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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Blackston Narrator: Andrew Peterson Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jay Jarvis Series Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9781608142132
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Churches outnumber bars twenty to one in Greenville, South Carolina, so that’s where new-in-town stock broker Jay Jarvis sets out to meet women. Young and successful, Jay figures the best way to meet girls is to sit in a pew! What he finds is a beautiful, unusual missionary with a wild throwing arm and a warped sense of humor. She and her wacky assortment of friends turn Jay's perceptions of life upside down, beginning a roller-coaster ride of events that leaves everyone thoroughly flabbergasted! Fasten your seat belt for a wild, fun ride.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Simultaneously serious, hilarious, and impossible to put down.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “An amusing look at the Christian singles scene.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Blackston gives a whole new meaning to modern dating practices…Peterson generously introduces us to a lively menagerie as he recites poetry, delivers chat-up lines, and reads Bible quotes from a surfboard.”

    AudioFile

  • “Refreshingly honest…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elvia | 2/18/2014

    " It was an interesting book about a man who joined a church to look for girls and found God instead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betsy | 2/16/2014

    " This book was painful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/28/2014

    " Entertaining read, but different than what I'm used to - definitely humorous. All my friends that have gone on a mission trip to Ecuador should read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leena | 1/27/2014

    " Couldn't finish this book... Attempted and halfway through still couldn't get into it. Picked it up at a rummage sake for 50 cents. I thought a Presbyterian romance would be interesting, maybe difficult because it was from a guy's perspective, but I've read a handful of those with intrigue in the past. Maybe not enough depth of characters and culture for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meredith | 1/20/2014

    " At first this book seems clever, then it becomes predictable and preachy. I don't even remember if I finished the ending. Not recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Grifford | 1/19/2014

    " Good even the second time around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 12/29/2013

    " This was one of those books ...when i walked into the library and seen it sitting on the display shelf and totally judged the book by the cover. It looked fun and interesting specially by the title alone. And I read it. It was really good! It was very fun read! I would love to read more from the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam VanDeWeert | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book, it's so funny. I love Ray's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/19/2013

    " Gives me a comical but mind provoking thought about how God can change what you have planned for yourself. Ties real life humor with a religious twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly | 12/16/2013

    " A hilariously non-stereotypical Christian romance novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 12/1/2013

    " Don't be deterred because the main characters are church-hopping missionaries. Its entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 11/30/2013

    " This book reminds me of the Tv show seinfeld....a book about a lott of nothing. It rambled on & I found it very difficult to follow the lack of s plot "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/25/2013

    " I rememberbeing very disappointed with this book. Premise sounded good...a man joins a church to find a girlfriend, but ends up finding a whole new lifestyle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Boling | 4/13/2013

    " This is a great, lighthearted Christian romance novel that deals less with actual romance and more with the path to romance. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it ended too soon. I wanted the rest of the story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Dodge Elias | 3/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this novel for the simplistic view of relationships and the insatiable finding of faith. When God grabs on when you're noticing everything changes. An easy read, and worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 3/3/2013

    " Love this book. Love the characters. Allie is hilarious and makes me laugh out loud when she throws something at Jays head (like a grape in the grocery store) or the witty comments she comes up with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate C | 12/16/2012

    " *not impressed* "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 9/10/2012

    " I don't know if I'll ever try to finish it - it's light & fluffy & gives me a headache. let me know if you want to borrow it & how it is :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 7/9/2012

    " I really liked Jay as successful stock broker hanging out with his friends; wasn't too crazy about where he ended up. But this is me reading a Christian book again because they are the only e-books available in my library. Someone a little more devout may love this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwennie | 4/22/2012

    " Some laugh out loud funny moments, but also some insights into single life, dating, and discovering one's true calling. Also, a lime green cadillac convertible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rivkah. | 2/19/2012

    " I loved it. The book was halarious and the characters completely captured you, and even scared you when you found you have friends like these... or you're one of the charactures yourself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 2/4/2012

    " I read this quite awhile ago, but I remember it really cracking me up. You have to remember being young and single though to appreciate this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Young | 11/18/2011

    " Great book...good lessons....plus it was funny....I think it would make a cute movie.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 8/26/2011

    " Pretty boring, guess I am really not into silly romance books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/2/2011

    " Quirky is the word - both for the book and its characters. You do get sort of attached to them however, so I'm going right on to A Delirious Summer. It's time I start doing my part for Saucon's Summer Reading Program :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lila | 4/7/2011

    " just couldn't get into this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ila | 4/2/2011

    " Funny, cute, goofy and fun. Would recommend highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/21/2011

    " Great book...good lessons....plus it was funny....I think it would make a cute movie.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 10/24/2010

    " I got about half way through, hoping it would get better, but it was boring. It just didn't hold my interest. I even skipped to the last chapter and was still bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 9/9/2010

    " Love this book. Love the characters. Allie is hilarious and makes me laugh out loud when she throws something at Jays head (like a grape in the grocery store) or the witty comments she comes up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 8/30/2010

    " I enjoyed this novel for the simplistic view of relationships and the insatiable finding of faith. When God grabs on when you're noticing everything changes. An easy read, and worthwhile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 8/14/2010

    " I don't know if I'll ever try to finish it - it's light & fluffy & gives me a headache. let me know if you want to borrow it & how it is :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 8/12/2010

    " pg. 172 "But first I want to talk about our becoming sponges," said Ransom. "We're all gonna become overweight sponges if we just soak up spiritual data and never get out into the world to be squeezed." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 8/7/2010

    " I would give this book somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars actually.
    A young career driven man goes to church to seek for love and finds much more. If you're from South Carolina, you would enjoy the descriptions of the places :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxine | 6/6/2010

    " Very funny! Although it's the first of a trilogy it can easily stand alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elvia | 6/3/2010

    " It was an interesting book about a man who joined a church to look for girls and found God instead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 6/3/2010

    " So it wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't my thing. It had a few too many stereotypical girls and not enough romance and a little too much of being found/saved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mykl | 1/27/2010

    " I enjoy reading most Blackston novels. This is one of his better ones. Quite entertaining, witty writing, good story. A light, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/23/2010

    " Funny as can be Good writer!!!! "

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About the Narrator
A native of San Diego, Andrew Peterson won his first pellet-gun shooting competition at a young age, launching an award-winning competitive career in marksmanship and eventually earning the classification of Master in the NRA’s High Power Rifle ranking system. A trained architect, he began writing fiction in 1990 and sold his first short story, “Mr. Haggarty’s Stop,” to San Diego Writers Monthly two years later. His debut novel, First to Kill, has allowed him the opportunity to visit veterans’ hospitals around the country, and he has donated more than two thousand copies to wounded warriors and troops serving overseas. He and his wife, Carla, live in Monterey County, California.