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Rise Above: A 90-Day Devotional (Soul Surfer Series) Paperback – March 13, 2011

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About the Author

Bethany Hamilton: Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. In 2003, Bethany lost her left arm while surfing to a 14-foot tiger shark. Rather than let her career as a rising surf star come crashing down, Bethany miraculously returned to the water one month after the attack, a year later won her first National title, and has since realized her dream of surfing professionally. Her unbelievably positive attitude fascinated the world, and her story has been told in an autobiography and later adapted to the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany and her husband, Adam Dirks, are involved in many charitable efforts, including Friends of Bethany, which she and her family created to help shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story. Now as a professional surfer, motivational speaker, and healthy lifestyle advocate, Bethany continues to touch and inspire lives globally.

Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Soul Surfer Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310725674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310725671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nancy Collins on January 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this devotional for my daughter at the bookstore. She doesn't surf so I didn't know if it would interest her, but we are AMAZED at how God has already used it. My daughter broke her ankle figure skating just before a big Christmas show that she had a solo in. She has been off the ice 5 weeks and will return to skating this week. She is feeling anxious about it all. Last night before going to bed she read day one in the book and it really spoke to her heart...knowing that God has a perfect plan for her life and trusting HIM. Thank you , Bethany for sharing your faith and love for Jesus with other girls. I love that there is not a lot of "religion" in this...just a pure faith and love for a perfect Lord and Savior!!
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Perfect for any teenage girl! Each day of devotions is filled with an uplifting Bible story as well with a personal message from Bethany that are easy to relate with. Very powerful and encouraging.
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Nice devotional. Kids love it. Includes a little info about surfing. Bethany is definitely on fire for the Lord.
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Excellent choice for a 12 year old! Short, concise readings with a great message. The girl I gave it to especially loved the fact that she has seen the movie Soul Surfer and connected right away with the devotions.
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Rise Above is a lot of things. It's simple and to the point, and I think it's an excellent testament not only to God's involvement in Bethany Hamilton's life and how this has influenced her but to the fact that she's a wonderful role-model for young girls.

As an adult coming in and reading this book, it was apparent to me that it is definitely more fitting for young girls. This isn't to say that I didn't come away with anything from this devotional. The messages are surprising in their simplicity and can even be eye-opening. I just feel like the overall tone and manner in which everything is conveyed would really resonate with teen girls. Plus, it's not as dauntingly long as the Bible but has just enough quotes from the Bible to where it can be more of an introduction into something much deeper. On a more personal note: I deeply admire Bethany Hamilton for her love for God, her positive attitude, and for the way she handles being in the public eye. Again, I think she's an excellent role-model for young girls, and I love how this book takes numerous important things from the Bible but presents them in a way that is easy to understand.

Each devotional has several parts. The beginning ties in with Bethany's own life and the devotion of the day. The second part is a quote from the Bible, the third is a prayer that ties in with parts one and two, and the last little bit is a "Did You Know?" section, which contains random facts and trivia, often about Hawaii.

Overall: highly recommended
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My girls loved the Soul Surfer movie so when I saw the devotional I thought I would give it a whirl. I was so pleasatly encouraged to find it to be probably the best devotional I've ever read. It's applicable for girls 8-15 years. True to life, inspiring, encouraging, challenging and meeting girls where they are at in our culture. LOVE IT! I tell all my mom friends with girls to go out ASAP and get it/order it! We read it on the way to school... only takes minutes, no excuses moms!!!
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Bought for a friend who's daughter lost her thumb in an accident. Wanted to help encourage her to trust in God through this adjustment time. She absolutely loved the devotional and ended up reading it in a week :) . She is looking forward to reading more of Bethany's books.
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My 11 year old and I have been going over these devotionals for a couple of months now and love them. Bethany is so on their level in this book & it's inspiring to adults & kids alike.
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