I finally got around to watching Soul Surfer over the Christmas holiday and I just wish I had seen it in the theater. I would recommend this movie just on the scenery alone but it has a strong story that is well acted. It is a movie about a Christian family not a Christian movie. The worship scenes and other overtly Christian scenes and dialog are not forced but develop naturally in the course of the movie.
Soul Surfer moves us through the life of Bethany Hamilton who at thirteen has her left arm bitten off by a shark. It follows her recovery both physical and mental and shows her struggle to be able to sure again at the high level she had before the attack. Bethany is played by AnnaSophia Robb and her parents are portrayed by Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt. The acting is first class throughout the movie.
This movie really underscores the verse in Philippians 4 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Not only is this girl and her family able to over the devastating injury of having an arm bitten off in a shark attack but she finds the strength to continue to surf, a sport she loves. Be prepared to shed a few tears while watching but I think this is one I could watch multiple times.
Have a blessed day,