Raising a Soul Surfer: One Family's Epic Tale

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Bethany Hamilton’s incredible story of surviving and thriving in the wake of a shark attack, told in her best-selling autobiography Soul Surfer, has sold more than 1.5 million copies. Yet her family’s adventures started long before Bethany lost her arm and became a pro surfer. Now Cheri Hamilton, Bethany’s mom, tells the inspiring...

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Overview

Cheri Hamilton, Bethany’s mom, tells the inspiring story of the Hamilton Family.
Bethany Hamilton’s incredible story of surviving and thriving in the wake of a shark attack, told in her best-selling autobiography Soul Surfer, has sold more than 1.5 million copies. Yet her family’s adventures started long before Bethany lost her arm and became a pro surfer. Now Cheri Hamilton, Bethany’s mom, tells the inspiring story of the Hamilton Family.
 
Raising a Soul Surfer invites readers to journey with the Hamiltons to the lush islands of Hawaii, to experience a worldwide news event, Bethany’s shark attack, from her parents’ point of view. Witness the many small steps of faith and how God stepped in and gave them a higher purpose.
 

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“Spending time with Cheri Hamilton and the whole Hamilton clan during script development, pre-production, filming and beyond gave me a unique perspective on the family. Seeing the love for God, and the love of God, pouring out of them kept us focused on the true reason for producing the film, Soul Surfer. And having the opportunity to have Cheri capture even more of the story in ‘Raising a Soul Surfer’ helps fill in all the blanks that are left unfilled by a 2 hour movie.”
 
Rich Peluso
Vice President, AFFIRM Films / Sony Pictures Entertainment
 
 
If you are that worried about sharks, don’t surf. Fear can ruin a good time, and anticipating the unknown is futile. Ever since a shark attacked Bethany, she focuses on what she can control instead of what she can’t see. In fact, “Don’t Look Down” seems to be an unspoken motto for the entire Hamilton family. This expression is not a suggestion that they ignore their fears; rather, it is a statement of courage that motivates them to embrace life’s challenges. Instead of worrying about what might happen, the Hamiltons trust in the Lord and don’t blink an eye to transitory disturbances. They continue to look up toward the Lord, hoping and praying for good instead of mulling over their fears.
 
This unique family lives a beautifully rough island life, “following their bliss” and not fretting over what is around the next turn. Rather than analyzing and contemplating their next move, they taste life and experience it. This attitude represents an island mentality of living life to the fullest and simply enjoying the gifts God provides: the ocean, family and friends.
 
From the Foreword by Anna Sophia Robb
Actress (portrayed Bethany Hamilton in the hit movie Soul Surfer)

"I have been truly honored to know Bethany Hamilton, riding with her and sharing platforms where we witness people's hearts being deeply moved by the inspirational story of Bethany and her faith in God.  As a child going and growing through difficulties because of having no limbs since birth, I sincerely understand the importance of a mother's role in one's life through storms that seem too big at times.  Cheri Hamilton's testimony and life's lessons will touch and challenge anyone's perspective of life.  Furthermore her love for Bethany, her family and above all, God, will ignite a flame of faith and encouragement to all who read."

 
Nick Vujicic Founder,

Life without Limbs

 

 

 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830759699
  • Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheri Hamilton | Hanalei Bay, Kauai 
Cheri was 27 when she first met Christ in between surf sessions. At the time she was completely obsessed with surfing. In 1975, she met and married Tom. Together they raised their three kids Noah, Tim and Bethany, and taught them how to surf.

Rick Bundshuh | Poipu, Hawaii

Rick is a pastor, veteran youth worker, writer, speaker and published cartoonist. He serves as a teaching pastor at Kauai Christian Fellowship. He worked with Bethany Hamilton on her best-selling Soul Surfer book. He lives with his beautiful wife, Lauren, their kids, weenie dog and a quiver of surfboards. Rick is also the author of the thought provoking Deep Like Me.

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 13

1 Hollywood Comes to Paradise 17

2 Jersey Boy 37

3 Ticket to 'Nam 47

4 Destiny 57

5 Hawaii Bound 73

6 Captured by Christ 87

7 Raising Christian Kids on Kauai 101

8 Hopes, Dreams and Hurricanes 121

9 In the Shadow of Death 137

10 The Shark with a Ragged Fin 153

11 Fearless Passion 159

12 A Surfer Girl Who Loves God 175

13 Keeping It Real 189

Epilogue: Surfing His Waves 199

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2011

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    amazing story of faith and courage

    "raising a soul surfer " is very hard to put down. after seeing the movie and reading the book soul surfer and being totally amazed by this teens courage and faith and her strong comeback after being attacked by a large shark I was thrilled to read "raising a soul surfer" this book is writtion by the mother and she not only shares her own faith but that of her daughters faith and up bringing this book shows how bethany was able to deal with this tough situation and get back on on her feet again and how she is able to make a difference in the lifes of others there are also some very special photos in this book it is very encouraging to me. great gift idea for a friend or family member.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Thanks

    Just wanted to say thank you to all my supportive fans out there cant wait till my next compatition but thanks again special thanks to my loving careing nurturing and kind hearted mom love you soooooo much
    Love Bethany Hamalton

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Beathany hamilton

    Thanks to all my fans and te supporters tht hav been on this journey with me from the start it really means alot to me. Thanks mom love you

    Love bethany hamilton

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Really good

    It shows all the things that we need to know or want to know.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Awesomest person ever

    Great book and very engouraging.
    I also love how shes such a big christan and puts her faith in god

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    A AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I read her book and know im reading Cheris testimony¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!

    I recemend for eberyone to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Cherl hamilton's book

    Awesome sample

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Soul surfer

    Soul surfer is AMAZING!!!! I havnt read the book but in loveeee with the movie<3 its such a touching story and it really encourages you to never give up on yourself!!! Anyways, LOVE IT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Is this book good.

    I think i might try it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Anonymous:-)

    Soul surfer is AMAZING!!!!!! Love it!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Cheri hamilton

    You daughter is amazing and a mir.ce and a good book wrier and she is awesome aad i love ther.ovie evan thoe tht is not her that is cool that she really want to do and her faith was awesom and that ks cool how she is a professional surf she is so awseome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    omg

    a amizing book i can not put it down i go to mores

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    ?..

    Really fasinating

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Good book

    Read it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    To reveiw number 5

    I DONT BELIVE YOU!!!!
    By poppkornrocks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Oh my goodness

    To big explanation. That it so dumb. She is an awesome girl and she actually didnt like getting alot of attention at first. If you saw the movie she was doubtful of the attention but then she figured out how to teach people about our heavenly father. If bethany read that review sh ewould be in aw that someon e would do that and then she would pray for you. I am going to pray for you too. Dear lord help who ever that person is to know that they didnt do what is right. They lied and they new it. Help them to undersand that. Amen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Also in response to 'big explanation'

    That is cruel and condescending!!!! How would you feel if you/ a loved one got ATTACKED BY A SHRK AND ALMOST DIED,not so much of a joke then, huh. Let me ask you something: do you realy care about bethany and the rest of the hamilton family? Because if you did you would never even think that it was a joke, much less write it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    To big explanation

    SHUT UP!!! The shark attack was most definitely not a prank! Bethany wouldn't do that! Stop lying!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Awesome book

    I love this book. It is amazing all the way around. Amazed me.

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