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Ask BethanyFAQs: Surfing, Faith & Friends
By Bethany Hamilton Doris Rikkers
ZONDERVANCopyright © 2007 Bethany Hamilton
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Chapter OneBethany Basics
Q. It has been a long time since I have seen your picture. What do you look like now? Q. How tall are you? A. I'm taller now than I was when I was attacked by the shark. I was 5'7" when I was 13, but now I'm 5'10". I have blond hair and hazel eyes and an IrishNorwegian heritage.
Q. How old are you? A. I'm 20 years old now.
Q. When is your birthday? A. I was born February 8, 1990.
Q. Where do you live? A. I live in the town of Princeville, on the north shore of the island of Kauai, in the state of Hawaii, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Q. Were you born in Hawaii or someplace else? A. I was born in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, in the emergency room at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.
Q. Where do you go to school? A. I now stay home to go to schoolthat sounds funny, doesn't it? Anyway, I went to Hanalei Elementary School in the town of Hanalei, on Kauai. I started homeschooling after sixth grade so I'd have more time to surf. I do my studies through American School. They have students all over the world! I pretty much have to homeschool these days because I travel so much.
Q. Are you a Christian? A. Yes, I am. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and my God. I have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. For more about my faith see the chapter "About Faith."
Q. When did you become a Christian? A. I've been a Christian for as long as I can remember. I was about five when I recognized Jesus as my Savior and committed to follow him, love him, and live my life for him!
Q. Where do you go to church? A. I go to the North Shore Community Church near my home.
Q. What color is your hair? A. I have medium length, straight blonde hair. It looks just like my mom's hair did when she was my age.
Q. I heard you have blonde hair. Is that your natural color? Do you use peroxide or anything on it? A. My hair is thin, so it naturally bleaches out from the sun even more than most people's hair. I like everything real and natural, so I don't use artificial products and I try to avoid chemicals as much as possible.
Q. I heard you're really cute, so I checked out some of the pics on the Web. Sure enough, you are. Life's not fair. How come you're cute and popular, and I'm not? A. God makes us the way we are for a reason and he never makes a mistake. You were designed with his perfect love! We just have to make the best of what we've got. And besides, it's what's inside us that really counts. Kindness and love are more important than looks. My mom has me look up words in the Strong's Concordance to find their deeper meaning. I found out that real beauty is more valuable if it's inside our hearts. Grace, pleasant, agreeable, precious, delight, honor, and godly were a few of the words that were a part of being beautiful. Sin is what really makes a person look ugly, so be beautiful with a clean heart!
Chapter TwoOn the Same Wave
Here's what the Bible tells us about outward appearance:
The Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height ... The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
Beauty is more about what's on the inside than what's on the outside.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment ... Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." 1 Peter 3:3-4
Q. What's your middle name? A. Meilani, which means "heavenly flower."
Q. Do you have a nickname, or does everybody call you Bethany? A. Bebo, B-ham, or Bethy.
Q. What's your favorite holiday? A. Valentine's Day.
Q. Who's your favorite movie star? A. I don't really have one, but I like to laugh, so I'd say either John Heder, who plays Napoleon Dynamite, or the actor who plays Dewey in Malcolm in the Middle.
Q. Do you have any pets? If yes, what are their names? Q. What kind of pets do you have? A. I have a dog, a shar-pei named Ginger. She's the most adorable little dog you'll ever see! She's been in our family for years. I used to have a horse named Koko. My mom sold her because she took too much time away from surfing, and she bucked too much.
Q. Do you take your pets with you when you travel? A. No. Ginger hates water, so she doesn't like to go to the beach. We even had to get her a raincoat so we could walk her. (It rains a lot here.)
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