Life is turbulent. On that, we can all agree. Disappointed dreams, broken relationships, identity crises, vocational hang-ups, wounds from the past—there are so many ways life can send us crashing up against the rocks.
In this deeply personal book, Jonathan Martin draws from his own stories of failure and loss to find the love that can only be discovered on the bottom. How to Survive a Shipwreck is an invitation to trust the goodness of God and the resilience of your soul. Jonathan’s clarion call is this: No matter how hard you’ve fallen, no matter how much you’ve been hurt, help is on the way—just when you need it most.
With visionary artistry and pastoral wisdom, Jonathan Martin reveals what we’ll need to make it through those uncharted waters, how we can use these defining experiences to live out of our depths, and why it will then become impossible to go back to the half-life we once lived.
|About the Contributor(s)||Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin is a writer, speaker, and dreamer currently living in Tulsa, OK, where he serves as Teaching Pastor at Sanctuary Church. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think? He is a product of the “Christ-haunted landscape” of the American South, sweaty revivals, and hip-hop. Years before a life of church planting, writing, and preaching, his claim to fame was getting his Aquaman, Robin, and Wonder Woman action figures saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost at an early age. He loves to talk about the beauty of God, what an extraordinary thing it is to be called God’s beloved, and finding new ways to be human.
|Publish Date||Jun 7, 2016|
- Review by Jordan Wootten
How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin was an interesting read. That's really the best way that I can describe it. Engaging at certain points, puzzling at others. To put a general, sweeping description to it, the book is largely about Martin's own apparent "shipwreck" and the journey that he traveled to survive it, as the book describes.
I'm a bit torn on how to review this book. Martin is an incredibly talented writer. He writes beautifully. However, what I failed to get out of reading this book was any consistent theme or line of thought that carried through the entirety of his work. Upon finishing the book, I'm still not exactly sure what the book is about. Sure, he wants the reader to be equipped to survive his/her own inevitable shipwreck. But I almost felt like he spent a couple hundred pages talking about very little. Again, the writing is high quality, but the message was extremely vague. Maybe he meant it that way. He was noticeably nonspecific about the details surrounding his "shipwreck," which I respect. But he was so nonspecific that it seemed almost like he was skillfully babbling out two hundred pages worth of very little substance. Theologically, he was quite vague in certain areas and more forthcoming in others. I think it's safe to say that Martin and I don't line up theologically and there were several portions of the book where that was pretty clear, such as his apparent views on Satan (which he was rather vague about) and the Holy Spirit's gender, whom he repeatedly refers to as "she." I debated whether or not to continue reading the book to completion, not because of those theological differences, but simply because I just wasn't fired up about the book. However, for the purposes of providing a thorough review, I did get through the book.
I think there is some value in reading this book. While I wouldn't recommend it as a theological work, Martin's skill as a writer is something for aspiring writers to learn from. (Posted on 6/28/2016)