I worked in childcare for a couple of years and saw several kids in foster homes and all of them were usually not as happy go lucky as the kids from normal families. It feels like Michael Oher is actually telling you his story. Almost 50% of foster kids will become homeless after aging out. He describes how he spent his whole life observing and studying athletes so he could imitate their skills. Many nights, she would leave all of the kids for days on end while she was off doing drugs so Michael and his siblings had to find their own place to stay those nights. His mother was a struggling drug addict with more kids than she could keep track of. He had goals and he was learning about the things that were important in helping him move forward.
Every night Michael would sneak out a find his way back and go take care of his mother. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With dozens of other fascinating examples, Marilynne Eichinger gives the reader a glimpse into a world of creative thinkers, outside-the-box leaders and courageous benefactors who have transformed America's science museums. He is compared to some of the best football players ever. He offers wonderful advice to younger readers who are in difficult situations and wise advice to adult readers who work with youth.
He includes many resources at the end of the book for people who want to help foster children. Michael Oher was unlike many of the kids who had to rely on the system for survival in that he was able to recognize that he needed help and happened to position himself in the right places so he could receive the help he needed. Follow the missteps and breakthroughs of Marilynne Eichinger and 11 other naive but dedicated museum directors, board volunteers and National Sincere Foundation managers as they strove to change the way science was taught. Altho It must be hard for a shy, modest person to write a memoir, but Michael Oher does a good job of it. She has won prestigious local and national awards. His mother was a struggling drug addict with more kids than she could keep track of.
It absolutely broke my heart to see these kids suffer from not having a stable family. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster-care system. Of course she had help along the way, but ultimately it was up to her to make the fairy-tale ending happen. Why an autistic child spoke for the first time on a science center visit. Even though he worked very hard to get there, there still has to be the understanding that there was a great mixture of talent and luck that got him where he is. I like his attitude throughout his life, especially after he reaches success.
He provides tips for overcoming the difficult situations such as finding a mentor, carefully choosing friends, etc. I read this after I read the Tuohy's book and the two combined provided a better overall idea of the story behind The Blind Side. Some thing he would say a lot about, but sometimes it just felt like he was caring on about it. 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 better life. Sean and his wife eventually adopt Michael. Michael at times struggled with school and needed a tutor to help him.
I saw The Blind Side and I read the Tuohy's book, In a Heartbeat. I was an easy, quick read, well written, insightful and expressive. First off, he had a really troubled childhood he had nine siblings and a mom and his mom would be there half the time because she abused drugs. I really recommend this book. She spoke with such poise, passion, and emotion that it was hard not to be intrigued by her journey. She really hit a home run. Oher, how he carefully studied his circumstances and chose a path that led out of the ghetto.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, as did mostly everyone I know who saw it, I felt as though the movie focused largely on the Tuohy family and their taking Oher in. She had our audience completely engaged through all 30 minutes. And is Chip actually that funny in real life? Another thing i liked was how we go to see what Michael was like in collage. Sometimes there would be whole paragraphs talking about how him and his friends would go out and find a field, or court, and play games all day. When the kids were separated each one when to a different foster home.
Here are some popular movies that tell survival stories. He realized at a young age that he had a talent for sports and that sports could be a ticket to college and a future. First came the best-selling 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. The story in this book is an incredible one to read about. The story is a behind the scenes glimpse into the mistakes, bloopers and difficulties and joy in getting a museum off the ground.