Book Review–Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton




This is the 59th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.



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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton
Published January 1st, 2004 by MTV Books


They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing—not even the loss of her arm—could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery after the attack, the adjustments she’s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing—perhaps even less so—than the soul.



I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did.

In the beginning, the book dragged but about halfway, it was really hard to put it down. Bethany is a strong and inspirational person. Though I found myself becoming a little annoyed that she seemed to repeat herself about her faith more than enough times, it was cool to see someone with so much faith who also wanted to genuinely help others.

I knew very little about Bethany or the incident before reading this. Of course I’d heard about the attack and felt it was tragic, but just now got around to reading the book.

The book is more about dealing with the aftermath, as well as what got her through it (faith) than the attack or anything else. It is an inspirational read that I would highly recommend. Bethany is definitely a strong person, as well as a soul surfer.







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