After straying away from his typical "Christian guys confused by relationships" pattern with A Pagan's Nightmare Ray Blackston returns to that fertile ground with his latest novel. Centering on Chris Hackett, the owner and golf pro at Hack's Driving Range, the novel gets back to what Blackston does best--put guys in situations where they have no clues.
In this case, it's Chris' blindly enlisting for a seminar on communication between men and women and meeting Molly, a political reporter who throws him for a proverbial loop. Following Molly's advice, Chris opens up nights for political parties to come out and take out thier frustration on their political opposites at his driving range. They prove wildly successful and soon gain Chris local and national prominence.
Unlike most contemporary Christian novels, the strength of Blackston's stories is that he has authentic characters who he puts on authentic journeys. Nothing feels forced or contrived about Chris' story and even when Chris gets on the peaks and valleys that come with any journey through life, his reaction to it still feels authentic. And while Chris does learn from both extremes, the writing never feels forced or preachy, unlike a great many other writers in the contemporary Christian genre.
The novel is also peppered with the usual eccentrics that Blackston relishes.
This is a fun, charming and entertaining novel that firmly puts Blackston in the upper echelions of contemporary Christian writers. Par for the Course is Blackston's best book since his initial offering Flabbergasted.
And if you're a fan of his novels, you'll see a few cameos of characters from other books sprinkled in here, adding to the enjoyment and delight of long-time readers.