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5.0 out of 5 stars I beat the odds,
This review is from: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (Hardcover)This book really takes you past the fiction introduced in the movie The Blind Side, and gives you a look into the real man that Michael Oher is and how he got to be that man. It's an inspirational true story about a person with a powerful urge to be successful, the challenges of escaping the hurt village neighborhood and the people and circumstances that helped him reach his potential. by far one of the best autobiographies I've read to date.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Separating Fact from Fiction, and Practical Advice and Inspiration for Youngsters in Foster Homes,
This review is from: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (Hardcover)"The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the home of the just." -- Proverbs 3:33 (NKJV)
"So David said to Saul, 'Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?'" -- 1 Samuel 18:18 (NKJV)
If you are like me, reading Michael Lewis' book, The Blind Side, made you want to know more about Michael Oher. Or the movie caused the same reaction. This book adds another reason: Michael Oher is someone well worth listening to and learning from.
In this inspiring, practical book, Michael Oher speaks eloquently (with the help of collaborator Don Yaeger) about the odds against a homeless youngster making something of herself or himself, his personal goals while growing up and perspectives on his experiences, his advice for children in the foster care system now because they have been removed from their biological parent or parents, and suggestions for helping out youngsters who need a hand.
I thought that it was even more remarkable than his success that Mr. Oher wanted to candidly share his story as a public service to those who are walking in the path that he knows all too well from painful personal experiences.
Contrary to what some may think (and the book and movie may imply), Michael Oher is a smart, motivated guy who didn't develop interest in school work and gaining relevant study habits until he was in high school. Once he began to understand what he needed and got the right help, he caught up with great speed and success. How many football tackles make the Dean's list in Division I colleges? Well, Mr. Oher did.
I sense that Michael Oher is well on his way to becoming an important leader, someone who can teach us all how to assist and encourage youngsters who started off not with physical handicaps . . . but with neglectful parents as their handicaps.
Bravo, Mr. Oher!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,
This review is from: I Beat The Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond (Kindle Edition)This is an amazing book it answers the questions you have from the blind side and corrects the things the film got wrong. It shows how anyone can change their path or the paths of others and will probably be the book that never leaves my kindle. Well done Michael a brilliant book brilliant story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedy delivery and for a fan of the blindside a great purchase,
This review is from: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (Hardcover)My husband loves the blindside film and loves these kind of books so it was a great purchase and he loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Compassion!,
This review is from: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (Paperback)Wonderful story of human compassion allowing someone to flourish by being loved. And then becoming an Pro Football player
in the NFL!
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book,
This review is from: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (Hardcover)I bought this book after watching the film "The Blindside" and it really is an even greater look into Mr. Oher's life. It's also really interesting to see just how different the film is from his actual life and his opinions on all this.
Most of all it is a very inspiring against the odds story.
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight,
This review is from: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (Hardcover)Having loved the blind side film, this book really completes the picture. This is a really great read. Michael's story is a must. The only problem I had was it arrived in the mornings post and I couldn't put it down. I had finished it by tea time. A must have for any NFL fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book after a brilliant film!,
This review is from: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (Hardcover)After watching the move The blind side and being so interrested with the story along with it i decided i would pick up this book to find out more about Michael Oher and what happened before the Blind side... I was not letdown!
This book tells it from what it was like growing up and what strugles he had to face, and his triumphs, ups and downs to get where he is today. all in all a fantastic book!
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I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond by Don Yaeger (Hardcover - 8 Feb 2011)
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