Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

 
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Faith and Fighting Fear
(Updated: May 17, 2011)
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Reader reviewed by RuthieBethany Hamilton has been my hero since I first heard about the shark attack in 03'. Not only does it take guts to get back on that board, but it takes a lot of mental stress to deal with the trauma. Bethany is, most definitely, a strong individual. While her book is obviously not written by a long-term, professional author, it is a good story about faith and combating fear and rationality. Her story inspires you. I love it.
As for the movie, I also give it credit. The producers stayed 100% true to the book and I thought Robb did a great job as Bethany. While the book focuses on the faith and mental aspect, the movie really played up the surfing. The movie showed us all the action, from catching the perfect wave, to wiping out. It was a great movie and I'd suggest it to any Bethany/surfer fan.
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Soul Surfer is a awesome book!!!
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Reader reviewed by Rebecca

I've always wanted to go surfing, and now it feels like I have. Bethany Hamilton put me in her place in the autobiogrphy Soul Surfer.

In the book Soul Surfer a young 13 year old girl named Bethany Hamilton went throught a very tragic event.

It was a sunny Halloween morning in Hawaii, and Bethany was surfing with her best friend Alana. Then out of nowhere a huge 14ft tiger shark bit off her arm. When she got to the hospital she thought she would never surf agian, but soon she will relize how strong she really is and what she can do.
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A great book about surfing.
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Reader reviewed by Hannah Raye

Bethany Hamilton is a hero to me because after the attack she got on a board and started surfing again.If it were me were me I would have given up,I'd find something else to.I would have died without an arm because I do many things that takes two arms to do.

I always wanted to go surfing and through this book I did."Soul Surfer" told me all about surfing so I leaned alot.I even learned surf talk.It was a GREAT and inspiring book.
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An Inspirig Book
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Reader reviewed by Danny

Soul surfer is a great inspiring book for the whole family. Bethany Hamilton gives great, vivid descriptions of her life and the attack of the 14-foot tiger shark. Bethany is a hero for many people Because even though she got her arm bitten off she still got back on the board and kept surfing.
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A Young Survivor
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Reader reviewed by Adam

I like this book because a young surfer, Bethany Hamilton, on her way to being a pro lost her arm to a shark.The thing that saved her was her friends working together. There is some irony in this book like when she got to the hospital her dad was in the surgery room she was going to be in.
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A great hero
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Reader reviewed by Patrick

I liked this book because it is about a surfer named Bethany Hamilton and she gave her arm to a shark! Well she didn't give her arm to a shark I was just being dramatic but she did loose her arm to a shark. She was surfing on a normal day(Halloween day to be exact)and was riding a small wave with her(left)arm in the water. She saw a gray shadow from the corner of her eye. Next thing she knew she a TINGLE TINGLE TUG! Her arm was gone. After that she is battleing to go back in the water. What a struggle!!!
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I love Bethany
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Reader reviewed by Bekka

This is a very inspiring book called Soul Surfer, written by Bethany Hamilton. In the storey an extremely talented 13 yr old surfer experiences an attack that no one would ever want to face unexpectedly. This book takes you through the start of her surfing days, the agonising attack on to the recovery and her first time surfer after the attack. Through Bethanys story some times she wanted to give up on trying to get better, but her faith in god gave her know choice but to never give up. There are very emotional parts to the book, like when Bethanys dad was on the operating table ready have his operation. Then the surgeon got an alert saying that a 13 yr old girl had had her arm bitten off in a shark attack on tunnels. Strait away her dad knew it was either Bethany or her friends.
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omg this book is awsome
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Reader reviewed by Katie


Omg this book is so inspiring. I got it for Christmas last year and was pretty ticked that this was the only thing I had gotten from my sister, but it turned out to be so awsome. What I probobly liked most about the book was that she used God and referances from the Bible in her autobiography. I would recomend this book to anybody who has a little pationce and can stand a boring begining.
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Rock on Bethany!
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Reader reviewed by safia

I can describe this book using these words: motivating, inspiratonal, and awesome.

This book is written by Bethany Hamilton and is mainly about her life as a surfer before and after a shark bit her arm off. It tells of her courage and determination at age 13 when the attack happened and how she learned to cope afterwards. She loses her arm but not her strong faith in God and even continues surfing! Absolutely incredible, it shows you can get over almost any obstacle in life.
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