Monday, December 07, 2009

The Blind Side
The Story of Michael Oher

The world was introduced to the life story of Michael Oher in 2006 following the publishing of Michael Lewis' bestselling book, The Blind Side. Now left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, then a junior at the University of Mississippi, Michael Oher became a living example of the enduring power of true love to completely change a person's life.

Oher's life story has recently been adapted for the big screen and will be released to theaters everywhere on November 20th. John Lee Hancock, the film's writer and director, was compelled by the message the story communicated: a young couple (Leigh Anne and Sean Touhy) are filled with compassion for a troubled young man and open their lives to him, providing all he needed to succeed, especially love. Most importantly, however, is the fact that this couple's love for Michael Oher was rooted in, motivated by, and an expression of their still deeper love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Working with the Touhy's during the film's production, Hancock was more than a little impressed by their genuineness of their faith. But Hancock wasn't the only one who witnessed this. Apparently leading actress Sandra Bullock, who plays the role of the wife (Leigh Ann Touhy) in the film, was equally encouraged by the authenticity of the Touhy's faith. After working with Leigh Ann and Sean for months, Bullock says, "I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith. I finally met people who walk the walk."

An encouraging review of the film was recently released by World Magazine. You can find the review here.

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