Bethany Hamilton: Soul Surfer

The inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton is an encouraging example for anyone facing a debilitating injury or other difficulty in their life. On October 31, 2003, the homeschooled teen survived a shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off. She overcame her injury and went on to realize her dream of becoming a professional surfer. Bethany is an especially great role model for girls and young women who have experienced the loss of at least one limb.

Bethany’s autobiography is titled Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. Hamilton also has several other books credited to her name including Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends, Soul Surfer Devotions, Rise Above: A 90-Day Devotional, and the Soul Surfer Bible.

For a free downloadable scripture-based discussion guide to go with the movie, click here:

For more information about Bethany and her work with Christian charities around the world, visit and

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