Published By: Fleming H. Revell Company

Book Category: Fiction, Christian

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Reviewed by Shirley Christensen

Jay Jarvis, a single stockbroker, moves from Texas to South Carolina following the break-up of a relationship. On a quest for female companionship, but new in town, Jay asks his real estate agent what singles do for fun. To his surprise she tells him to head to church. Jay figured he'd give it a try. He attends North Hills Presbyterian Church where he becomes involved in a singles group that is going to the beach for a weekend retreat.

At the beach, Jay finds himself attracted to Allie, a missionary who is on furlough from Ecuador. Allie is a strong Christian whose faith provides Jay a point of reference in his search for a deeper meaning in his own life. She points out his materialistic tendencies and challenges him to think about his goals.

Following a boat accident that results in Jay's hospitalization, a Baptist preacher shares the gospel with Jay and he begins to question the direction of his life.

Jay is likable and sincere, yet a bit irreverent. The supporting characters are interesting and unique and the dialogue is witty. I found myself laughing out loud at times.

Flabbergasted is an entertaining and lighthearted book with a strong faith message. Blackston tells the story of real people living real lives.

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