Soul Surfer


About a month ago, I had the privilege of seeing a “sneak peek” preview of the new movie Soul Surfer. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this dramatic replaying of the inspirational story of surfer Bethany Hamilton. The film’s primary stars, AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt did a fantastic job of bringing Bethany’s story to life.

For a complete rundown on how this film earns its PG rating, take a look at the comprehensive review on PluggedIn. I’ll simply say that I found the film to be amazing – an inspirational story, compelling acting, and amazing cinematography. The beaches of Hawaii have never looked so beautiful and the surfing scenes will take your breath away. There is a bit of intensity in the scene surrounding Bethany’s attack by a shark, but the imagery in neither gratuitous nor overly gory.

Be sure to stay until the end of the movie to see real home movies that were the basis for many of the scenes in this film. I’ll be anxious to hear the thoughts of those of you who view the film and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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