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

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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 dr

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Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by MTV Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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76Tinkerbell34
Soul Surfer is a book about a girl named Bethany and her surfing life. When Bathany was 5, she started surfing. Bethany's best friend was Alanna. One day at the beach, Bethany and Alanna went to surf. There was no waves, they were just sitting back and enjoying the breeze. All of a sudden, Bethany saw a gray flash, felt a tug on her arm, and then slowly saw the water turn red.....

After Bethany was released from the hospiltal, she started therapy on her arm, so that it would get stronger. When h
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Oakley 3rd
May 01, 2011 Oakley 3rd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soul Surfer is a very inspiring book. It talks about a girl named Bethany Hamilton she was on a surf board one summer morning when she got a big suprise. And she got bit by a shark. She lost her left arm but she kept pushing her self forward and taught herslef to keep trying. Soon she was ok and went back to surfing before this all happened, she was in a competition and she kept trying and got second place. She was so glad she never gave up or she would never have been able to prove to herself a ...more
Maya
Dec 10, 2012 Maya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you doing your favorite thing in the world, whatever it may be: a sport, an art form, or a subject in school. Now imagine that one outlet of creativity and expression being stripped away from you, with nothing you could do to help it. This should have been the story of committed surfer, Bethany Hamilton. But according to her, she wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for surfing. “I’ve just fallen in love with the art of riding waves,” Bethany states in this amazing and inspiring story o ...more
Athena L.
Jul 18, 2011 Athena L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jaimal
Nov 12, 2009 Jaimal marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Soul Surfer yet, but I had the privilege of surfing with Bethany Hamilton in Bali recently and was so inspired by her commitment. For those who don't know the story, Bethany lost an arm in a shark attack some years back while surfing. Rather than stopping, she relearned to surf with the handicap and hasn't slowed down at all. I'm sure the re-learning process was grueling, but seeing her now, it doesn't seem like losing her arm has hindered her abilities at all. She was the best fe ...more
Carsten Thomsen
I watched the movie Soul Surfer and liked it - and was intrigued by this true story of Bethany Hamilton who lost an arm in a shark attack, yet was able to go back and compete as a professional surfer. Wanted to know more about her story - also to find out more about her struggles to come back competing and her spiritual journey.

But the biography is focused too much on all the publicity her "story" has created in the media and her view on that.....and very little we get to know about her struggl
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Charlie
This book is very inspiring. Though, I didn't finish it. Firstly, because it was due back to the library, but it just seemed to go on and on. A little boring at the end. Basically, it could've been shorter. I've watched the movie, which is brilliant. The actor who acts as Bethany Hamilton, Anna Sophia Robb, is very talented. She acts in a few other movies I like. Though the book might be a bit boring towards the end, I encourage you to watch the movie - it's great!!
Krysta
May 15, 2011 Krysta rated it it was ok
I borrowed this from the library at the Junior High school where I work. It was... alright. Maybe I would like it more if I were the target demographic, I don't know... I like cheesy, inspirational stories. And I typically really enjoy young adult books. But this one just felt like it tried too hard, which is odd, considering it was a true story, narrated by Bethany Hamilton herself. Am I so used to the manufactured bull that comes out of publishing companies and Hollywood that reality seems fak ...more
Lexiem
May 11, 2012 Lexiem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soul Surfer
By: Bethany Hamilton



Bethany Hamilton is a shark attack survivor, at age thirteen as she was surfing and a shark attacked her and took most of her left arm. She started off as a competitive surfer at the age of eight. Bethany has continued to surf competitively even after her shark attack. She is a top womens surfer and has a movie made about her life. She has strong Christian beliefs and a tight knit family, she claims those two things combined are what got her through her traumatic
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Rebecca McNutt
Not bad, but I don't know... there was something that seemed a little... artificial about this book? And I don't hate religion but much of this book has religious filler that took up a lot of pages. It was like reading a film advertisement - conveniently a film came out around the same time titled Soul Surfer so was this book just meant to be a promo on paper? It certainly felt like it!
B.R. Forrester
Dec 16, 2012 B.R. Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was really good!
Sherri F.
Audio: 3 to 3.5 ...a rating # wass hard for me to pinpoint on this one. It's not a great literary work of art but it's a memoir and originally done (in 2004) when Bethany was 14 and this is an updated version (when she was approx. 20-21) that included movie-related updates through 2010, including some interviews with actors portraying her, her friend and father in the movie as well as the director in addition to Bethany's comments abt her input in the movie, comments during production and regard ...more
Kaitlyn Lange
The book I chose to read was Soul Surfer, by Bethany Hamilton. This story takes you through Bethany’s life, and you get to follow alongside Bethany to the shark attack, through recover, and even getting back on the board. For a first time author, Bethany Hamilton excelled at writing, and was able to craft a phenomenal story based off of her life.

The theme of the story is to never give up. If Bethany would have given up when things got tough, then she wouldn’t be where she was today. As a resu
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Mackenzie
The main character in the book “Soul Surfer” by Bethany Hamilton is Bethany Hamilton. Soul Surfer is an autobiography, in the book, you get to read about Bethany's life before, during, and after her tragic attack. Bethany loved to surf and was a competitive surfer, so one day she went surfing with her friend and some others and while they were waiting for a wave a shark came up and took bethanys whole left arm. Its a miracle that she even survived the shark attack but it affected her career and ...more
Erin Mcfarlane
Jan 10, 2015 Erin Mcfarlane rated it it was amazing
I have heard a bit about Bethany Hamiltons story with the shark attack, and I have watched the movie, so I decided I should read her actual book, an autobiography kind of thing. I enjoyed the way that even though she was not an experienced author at the age of 14, she had the advantage of actually knowing what she was feeling, rather than telling the writer and the author putting it in their own words. I am extremely moved by her faith, and I think that Soul Surfer is a must read for all.
Emily Silampa
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In the autobiography Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton uses a very captivating style of writing. While she is writing, she is telling her story but also explaining how she felt and thought during moments of the story. This shows a great balance of internal character development and external action. In my opinion, Bethany is a great writer because the method she uses makes her story easy to comprehend. She also has a way of letting me feel like I was there in the story with her
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Mandy.H
Jan 13, 2016 Mandy.H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton is a life changing true story about one girl's determination to get back on the board. It was such a normal day, the surf was low, so, Bethany was waiting patiently for the perfect wave, when out of now where there was a flash of gray and lots blood. Some how Bethany managed to swim to shore with a little help by her best friend Alana Blanchard, and thankfully into safety. After many months of recovering and learning how to live with one arm, Bethany manages to su ...more
Saylor Alberts
Dec 14, 2015 Saylor Alberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Abby
This book was very interesting because it was a lot different from the movie. Overall, the book was good, but it did jump around a lot. Bethany's story is fascinating, and I was so surprised that she remained optimistic all throughout her recovery. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else.
Morgan Strejcek
Jan 29, 2015 Morgan Strejcek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton is about a girl named Bethany and she loves to surf. Bethany was surfing one day when tragedy striked. Bethany lost her left arm to a shark attack. One of the first things Bethany says after surgery is when can she go surfing again. Bethany was determined to get back to the waves and was willing to do anything. I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting to see what she went through and how even though she lost her arm, she didn't want to give up. My fav ...more
Natalia S.
Oct 03, 2014 Natalia S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was very interesting and heart warming because I got to read about a girl who got her arm bitten off by a shark an didn't die of blood loss or get eaten even more. Bethany Hamilton is also a great role model because she kept surfing even with one arm which kind of would relate to me if something happened to my leg or foot I wouldn't be able to play soccer but I would persevere through it like how Bethany did for surfing. Bethany HamiltonSoul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Famil ...more
Lexi Hill
Jan 05, 2014 Lexi Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the second nine weeks, I decided to read Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton. Bethany Hamilton grew up in Hawaii with her family and still lives there today. She became an avid surfer as soon as she was old enough to get in the water by herself. Bethany entered in many surfing competitions, and she was known to win a lot of them. Although, her life changed forever when she was only 13 years old. She had gone to Tunnels Beach with her best friend's family on the day of Halloween, and this would b ...more
Anna Motteler
Oct 02, 2008 Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. It was a little sad at first, but as I kept reading I realized how strong she was throughout all of it, and that shows that giving up is not the answer.
Cadyn
Mar 14, 2016 Cadyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the most inspiring book I've ever read, of course that isn't saying much because it is one of very few books I've read that were intended to be inspiring. The reason I didn't give the book a five out of five is more out of personal preference than anything wrong with the book. I personally am very used to reading book set in present tense and first person rather than past tense. I really did like the story though, you wanted to become a professional at something and then all of a sudden ...more
Jessica Hymas
Apr 07, 2014 Jessica Hymas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. It was a wonderful story of a girl fighting to get back to do something she loves which is surfing.

This book is about a girl named Bethany Hamilton who loves to surf. Everybody says she has saltwater in her veins. This is about just one day that will change her life forever. She went surfing one day with her friend alanna. She was just lying on her board with her arm dangling in the water when a shark came up and bit her arm off. They rushed her to the beach and called an
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Josie M.
Nov 13, 2014 Josie M. rated it liked it
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I will always love Bethany Hamilton. She has been such an inspiration to me. The first time I read this book I was 11 years old and absolutely loved it, it moved and inspired me. Now rereading it as a fourteen year old I still find it incredibly inspiring, but the writing and construction stood out and fustrated me at some points. Bethany was young when she wrote this book and I think that contrubuted to the book lacking some elements present in an adults' writing. Although I thought this book w ...more
Amy
Jun 26, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The other night I went to bed to read--my usual routine--and found that my Kindle battery was dead. I panicked. I HAVE to read! I rembembered that my daughter had just bought and read Soul Surfer last week and read it in less than 24 hours. I have wanted to read it but never remember to add it to my "to-read" list. Like my daughter, I couldn't put it down. Once I finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about Bethany, the then-14-year-old Christian surfer who had her left arm bitten off by a shark. ...more
Brandie
Was a little bummed about this book. Bethany talked a lot about how her faith has gotten her through the shark attack experience, and then she said she wanted to write the book so she could show other people how to have faith and so it would let her talk about how she was strengthened by it. But that same line of thinking was repeated over and over in the book. Not that I get tired talking about faith or anything, but I wanted to hear more about the shark. For instance, she says it snuck up on h ...more
Kristen Yexley
Nov 08, 2011 Kristen Yexley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bethany Hamilton one said, “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, and guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” In her book, Soul Surfer, she describes her life story, and how it came to be. Bethany lost her arm in a shark attack in the Fall of 2003 when she was 13 years old. After this horrific accident, many people believed this young girl’s life career had come to an end.
Bethany Hamilton has been an avid surfer from the ag
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Amin M
May 10, 2012 Amin M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Soul Surfer
By: Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer was a good book, but it was nothing too exciting where I will ever read it again. Soul Surfer was a book about a young girl, that fought hard to get back to what she loved dearly, and that was surfing. In her early stages of life, she would practices and practices, until she understood everything about surfing. At a young age she was involved with many competitions, and loved every bit about it. She had to battle back from a shark attack, if she ever w
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