spent time with almost every night. Dad taped every episode on our old Betamax VCR. It wasn't until my late teens, however, that I realized there were hidden reasons we were drawn to the dark villages of South Korea each night.

My dad's dad, Earl Martin Seay, was killed in the Korean War, just before my father turned eight weeks old. When we watched M*A*S*H. it was as if my grandfather sat there with us for 30 minutes. I never knew him, rarely spoke of him, but desperately missed him. And although we tried to conceal it, we thought of him with every jab at the futility of war, the endless crude jokes, the mention of family back home, and always with each man that died. M*A*S*H did not air for 11 seasons because of its superb acting and poignant writing. It captured America's heart for reasons much more meaningful. And so it is with The Sopranos.

My conservative friends often remind me that an educated person with a spiritual calling should not consume such a large weekly dose of obscenity and violence. For God's sake, what kind of husband helps put the kids down to sleep and then flips on HBO to watch Tony and Big Pussy shoot the Bevalaqua kid full of lead as the boy cries out for his mother? A person that is desperately looking for something real.

The world loves this adulterous, lying, murderous, thief because he is real, raw, and exposed. As Peter Kreeft, an author/philosopher, says, "To look at a man with both eyes open is terrifying and wonderful, like a roller-coaster ride. It yields a great sense of depth, a third dimension, just as two physical eyes do." There is something about Tony Soprano that seems too real for us -- too everyday life. Watching him and his families journey through each TV season is only entertaining; given a proper perspective it can be enlightening. Join me as I examine the spiritual truth found in this brilliant mob tale and let The Gospel According to Tony Soprano serve as a contemplative guide to a story that contains the power to heal or to kill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    Very Thought-Provoking

    Chris Seay does an excellent job of inviting us, the readers, to contemplate life: its true meaning and how our choices (or apathetic natures) affect us and those around us - all without sounding 'preachy'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    real spiritual examination

    Christians are often to proud to remember their sin and humbly learn from others. Seay compels an honest and specific examination of oneself..for we are more like the Sopranos than we'd like to admit. I had to constantly stop and pray, repent, and ask God for help. This is a must for the Christian and the non-Christian who hold to the promise that if you seek, you will find.

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