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In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving
In a Heartbeat Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving
Author: Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, Sally Jenkins
For the first time, the remarkable couple depicted in The Blind Side tells their own deeply inspiring storyFirst 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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780805093384
ISBN-10: 0805093389
Publication Date: 7/13/2010
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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reviewed In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving on + 29 more book reviews
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Like many people I was touched and moved to tears by the movie "The Blindside" about the Tuohy family and Michael Oher and how they came to be a family. And if you haven't seen the movie yet, you really need to take the time, it is so good. Amazingly, this book is fantastic as well. A movie can only cover so much and as accurate as it was (there are a few licenses taken but the family agrees that it is pretty on the mark) this book delves much deeper into the lives of this incredible family. We get to see Sean's childhood, Leigh Anne's childhood, how they met and their early marriage and then the addition of children to their lives. Through all of this we start to get an understanding of who these people really are and how God worked in their lives to create an environment of giving that helped them arrive at the place where accepting Michael into their lives was the natural next step for them. I ate this book up, finished it in less than 24 hours (which is not uncommon for me with fiction books but incredibly rare for me with non-fiction books). It is so easy to read and follow and is truly a pleasure to delve into. I highly recommend taking a look at the Tuohy family and getting a perspective on giving that could change your life as well.
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very inspiring, the world still has some really good people out there!
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iritnus avatar reviewed In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving on + 37 more book reviews
I really enjoyed learning more about the story and the family behind "The Blind Side." I really like these people just from reading their story. It further cemented the convictions I already hold about giving.
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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 live in the Memphis area, 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)