The Fourth Fisherman - Joe Kissack

Price: $19.99

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9780307956279

Release: 3.13.2012

Religion - Christian Life - Inspirational

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Fascinating Story, Well-Written

by David Lowell
July 22, 2012
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This is a fascinating story of one man finally surrendering his life to God paralleled with a group of Mexican fishermen lost at sea with no recourse but to trust that God would see them through their struggle. While the author struggles to find purpose in his life (recovering from a childhood full of physical abuse), several men lost somewhere off the coast of Mexico struggle to hold on for dear life, clenching tightly to one of their last few possessions, the Bible.

I felt the author really captures the story of each individual on the boat, even though he was only able to gather the information after the fact. The book is well-written and gives insight into how people come to acknowledge the existence of God in drastically different ways. Furthermore it sheds light on the fact that miracles happen every day and sometimes stories about miracles make the news...but sometimes they are too unbelievable to report.

That said, this book does have a bit of a "finding Jesus" feel to it because that is just what happened to many of the individuals involved. While the fishermen experienced an undeniable miracle first hand with little recourse but to have faith in God, the author attempts to parallel his personal transformation story with that of the fishermen, which somewhat reminded me of a 700 Club episode. Since the author's personal transformation story is what it is, I cannot fault him for describing it as a sudden dramatic event, if that is what he experienced. Miracles do happen to people every day and if God suddenly flipped a switch and he awoke to the Light, more power to him. I would recommend reading this book if you are looking for a true story of this nature, which this appears to be.

I look forward to reading more from this author as his path hopefully brings him that much closer to God.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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