Book Review: The Fourth Fisherman

Autumn Spikes

3.5 Stars

August 22, 2012

In The Fourth Fisherman, Joe Kissack tells two very different stories, that just happen to overlap. The first story is his own, a television executive who is living the American dream...yet is unsatisfied and turning to alcohol and a plethora of antidepressants to cope.

The second story is that of five Mexican fisherman who went out on what was meant to be a three day fishing trip, but ended up lasting over nine months after they ran out of fuel and were left to drift around in the Atlantic. Depleting their food and water supply within a week, these men turn to the faith of one fisherman and his most prized possession-his Bible- to cope. Still, only three will survive.

Both parties need rescue: One spiritual, the latter physical. And both end up turning to the same place to find it...Faith in God. We see how God works in the lives of Joe Kissack and these Mexican fisherman. Through their different circumstances, He brings them together into a special friendship, but also, into a deeper faith in Himself.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story alternates between chapters, one about Joe Kissack, the next about the fisherman. This keeps the it exciting...and keeps you turning the pages! Joe gives firsthand account of his story, as well as that of the fishermen. (To know how he found out about their experience-which was not covered heavily by US media- in the first place, you'll have to read!) This book will leave you inspired by their faith, as well as reminded of the awesome power of God, in even the darkest circumstances.

I do have two little issues, I guess. First, in describing his conversion, Joe makes no mention of Christ, the cross, the gospel, or repentance. All he says that God came into his life one night. The End... Now, I'm not doubting that he was saved, based on what he writes throughout the book. He describes definite changes in his life and a new desire for God's word, which are true fruits of salvation. And I understand that everyone's salvation experience is different. I just personally think he could have elaborated a little more on what exactly coming into a relationship with God means. Second, though it is explained in the very end (and not what you'd expect), I really don't understand where the title (The Fourth Fisherman) comes from... But, I'll let you read the book and see about this one, though.