My name is Jonene Ficklin, and I'm a full-time wife, mom, writer, and professional artist. I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I use colored pencils, oil paints, and watercolors. I love what I do!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Soul Surfer

We took the kids to see the movie, Soul Surfer over the weekend. It’s the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a girl surfer who suffered a shark attack.

I read her book when it first came out and was very impressed. How can a girl lose an arm, but find herself?

Here is a short version of her story, in her own words:

She really found herself. The book was inspiring, and the movie was just plain wonderful. My eleven year old son said, “I think that’s the best movie I’ve seen in a long time!” And it was.

They also have an amazing cast:

AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany (she starred in Bridge to Terabithia)

Dennis Quaid as her father

Helen Hunt as her mother


Carrie Underwood as a church counselor and friend

among others.

The best part is, it’s real. Bethany Hamilton is real and a true role model.

Enjoy this movie trailer and then go see the show – and take a few tissues – and prepare to be impressed.


  1. That sounds amazing. If a shark attacked me I don't think I'd ever get back in the ocean. What a brave girl. :)

  2. I'll at least stay inside the reef. She is a very brave girl - and an amazing surfer.

  3. I LOVE a good movie! We'll put this on our todo list for spring break!

  4. Hi Julie and welcome! We really enjoyed Soul Surfer. They did a great job, especially with the attack itself. My younger children weren't traumatized. I hope you enjoy the show!

  5. She's gorgeous, strong and brave. I'm not surprised her story was riveting!

  6. Lydia, amen. I'm happy to give a great person like her some well earned applause!


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