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Stockbroker Jay Jarvis just moved East. His dating life's gone South. What else is a guy to do but go fishing? "Refreshingly honest . . . as charming as Bridget Jones' Diary from the male point of view. Highly recommended."--Library Journal "A fun, lighthearted, and thoroughly enjoyable 'relational gumbo' of a novel."--CCM magazine "This is one book you don't want to miss!"--Crossings Book Club "Blackston's light and breezy style makes ideal reading for a lazy summer night."--Bookpage "An amusing look at the Christian singles scene."--Romantic Times "Amazing. A novel with no illicit sex, bad words, racial slurs, or crime that is simultaneously serious, hilarious, and impossible to put down."--The Dallas Morning News Armed with the knowledge that his second grade teacher always liked his stories and poems, Ray Blackston walked away from the corporate cubicle, bought a laptop, said a prayer, and began typing the first words of Flabbergasted. He does not recommend this method for the faint of heart.
About the Author
Ray Blackston of Greenville, South Carolina, worked as a buyer and a broker for eleven years before cashing in his modest 401k and leaving his corporate cubicle to write full time. He serves on the missions committee of Grace Church, has traveled to rural Ecuador on a summer missions program, and coaches his six-year-old nephew Action Jackson in T-ball.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a romance of sorts, but from a man's view, which is very uncommon. I love that the main character Jay thought church would be a great place to meet girls (LOL,) and in the process God worked some major changes in him! Through reading this book one thing is evident (both to the characters, eventually, and to the reader) our ways are not His ways and His timing is not ours....we need to be open to whatever He brings us to!
Mr. Blackston did a remarkable job portraying all the wonderful characters and I felt that I was right in the scenes throughout reading this novel. If you are looking for some fun summer reading, with a strong Christian/Gospel message, then Flabbergasted is the book for you! I love that Blackston delves into the topic that Christianity is not about religion but about relationship! Awesome job at bringing that through the medium of a novel, Mr. Blackston! You will laugh and cry while reading this easy to read, well-written debut book! I look forward to seeing if a sequel will be in the future!
I highly recommend it and give it a huge thumbs up!
You know the song talks about looking for love in all the wrong places. Jay has no idea where singles hang out in his new town, so he asks the advice of his real estate agent. The realtor says the singles in town rotate between the churches. Thus, Jay finds himself in a Sunday school classroom with a young woman who says, "No ring? Then you're in the right place."
Ray Blackston's characters are not cookie-cutter. Where Jay Jarvis longs for a relationship while juggling eccentric clients, going to beach parties, and trying to fit into church life after an absence of four or five years, Allie Kyle is a missionary temporarily back in Greenville from Ecuador, and the relationship she longs for is one closer to God. This never comes across in a pious way. Instead, she's a veteran food-thrower and a poet who spontaneously carves words into sandbars and dirt roads.
Flabbergasted is not a novel of easy answers. Sandwiched between hilarious scenes are deep thoughts, presented with a light touch.
Jay Jarvis is a single, eligible, stock-broker bachelor who has just recently moved to Greenville, South Carolina. Not interested in church other than to meet eligible bachelorettes, Jay meets the girl of his dreams, Allie, on his first visit to North Hills Presbyterian Church.
Unfortunately for Jay, Allie is not easy to get to know. Jay will embark on a strange journey domniated by the color lime green, a row of numericals, a less-than-punctual preacher, a pirouette of the gospel, and a multi-hour ride into the Ecudorian jungle. As Jay learns more about Allie and who she is, he will learn about who He is.
"Flabbergasted" is a Christian, coming-to-the-Lord novel. However, this is not your normal salvation tale. Ray Blackston, in his first book, has created a wild and imaginative story that will have you laughing, keep you guessing, and make it difficult for you to put down.
Once a male friend said to me "I didn't know what I was here for until I had a child." One might debate his statement, but it does illuminate part of the challenge of being a modern man. In an era and society in which the role of men has changed drastically, young men like my friend are searching for meaning. Ray Blackston's protagonist, Jay Jarvis, is also searching for meaning in his life --- or, at least, a girlfriend. But when a move from Dallas to Greenville, South Carolina finds him trolling the local churches for female companionship, Jay gets much, much more than he bargained for.
Jay, like his creator is a stockbroker, who has just been unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend, and on the advice of his realtor decides to try a church service instead of a dating service. Before he know what's hit him, Jay is meeting with the young men's group at the church and taking a Memorial Day beach trip with them (19 men, 34 women, a gross or two of Oreos). He's also met a churchmember named Ally who spends most of her time in the mission fields of Ecuador --- but enough time at home so that her verbal sparring and fast-food-throwing skills haven't been dulled. Before you can jump a pew, Jay is smitten. He and Ally become so engrossed in getting to know each other that they float off course in inner tubes and are forced to spend a night alone on a beach.
However, this is a Christian novel, and while that night on the beach causes some sheepish consternation for the pair, it doesn't involve anything else.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I've bought this book twice, now, and recommended it to many friends! I love Ray Blackston's take on the Christian dating scene from a guy's perspective and life in general. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Outtrip Gal
I really enjoyed the read , learning you can always change things around and be very content...as I always say Less IS ! Better....keep your faith...you can go a long ways... Read morePublished 19 months ago by gramma meme
I enjoyed this book, particularly the main character who made an enormous life change because of his interest in the young lady in the book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Geraldine Reynolds
Never read a guy's version of 'chick lit' before, but totally enjoyed it. Look forward to reading more of Blackston's work.Published on Aug. 20 2007 by K. Wray
Being from the area the novel is set in, I found the story especially amusing. The cast of characters could not be more fun to follow as our narrator takes on one misadventure... Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by S. Hendrix
Read this book as a fun summer roadtrip story, or open the treasure chest of clever prose, lush imagery, and valuable life lessons. Either way, you can't lose.Published on March 22 2004
I liked the fresh angle of this book. Imagine this... a book from a man's perspective with almost no reference to sex or violence. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Joanna Webb
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