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Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends

Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends

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by Bethany Hamilton, Doris Rikkers (With)

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From Bethany Hamilton’s fan letters come these honest, sometimes gut-wrenching questions---probably questions you’ve asked. Verses from the Bible add inspiration to Bethany’s sincere answers, and you’ll get to know her heart as you surf this personal book.


From Bethany Hamilton’s fan letters come these honest, sometimes gut-wrenching questions---probably questions you’ve asked. Verses from the Bible add inspiration to Bethany’s sincere answers, and you’ll get to know her heart as you surf this personal book.

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Soul Surfer Series
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Ask Bethany

FAQs: Surfing, Faith & Friends
By Bethany Hamilton Doris Rikkers


Copyright © 2007 Bethany Hamilton
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-72568-8

Chapter One

Bethany 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 Irish—Norwegian 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 school—that 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 Two

On 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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Meet the Author

Bethany Hamilton: Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. In 2003, Bethany lost her left arm while surfing to a 14-foot tiger shark. Rather than let her career as a rising surf star come crashing down, Bethany miraculously returned to the water one month after the attack, a year later won her first National title, and has since realized her dream of surfing professionally. Her unbelievably positive attitude fascinated the world, and her story has been told in an autobiography and later adapted to the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany and her husband, Adam Dirks, are involved in many charitable efforts, including Friends of Bethany, which she and her family created to help shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story. Now as a professional surfer, motivational speaker, and healthy lifestyle advocate, Bethany continues to touch and inspire lives globally.

Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

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Ask Bethany 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book provides insight into Bethany Hamilton's life. It is comprised of answers to some of her many e-mails and letters she has received. The book is very thought-provoking as it seems to put you in Bethany's shoes as you're reading the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It a amazing book and I recommend this book it is 100% worth the money . You can learn so much about bethany :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are Soooooooo inspiring. I luv your books soooooooool much. I will tell you right now....READ HER BOOKS!!!!!!!! #1!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is not enough stars in the world to rate you or your books!! You inspire me to be a better person and to always do what i love and never ever give up on my dreams! Love you Bethany!!:)))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Today I listened to 106.9 the lite and it talked about when the shark came and bit off her arm and while through all that she turned to God and asked him into her heart. Everyone thought it was a miracle that shestayed alive but we know it was Jesus Christ who really helped her through that hard time that she was going through so I would suggest reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope that kid is okay, but he really shouldnt put something like thaton a review. Kid if u r listening i hope u r ok i hope u didnt die. If u dint know what the heck i m talking about look down alittle further at the review that says this is serious. Tap here. I dont know what it says just tap on it and u will find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it I also saw the movie and it was so touching to my heart!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am your biggest fan! I loved the book! A definate 5 stars!!!!!!!
Diana Mallory More than 1 year ago
Yah bethany the amazing woman
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Graet book about a true girl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing as a sample!!!! Pretty sure I'm gonna purchase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She really inspired me with this book and Soul Surfer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really want this book!
Anna Klaes More than 1 year ago
Millions of thank u 2 bethany for inspiring us all!!!!!
Courtney Emanuels More than 1 year ago
Very good i recamendbit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also love god to He is asome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oka there is no dying kid in reviews!!!! And STOP sayin you bethany and the attack was a prank!!!!! Do yiu know how stupid that is............. i am mad at who ever did that bethany i love you and tell me if you know bethany hamiltons email please reply to @emily139 thanks!!!! :) XD
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It's amazing. It's neat 2 read other people's questions & comments:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hiiiii its lilly:)
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I want to be as btave as she is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love you so much because you just never keep trying and even though we go through hard yimes you can always keep movinng!!!!!!!
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