Stockbroker-turned-missionary Jay Jarvis knows a balance sheet when he sees one and he truly believes in the equation, Woman + Australia + Ring with Big, Shiny Rock Attached = Good Plan. But as with many start-up companies and what is marriage if not a start-up? there are a lot of unexpected monkey wrenches that weren't factored into Jarvis' equation. Like a trip off the beaten path with no means of communication with the outside world. And a smashed oil pan that leaves Jay and Allie stranded with little water. And indigenous marsupials that seem happy to lead them on a wild 'roo chase.

Lost in Rooville may not be as laugh-out-loud funny as its two predecessors (2003's Flabbergasted and last year's Delirious Summer), but it is consistently humorous, often poignant and ultimately a satisfying conclusion to Ray Blackston's trilogy on the foibles of the Christian single life.

Mike Parker is a former pastor who writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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