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Crunch

by Rick Bundschuh
Series: Soul Surfer #4
125 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

Excellent nuggets of value to dig up.

Plot

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

Bethany Hamilton's youth group is thrilled - and a little nervous - about their Mexico missions trip. Expecting to reach out to a lot of needy people, Bethany quickly discovers what God can teach her through one little boy.

Morality

Bethany is compassionate, honest, and believes in the value of promises. The people hosting the mission team love the Mexicans and are determined to help them as much as possible. The mission sets about righting a few of the wrongs of Mexican society and government.

A charity benefit is set up to help poor children get the medical attention they need.

Spiritual Content

Bethany sees God's hand at work everywhere, and also decides to trust God even if things don't look all that great. Lots of prayer and a healthy amount of Scripture.

Violence

Bethany has a question-and-answer session during which she talks about the shark attack in non-graphic detail. A surfer cuts her leg badly during a wipeout. A boy is run over by the wheel of a dump truck.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A person is kept heavily sedated after an accident.

Sexual Content

None except that the front cover features a side view of Bethany surfing, wearing a surf shirt that exposes a little of her lower torso (due to the position she's in) and shorts.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

Living for Christ involves sacrifice. And a mission trip provides a good opportunity to live that out. There's also a great deal about keeping your word once you've given it. Even if you're not going on a mission trip to learn these things in the manner Bethany did, this story may give you just that.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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