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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

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"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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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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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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Wow!!! Period

This book taught me I can be so much more than what I am. Its a great lesson. I’m good with that...I’m great with that.

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This is a MUST Read!

Ernie in his transparent engaging way shares the highs, lows and everything in between of a life well lived. In fact, through him unpacking so many events, I would call life lessons, I’m a better man, husband, father and grandfather! I’ve read hundreds of books and this one is now in my top 5, best ever reads! Thank you Ernie, I hope to meet you someday to thank you personally!

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Lot's of Blackberry Moments!

Loved it! This book reminds me to slow down and enjoy the ride. Great read

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Special guy

We seldom know the TV host, but after reading
this book I realized Ernie was a special man. A very enjoyable story during the times of negativity in our world.

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My Heart is Better because if this book

I’m so thankful for Ernie Johnson and his stories in this book. From a spiritual side I felt God’s presence throughout reading this book. From a sports side, I loved listening to all of the sports stories especially when Ernie talks about the way basketball was 25 years ago. Brought me back to my high school days. From a humanity perspective, i believe that this book will simply make you a better human. Thank you Ernie.

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Awesome story!

If you need an uplift, this book is for you! It is inspiring, honest and heartfelt. Ernie Johnson does a great job of reading his book.

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Incredible story and inspiring!!

Whether you know EJ from Inside the NBA or not, this is an incredible story of his life and faith. Had me laughing and in tears. Mr. Johnson is a true testament of a servant to God.

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Enjoyable, heartfelt and entertaining

Great listen for anyone interested in sports careers and adapting to family life. What a guy, and father.

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A blackberry

Always loved Ernie, as nice a guy as you would have imagined. Great story great human, living an amazing life with his amazing family. Really enjoyed this book.