Soul Surfer, the Movie

AnnaSophia Robb at the July 2006 San Diego Com...

AnnaSophia Robb

We saw this movie yesterday and wow, what an impactful story.  You will cry, but once you get through that you will see a girl come back to life from a horrible providence.  I have included below the site for Bethany Hamilton, the real Soul Surfer.  Please go there and support her.

Here is what Rotten Tomatoes says about the movie:

Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams. Soul Surfer reveals Bethany’s fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Okay,   it was a soft sell Christian film.   And,  the Hollywood clueless doesn’t exactly know how to deal with that.  Here is a take on that.Basically, what you’re doing is you have all these people who want to make a movie about Bethany and they don’t know the Lord and they don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. For what we have in the movie it was such a battle.

Carrie Underwood at the 45th Annual Academy of...

 Carrie Underwood

Heart of a Soul Surfer (Bethany Hamilton)

Heart of a Soul Surfer

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5 thoughts on “Soul Surfer, the Movie

  1. Why do you suppose God made a tiger shark attack Bethany in the first place? It’s all well and good to talk about learning lessons from difficult situations, remaining optimistic and inspiring others, but … if you are going to get a Christian message out of this story, it seems to me that you have to believe in a god which inflicts severe pain and suffering on his people because that’s apparently his only way to communicate simple moral lessons. Sounds monstrous to me.


    • “God made a … shark attack” is a big statement of theology. I don’t think I can recap the events that way.

      If you watched the movie, you would realize that there was an opportunity for Bethany to be totally away from the water that day but she “chose” (maybe not) to be at home and in the water when the shark attacked.

      You can say that “God made…” but you do not know that…just as I don’t know why the sequence of events in the real Bethany’s life happened as they did.

      I do know this: a horrible event in 1 person’s life and her follow up courage in the face of extreme difficulties has touched many, many people in very good ways.

      Did God make the shark bite her? I don’t know. Did God allow much good to come from what you and I view as tragedy, Yes.

      I work with a paraplegic and every day I am amazed and blessed to be there with him. I am confronted with the question: would I respond as heroically as he does every day, the same way I see him responding to tragedies in his life? Maybe that is why he is there in my life–to strengthen me and cause me to be grateful for the blessings that I have.


      • Hmm. I don’t think it’s such a controversial statement of theology, unless you’re saying that the god you believe in is either not omnipotent, or indifferent to what happens to people on Earth. But … the Bible says repeatedly that nothing happens except for what God wills. I don’t see how you can get around the idea that, in some way or other, God willed that that shark attack that girl. (Some people say that bad things are a result of Satan having gotten some power in our world. But even that must have been granted by God, or else God is not omnipotent or he is indifferent to our suffering.)


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