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Soul Surfer (Faith Family & Fighting Back After Shark Attack)

Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer (Faith Family & Fighting Back After Shark Attack)

Bethany Hamilton

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The amazing true story of the teenage surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith in God - and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing. Ages 13+.

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About "Soul Surfer (Faith Family & Fighting Back After Shark Attack)"

The amazing true story of the teenage surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith in God - and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing. Ages 13+.
- Koorong

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's made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundam
- Publisher

Foreword To be honest, I never wanted to write a book. It actually took a lot of convincing by my family and friends, because I'm not someone who likes to talk a lot about myself, or thinks I'm any big deal. But they saw something in my story that would be helpful and interesting to others -- and they encouraged me to write it down. So here I am. And actually, when I really thought about it, it seemed like something that I should do. It would give a bigger picture of my faith, my family, and all those people who have helped get me back into the water again. But I'll tell you one thing: it wasn't easy. It took a lot of people to help me put my thoughts on paper. First, there was Rick Bundschuh, my spiritual advisor and a pastor in the Kauai Christian Fellowship Church. There were certain things I just didn't want to talk about -- certainly not to a stranger. So Rick volunteered to do the "translating." We would sit for hours and just talk, talk, talk. I'd pour my heart out, and he'd patiently listen, putting it all down on paper. Then came our writer, Sheryl Berk, who helped me organize and shape all these thoughts into fifteen chapters (who knew I had 200-plus pages in me?). When you're really close to something, it's hard to see things as they truly were or are. So Sheryl, along with my editor, Lauren McKenna, helped me connect the dots. They asked the toughest questions! Stuff that really made me squirm sometimes, but also, in the end, made me dig a little deeper and really be honest with myself and you. In the end, I'm really proud of what we've written here. I think it's truthful, and I hope it inspires and motivates people to tackle any obstacles in their lives. I hope it helps people find faith in God and in their own strength and ability. I hope it motivates someone going through a tough time right now to keep on fighting until they rise above it. You can and will get through it. I'm living proof that where there's a will, there's a way. What I don't want is for people to pity me or think of me as a person who has had her life ruined. That's not how I see it. My mom is always saying, "If life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Which is a great outlook on life, if you can actually see beyond the lemons when you're up to your eyeballs in them! My strength came from my relationship with Christ and from the love and encouragement of my family and friends. In a lot of ways I'm like any fourteen-year-old girl, and in a lot of ways, I'm not. If someone had told me that this is how my life would be, I would have never believed it. It would have seemed too bizarre to be true. Sometimes it still is. I often dream that I have both my arms again, and I wake up expecting the whole shark business to be a nightmare. But it's not. It's my reality now, and I've learned to accept it. I've moved on. I don't pretend to have all the answers to why bad things happen to good people. But I do know that God knows all those answers, and sometimes He lets you know in this life, and sometimes He asks you to wait so that you can have a face-to-face talk about it. What I do know is that I want to use what happened to me as an opportunity to tell people that God is worthy of our trust, and to show them that you can go on and do wonderful things in spite of terrible events that happen. I don't think it does any good to sit around feeling sorry for yourself. I made myself a promise: I'm not going to wallow or walk around moaning, "Woe is me!" One other thing you should know: this book really doesn't have an ending yet because I am still learning how to cope every day. I'm not talking about learning how to button my top with one hand. I'm talking about coping with being a celebrity, something I never imagined that I would have to deal with at the age of fourteen. Or coping with people's stares, either because they recognize me, or because they are not used to seeing a person with
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Meet the Author

Bethany Hamilton

Since losing her arm, Bethany has chosen to use her experience to become an inspiration and help others to overcome adversity, no matter how great. "People I don't even know come up to me. I guess they see me as a symbol of courage and inspiration. One thing hasn't changed - and that's how I feel when I'm riding a wave."

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God's plan is sometimes beyond our understanding.
5 stars By Shekanah , Feb 12 2018
Bethany's story is amazing. If you have not heard of Bethany Hamilton then you've missed out. Soul surfer is a great read. Told from a teenage woman's view it come from a perspective of a chilled teen. I know it probably sounds crazy but my favourite chapter is the one on the shark attack. I would definitely pass it on to a friend. 
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Inspiring book
5 stars By Grace, Jan 12 2017
Bethany's story is very inspiring. This book is well written and the book is a great read! This book gives you great insight into Bethany's life. I highly recommend this book as an awesome read!
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  • Catalogue Code 263528
  • Product Code 9781416503460
  • ISBN 1416503463
  • EAN 9781416503460
  • Pages 240
  • Department Children / Young Adults
  • Category Youth
  • Sub-Category Biography
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster Usa
  • Publication Date Jan 2007
  • Sales Rank #2336
  • Dimensions 192 x 128 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.202kg
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