Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Review: The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack

The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack

I found this book hard to get into at first because every other chapter bounces between an autobiography of Joe Kissack and the adventure of five Mexican fishermen lost at sea in 2005.  Their lives and stories do intersect later on in the book, and there is a purpose for the way the book was written. 

Joe Kissack starts telling his story recalling his success of being executive vice president at a major television studio.  That was in 1997.  He was living high, yet deep inside he was dying by inches.  He could never achieve enough to satisfy the little boy in him who wanted desperately to please his father.  He was married to a wonderful woman and had two beautiful children, but the rat race to attain more was pulling him into alcohol addiction, and later drug addictions.  His life spiraled into darkness and failures.  Thankfully, he had a friend who told him that God was the only answer for him.  His life began to turn around after he yielded it to Him, and God gave him a new purpose for living.  Part of that purpose was to tell the story of the fishermen lost at sea after a terrific storm.

There were five fishermen, at first, but because of the storm, and the owner’s insistence that they try to find his expensive net which was lost in the storm, they ran out of fuel and had no means of navigation.  There was no one to rescue them, or to notice that they were not returning.  Three of them learned to live by drinking the blood of the raw turtles they caught and ate; two eventually died of malnutrition and thirst.  One thing of value they had not lost was a Bible, which they read daily.  They prayed and read that Bible to keep up their courage.  Day after day and month after month passed before they were rescued near Australia nine months later.  Their families had given them up for dead, except for one praying Grandma.

When Joe first heard about the rescue, he became intrigued with their story, especially the report that the Bible had sustained them.  He knew about being lost, and found, and knew what a lifeline God’s Word was in his life.  He felt an inner urging to learn and tell their story, to give hope to all who would hear.  The Mexican media was saying they were drug runners and cannibals, as those stories sell better.  Joe couldn’t rest until he got the true story to share with the world.

This book reveals the emptiness of success, money, and acclaim.  Only God can fill the hole inside of each one of us.  It also shows how important loving, accepting parenting is to children.  The power of prayer and the Bible is displayed in the miracles that took place in the lives of Joe and the fishermen.

Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

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