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In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving

by Leigh Anne Tuohy Sean Tuohy Sally Jenkins

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 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.

Making It Happen

by Leigh Anne Tuohy

In all aspects of her life, author and motivational speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy advocates living a better life by cultivating a more generous spirit. By volunteering in your community, valuing other people, and reaching out to those in need, Tuohy believes that anyone can lead a happier and more fulfilled life--and this book is your guide to achieving it. In Making it Happen: Just Turn Around, Tuohy details concrete action steps you can take to becoming more involved and giving--in both your community and in your one-on-one interactions with others. Woven within are stories and lessons designed to help you change your mindset--to bring a happier and more generous life within your reach. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Leigh Anne Tuohy is the matriarch of the Tuohy family--made famous in Michael Lewis' bestselling novel The Blind Side. The book was later made into a blockbuster movie, with Sandra Bullock portraying Tuohy, that earned over $300 million--and became the top-grossing opening-weekend sports movie in history. Today, Mrs. Tuohy is the founder and owner of Flair I, an interior design firm. She has been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and designed for such high-profile clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, OJ Mayo, and Isaac Bruce. As a founding member of Grace Evangelical Church, Mrs. Tuohy is also active in numerous community and faith-based organizations. In partnership with her husband, Sean, Mrs. Tuohy founded the Making it Happen Foundation, dedicated to improving standards of living for all deserving but underserved youth. She is also a renowned motivational speaker--having appeared on CNN and delivered lectures to diverse audiences, from religious to corporate groups. She is noted for her continued commitment to helping the less fortunate--and bringing out the same passion for public service in others. ABOUT THE FOUNDATION The Making it Happen Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on improving standards of living and providing opportunities for underserved and at-risk youth. The Foundation focuses on children who come from unstable home and economic backgrounds. The Foundation provides hope and promotes awareness as it "fills in the gaps" for underserved youth. Its support has made it possible for teams from economically disadvantaged schools to compete in sports at the same level as their more affluent peers; facilitated adoptions; directed programs and activities for at-risk youth; and more. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of deserving but underserved kids--one child at a time.

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