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

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  10,838 ratings  ·  1,554 reviews
They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain 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 girl with God on her side. Pushing pain an ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by MTV Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Grace Yes, throughout the whole book Bethany talks about her faith in God and how it helped her get through her hardships.
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Lola
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A shark tried to take away Bethany's ability to surf.

The shark failed.
Suzanne
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring and very interesting. I could not imagine getting out there so soon after losing an arm to a shark attack. It’s amazing the strength and courage this girl has. I seen the movie to this book a couple years ago and liked it but I am glad I got to finally reading her own words on the events. Really amazing story.

My quick and simple overall: amazingly inspiring and the overcoming of adversity was just tremendous for Bethany Hamilton.
Maya
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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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Carsten Thomsen
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Melanie
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, august, where
Soul Surfer was an interesting read. It was nice to read about the tragic shark attack from Bethany's point of view. I really felt for her and can't believe how courageous she was. I couldn't believe how long of a drive it was from the beach to the hospital.

All in all, an inspiring story!
Lila Kims
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The audiobook had me captivated from beginning to end. Bethany's story is so inspiring!
Oakley 3rd
Apr 25, 2011 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
Jaimal
Nov 12, 2009 marked it as to-read
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
Charlie
Jul 21, 2012 added it
Shelves: 2012, non-fiction
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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This one was really good!
Megan
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm so mad that my English teacher made me read this. Why not something a little more challenging? Not only is this book written by a fourteen year old, the text is big, the sentences are choppy, and the information is kind of pointless.

I give Bethany Hamilton credit for writing this when she was only fourteen, which must have been a lot of time and work. I also really admire how true she is to herself and her faith. I don't have a problem with her at all (for the most part), but the book just w
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Lexiem
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Krysta
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Julie by: Jodi
This was recommended to me because the story is so inspiring: a young girl is just starting to get recognition on the competitive surfing circuit when she loses an arm in a shark attack. She returns to competitive surfing and becomes a minor celebrity because of her many media appearances crediting her religious faith with keeping her positive. It is a good story, but it’s told in such a way that it really was “OMG! A shark just bit my arm off! But I love Christ, so it’s okay.”
Erin Mcfarlane
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Indie
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Review to come
Erin
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
Bethany Hamilton tells the story of how she came back to surfing after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

I watched Soul Surfer back when it came out, but I will admit that I didn't really find her as a source of inspiration until I watched her with her husband on The Amazing Race. She didn't let anything slow her down and that was once again clear throughout this book.

It found it amazing how calm she could be after the attack. Her faith remained incredibly strong afterward too which is ano
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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
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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Emily Silampa
1. As Clear as Crystal


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 rated it it was amazing
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
Allison
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton was an interesting listen! I had heard about the surfer that had lost her arm to a shark but I didn't know much more than that. It was amazing that she survived at all! It took them some time to get her to the hospital after the attack, she had lost at least half of her blood, and she had to have two surgeries before she was allowed to leave the hospital. Most people would have given up competit ...more
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!
Brittany
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I downloaded this audiobook to listen to on a drive. It was way more religious than I expected, so it just wasn't my thing. I admire her perseverance, yet this book feels like a direct ploy for money from the Christian community.
Carmen
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Christians; Surfers
A memoir by BH, a professional surfer who, at 14, lost her arm to a shark while surfing. Very badly written and juvenile.
Morgan
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
stupid
Anna Motteler
Oct 02, 2008 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.
Holly ✨
This story is inspiring and a true testament to Bethany Hamilton’s strength after getting her arm bitten off in a shark attack. This was a reread for me (about 5 years after initially reading it). Whilst it was just as inspiring as I remembered it, there were a couple things that made me give it three stars:
1) The writing - it was basic and didn’t flow, it would go from mentioning one aspect of the story to a totally different aspect in a sentence. Surely here editors could have corrected it, I
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Lana
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Charlie, for lending me this book! It was a great read. Bethany is a great example of someone who never gives up and has faith in God to always help.
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