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Overcoming Life's Challenges

Declared dead on a construction site after a devastating workplace accident, Jeff Ryan’s nightmare had only just begun. When the immense cannonball of high-pressure liquid-concrete blasted towards Jeff’s head, the impact was like a shrapnel bomb exploding in his face. The destructive force of that caustic mass smashed his teeth, and left him temporarily blind and disfigured. 

When he first glimpsed that unfamiliar, mutilated reflection, in a hospital mirror that should have been covered, Jeff wondered if his life would ever be the same again. And while the external injuries did heal over time, Jeff was left with a permanent brain injury. 

This is the gripping true story of an ordinary man rising to overcome extraordinary adversity. 

In the wake of his accident, Jeff and his family confronted exhausting legal battles, crippling financial pressures, and even threats of death and violence from the powerful gangs who control the dark side of Australia’s construction industry. 

Yet throughout his journey, Jeff’s faith never wavered. Ultimately, his ordeal brought him closer to God, and closer to his family. It helped to redirect his life along a new and richly rewarding path. 

This isn’t a just book about faith, finance or leadership. It’s a book about life, love and hope. Jeff’s tale demonstrates that every one of us can triumph in the face of overwhelming odds, and that God is with us, even in our darkest moments. 

Sharks in the Water shows how we can discover remarkable joy, despite the inevitable pain and struggle that we endure together. Surrounded by a sea of choice, we must all make hard decisions if we wish to avoid the sharks and attain an extraordinary life. 

And the extraordinary is all around us, just waiting for us to dive in.

About the author

Jeff Ryan is the founding member and Director of Misfit Aid, an Australian based relief organization, and former CEO of a national and international construction firm. Jeff is also a highly sought teacher and inspirational speaker for international Christian movement 'Youth with a Mission'.  A deeply spiritual man, and a dedicated surfer, Jeff loves nothing more than spending quality time with his family and friends in the stunning natural environment of Sydney Australia's Northern Beaches.


  • This book was an absolutely fantastic read. I got through it in just two sessions a couple of days ago. I guess what I loved most about it was how Jeff interweaves real life experiences with practical "how-to" advice. You can tell he has lived through the things he writes, and that, in and of itself, adds a huge level of authority to this book. I would recommend it to anyone, especially to anyone who has come through a season of difficulty in their own life. I give it five stars for authenticity and relevance!
    — Peter Warren: Director Youth With a Mission Denver
  • I've been mates with Jeff for a few years now. We met while training for our Bronze Medallion awards, in order to become volunteer surf lifesavers. Keeping the beaches safe is just one of the many ways in which Jeff volunteers his time for the community, both here in Australia, and also overseas. While I'm not religious myself, I found this book to be a real page-turner, as it describes the freak industrial accident that left Jeff almost dead, and his journey to recover his health and rebuild his life in the face of great adversity. Highly recommended!
    — John Crawford: Newport SLSC
  • Life can sometimes be very challenging. I think the problem many people face today is that they are not prepared for these challenges once they occur in life. I loved reading this book because it helped me see the context in my own life where I could possibly find myself in the future. I would recommend this to anyone!
    — Victor G: customer
  • This will be a great help to many who find themselves in a situation they never expected to happen to them. Especially when it comes to the underbelly way that some corporate companies try to try human lives when its time for them to step up and complete their obligations to those in serious need. This is a book I will read over and over again. Good work!
    — Dallas Kelso: Business man
  • Five Stars! Loved it!
    — Richard and Susan King: Amazon customer


Book Jeff today, to come and speak to your business on how to see your dreams fulfilled, and find purpose in life. 

“…Let me help you fulfil your dreams beyond your wildest expectations.”