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Soul Surfer the Inspiring True Story of Beth Hamilton

Soul Surfer

by Waitsel Smith

 5 Stars - Best Christian Family Film, 2011 - starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt; written and directed by Sean McNamara - Brookwell-McNamara Entertainment, Enticing Entertainment, Island Film Group

AnnaSophia Robb turns in a top-notch performance playing Bethany Hamilton, a championship teenage Hawaiian surfer who loses her arm to a shark attack. The question is, will she ever surf again? Can she ever surf again, competitively? She enlists one of the top surfing coaches to help her try. But it is Bethany's faith, and the faith of her family, that determines the outcome. They are strong Christians who attend a beautiful open-air, sea-side church. Before Bethany's attack, her church's youth director wants her to go with the youth group on a mission trip; but Bethany can't, because she needs to train for an upcoming surfing competition. After her attack, she's available to go. That trip may be just the catalyst she needs to change her attitude about life and whether or not she can still compete in her sport.

This is one amazing movie. Not only is the story incredible, but the surfing cinematography is probably some of the best ever shot. AnnaSophia Robb was trained to surf for the role by Bethany's own coach; so the surfing is authentic. The rest of the cast is fun and attractive, including Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt as Bethany's parents, and Ross Thomas and Chris Brochu as her brothers. The Hamiltons are a surfing family - that's basically all they do. But Quaid had never surfed before, so he had to learn; Hunt was already an amateur surfer.

According to Bethany, "Surfing isn't the most important thing in life. Love is. I've had the chance to embrace more people with one arm than I ever could with two." Those are the words of a champion - surfer, as well as believer. This film is very inspirational and perfect for the whole family. The features that go along with the movie are as inspirational and entertaining as the film itself.

Rated PG

Soul Surfer
Paperback Book

Soul Surfer Devotions
Paperback Book

Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing,
Faith & Friends, Paperback

Soul Surfer - Movie

Rise Above: A 90-Day
, Paperback

Raising a Soul Surfer: One
Family's Epic Tale
, Hardcover


Waitsel Smith, February 15, 2012

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