Book Review: How to Survive a Shipwreck – By Jonathan Martin

The year has almost come to an end and this is the time when many people take stock of what went wrong and what can be improved. A lot of people I spoke to told me that this year, they felt they were in a shipwreck and just managed to stay afloat.

With that in mind, I was on the look out for a book that will speak to these feelings. At some point in time, we have all felt like we’ve been barely surviving. No one seems to have a manual for how we can pull through.

Style/ Plot:

The 224 paged book is full of stories about Jonathan, the failures he has encountered and how he has been able to keep his head up. I especially enjoyed reading about the fact that we all possess resilience and these failures are opportunities to exercise the resilience in us.

He encourages vulnerability…after all, how will you address issues and circumstances if you don’t acknowledge them?

Memorable Quote:

Please do not give up. You can think about it again tomorrow, but please not today. Please do not let yourself drown. Please do not let the merciless tides tread over your precious head. There is so much life for you. I know, because I found it and dear God, I want the same for you”.


If you are looking for something that encourages your soul and is in alignment with the Christian faith, this is a great book to read. He does not sugar coat anything and he ensures that the reader understands that there is much more power available to us than we can imagine.



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