From Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Featuring: Michael Oher
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The football star made famous in the hit film The
Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the
circumstances of his youth.
Michael Oher is the
young man at the center of the true story depicted in The
Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and
accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him,
Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break
out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of
opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's
amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his
account of his story in his own words, revealing his
thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and
offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a
Looking back on how he went from being a
homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael
talks about the goals he had for himself in order to break
out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness
that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant
stories growing up in the projects and running from child
services and foster care over and over again in search of
some familiarity. Eventually he grasped onto football as his
ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream
into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be
successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and
other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute
necessity of seeking out positive role models and good
friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams.
Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination,
courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly
rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the
1 comment posted.
Re: I Beat The Odds
I love success stories!
(Karen Cherubino 4:13pm March 10, 2011)
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