If you were commissioned to write part of your story for a book, what part would it be? Would it be a traumatic time in you life, a life changing event, or your journey with Lupus etc.? Would you be able to be so transparent that you open yourself up to criticism from people that do not even know you? This is what Joe Kissack has done in writing his book The Fourth Fisherman.
In reading other reviews about the book, I found several people that had a difficult time with Joe’s behavior after he had his life changing experience. I did not agree with some of his actions either, but did not find them very unusual. Joe Kissack carried a lot of pain around with him for years. He dealt with his pain in dysfunctional, addictive ways. Becoming a Christian did not change who he was as a person overnight. He now had the long, tedious journey of maturing into the person he should be without all the baggage.
The Fourth Fisherman is a true story that not only gives us a glimpse into the life of a lost soul but into corporate Hollywood, and the international media. We read first hand how expendable people and the truth are, for the story and the mighty dollar.
For me however, faithfulness resonated from the pages of this book. There was a praying grandmother, a long-suffering wife, a coworker at sea, a stranger miles away, a friend willing to disciple, and most of all, a faithful God, not one, gave up on the person they cared about. They remained steady in their allegiance, loyal, and constant. Each one played a pivotal role in the outcome of this true life drama about three Mexican fisherman lost at sea for almost 300 days and a man lost in life for years.
Even though this was a quick read, it had several layers with deep truths, reminding me of my own shaky time in life and the ones that did not give up on me for good. We all have a story. I commend Joe for being brave and vulnerable, and sharing his. I recommend this inspirational book.
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Until next time, many blessings….Leslie Rose K