I recently watched the film "Soul Surfer." I really enjoyed it. It is another current example of a major Hollywood type film that effectively touches on Christian themes, or at least treats the character's faith with respect. This film, now out on DVD, features the story of Christian teen Bethany Hamilton, a surfer in Hawaii. She was attacked by a shark and lost one of her arms. She had to learn to surf, and go through all of life for that matter, with one less limb. This movie humbles you and reminds you to be grateful to God for all that you have. As a parent, it would serve as a great teachable moment for teenagers who are pouting or complaining about all that they don't have (a new phone, a date to the dance, a car, etc.) I find it interesting that more and more non-Christian actors (at least to my knowledge they profess no faith in Christ) are taking roles in this genre of films. For example, in "Soul Surfer" big name stars like Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt play Bethany's parents, and Craig T. Nelson stars as her doctor. I would highly recommend the film. Watch it with your entire family! Stay tuned during the credits to see real home movies of Bethany surfing, doing chores after her injury, and sharing her faith in front of thousands. Inspiring!
- Bethany Hamilton