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Storm

by Rick Bundschuh
Series: Soul Surfer #3
89 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

Easy read, quick but solid plot, and a set-up for the next book in the series.

Plot

Note: This story and most of its characters are fictional, but it's inspired by the very real Bethany Hamilton.

Bethany Hamilton and her friend Holly are excited about their mission trip to Mexico. Still in the fundraising phase, the girls try to find new ways of earning more money. At the same time, Andrea is trapped on a hike and there is only One she can depend on to help.

Morality

Bethany has a compassionate heart for those far and near. She is a good friend and has a great desire to help. She is determined, persevering, and pushes herself out of her comfort zone. Her youth leader reminds her that we don't always know what people are like, so we ought not be judgmental.

Andrea's family seems to have grown much closer after the death of her uncle.

Spiritual Content

Bethany is an unashamed Christian. She prays for others and for her own growth in Christ. Bible verses are quoted.

Andrea and her mom become interested in God.

Violence

The story starts with a nightmare. A girl comes close to falling off a cliff. Bethany puts her life in danger to help someone else.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

The front cover features a side view of Bethany surfing, wearing a surf shirt that doesn't cover her lower back (due to the position she's in) and high-cut shorts.

Bethany and Holly mention some people who go into the backcountry and take off their clothes. Bethany also states that they go in pairs.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Andrea's mom utters an unwritten curse. At one point, Andrea thinks "oh my God", though that may have been a prayer of sorts.

Conclusion

It's a brief story, but there's still time to pull a couple good truths out. Join Bethany as she finds a way to blend her passion with her mission, takes Holly on "crazy" workouts, and helps hikers in need.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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