In a Heartbeat

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy

I’ll be honest - I didn’t expect to like this book. I enjoyed the movie the Blind Side and I thought it was a great story, but I didn’t feel the need to read any more about it. Then a few friends recommended this book, so I gave it a try.

If you are familiar with the film The Blind Side, or Michael Lewis's best-selling book, you will likely already know the inspiring story of how the Tuohys took future-NFL star Michael Oher into their home and adopted him. For anyone wondering what more there might be to say about it, the answer is: plenty. In a Heartbeat finds the Tuohys attempting to determine what it was that made them reach out to the homeless African-American boy they saw walking down the street in a t-shirt and shorts on a winter's day.

Leigh Anne and Sean had known tough times themselves and had put themselves on the lookout for troubled kids in need of help. As a white, southern, church-going family, they defy red-state/blue-state stereotypes. They write with humor about their quirks and the joy that Michael brought to their family, finally arriving at the belief that "we can all change people's lives by investing time in individuals."

This book is full of love, humor and inspiration. Each of their children contributes to the book, and my favorite is their youngest son S.J.s’ chapter. He discusses the advantages to getting free Taco Bell and sums up his attitude to the changes in their family that the film has brought – “when it comes to people who think negatively about my family, I take the mind-over-matter policy: I don’t mind and you don’t matter. Get over it.”

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