Book Review: Soul Surfer, A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton with Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh

After having read Gabrielle Douglas's Grace, Gold & Glory, another autobiography by a young Christian female athlete, I decided to check out Bethany Hamilton’s autobiography, Soul Surfer. The book was initially published in 2004, when Bethany was fourteen. Accompanying the opening of the (excellent) major motion picture in 2011, Soul Surfer was re-released with added bonus material in the … Continue reading Book Review: Soul Surfer, A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton with Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh

Book Review: Honolulu by Alan Brennert

Moloka’i, the story of a girl in a leper colony, by Alan Brennert, is one of my favorite books. So I thought it would be worth checking out Brennert’s other Hawaii novel, Honolulu. We meet Regret, a young Korean girl at the turn of the (twentieth) century. She longs to venture outside of her culture's … Continue reading Book Review: Honolulu by Alan Brennert

Book Review: Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Spirited little Rachel Kalama’s life changes for the worst when, in 1890s Hawai’i, she is discovered to have leprosy. The disease breaks up the Kalama family as it makes them anathema, which no one in their community wants to touch. Young Rachel is deported to the secluded island of Moloka’i, never to be permitted to touch … Continue reading Book Review: Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Book Review: Dear America: Early Sunday Morning, The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows (Hawaii, 1941) by Barry Denenberg

It is 1941, and just as Amber Billows and her family are beginning to adjust to their new life in Washington, D.C. (after having moved between multiple other cities), Amber's father, a quirky Harvard-educated reporter, announces that they are moving yet again, this time to the virtually unheard of U.S. territory of Hawaii. Amber is quick … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: Early Sunday Morning, The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows (Hawaii, 1941) by Barry Denenberg