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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 7.90 X 5.00 X 0.90 (inches)|
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 moviethe 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 childrenCollins 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, In a Heartbeat, the Tuohys take us on an extraordinary journey of faith and loveand teach us unforgettable lessons about the power of giving.
"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...Shes 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
"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
"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
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
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)