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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board Audio CD – Audiobook, 12 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Bethany Hamilton, who has been named 'Comeback Athlete of the Year' and the'Bravest Girl in America', has been surfing since she was seven years old. Since her shark attack Bethany has participated in numerous surfing competitions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a parent of an 11 yr old elite gymnast I find it really hard to find books that relate and encourage her. This is a true tale that inspires us all. Bethany expresses her own faith with level headed maturity without pressure. she is just herself and certain of her faith. do not avoid this book in fear of being Bible-bashed because it won't happen!
Bethany was 13 yrs old when the incident happened but was back on her board in less than a month. Much of sport is about overcoming adversities for children yet there is not much material to encourage and inspire them. This does both and more.
As a youth worker Soul Surfer is loaded with material to use.
This book seems to be Bethany all over. By that I mean, she's a courageous, positive thinker, characterized by her Christian faith, but she has a degree of reserve which means it's hard to truly see what she's thinking throughout the book. That's not a criticism. I respect that, being reserved and a 'private person' myself. But it's unusual for an autobiography to be co-written by someone who doesn't like talking about herself.
I was thinking her books would be more like those of Joni Eareckson Tada - with deep insight about how her injury affects her life, her inner feelings, frustrations and reactions, worked through to result in ultimate contentment and peace with God - notwithstanding that there are always going to be tests and problems that come up day-to-day. But Bethany's only 14 or 15 when she writes this, I suspect that in many ways she hasn't truly found who she is or wants to be in life yet, so she writes very much with a consciousness that shows she's not really used to life in the limelight yet.
This book is mainly about her day-to-day life, the shark attack, and what happened to her afterwards. There is a section talking about her faith in God and how He's helped her through - this isn't Bible-bashing, it's who she is! She wouldn't be the pro surfer she is today if God hadn't taken her in hand and given her the courage and perseverance to carry on. She's been used of God to spread His word, and she's been blessed in her life because of her stance - she's genuinely contented, and happy in who she is, without being at all narcissistic.
There is also a section in the book about the making of the Soul Surfer movie. This is interesting, especially if you have seen the movie - it's really good, much more of a story than the book and fairly sentimental, but it's well done and the book and movie complement each other well.
I hope that in the future, Bethany will write another book. A more mature one, telling about her feelings, her fears, and what helped her through these hard times, and how she's coped with the challenges since. I don't expect this will happen for some time, since she's got her own life to live now - married and with a baby on the way, she truly is blessed.
I have since bought other 'Bethany' materials to use with my youth work and they have been awesome.
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