Thursday, August 16, 2012THE FOURTH FISHERMAN
How Three Mexican Fishermen Who Came Back
From The Dead Changed My Life And Saved My Marriage
By Joe Kissack
OVERVIEW: In The Fourth Fisherman Joe Kissack thoughtfully with candor and humor weaves together the incredible true voyage of fishermen adrift in the sea and his own life's journey as a man lost in the world.
It was the subject of headlines around the world: Three Mexican fishermen in a small open boat without any supplies, drifting for more than nine months and 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. Through blistering sun and threatening storms, they battle starvation, dehydration, hopelessness, and death. Their lifeline? An unwavering faith and a tattered Bible.
Thousands of miles away, Joe Kissack, a successful Hollywood executive, personified the American dream. He enjoyed the trappings of the good life: a mini mansion, sports cars, and limousines. He had it made. Yet the intense pressure of his driven and high-powered career sends him into a downward spiral, driving him deep into suicidal depression,addictions, and alienation from his family. His lifelines? A friend and a Bible on the table between them.
AUTHOR: Joe Kissack is a speaker, author, screenwriter, film and television executive, publisher, and entrepreneur. His job descriptions cover a wide spectrum, from working on a farm and cleaning out refrigerated beef trucks to serving as a senior executive for Sony Pictures. His speaking engagements also vary, as he provides inspiration for charities, churches, and business conferences. Joe lives in Atlanta with Carmen, his wife of more than twenty-five years, and their two daughters.
MY REVIEW: This is an amazing book. One of the most interesting I have read this year. And I have read and reviewed several interesting and challenging books this year: Hell A Final Word, A Woman Called, Coming Apart and others. My interest in these books tell me that I am, now more than ever before, interested in books that answer questions about serious subjects. Subjects like, is God really there when we are lost at sea? Will he really help save us? What is hell like? What can women do in the church? What is the state of America, and today I started a new book about miracles―another topic I have a great interest in.
For me, the most impressive quote from the fishermen lost at sea for more than months is, "We each came to a moment of brokenness―what we found there was God. And he was enough." That's wonderful and uplifting. I agree with New York Times best-selling author Lee Strobel who said, "You'll be inspired by this passionate tale of intertwined lives, touched by the author's unvarnished honesty, and challenged to trust God in fresh ways."
Think about: men in a small boat with no food or drinking water adrift for over nine months. There were five of them who started out but two of them died. How in the world did these men survive? They had their faith and a Bible!
Joe Kissack? Well his story is a kind of miracle too. You need to read this book!
(This book was provide to me free for this review by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.)