For the first time, Cookie Johnson shares a full account of her life with Earvin--their courtship and delayed trips down the aisle, the truth about being a Basketball Wife, growing their family, starting her own successful business, and what it took to stand by her husband as he rallied to help a nation see past his sickness and down to the humanity of those affected by the AIDS virus. Hardcover.
In her new memoir, Cookie Johnson, wife of NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, shares details of her marriage, motherhood, faith, and how an HIV diagnosis twenty-five years ago changed the course of their lives forever.
On November 7, 1991, basketball icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson stunned the world with the news that he was HIV-positive. For the millions who watched, his announcement became a pivotal moment not only for the nation, but his family and wife. Twenty-five years later, Cookie Johnson shares her story and the emotional journey that started on that day—from life as a pregnant and joyous newlywed to one filled with the fear that her husband would die, she and her baby would be infected with the virus, and their family would be shunned. Believing in Magic is the story of her marriage to Earvin nearly four decades of loving each other, losing their way, and eventually finding a path they never imagined.
November 7, 2016 will mark a quarter-century since the announcement and Cookie’s survival and triumph as a wife, mother, and God-fearing woman.
Cookie has never shared her full account of the reasons that she stayed and her life with Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Believing in Magic is her story.
Cookie Johnson is a devoted philanthropist and, as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Magic Johnson Foundation, a passionate spokesperson whose focus is on addressing the health, social, and educational needs of underserved communities. She joins her husband, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, in the fight against HIV/AIDS by spreading the word on ways to help reduce new HIV infections in underserved communities, educating minority women about the disease, and providing helpful tools for prevention and testing. The Michigan State University graduate lives with her husband in California; she is the mother to their three children, André, Earvin Johnson III (EJ), and Elisa. She is the author of Believing in Magic.
Denene Millner is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist who has written more than twenty-five books, including Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, cowritten with Steve Harvey, among others. She has written for a plethora of national publications, including Essence, Womens Health, Ebony, Redbook, and more. The founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a website dedicated to Black parenting, lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.
"Believing in Magic is for real. A story about growing as an individual, a couple, and then as a family. Great adversity lead them to a challenging life, but being anchored by faith brought about the greatest love of all. Cookie and Magic have lived, loved, learned and now leave a great message for all. Have Faith."
"Cookie and Magics relationship exemplifies strength, love, commitment through faith holding steadfast to the original design of marriage. Were blessed to call them friends."
"With humor and a God given sweet spirit, Cookie Johnson captures our attention. With humble sincerity and candor, she draws us into the heart wrenching story of her life with one of world's most famous athletes and powerful billionaire businessman. We are awed by the superior strength of her unwavering faith, as she determines to keep her loving family alive and together. Powerful and life affirming."
"We couldnt put our friend Cookies book down. Though we have known Cookies strength of character for decades--reading this book indelibly rebranded her in our eyes . . . She took us on her remarkable life journey with transparency, humility, humor, pride and confidence. What a stellar testimony to the power of love, faith, family and friendship."
"Some experiences we go through are made more difficult by fame and fortune. Believing in Magic is an example that ones true treasure lies in faith, tenacity, and a sense of ones own purpose in life."
"In 1991, Cookie and Earvin (Magic) Johnson came to West Angeles Church amid a crisis greater than most couples ever experience. It has been an honor to know them, serve them, and love them and their family unconditionally as they have journeyed from then until now. We are convinced that this exciting and well-written story will touch and thrill the hearts of many for years to come."
"Cookie has never been one to seek the spotlight and I'm thrilled that she is now sharing her story. Her beautifully written book will inspire and empower others to overcome any challenges in their lives. Cookie Johnson believes in Magic and I believe in her."
"A poignant account of their time together. This book answers many of the why's of their relationship, but more importantly it shows Cookie's strength, tenacity, intelligence and sheer will to raise her family, live an authentic life and support her soulmate. A must read!"
"Cookie is an amazing woman!! Her family's journey has been truly INSPIRING & MAGICAL . . . We love & admire you big sis and big bro!"