Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Bethany Hamilton is a girl, a typical teenager growing up in Hawaii. She likes sports, surfing in particular, and competes in tournaments and is even sponsored by a surfboard company. Life seems pretty golden for Bethany, living in paradise with her loving family, and doing what she loves. On October 31st, however, that all changed. Bethany and her friends were out for a morning surfing session at a local surfing hole when a shark came along and bit off her arm.
This horrific event sent her life and the lives of everyone around her into a tailspin. In this, her autobiography, Bethany describes her life before and after the attack, and shares with us the challenges and fears she experienced in her quest to "get back on the board." Through her eyes we learn about the notoriety she gained by this accident and how she learned to cope with curious people around the globe. This brave thirteen-year-old found the strength she needed to not only surf again, but to gradually recover and become a competitive surfer again. I won't spoil this story for you, but her autobiography is a great story of faith and perseverance that will inspire young and old. Highly recommended, great summer reading material.Purchase a copy of Bethany Hamilton's book "Soul Surfer"