Soul Surfer Summer Read Questions
1. Soul Surfer takes place in Kauai, Hawaii. In the story, the main character-Bethany Hamilton- is an extremely talented surfer. Her whole life basically revolved around surfing, she loved it more than anything else in the world. Bethany spent most of her time in the water, either practicing or competing. Until one day during a practice session with her best friend, Alana Blanchard, something tragic occurred. Bethany was attacked by a 14 foot tiger shark. Alana, and her father and brother rushed Bethany to the hospital, in fear that she might die. Ironically, Bethany’s father was getting surgery that day, and he left his room so that his daughter could be helped. It was her and her family’s faith in God that had kept her alive. Bethany woke up to realize that she had lost her left arm, and her dream of becoming a professional surfer. For this, Bethany looked for guidance through God. She took a trip to Thailand with her church youth group through World Vision in efforts to help the tsunami victims. There, Bethany was touched by God, and her perspective on the injury, and her whole life, was changed. A young orphan, traumatized by the tsunami, refused to go in the ocean. Bethany helped him get the courage to go back in the water. This boy helped her realize that surfing isn’t the most important thing in the world. Bethany believed that God did everything for a reason, and that this injury was for the better. Her father restated an inspiring verse from the Bible, “You can do all things through ‘Him’ who gives you strength” Philippians 4:13. And Bethany succeeded to compete in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) National Championships, and took 1st place. 2. I felt very inspired by Bethany Hamilton. What she endured, and overcame, was of epic proportions. I also felt sympathetic towards Bethany, as well as her situation, surviving a shark attack. She was a young, ambitious girl, with her mind set on only one thing,...
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