In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving   -     By: Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, Sally Jenkins
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In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving

Henry Holt and Co. / 2010 / Hardcover

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The remarkable couple featured in the movie The Blind Side tells their own deeply inspiring story! In their touching yet humorous memoir, the Tuohys demonstrate the power of cheerful giving---and how their family opened their hearts and lived out their faith when homeless boy Michael Oher came into their lives. 269 pages, hardcover from Henry Holt.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 269
Vendor: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0805093389
ISBN-13: 9780805093384
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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.

Author Bio

Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy are the couple depicted in the book and movie The Blind Side. Leigh Anne grew up in Memphis and attended the University of Mississippi, where she met her future husband; she now owns an interior design company. Sean Tuohy grew up in New Orleans and for several years played professional basketball; he now owns more than seventy restaurant franchises. The Tuohys live in Memphis but travel all over the country speaking to thousands of people about their family, their faith, and how each of us can make a difference.  

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In a Heartbeat is a nonfiction narrative written by Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, and Sally Jenkins. For those of you who might not recognize the name, the Tuohys are the family featured in the blockbuster hit movie The Blind Side. Their story explores the true spirit of what many people shudder at: giving.

This trio of authors addresses our society’s obscured vision of what it means to give and change someone else’s 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. It’s not that eliminating world hunger isn’t 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 family’s reactions were on taking in Michael. Michael is the homeless young man whom they adopted, which inspired the bestseller The Blind Side.

This family’s 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

Editorial Reviews

“If you saw the movie The Blind Side, you saw a family that is quite honestly the most amazing family I think I have ever, ever seen… Remarkable, remarkable people.”—Glenn Beck
 
“In The Blind Side I did my best to describe the full force of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, but there is only so much one writer can do. In A Heartbeat picks up where I left off, and gives the reader a much fuller portrait of these extraordinary people.”—Michael Lewis
 
“All I can say is, if there were more Leigh Anne Tuohys, the world would be a better-run, more harmonious, and more productive place . . . She’s such an amazing person.”—Sandra Bullock
 
“Sean is an all-around good guy, and the inspirational story of what he and his family did for this kid—the time, the effort, and the love he put out—is pretty incredible.”—Tim McGraw
 
“Their book aims to bring the Michael Oher miracle off the big screen and back down to Earth—and make sure that its message won’t get lost here.”—The Baltimore Sun

“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

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  1. Bette Reasoner
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 5, 2013
    Bette Reasoner
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    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gave great insight to the Tuohys and their heart of giving.
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    motivational and inspirational
    July 22, 2011
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    Quality: 5
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    I 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!
  3. Marcia Pennington
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Saw the movie
    February 12, 2011
    Marcia Pennington
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    saw the movie and wanted to read the book that inspired the movie
  4. Becky
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book.
    February 4, 2011
    Becky
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    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great 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.
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    When 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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