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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack How Three Mexican Fishermen Came Back from the Dead Changed My Life and Saved My Marriage

The Fourth Fisherman: How Three Mexican Fishermen Who Came Back from the Dead Changed My Life and Saved My Marriage

It was the subject of headlines around the world: Three Mexican fishermen in a small open boat without any supplies, drifting for more than nine months and 5500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. Through blistering sun and threatening storms, they battle starvation, dehydration, hopelessness, and death. An unwavering faith and a tattered Bible was their only lifeline.

          In this true story of Tres Pescadores (Three Fishermen), is the telling of how they were rescued near Australia. In their story of survival, faith, and hope it is also Kissack's story as he tells how he was once as lost as they seemed to be. At first glance, a high rolling television executive and three fishermen from Mexico have very little in common.  As the story unfolds we find a tale of outdoor adventure, a superstar television executive, whose life is in shambles, and the incredible ability of God to rescue them all through their faith.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys true life inspiration. The story is an easy read for those who don’t know the Lord, for new Christians and those who have been walking with the Lord. This is a message of hope and grace available to anyone and an encouragement that God will use you not in the same way as he uses others. When you come to your moment of brokenness will you find that God is enough?

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing as part of their blogging for books program in return for this review.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Skin Map (audio book) by Stephen Lawhead

It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure in a race against unknown foes. Pursuing a map tattooed on human skin; to possibly unravel the future of the future.

Lawhead has penned a promising tale of inter-dimensional adventure, full of rich imagery putting a new spin on an old legend. Dynamic settings are mixed with unpredictable adventures as we follow Kit through his new life, which include parallel worlds and time travel. Most interesting is the lost map many are battling to find. The map is tattooed on the mapmaker, the skin map. This map is crucial to traveling the cosmos and, more importantly, getting back to Earth.  Soon the reader discovers, as intriguing as the map is, that's not the real prize, it's only the beginning.

It was suspenseful, engaging, with characters that are human and easy to relate to. The idea behind this story is interesting, the descriptions of the various ages/places visited done well. The story itself is captivating, and draws the reader in very quickly. I did find the main character not as interesting as the others. I supposed he will redeem himself in the following stories in the series.  

This is the first audio book I have listened to and found it hard to do anything but sit and listen. Although would be very good on a road trip, I prefer the actual book. If you like a good story to escape with I recommend this book, in whatever format you prefer.

I received an audio copy of the book from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze Blogger program.
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