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Publisher Description

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 a horrific shark attack -- could come between her and the waves?
That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii -- a glorious part of the world, where it's hard to deny the divine -- 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 immediately began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: "Get to the beach...." Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Tom Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the O.R. It's the kind of coincidence that isn't mere coincidence to the Hamilton family, a clan whose motto could easily be "the family that surfs and prays together stays together." To them it was a sign someone had a greater plan than the one they'd been working on themselves -- which had been to scrape together whatever resources they could to help Bethany rise to the top of her sport. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was "When can I surf again?" it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story -- a tale of courage and faith that this modest and 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 in the wake of the shark attack, the adjustments she's 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 that the body is no more essential to surfing -- perhaps even less so -- than the soul.

Young Adult
October 28
MTV Books

Customer Reviews

LagoonSurfer ,

This is an Inspiration to you no matter how old you are

As a family that has overcome tragedy, examples and role models like Bethany reinforce what you know and believe -- that God doesn't leave you and that you can survive and live again. You can get through it and re-connect with live. As a father with a young daughter, it was very cool reading the book because she writes the first part of the book very recently after the accident -- in other words, in the words of a 13 year old girl who's just been through a lot. It's very heart warming.

The last part of the book is written more recently and reflects an evolved understanding of her circumstances and yet remains uplifting and extremely (and realistically) positive. There were parts of this book that had my eyes watering. I will probably read it again. My daughter loved it as well. Great to have such a good role model for her.

AnnaLizGilbert ,

Super inspiring!

This book forever changed me! It made me feel like I was talking to Bethany herself telling me how things are from her point of view. I feel that with this book you can feel closer to god and Bethany. I think i might even read it again! Wait "I think? I know!"
I definitely suggest you read this!

Gen-Gen<3 ,

Loved it

This book is amazing.I loved it.It was an inspiring story.

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