Soul Surfer

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       November 26, 2014


Author  Bethany Hamilton

ISBN:                 978-1-4391-6579-9
Publisher:         Simon & Schuster
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An early morning surf with her friend Alana on the morning of Halloween was a turning point in young Bethany’s life. A passing shark, attention possibly captured by the glint of watch on her wrist, attacked, severing her arm just below the shoulder.  This is her story, this is her world, this is her life and is now a motion picture.

Bethany talks to you about her life; her fears, her challenges and her love of surfing as if she is sitting with you in the room. She was a teen who made a difference and enjoyed doing it. She is now a young adult who is continuing to make difference and enjoying doing it.


Luckily for Bethany quick thinking friends, also surfing in the area on the morning of the attack managed to get her to shore, call for help and get her to the hospital.

Just days after surgery to repair the damaged tissues of her arm, she wanted to know how long before she could get back in the water.

Hard work, grit, determination and a love of surfing have seen this remarkable young woman become more than just a surfing professional, but also an ambassador for youth, life and achieving what you want to, even in the face of true adversity.

Filled with pictures taken by her brother and with an update in the rear of book on just what it is like to be involved with making a movie about yourself, this is a warm hearted inspiring read for young and old alike.