Surfer Bethany Hamilton has been who the “Bravest Girl in America.” Raised in Kauai, Hawaii, Hamilton has been a surfer since the age of seven, and is said to have sea-water in her veins. Her love of big waves has never left her, not even after a shark attack on Halloween of 2003 that nearly took her life and severed her arm near the shoulder.
Most of us cannot fathom what life would be like after a catastrophic injury like what Bethany sustained. I find her resilience amazing, and inspiring. Instead of focusing on all the things she can no longer do, Bethany pushes herself to do things that would all but seem impossible to the rest of us. One of the scenes in the film that I found the most amazing was a quiet scene where Bethany strives to help put breakfast on the table. The simple act of cutting fruit for the family becomes an incomprehensible task. Yet Bethany quietly sits on the floor with fruit, cutting board and knife, and finds a way to make it happen. And if the simple act of cutting fruit with only one arm seems like an impossibility, then just wait until you see the scenes where Bethany gets back on a surfboard.
Bethany credits her family and her faith for helping her to persevere and get back on a board. Not only did Bethany re-learn how to surf, but she also went on to compete in numerous surfing competitions. Bethany has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Teen Choice award for Most Courageous Teen and the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.
Bethany’s story has been turned into a feature length film, SOUL SURFER, starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood and Lorraine Nicholson (Jack Nicholson’s daughter). The film hits theaters nationwide on Friday, April 8.
A young adult book accompanies the release. Soul Surfer – A Movie Tie-In: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board is available for purchase now. Click here for more info on the book. If you are looking for a hero, someone your kids can really look up to, then pick-up this book and read it with them. You’ll both be amazed and inspired!
Now, for a little present for you. If you live in the Oklahoma City area, Bookend Babes wants to send you and your family to the movies, for free !
How would you like to see a special advance screening of the film SOUL SURFER, courtesy of Bookend Babes? I’ll not make you jump through any hoops, or even promising me your undying adoration. All you need to do is print this blog post, and take it to the theater with you, or simply print the picture of the admission ticket below! Screening takes place on Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 PM at the AMC Quail Springs Theater. If you decide to go to the screening, make sure you ARRIVE EARLY! Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. You really should be there at least an hour before showtime. I can’t stress that point enough. Get there early!
The film is rated PG. I’ve seen the film myself and wouldn’t hesitate to bring my youngest child with me. Some people may have an aversion due to the shark attack, but I promise, this is handled with sensitivity and without gory detail. This is a film that the whole family can enjoy, so I hope you get the chance to do just that!
Here’s the pass, and then you’ll find the trailer to the film. Enjoy!