Book Review: Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

They say: “Books wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Indeed they do, moreover, they reveal a whole new world you did not know about. There is nothing more thrilling than getting your hands on a good book and excitingly waiting to reveal the new adventures and lessons it offers.

A perfect example is the inspiring masterpiece of Bethany Hamilton, The Soul Surfer book.


Based on an amazing true story about a girl who went through her worst nightmare but never lost her faith in God, this book will leave you speechless. Born on Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton has always dreamed of becoming a world champion in surfing. At only 8 years old, little Bethany started competing at surfing events, which resulted in a string of impressive wins. Eager to work on herself, surf and live her dream, Bethany experienced her worst nightmare coming true. A 4-meter tiger shark attacked this young 14-year-old girl while surfing and ripped her left arm off.

Undergoing several surgeries and tremendous pain, all Bethany could think about was “When will I be able to surf again?“ Her incredible strength, courage and faith that she can do it, made her what she is today – an amazingly strong woman. One thing is for sure, she was not afraid. Just one month after the shark attack, she was back in the ocean trying to learn how to surf with one arm only. Her persistence, hard work and a strong passion towards surfing led Bethany to the Woman’s Open Division contest where she won the 5th place. Only an year later, she participated in the NSSA National Championships where believe it or not, she succeeded in winning the 1st place.

What makes the “Soul Surfer” book such an inspirational piece of art is Bethany’s determination to continue to live her life the way she has always dreamed. Not even the fact that she has lost her arm stopped her from achieving her goals, nor decreased her desire to become a successful surfer. As Bethany says, “Life is a lot like surfing… When you get caught in the impact zone, you’ve got to just get back up. Because you never know what may be over the next wave.”, we all need to find the strength from within to overcome the obstacles. Moreover, no matter all the bad things you have been through, never lose your faith in God. Only He can get you back on the right track again.

This heart-melting story of the “Soul Surfer” book has touched millions of hearts all over the world. Take your time to read it, believe in yourself and God and know that you can do whatever you set your mind to.


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