Believing in Magic

Cookie Johnson

Howard Books/S&S, September 20, 2016

Cookie and Magic’s relationship exemplifies strength, love, commitment through faith holding steadfast to the original design of marriage.  We’re blessed to call them friends. --Pauletta & Denzel Washington

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.  --LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson

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. --Pat & Chris Riley

We couldn’t put our friend Cookie’s book down. Though we have known Cookie’s 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. --Rodney Peete & Holly Robinson Peete

Some experiences we go through are made more difficult by fame and fortune. Believing in Magic is an example that one’s true treasure lies in faith, tenacity and a sense of one’s own purpose in life.  --Courtney Vance & Angela Bassett

About the Book

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.


About the Author

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. Cookie also is the founder of CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium denim line. 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.