|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Ernie Johnson Jr. is a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT's Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal. He is the studio host for NBA TV's popular Fan Night and a studio host for Turner and CBS's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship coverage. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for Turner's coverage of Major League Baseball and the PGA Championship, and has also covered the National Football League, The British Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics. In 2007 Johnson was presented with the first-ever honorary John Wooden Keys to Life Award, presented by Athletes in Action, which is awarded to individuals who exemplify Wooden's "Seven Keys to Life," including character, integrity, and faith. In 2015 he was recognized with a Musial Award, presented in honor of Stan Musial's legacy by celebrating iconic "good sports" and the year's greatest moments in sportsmanship. In 2016 his alma mater, the University of Georgia, honored him with the Grady College of Journalism John Holliman Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Bill Hartman Award for Lifetime Achievement from the UGA Athletic Department. Johnson lives in Braselton, Georgia, with his wife, Cheryl, and their six children, four of whom are adopted.
Table of Contents
Foreword John Smoltz 11
1 Blackberries 17
2 Dad 23
3 The Girl at the Bank 39
4 We Have Company 51
5 Love You Too 65
6 Inside the NBA 79
7 Unforgettable Moments 91
8 Bump 103
9 Tough Conversations 119
10 Trust God… Period 131
11 You May Have Cancer, but It Doesn't Have You 143
12 I'm Good with That 159
13 Father of the Bride… and the Groom 173
14 You Know 'Em When You See 'Em 189
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love a good story. I especially love a good story that is based on true life. Ernie Johnson is a legend in the Sports Journalism world and a master with words. However, life does not always come as scripted. Life comes with all sorts of unexpected turns and events, but Ernie reminds us to take advantage of the moments and to savor the memories, what Ernie calls the blackberry moments. Ernie begins the book by recalling some youth baseball memories, the story of the blackberries, and times with his dad who was a professional pitcher for the braves and a sportscaster as well. Ernie recounts the lessons, character, skills, and love of baseball that was passed onto him by His father. Ernie then recounts the struggles and blessing of raising kids, the amazing journey adopting and caring for their disabled son, and his battle with cancer. When you read the book, it feels as if you are sitting down with an Uncle or father over a cup of iced tea on a Georgia back porch. It is always intriguing to learn the stories behind the individuals that we see on TV each week. Ernie Johnson's story is definitely one that is worth your time. So grab a cup of iced tea and seat on your back porch and glean some wisdom from this great man. Note: I received this book a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The stories told were very moving and were an encouragement to me as I could relate to the curveballs that life often throws, but through ones faith we can rise above the difficult circumstances that we have to face.