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Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary

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Publisher's Summary

Ernie Johnson, Jr., has been in the game a long time. With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting, he is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary. Yet he knows that some of sports' greatest triumphs - and life's greatest rewards - come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated.

In this heartfelt, gripping autobiography, the three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and popular host of TNT's Inside the NBA provides a remarkably candid look at his life both on and off the screen. From his relationship with his sportscaster father to his own rise to the top of sports broadcasting, from battling cancer to raising six children with his wife, Cheryl, including a special needs child adopted from Romania, Ernie has taken the important lessons he learned from his father and passed them on to his own children.

This is the untold story, the one Ernie has lived after the lights are turned off and the cameras stop rolling. Sports fans, cancer survivors, fathers and sons, adoptive parents, those whose lives have been touched by a person with special needs, anyone who loves stories about handling life's surprises with grace - Unscripted is for all of these.

©2017 Ernie Johnson, Jr. (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"In Unscripted, you will enjoy some wonderful sports stories, but more than that, you will learn some invaluable life lessons." (Tony Dungy, best-selling author of Quiet Strength)

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    Colby A. Charlotte, NC 10-25-17
    Colby A. Charlotte, NC 10-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Touching Emotional, Story, and Performance"

    I chose this book initially because of my affection for Ernie Johnson, Jr. the man and broadcaster. I have been a fan of his work in the various broadcasting roles he has taken on over the years. I also heard him preview the book on ESPN at one point. I was very excited to begin "reading" it via the audiobook. Throughout the story, I found myself gripped by both the performance and the story itself. I am now an even bigger fan of Ernie Johnson, Jr. I would be remiss to not point out my very favorite, yet intensely personal and sad part of the book. In the chapter where he goes into detail about his relationship with his father, he tells a story of times when he would be throwing the ball with his dad. Young Ernie Johnson, Jr. says to his father "just one more, Dad," speaking of his desire to continue playing with him. This brought me to tears and still does every time I think about it. I lost my father in 2009 to lung and bone cancer, when he was only 53 (I was 22). This depiction is the emotion that I've never been able to put into words my exact feeling about losing my father, but this comes as close as anything. Thank you Mr. Johnson for this inspiring book. I am so glad I read it.!

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    Ashley E Hayes 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A must listen--this should change how you approach life"

    This book tops my all time favorites. Ernie-with his great sportscasting voice--delivers a thoughtful, inspiring, honest memoir on his life. His kindness and love for people will make you want to be a better person and create "blackberry moments" in your own life.

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    Kate E Singarella 09-29-17
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    "Amazing"

    Ernie tells great stories with life lessons. He hits on every part of life while making every little blackberry story have special meaning.

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    Chad Erickson 08-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Read for Every Father"

    I purchased this book on the recommendation of my brother in law, who admits that he never reads books. It said it was one of the most important and powerful books he has ever read and that it should be required reading for every dad.

    I've been a fan of Ernie Johnson and the NBA on TNT so it was an easy sell. I couldn't stop listening. I appreciate Ernie's vulnerability and honesty. I'm inspired to do better and be better as a husband, father, friend and co-worker. I can't recommend this book strongly enough.

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    Cindy 08-14-17
    Cindy 08-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Getting ready to recommend it to all my Facebook friends along with each member of my family. Truly the best book I have listened to on Audible yet!

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Doing God's Will"

    This book was a,"BLACKBERRY " moment for me. Thank You Ernie Johnson.
    God Bless:)

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    Julia 07-13-17
    Julia 07-13-17
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    Ernie's story is amazing. Completely inspirational. He does a great job of connecting with the reader.

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    Paul David Bunyan Mooresville, North Carolina United States 07-12-17
    Paul David Bunyan Mooresville, North Carolina United States 07-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Get to knw the man behind the scenes."

    Ernie Johnson deserves an award for this book. You don't want to miss out on the incredible journey of faith, family and fun that he has been blessed to unpack. to the listener. The life lessons that his dad and wife have taught him are a highlight for sure. What a treat! I was particularly impressed and grateful to have been given the opportunity to hear about his family. The joys and the pains amidst the twists and turns that unexpectedly helped him place his faith in God, the Father. It' is truly satisfying to hear that from a man of integrity and humility. You would have never have guessed it by just hearing his voice, or seeing him on TNT's Inside the NBA. After reading/listening to this book, I have come to recognize that he's a gifted author, writer/poet sportscaster, husband, father and friend. This is a book that I really enjoyed listening to. The audible narration is loud and clear. He keeps his emotions in check. Even though there are some truly heartfelt moments where you want to shed a tear. The way he thrills you with those important milestones in his life. And how he inspires you as you read is amazing in its own right. To God be the glory. There's nothing crass, immature or off putting in his book. He simply tells it like it is. Finally, "Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary is a "blackberry moment" that should not be missed. Great job, Ernie!

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    Dawn Slaybaugh 06-28-17
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    "Enjoyable audiobook"

    Although I was familiar with Ernie Johnson as a broadcaster for Turner sports, I really didn't know anything else about him. I saw him do an interview on TV where his book was referenced. am glad I was able to listen to it. It was worth the time.

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    Terence 06-27-17
    Terence 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "EJ Jrs inspiration"

    this book was inspiring, down to earth, and i wish i still had 15 chapters left to read.

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