Wednesday, March 16, 2011
SEE SOUL SURFER MOVIE APRIL 8th
Soul Surfer Movie
Last night my husband and I, and some other family members and friends were blessed to pre~screen the PG rated Soul Surfer movie here in Wichita, Kansas. It was the true story of Bethany Hamilton...the teenage girl who lost her arm in a shark attack in Hawaii while surfing.
Although this is not actually a "Christian" movie, the story shows her close knit family, and also her circle of close friends who helped her through the tragedy. And her strong faith in Jesus Christ is her true strength. And this is evidenced as they quote scripture, pray together, and live out their faith before others.
After the tragedy her father is sitting in her hospital room reading the Bible and she asks him if she will surf again, and he says he knows she "can do all things through Him who gives her strength." Philippians 4:13 The real Bethany and her family insisted that the scriptures be in the movie. They are a family of faith and this is a big part of this movie.
Annasophia Robb plays Bethany. Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt play Bethany's parents, and Carrie Underwood plays her church, youth leader.
The scenery is outstanding; as are the surfing scenes. I thought of the power of God with each pounding wave!
This movie encourages us to cling to our faith in God during our trials, and to try again each time we fail...until our faith brings the victory, as God strengthens us.
April 8th is when Soul Surfer opens, and I hope you will all go and see it. You will be so touched by her story.
I could relate to the loss of her arm in a personal way, because my own mother lost her right arm in an auto accident as a young wife and mother of one small child. She went on to raise 4 children, having to learn to do everything with one arm. The words that I use to describe my mother are Fortitude, and Faith. And these are words that could also describe Bethany Hamilton.