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

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The amazing story of the thirteen-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith -- and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing.
They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing -- not even the loss of her arm in...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 28th 2004 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...more
Oakley 3rd
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
Athena L.
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caitysreadviews
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In 2011, my husband and I saw the movie Soul Surfer in theaters. We both loved it and were moved to tears. It told the incredible true story of Bethany Hamilton, a teen surfer from Hawaii, who lost her arm in a shark attack but miraculously still found a way to continue competitive surfing with only one arm. After having read Gabrielle Douglas‘s Grace, Gold & Glory, another autobiography by a young Christian female athlete, I thought I might...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...more
Maya
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
Lexiem
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...more
Rose
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!!
B.R. Depue
This one was really good!
Krysta
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
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...more
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
Rachel H
The book Soul Surfer, written by Bethany Hamilton, was a book about faith, love, and struggle. Soul Surfer is the story of Bethany Hamilton, written by Bethany Hamilton. Bethany was an average teenage surfer. She spent every day possible in the water. That is, until the day of the accident. A freak shark attack left Bethany without her entire left arm. In this thrilling story, Bethany takes you through the events of the day leading up to the attack, and how her life changed afterwards. Her abili...more
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
Lexi Hill
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
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.
Olivia
My absolute undying love for Bethany began on the first page.
I could tell she had amazing character.
I adore her and her story.
Jessica Hymas
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...more
Amy
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
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...more
Brooke
Apr 11, 2011 Brooke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: surfers, Christians, kids, teens, adults
I thought this was such an inspiring novel about a real girl who has been forced to learn life lessons very early on in life.

I'm going to write this up front: I only gave this book 3 stars because the writing was very simple, and the story itself was very simple. If I were rating this book based on it's empowering message, I would give it 7 stars instead of the max of 5!!

I find it so amazing that a girl who had her arm bitten off by a shark could make such a comeback. You can tell by reading thi...more
Amin M
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...more
Olivia  bieber
Nov 09, 2010 Olivia bieber rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: NIKA MAPLES
Recommended to Olivia by: STACI
how else could one explain that nothing, not evan the loss of her arm, could come between her and the waves.well heres how the story goes.
SOUL SURFER:
BETHANY HAMILTON, is a 13 year old surfer from KAUAI, HAWAII.She was getting up a few hours early before school to wish her father good luck because hes going into SURGERY for his knee.SO while her brothers NOAH, and TIM take their father to the hospital,BETHANY, still has a few hours till school starts.So her mom takes her on a ride around the se...more
Antonina Busalacchi
How would you feel if your favorite thing in the world to do was taken from you? Thirteen year old Bethany Hamilton lost her arm in a shark attack while surfing. You would think she would give up but she didn't.
Bethany Hamilton was a special and strong girl. She started surfing when she was about seven years old. She had such a supportive family watching out for her. She always loved to surf in fact she did it mostly every day. Her dream was taken away from her by her arm. But she never gave up....more
Jennybug
Megan(14) and I read this book together. Megan does not like reading and actually has dyslexia. She saw that this movie was coming out and wanted me to get this book for her to read for school. We decided that we would finish reading the book before we saw the movie. As we started reading it I found myself thinking for half a second man this writing style is killing me, then after regrouping and remembering that this is the story of a 14 year old girl, told by a 14 year old girl. I fell in love...more
02bethanyb
Dec 19, 2011 02bethanyb rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to 02bethanyb by: sister
In this truly inspiring book, Soul Surfer, I learned that from the theme of the book how to never give up even when times are harsh. Bethany Hamilton is thirteen years old when one morning she goes surfing and unfortunately has her left arm bitten off by a tiger shark. This true story had me crying, although Bethany herself never once cried. One of the reasons I really wanted to read this book was because Bethany's name is the same as mine! Also, it had to do with surfing and I love surfing, al...more
Monique Renville
Reading Strategy #1 Preview
I chose this book because it was a well known nonfiction novel and I read it twice. What really caught my attention to this book was the cover. It shows Bethany with her missing arm and the board that was destroyed during her accident.

Reading Strategy #2 Set a Purpose
My purpose for reading this book is because I knew would keep me on the edge of my seat and that I wouldn't get bored with it. I also decided to read this because it was a unique story about a girl whose d...more
Mallory Toresdahl
"Soul Surfer" is about a 13 year girl whose passion is to surf. On the morning of October 31st, 2003 she got attacked by a tiger shark in Hawaii. Luckily, she had a great faith and relationship with God which helped her overcome the loss of her arm. After Bethany got out of surgery the first thing she said was "When can I surf again?" Now she is back surfing, and has done many interviews and can be seen as an inspiration to many people. Soul Surfer was a fantastic book. Since it is a true story,...more
Becky
Soul Surfer is the true story of Bethany Hamilton, the fourteen-year-old surfer from Hawaii who lost her left arm to a shark. Hers is a truly inspirational story. It's told very matter-of-factly, and Bethany gives much of the credit for how well she's come through her experiences to her relationship with God.

Bethany's attitude throughout the book is amazing. There's no whining, no "why me?"s (at least not in the sense that you'd expect), no defeatest attitudes. In fact, pretty much the whole sto...more
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