Last Sunday Greg and I went to see the highly recommended true story “Soul Surfer“. I don’t know what I was expecting – maybe some cheesy “B” film with a dramatic and whiny theme – but I was amazed instead to actually be moved beyond belief.
This film is about real life hero – Bethany Hamilton, a surfer since she could walk – living in Hawaii with her family – already famous on the Island for the way she could ride the surf at a young age. A fierce competitor who lived in the water and who was herself, fearless. She had a promising future ahead of her until one day while surfing with some friends – she was attacked by a shark, who actually bit her left arm completely off. But the story does not end there – in tragedy and darkness – dashed hopes and dreams, the story is more about her miraculous recovery and ever-growing faith in God to get her through the darkest and most challenging time of her young life.
It is a story of ultimate victory over adversity – life from death and renewed determination when life goes sideways. It is a story that could put all of us to shame – those of us who whine and complain about life’s woes – with two good arms.
I love how she finally finds her purpose and reason for going on – to be an inspiration to others – her famous quote at the end of the movie – “I can embrace more people now – with one arm” Simply amazing.
I encourage you to see this film – if you yourself have ever doubted God – ever wondered why things happen as they do – wonder what God’s plan is and purpose in your life when you suffer, experience loss and try desperately to hold on to your faith. It will touch you – inspire and amaze you – and you will never be the same.
Below, in an interview while the film was in production – is the real Bethany Hamilton. Her words will encourage you and her positive approach to life with inspire you today.
- ‘Soul Surfer’ Movie Opens After Fights Over Depicting Faith (via CNN Belief Blog) (mgpcpastor.wordpress.com)
- ‘Soul Surfer’ Premiere (socialitelife.com)
- Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story is a Must See (beyondhonolulu.com)
- Soul Surfer – A Must See (lorisalvador.wordpress.com)
- GODSTUFF: “Soul Surfer” strikes balance between faith and fiction (cathleenfalsani.com)
- Hour Of Power Features Soul Surfer Real Life Hero, Bethany Hamilton! (takingonacause.com)