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The Blind Side


I’ll be interested to see how they bring the true story of Baltimore Raven Michael Oher to the big screen this November. My husband and I caught a glimpse of Oher on NFL draft day. This 6-foot-5, 309-lb offensive tackle was a first-round draft pick for the Ravens earlier this year. Oher, an African-American, embraced his Caucasian family on draft day with tears. They all seemed half his size. As it turned out, they had adopted Michael in high school.

This troubled teen came from a broken home where his father had been murdered and his mother had been a crack addict. He attended 11 different schools during his first nine years as a student, and alternated between foster homes and no fixed address until he was 16 years old. After Oher began attending Briarcrest Christian School, a family of two other children in the school, the Tuohys, took Michael in. They cared for him, hired him a tutor, and eventually adopted him.

The film looks like it has all the makings of a heartwarming story. Hopefully, I can give you my take after it comes out mid-November. In the meantime, here’s the trailer.


Comments:

When the book The Blind Side came out a Jewish co-worker recommended it to me. He said, "It's about a Christian family...you know...they're REAL Christians". I had to read the book to find out what my co-worker thought "REAL Christians" means. He got it right. It's a great book.
I was going to post on this. Oher's story formed the core of Michael Lewis' "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game," which was about the evolution of the left tackle position. That part was interesting, as all of Lewis' work is, but the story of Oher and the Touhys, the Christian family that took him in and adopted him was beyond moving. Lee Anne Touhy was a tigress in her looking out after Oher.
I'm bawling just watching the trailer! But stories of God's unbelievable grace do that to me. If they mention just once in the movie that the motivation of the love shown to Michael has come from their faith as Christians, it will be the kind of witness that will honor Christ. We need to thank Christian filmmakers for hanging in there and showing Hollywood that people are looking for this kind of story.
I have wanted to see that movie since I first saw the trailer months ago. It looks very promising.