The Fourth Fisherman: Astonishing and Inspiring

Delaney McDonald

5 Stars

October 20, 2012

*"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 lifelines? 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 more. 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, insidious addictions, and alienation from his family. His lifelines? A friend and a Bible on the table between them."

This was such an inspiring book to read. At first I was not too sure about it basically because the title did not really catch my attention, but after I started reading it I was hooked! I adored how Joe wove the 2 stories together. One of the fisherman: Salvador Ordonez, Jesus Vidana and Lucio Rendon,lost at sea, but with a strong faith on God and one of a man lost in his own mind and learning to rely on God through all of life's twists and turns. I personally had never heard of the 3 fisherman before I read this book. Then I had to google and see exactly who and what was being referenced. Honestly though I didn't even end up needing to do that much leg work. Joe did such a fabulous job of telling the journey of the fisherman that you felt as though you were part of the experience. You fall in love with these brave souls who knew nothing of each other until that fateful night when their lives would be woven together forever. I enjoyed reading about the author’s conversion experience, how he was mentored and discipled and brought to Christ. The book was humbling, funny and so true of most Christian walks. We want to lean on God, we think we are leaning on God, only to find out we had no clue just how much God was working in our lives from so many different angles. While this is very much a faith-based book, you do not need to be a person of faith to enjoy Kissack’s book.The book moves quickly and is an interesting read, filled with candor, hope, survival and extreme faith. More importantly it is a story of Gods sovereignty and love for us and acknowledging He is in control at all times, so all glory should go to Him. There are some pretty descriptive stories mainly surrounding the fisherman's survival on turtle blood, urine and raw meat that would be inappropriate for younger readers. To some extent, it’s an unfinished work, Kissack never did get the fisherman’s story turned into a movie, although he’s still trying. But the journey has resulted in changed lives, which may have just been the point all along.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.