Joe Kissack – The Fourth Fisherman

Their story became headline news in 2006: three Mexican fishermen survived a 9 months and 5,500 miles voyage on the Pacific Ocean in a small open boat without any supplies. A storyl that reminded me of The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, another modern era Robinson Crusoe. Five men boarded for a fishing trip, two of them died, The three men, Lucio Rendón, Salvador Ordóñez and Jesús Eduardo Vidaña, had been presumed dead when their families were notified of their miraculous rescue. Was it thanks to cannibalism, or an unwavering faith in God’s providence and a Bible?

Successful Hollywood tv producer and facilitator “arrivé”, Joe Kissack, enjoys the good life: a mansion, sports cars, money. After a bizarre date & marriage approach his wife Carmen stands by her man. The intense pressure of his driven and high-powered career sends him into a downward spiral, driving him deep into suicidal depression, drugs and drinking, and alienation from Carmen and his 2 daughters. His lifelines? A friend and a Bible on the table between them.

After becoming a Christian and leaving his Hollywood status and position behind, a spiritual journey starts. Reading the Bible, Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, church, etc. but with a strong personal focus. Kissack stumbles upon the incredible voyage of the Mexican fisherman and strives to meet the men and hear their true story. Gaining their trust and winning back his marriage by faith and trust in God alone makes the interwoven storylines of both the 3 fishermen and Kissack, the fourth fisherman, complete.

Joe Kissack is a strong self-promoter with an aggressive speaking schedule in churches and leadership conferences. As an incredibly successful Hollywood and TV producer, he is well respected and known in those circles. Kissack not only wanted to book The Fourth Fisherman on the voyage, but also get a movie shot. Marriage is more important now than a movie, but there’s a tie-in. Cannes Film Festival award-winning director Spiros Statholoupolous is one of a Hollywood team of people committed to making the film version of the book.

To get a taste of the book, read chapter 1 for free.

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