From the book, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, & Fighting to Get Back On The Board
1.After five minutes, my thoughts are about Bethany Hamilton, an internationally ranked surfer, reveals how she survived a shark attack that cost her an arm but not her heart in this moving personal account of faith and fortitude.
Bethany Hamilton is said to have saltwater in her veins. What other explanation may there be for her desire to surf? What other explanation could there be for the fact that nothing, not even the loss of her arm, could stand between her and the waves? Bethany reacted calmly to the shark's sneak assault on Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, as if she had God on her hand. She started to swim with one arm, concentrating on a single thought: “Get to the beach...” And when the first thing Bethany decided to do was to go to the beach, she did just that.(page 2 of the book)
2.After the tent minute the thoughts are much connected to page 4 of the book where there is a moving revelation of Bethany's early years as a surfboard, her rehabilitation after the shark attack, the changes she's made to her distinctive surfing style, her unparalleled bid for a top finish at the World Surfing Championships, and, most importantly, her faith in God. It's a tale of girl power and spiritual grit, demonstrating that the body isn't nearly as important as the soul in surfing.