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.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Shauna Niequist 11
Chapter 1 Losing Your Ship without Losing Your Soul 15
Chapter 2 How Not to Survive a Shipwreck 37
Chapter 3 Hold On, Let Go 63
Chapter 4 Eating, Breathing, Sleeping 89
Chapter 5 God Loves Monsters 111
Chapter 6 Choose Your Own Adventure 137
Chapter 7 Don't Fight the Wind 159
Chapter 8 Starting to See 175
Chapter 9 The City beneath the Sea 193
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wish I could separate my rating into two categories: 2 stars for Martin's personal story and 4 stars for his commentary on Biblical stories. It took about half the book for me to really connect with Martin's story. Once I did, it was tough to put down. But, his writing - though poetic - is meandering and I felt like he could tighten his examples. The parts that most resonated with me are when he walked through the stories from the Bible. His thoughts on Job and the Leviathan made me eager to reread that story. Martin reminds us that sea monsters aren't something God should save us from but rather a reminder that, "God is at home in chaos - it's the place from which he started the universe." (129) Had Martin made that sentence his central thesis, I think the book may have appealed to a wider audience. I think this book will resonate with people going through a loss that is not devastating. It's an encouragement and gives hope in the journey. Martin's story is the one you hope for during a difficult season - of hope, seeking, and ultimately successful redemption. **I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.**
I absolutely love Jonathan Martin's perspective. Can someone really understand grace before they understand they themselves need it? His illustration of Saul needing to be blinded before he could truly see was eye opening for me. I don't need to look at my low points as failures, but rather a new place to find God, because most assuredly He is there. In order to recognize Him though, you need to look! It may not be your fault you are where you are, or it may be completely your fault. That doesn't matter, just look around, take a deep breath, and know you are not alone.