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In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving

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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
Audio CD, 7 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2010)
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In this book, the Touys are basically retelling the story of the movie, The Blind Side, giving the reader more details about their motivation behind adopting Michael Oher and what motivates their continuous generosity to others. While their message is inspirational, especially the chapter on Sean Touy's childhood, I was a bit put off by the air of privilege with which the story was told. Did we really need to know that Michael used Sean's 745 BMW to pass the road test when getting his license? I ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Debra rated it it was ok
Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock in the movie The Blind Spot, writes of her life and that of her family. A major theme is the goodness of giving - of yourself, your time and your money. Superficially it is quite inspiring. After some reflection though, an unattractive aura of "Aren't we just the greatest family ever?" starts coming through. Not only does it weaken the message, but causes me to question just how truthful the account is.

The best reason for listening to this - and almost
Judy Stasiak
Jul 10, 2014 Judy Stasiak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After looking at some reviews online, I was sure that I was going to dislike this book. "The Blind Side" is one of my favorite movies so I decided to read it anyway. I was very interested in the story of how a family with such complete opposite lifestyles could just decide to welcome into their lives a young man who they did not know much about (and what they did know was sort was seedy upbringing). I ended up really liking this book, and loving the messages that they were trying to convey.

Nov 08, 2011 Audry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far, this feels like a 'Aren't we great!' type of book. Lots of horn tooting and pretending. The book talks about how poor they were, and I read they started with Sean having an eighteen thousand a year job, and she was working, also. Eighteen thousand a year? That's a lot of money! We started on less than eleven thousand a year. And she says they had a thousand dollar nest egg. But, then says it was borrowed from parents. That's not a nest egg. It's a debt! And the other parents gave them th ...more
Marti Dahlquist
Nov 14, 2013 Marti Dahlquist rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the movie. What they did for Michael seems wonderful. I couldn't finish the book though and I almost never ditch a book even if it is bad. This was just page after page after page of name dropping and bragging and going on and on about all of the good things they've done. It doesn't negate the fact that they've done a lot of good things. They have. It was just too much bragging for me. Leigh Anne's take charge attitude is not nearly as cute or endearing as everyone in the book seems to ...more
Azzia Walker
I read most of this book, had to stop. Loved their service and cheerful giving. But the way they parented their bio kids was awful! Beating toddlers to keep them from playing with "fancy adult things" in clear reach of them . . . . no kids allowed in the marital bed, even as babies! One year olds expected to sleep by themselves, in their own rooms, with no comfort from the parents during the whole night. That's all child abuse.
Jan 08, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It started out good and made me want to be a better giver. Then towards the end it became all about the money. And flaunting that money.
Aug 29, 2010 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
This is one of those books I cannot stop thinking about because it has changed my way of interacting with the world. After reading the Blind Side and then seeing the movie, I felt compelled to learn the story of the Tuohy family as told from their viewpoint.

(p 21) "One of our deepest beliefs is beautifully captured in the Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, or 2 Corinthians. The seventh verse of the ninth chapter of 2 Corinthians reads: 'Each one must give as he has decided in his hear,
Mar 04, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my To Be Read (TBR) pile for so, so long. There were over 100 holds placed in front of me for it at my library! I placed the hold almost a year ago!!! I finally got the notice that it was available for pick up a little over a week ago and to say I was excited is an understatement. I loved the movie The Blind Side but the book that inspired the movie was written by a close friend of the Tuohy's. This was written by Sean and Leigh Anne and I wanted to read their perspective o ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Bookgal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated this book! I rarely say that, but there just is no nice way to put it.
Started out in the introduction when Mrs. Tuohy says to look around, notice the people you probably don't pay much attention to, a waitress or clerk, and says that you are judging them and thinking yourself better than they are - and parenthetically, "(If you say you don't, you are lying.)" This demonstrate Mrs. Tuohy's extreme bullying, arrogance, and hypocrisy; she seems to think all of us are as arrogant, hypocritical
Jul 09, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On October 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first person of African descent to attend University of Mississippi, affectionately referred to as "Ole Miss." In Fall, 2006, Collins Tuohy, rich white 110 lb. athlete started college at Ole Miss with her brother, Michael Oher, rich black 300 lb. 6'4" athlete. That same semester, the two further crossed racial lines by having Michael and his teammates lunch at the Kappa Delta sorority.

"The Blind Side" is a delightful book about NFL Ravens right tack
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Oh. My. Goodness. I loved the film The Blind Side, but I really loved In a Heartbeat. Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy share their story, in their words. The chapters alternate between Sean's voice and Leigh Anne's voice, as well as several chapters they write together. All three Tuohy children: Collins, Michael and S.J., as well as Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw each write something as well.

Sean and Leigh Anne share a strong faith in God and a strong belief in making a difference. I love Sean's Popcorn
Jul 12, 2010 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the couple made famous by the incredibly popular movie The Blind Side comes a behind-the-scenes story that is sure to satisfy and inspire readers everywhere. In their own words, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy tell the story of how they came to adopt Michael Oher. But this book is so much more than the story portrayed in the movie. In In a Heartbeat we get to know the heart of a very special family in a way that not only entertains us, but inspires us to immitate a lifestyle of true giving.

Nov 20, 2010 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really good book, not because its all sweetness and giving to charities, etc, etc, but because its about a real family who believes in the "Popcorn Theory of giving" . . .which is "You can't help everyone, but you can try to help the hot ones who pop right up in front of your face." Its about a Christian family who does not preach, but walks their talk instead. Its an inspiration, a catalyst, a kick in the butt to the rest of us who waste our time trying to find something "worthy" to g ...more
Feb 18, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book written from the perspective of the Tuohy family, made famous for adopting Michael Oher and his story in the book and movie "The Blind Side". This book is much more the story of their families, how they grew up without much and learned the power of giving from an early age, from generous people in their own lives and how their parents gave of what they had. Many of us look at their story of "wealthy white family adopts homeless black kid" and think "Oh, I could never d ...more
Caitlin Cranmer
This book is the biography of the Tuohy family. Most people know them as "The Blind Side" family. The movie, "The Blind Side" is based on the book "The Blind Side" written about NFLer Michael Oher. However, book never focused on Michael Oher solely but rather on football as a whole and Oher was never a main part. Nevertheless, the movie was made about his life. Now, the Tuohy family who took him in and raised him have written about on their lives. It starts with Leanne (the mom) and Shawn (the d ...more
As I listened to this book (very well read), I kept going back and forth between thinking it was excessive chest-thumping or just their way of trying to be inspirational. I have concluded that it is a good dose of both. I also think it was their way of fighting back against some of the unfair criticism/disbelief of the altruism of their adopting of Michael Oher. One thing I appreciated was the refuting of the film portrayal of Oher as stupid. (You don't make it in the NFL as a lineman by being s ...more
Aug 25, 2014 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you wonder why I give most books I read 5 stars, maybe it's because I choose good books to begin with! I don't have time to waste on crappy books.

After a book was written about them, and a movie was made about them, it was time for this family to tell their own story! One of the neatest things about the book is their honesty about their family life. No super saints here, just an ordinary family with all the ups, downs, stresses of any family. I mean, what is "normal" anyway?

But yes, God used

Apr 18, 2015 Suzette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 s ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after finishing The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, who is friends with the Tuohys. This book talked a lot more about the Tuohy family, which was what I was looking for. It was written from Leigh Anne and Sean's perspective, with interludes by their children and by Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock. I really liked reading their stories, how they got to where they were in the position to take in Michael. I also liked reading about the other ways they gave, and conti ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book and the whole concept of cheerful giving. I am motivated and inspired by people who serve God through simple actions. What I loved best was that they make it seem pretty darn simple that anyone on this planet can cheerfully give, be it a free smile, ten dollars or a million dollars. They live this principle daily and have passed it on to their own children and surround themselves by others who cheerfully give in big and little ways. It just seems like the right way to li ...more
Sep 23, 2010 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the "Popcorn Theory" described in this book (if you have time/energy/money to help others, help those who "pop" up in your face instead of agonizing over which extended charity to help). And the stories of how they run their family...well, let's just say I won't be raising my children like that but it was an interesting view and it worked for them. Quick easy read that gets a bit preachy at time but not unbearably so.

NOTE: I have not yet read/watched The Blind Side except for the
Nov 08, 2010 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing inspirational story the Tuohy's shared. The message of cheerful giving is amazing. at first, i wasn't sure if the book was going to only be about Michael coming into their lives but it was so much more than that. They both talked about their childhoods, and what it was like to come from nothing. I'm inspired by how they approach life and how they have instilled values onto their children. Brining Michael into their home and lives still continues to awe me because honestly how man ...more
Caitlyn Sahlberg
Apr 10, 2016 Caitlyn Sahlberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 06, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tuohy's write their own story and share their lives growing up, as young marrieds struggling to make money, and how Michael Oher came into and made a huge impact in their lives. After having seen the movie a few times and reading the Blindside book, I enjoyed hearing the story from their perspective. The Tuohy's believe in the "popcorn" theory of helping, there are many needs and you help the ones that "pop" up in front of you. They state that if every church took responsibility for one chil ...more
Karen Steele
Some readers may get the feeling that the Tuohy's are tooting their own horn in this book. However, the bigger picture is one of facts. This is what we believe; this is how we act; this is how it happened; someone wrote a book about it. The Tuohy family and Michael Ohr didn't plan their actions with the hopes of a book and a movie, they simply lived their lives and someone took notice. In this easy read, more background information is obtained than what is available in either the book "The Blind ...more
Regina Spiker
Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy tell the story, in their own words, of meeting Michael Oher, featured in the movie "The Blind Side." The couple also talk of their own upbringing, of cheerful giving, and why they feel compelled to look out for other children and teens. Very funny in parts and inspirational, the Tuohy also question why everyone can't do their part and make a difference in someone's life.

Photos included with interludes from their children, Collins, Michael, and Sean Junior, and Tim McGra
Dec 18, 2011 Rina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because it was recommended by a friend. At first I was a little skeptical because I thought it would be all about The Tuohy Family talking about how wonderful they are. However, when I started reading the book I formed a different opinion about the family. I enjoyed reading about the family histories of Leigh Anne and Sean and how they developed their theory of cheerful giving. I really liked this book because it's a great story and it makes me want to be a cheerful g ...more
Diane Mueller
Apr 01, 2014 Diane Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am presenting this month at Book Club on Michael Oher's book so thought I would also read the Tuohey's book. I am impressed by this family and the philosophies they live by and teach their children. How often do we walk by someone but don't really see them? How often do we not do anything because we think what we could do would be insignificant? Look outward, focus on the needs of others, and do whatever you can do to make a difference even if it doesn't seem like much. This are words I want t ...more
Dec 19, 2012 CJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Like everyone else, I was captivated by the family portrayed in The Blind Side and I wanted to learn more about these people. This book is told by the Tuohys with little bits contributed by their children. It is not Michael Oher's story, but he informs every page. Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy are extraordinary people and I am amazed at what they've been able to accomplish. Their message is to give with a cheerful heart and you'll get back what you never expected.

A very quick read and well worth the
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Leigh Anne Roberts Tuohy (née Roberts) is an American interior designer. She is best known for being featured in Michael Lewis's 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and its 2009 feature film adaptation The Blind Side. In the film, Tuohy was portrayed by actress Sandra Bullock, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the performance.
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