As a native Georgian and a huge fan the Atlanta Braves, I am very familiar with the name Ernie Johnson (both Jr. and Sr.). The voices of Ernie Johnson Sr., Skip Caray, and Pete van Wieren crackling through the AM Radio were the soundtrack to some of my favorite childhood memories. I grew up a sports fan, I married a sports fan, and now our family of five are huge sports fans. My husband and children especially love basketball, and we have watched and enjoyed TNT’s Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O’Neal many times. However, I have “known” Ernie Johnson Jr. for a long time. From Braves’ telecasts to the local news station to Inside the NBA, I have always enjoyed Ernie Johnson’s broadcasting style. His new book, Unscripted, is no different.
In this autobiography, Ernie tells the beautiful story of his faith, family, his fight with cancer, and offers behind the scenes look at the life of sports broadcasting. He approaches each subject straightforwardly, but with a wonderful storytelling quality. The way Ernie tells his story coming to faith in Jesus is inspiring. He is open and honest about how he felt, what led him to his faith, along with his questions and struggles. Ernie also tells the story of his wonderful family. He and his wife have been married for over thirty years and have six children, two biological and four adopted. I love how he tells how his family came together. He details how he and his wife felt called to adopt and shares the story of his son who has special needs. The way he writes about his children is so beautiful. The love he has for his children just radiates from the pages. He tells his story just as he broadcasts, earnestly and honestly. The book flows in a beautiful, conversational tone.
As a part of the Baker Book Bloggers program, I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Baker Books gives bloggers 30-60 days to read the book and post the review. I read this book in one day. I could not put it down. Whether you are a sports fan or not, you will enjoy reading about the “blackberry moments” that comprise Ernie Johnson’s life. Ernie Johnson has written a wonderful book, and I appreciate him sharing his story to offer support and encouragement to others.