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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board Paperback – June 6, 2006
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Her description of the events of that morning are the stuff of nightmares, "suddenly there was a flash of gray." Bethany's father was awaiting knee surgery in the local hospital operating room when the news came in that a young girl had been attacked by a shark and the room was needed for that emergency. He said later he knew in his heart it was his daughter. The quick thinking of her friends and appearance of a paramedic on the scene helped save her life. There is no doubt though that her survival was miraculous. She learned later that she lost almost half her blood volume.
In many ways she is amazed at the interest her story has generated. She does convey her deep faith and hopes that her experiences will serve a greater purpose and help others in times of trouble in their lives.
She is just a kid so do not expect high falutin' prose but this is a touching story and the chapter that describes her return to surfing for the first time is quite moving.
The book "Soul Surfer" really shows that anything's possible if you try. In "Soul Surfer", Bethany Hamilton gets her arm bit off by a tiger shark on October 31st. This major situation changed her life forever but she was able to overcome her obstacles with great strength. Not only was it hard to get dressed, it was a challenge to do what it takes in life to survive. With her trust with God, she uses her strength to get through it all and eventually learns to surf again.
She was amazingly able to get through any obstacle just like Stacy's grandmother from "Ribbons". Both of them have a limb that's disfigured and they both have to learn how to use their limb to survive. Unlike Bethany's shark attack, Stacy's grandmother's injury was due to the Chinese custom of wrapping feet. Both girls were determined to not let their disability stop them from doing the things they love. If they had known each other, they would have been a great support for the other.
"Soul Surfer" is about a 13 year girl whose passion was to surf. One morning on October 31st she got attacked by a tiger shark in Hawaii. Luckily she had a great faith in God which helped her overcome the loss of her arm. Bethany wasn't nervous during the attack but her main goal then was to get to shore fast. After Bethany got out of surgery the first thing she said was "When can I surf again?" Now she is back surfing, has done many interviews and is an inspiration to a lot of people.
I would recommend this book to people because this story is an inspiring story. I believe anyone who has a missing body part would love reading this book because they could relate to Bethany and understand her problems.Read more ›
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my daughter loves Bethany Hamilton. she said it is such an inspiring story.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I think that this book is one of the most inspiring books that I have ever read. I was in love with this book from the first chapter. I would definitely recommend this book.Published 6 days ago by leah
Great Book! This book was on our summer reading list for my daughters middle school. It was perfectly age appropriate and a quick read.Published 7 days ago by Easy Mommy
one of the most interesting auto biography I have read. very good cover and colorful. sad struggle but good outcome.LFPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My ten-year-old daughter saw the movie first and loves it (has now seen it probably a dozen times). She was very excited to read the book for a school project where she had to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by KO
Is certainly understandable of her being a religious person but much of the book referred to her belief in god which to me personally was of little interest. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jim