She lost her arm in a shark attack and nearly died, but she never lost her faith. Now a major motion picture, Soul Surfer is the moving story of Bethany Hamilton’s triumphant return to competitive surfing and has continued to be a beacon of inspiration to all who hear it.
They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? Or 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 teenage girl with God on her side, resolutely pushing aside her pain and panic while being rescued and brought back to shore.
“When can I surf again?” was the first thing Bethany asked after her emergency surgery, leaving no doubt that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story - a tale of personal empowerment and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing, perhaps even less so, than the soul.
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I got this book because I watched the movie of the same title. I enjoyed listening, mostly because the narrator, Eleni Pappageorge, had a voice that completely embodied the character of Bethany Hamilton. I felt like it was being read by a teenager, and -- to borrow a metaphor -- I couldn't put it down. Just a total delight to listen to.
I enjoyed listening the most when she was "performing" Bethany herself.
- Ms. Carrie S. Rostollan
Great Summer Read
- Two Phish Reviews