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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprint edition (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800759095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800759094
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #859,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15 2004
Format: Hardcover
This harmless piece of fluff is "Christian fiction" disguised as a comedy. It fooled me and I bought it. As a non-church goer, this book had way too much preaching and spiritual discussion. If that's your thing, give it a shot, otherwise steer clear.
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By gramma meme on July 18 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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...
I hope everyone will enjoy this book ,... I know I did..!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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. He gave up the possession of "things" and climbing the corporate ladder, and embraced the idea of helping people in the rain forest. Kind of disappointed he didn't really romantically win the young lady in the end, but satisfied that he made a special long term friend, and a real feeling of contentment.
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By Shirley Rempel TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 26 2010
Format: Paperback
This was such a fun book to read! The first thing that caught my attention was the vibrant cover! Just looking at the cover makes you want to read this book!

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!
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By Valerie Comer on May 26 2010
Format: Paperback
Flabbergasted is a curious mix, a story that is at once light and humorous but also manages to speak on a deeper level. In fact, if the word chick-lit wasn't out of favor, and if the story's one-and-only main character wasn't male, I'd be willing to suggest it fit into that category as the tone is similar. However, the story is narrated by Jay Jarvis, a twenty-something ladder-climbing stock broker newly arrived in Greenville, South Carolina, and recently dumped by his girlfriend. Now that he's settling into his new digs, he's looking for love.

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.
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By K. Wray on Aug. 20 2007
Format: Paperback
Never read a guy's version of 'chick lit' before, but totally enjoyed it. Look forward to reading more of Blackston's work.
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Format: Hardcover
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 after another-at least until he finally understands what he was doing wrong all along. If you are single or Southern you will find this book just plain fun to read.
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By A Customer on March 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
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.
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