Rise Above  -     By: Bethany Hamilton, Doris Rikkers
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Rise Above

ZonderKidz / 2011 / Paperback

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In 2003, 13 year old surfer Bethany Hamilton was out on her board when a shark attacked her. Losing her arm, many, including herself, feared that she would never be able to surf again. Within weeks of the attack, Bethany was out surfing again, and a few months later she was competing again in surfing competitions. Bethany is an inspiration to all that hear her story, but she is an inspiration for more than surviving the attack-she lives her life for God. Join Bethany in this 90 day devotional where she shares her hope and courage with teenage girls. Each devotion features Scripture relating to the devotion, a personal prayer from Bethany, and a fun fact. 189 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310725674
ISBN-13: 9780310725671
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 8-12

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Young girls will get encouraging words from the Bible and from courageous, young surfer Bethany Hamilton to see them through their day in this devotional book. Both “hot” and “cool” topics that every young girl faces will be addressed. An extra, tucked-in feature will give the girls the “inside scoop” on what Bethany’s life is all about.

Author Bio

Bethany Hamilton: Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. In 2003, Bethany lost her left arm while surfing to a 14-foot tiger shark. Rather than let her career as a rising surf star come crashing down, Bethany miraculously returned to the water one month after the attack, a year later won her first National title, and has since realized her dream of surfing professionally. Her unbelievably positive attitude fascinated the world, and her story has been told in an autobiography and later adapted to the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany and her husband, Adam Dirks, are involved in many charitable efforts, including Friends of Bethany, which she and her family created to help shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story. Now as a professional surfer, motivational speaker, and healthy lifestyle advocate, Bethany continues to touch and inspire lives globally. Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.


Bethany Hamilton's spirit blazes through the pages of Rise Above: A 90-Day Devotional. This book is geared toward girls ages eight to twelve, and it addresses all areas of preteen life. Hamilton writes about sensitive issues, from wearing modest clothing to having a positive self-image, and she focuses on Christian ethics such as honesty, pride, and appropriate praise. The best part? She does it genuinely with a fresh, young, surfer-girl voice.

Some devotional books start strong but gradually become repetitive and cliched. Not Rise Above. This devotional collection gains strength as it goes on. In Devotion #1, Bethany describes the morning when she lost her arm in a shark attack and relates the incident to an obvious biblical truth that God has "Big Plans Ahead" for all His children. In Devotion #39, "Getting an A for Attitude," Bethany reminds her readers that she is just as human as they are and that she, too, argues with her parents, cries, and gets grumpy. This transparency gives her credibility when she writes "no matter what we're feeling inside, Jesus calls us to be selfless." The connected Bible verse is a perfect fit. It’s Ephesians 4:23-24, which says, "There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness—righteous, holy, and true."

Each devotional can be read in about three minutes, but in that short time the reader will get a story clip from Bethany's life, a related Bible verse and prayer, and a fun fact about Bethany. The arrangement is simple and the truths she writes about are nothing new, but her youthful voice is sure to speak to preteen girls who desire to seek God’s will in their lives. If you're looking for a devotional that will keep your daughter's attention and give her solid thoughts to process on a daily basis, this is the book. I know because it reached me, a routine, silly, God-loving college girl. – Rachel Tobin, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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