For the first time, the remarkable couple depicted in the film The Blind Side tell their own deeply inspiring story. First came the best-selling 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.
©2010 Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
When I heard Leigh-Anne Tuohy speak in Toronto in August, she said that while the movie was truthful, it didn't tell the whole story. She was right. I now understand why she says that opening their home to Michael was a natural extention of how they were raised and who they are. Leigh-Anne is an excellent narrator, Her honesty and passion rings true. I've listened to this book 4 times so far and will continue to replay it often.
Totally enjoyable!! This book gives added depth and understanding into a spectacular family and a miracle that changed their lives. I listened to the book twice and marked several sections that were particular favorites. I highly recommend listening and following Sean and Leigh Tuohy's example.
Great true story with a great message!
Loved them all.
Their southern accents were lovely to listen to & added to the story.
My mother and I listened to this on some long drives. Easily can listen to as long as you have the time.
I loved The Blind Side and this book rounds it out.
Leigh Anne is a real character.
Love this book and this family! If you're already a giving person, the Tuohys will encourage you; if you've wanted to be a giving person, but aren't sure where to begin, the Tuohys will help guide you with suggestions and encouragement; if you haven't really thought much on being a giving person, the Tuohys will shine a light on the reasons we should all be "infected with" the spirit of generosity; and, if you don't believe that giving/generosity is important between us humans, the Tuohys will show you why you're mistaken. What the Tuohys do NOT do, however, is "preach;" instead, they really live, and invite us all along for the exhilarating ride! Inspiring (in the purest sense of the word) and even entertaining book!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Hmmm. . how to put this: I have never heard a family of four talk so unabashedly about their Christian faith, their goodness, their philanthropy, their big hearts, their feathered nest, their upbringing, their talent, their ability to love, their interest in the well being of others, their need to share what they have, their ability to give, their philosophy of life, their relationships, etc. etc. etc. Cheerful giving it is. . . and the Tuohy's have cornered the market on it. Each chapter focuses on a different family member or different type of giving. Their story was "interesting" and to some will be quite compelling and inspiring. Narrated mostly by Leigh Anne Tuohy who does a nice job. Sean? Not so much.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This is a personal account of the Tuohy family... told with their own voices. I found it a delightful addition and extension to the movie. Written to encourage others to become involved in making the world a better place by helping one person's needs at a time... it left me wanting to do so as well. Was a great Sunday afternoon read.
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