Title: Soul Surfer
Author: Bethany Hamilton
Synopsis (directly from book): 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 and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again”it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story— a tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world. Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery after the attack, the adjustments she made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing—perhaps even less so—than the soul.
My Thoughts: I’ve seen the move a dozen times and it’s a heroic story. I was at the book store and prowling the water sports section. I saw Soul Surfer and knew I needed to get it. I bought it and read it in the same day. I fell in love with this book and I will read it again and again. Anyone who hasn’t read soul surfer needs to read it. Bethany’s love for surfing is something that only a surfer can understand. I have that love and dedication for swimming, salt water is in my veins. I know that I would try to figure out a way to be in the ocean even if I couldn’t swim, I would still go back into the water after an attack. God bless I’ve never been injured in the ocean but that could change any day.