Joe Kissack has had a variety of jobs during his life ranging from farm hand to television producer. He is known a sought after speaker who usually speaks at charitable events and churches. He wrote the book, The Fourth Fisherman, to tell the story of three Mexican fishermen and how they saved his life and marriage.
Joe Kissack seemed to have the perfect Hollywood life. He was married and had two beautiful daughters. The television programs he produced were continually winning awards and critical acclaim. However, Joe is hiding some dark secrets. He is addicted to drugs and struggling through life.
Joe hits rock bottom and seeks help from a friend, Joshua. Joshua and his wife, Allison, have been friends with Joe and his wife, Carmen, for years. Joshua asks Joe if he can pray with him. Joe has been going through the motions where religion was concerned for years, but had never had a relationship with Jesus. Joshua’s prayer opens Joe’s heart, and he finds his relationship with Jesus.
Joe heals and regains his family and everything else he has lost. He hears the story of three Mexican fishermen who have been saved after nine months adrift at sea. He goes to meet them so he can tell their story.
The Mexican Fishermen’s Story
Juan David Lorenzo (Senor Juan) was the captain of a small fishing boat in San Blas, Mexico. He has assembled a crew of four for a three-day fishing trip. The other men are Salvador Ordonez, Lucio Rendon, Jesus Vidana and Farsero. Each brought their own fishing expertise to the trip.
A storm blows the small fishing vessel far out to sea. Most of the supplies are washed off the boat and the men are weary. They are left with a few bottles of water, a couple of sandwiches, their shark knives and a Bible.
The men begin to use the limited resources they have to catch food and get liquid. They catch turtles and butcher them using the shark knives. They drink the blood to keep themselves hydrated and eat the meat raw. Senor Juan and Farsero refuse the food and liquid. After 6 weeks adrift, both Senor Juan and Farsero are both dead.
After the deaths the other three fishermen, Lucio, Jesus and Salvador, continue to fish and catch turtles. They also read daily from the Bible and praise God for everything He is providing for them. Finally, after 9 months and over 5,000 miles the three men are rescued.
The Stories Intersect
Joe traveled to Mexico after the rescue to meet with the three surviving fishermen. He has come to talk with them about getting their story told. Before arriving Joe hadn’t understood the depth with which God had touched these three fishermen’s lives. They were changed in unbelievable ways and as a result of hearing from them Joe was changed as well.
The book concludes with a section that catches the reader up with the lives of Joe, Lucio, Jesus and Salvador. All four fishermen have made great strides with God’s help. Their stories are inspiring and this book should be read by all believers or those who are themselves experiencing struggles.