Book Review: “The Fourth Fisherman” by Joe Kissack

The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack (former Hollywood executive) details the true story of the Mexican fisherman who were lost at sea for nine months a few years ago while also weaving in his own miraculous story and showing God’s redemptive plan for all of us. It is an incredible example of how following God’s leading–even when it seems “crazy” to do what He says–is the best possible course to take. And, a great example of how God is always in control of our lives and nothing escapes His sight!

Five fishermen set out on what they thought would be a typical 2-3 day excursion in the Pacific to catch fish to sell. A storm overtook them and they soon were lost at sea. Three survived the entire nine months and were found off the coast of the Marshall Islands — 6,000 miles from home. While they were on the boat, they had one thing to occupy their time: a Bible. God used that journey to bring them all into a relationship with Him and changed their lives forever.

Joe was an incredibly successful executive who “had it all”–a wife and kids, a great job, and money. Lots of money. Outwardly, he was the epitome of success and the American Dream. However, inwardly, he was falling apart and barely hanging on. He turned to alcohol, prescription drugs, and continued to press forward to become more successful. Eventually, he realized that he couldn’t handle the life he was living and a friend stepped in to show him Jesus and to give him a way out. God worked miraculously in his life and led him down what seemed like a crazy road until Joe finally realized the purpose of it all.

The book is very well-written and it held my attention the entire time. I couldn’t stop reading it! The honesty and humility with which Joe tells his story is refreshing and rare. Joe’s story is just as important as the story of the Mexican fishermen and I love how God weaved their stories together.

Read it. If you enjoy true stories, especially stories about how God works in the lives of His children, read it. It is well worth your time.

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


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