Terrifying, gripping, inspirational, motivating, and faith building. Written by Bethany Hamilton, a 14 year old, none-the-less, who lost her arm to a shark attack while surfing and now continues on as a competitive surfer. I am looking forward to the movie coming out next week, and wanted to prepare myself for what I realize will be a hard movie to watch. My favorite part of the book, besides her determined faith in God, might be her updated end chapter detailing her journey through creating the movie with her family. Oh, and finding out the majority of the movie was filmed at Turtle Bay Resort, a place Brando and I are quite familiar with. That put a smile on my face.
This is the updated version of her book with actor Anna SophiaRobb, Bethany Hamilton's first choice of actor, and of Bridge to Terabithia and Because of Winn-Dixie fame, who also grew up with and has faith in God as well.
Here is a photo of her original book, with Bethany Hamilton on the cover:
Watch the Soul Surfer official trailer here. I definitely recommend reading the book first. As the preview is already gripping me in tears, the book gives you the background and understanding of what her family and her truly went through, their basis in faith (the movie is spiced up a little, as movies are), and the relationship they built with the actors during the filming of the movie, making it all much closer to heart. The movie, as stated by the director, Sean McNamara, focuses more on the struggle in order for the audience to connect with her, which is an emotional and heart-wrenching aspect I'm looking forward to understanding. Most of all, I look forward to continuing to be inspired by her faith and that of her families -- observing that kind of faith and connection in a family makes me realize the importance of investing every emotional energy into that faith. You can also check out her self-made documentary here.