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Number of Pages: 269
Vendor: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: 2010
Availability: In Stock
I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and BeyondMichael Oher, Don YeagerPenguin Putnam Inc. / 2011 / Hardcover$18.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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For the first time, the remarkable couple depicted in The Blind Side tells their own deeply inspiring story
First came the bestselling book, then the Oscar-nominated movie—the story of Michael Oher and the family who adopted him has become one of the most talked-about true stories of our time. But until now, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy have never told this astonishing tale in their own way and with their own words.
For Leigh Anne and Sean, it all begins with family. Leigh Anne, the daughter of a tough-as-nails U.S. Marshal, decided early on that her mission was to raise children who would become "cheerful givers." Sean, who grew up poor, believed that one day he could provide a home that would be "a place of miracles." Together, they raised two remarkable children—Collins and Sean Jr.—who shared their deep Christian faith and their commitment to making a difference. And then one day Leigh Anne met a homeless African-American boy named Michael and decided that her family could be his. She and her husband taught Michael what this book teaches all of us: Everyone has a blind side, but a loving heart always sees a path toward true charity.
Michael Oher's improbable transformation could never have happened if Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy had not opened their hearts to him. In this compelling, funny, and profoundly inspiring book, the Tuohys take us on an extraordinary journey of faith and love—and teach us unforgettable lessons about the power of giving.
This trio of authors addresses our societys obscured vision of what it means to give and change someone elses life. Many people look to make a difference, but they do so with an agenda. They want to feel good about what they do and only want to be involved with large projects. Its not that eliminating world hunger isnt a worthy cause, but being so wrapped up in large scale operations can cause people to miss the hungry folks standing right in front of them. We shared a theory: we were born to make a difference, Sean states, It was up to us to put down some footprints in our community, to live for something more than just ourselves. If we could do that in any shape, form, or fashion, then it would be a blessing not just in someone else's life but in our own. The Tuohys also provide countless examples of when people in their community provided for their needs, therefore, impacting the way they viewed giving.
The story is told in narrative format by the Tuohy family itself. Both Sean and Leigh Anne take turns discussing their childhoods and early years of marriage. Stories from the Tuohy children, as well as Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, are also included. They explain both their personal thoughts on the movie and what the familys reactions were on taking in Michael. Michael is the homeless young man whom they adopted, which inspired the bestseller The Blind Side.
This familys story will captivate readers attention in a heartbeat. It moves at a steady pace. Whether or not the reader agrees with the Tuohys philosophy on giving, Christians specifically should feel convicted to examine their own attitudes toward giving as well as tithing. A good verse to keep in mind is 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Those who enjoyed The Blind Side will certainly enjoy In a Heartbeat. This story of faith is so distinctive, readers cannot help but be inspired by the legacy this family has shared with the rest of the world. Amanda Push, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
“For anyone wondering what more there might be to say about the inspiring story of The Blind Side, the answer is: plenty… They write with humor about their quirks and the joy that Michael brought to their family.”—Publishers Weekly
Bette Reasoner4 Stars Out Of 5July 5, 2013Bette ReasonerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gave great insight to the Tuohys and their heart of giving.
AJPKSAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5motivational and inspirationalJuly 22, 2011AJPKSAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this book. It is a quick and easy read! Most importantly, it motivates and inspires me to greater love for those people who pass through our lives who are unseen and unloved. These people allowed God to use them in a mighty way! In the life of one young man, they made "all the difference"!! What if we ALL did this for JUST ONE person who "pops up" in front of us?! What a blessing this world would experience! A great read---especially for those who think they have nothing to give or who think they can't make a difference!
Marcia Pennington5 Stars Out Of 5Saw the movieFebruary 12, 2011Marcia PenningtonQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4saw the movie and wanted to read the book that inspired the movie
BeckyCrown Point, INAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent book.February 4, 2011BeckyCrown Point, INAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great book that helps the believer see how to help those around you without making it into a big ordeal. Something you should definitely read with the entire family.
Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5November 4, 2010Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I first heard that the Tuohys would be writing a book, I was so excited. I remember seeing The Blind Side at the theater, and was an immediate fan of the movie and what this family did. I was very eager to read their side of the story, and find out how much from the movie was true, or if the truth was just stretched a bit.
Let me tell ya, these people know what it means to give of themselves without asking for anything in return. What's even more laudable is that they don't want a big spectacle made of their generosity. It's all about giving of themselves cheerfully like the Bible teaches. They've also passed this trait down to their children....all 3 of them.
While a lot of folks around Memphis have literally bashed them for their giving spirit toward Michael Oher, they don't really know the whole story. Now, I'm not an expert on the subject, but I've lived in the Memphis area for most of my life, and I know what the majority of people are like in this city. It's very racially divided, and a huge hotspot of crime. Most people around here, whether black or white, don't readily reach out to a stranger. That's what makes what the Tuohys did so special. As a well-to-do white family living in a nice area of Memphis, they reached out and gave of their love to this one black kid. They didn't do it to get any special recognition, and they didn't do it to raise eyebrows or to get people gossiping. They did it because they realized a need was there, and they acted upon it--plain and simple.
Their example is one that we can all learn from. While they are a very comfortable family, and are able to give financially to various charities and causes, they make a point of saying that money is not the only way you can give. Sometimes, a kind smile or even saying hello to someone may be just the pick-me-up they need for that day. Or it may mean giving of yourself at a soup kitchen or a shelter. Their point is just that even though you may think you've got it good, there's plenty of people out there that have it worse than you do. That's when you have to stop and thank God, and then ask Him how you can reach out to someone in need.
If you get the opportunity, definitely get your hands on a copy of this book. If you've seen The Blind Side, awesome. It's a great movie with a great message. If you haven't seen it, read the book first so you can get the whole story. Sometimes, it's just not possible to fit a family's whole story into a 2-hour movie, especially one as crazy as the Tuohys. :o)
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