Monday, November 15, 2010

First Things First Book Review

Cover: First Things First
First Things First by Kurt & Brenda Warner
What the book is about:
"Kurt Warner is the two-time NFL MVP–winning quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. Brenda Warner is an ex-Marine turned stay-at-home mom who collects coats for low-income kids and rocks babies to sleep at a hospital for chronically-ill infants. Together they’re the parents of seven, going into their 12th year of marriage, and founders of a foundation that helps disadvantaged children and families. Their formula for success? They put First Things First—family, faith, and giving to others—it’s their family motto, and it drives everything they do. First Things First is an honest, insightful, and entertaining look at life inside the Warner household. Kurt and Brenda speak candidly about their marriage, the values they are working to instill in their kids, things they’ve done right, mistakes they’ve made, the importance of giving back, and the legacy they hope to leave behind. Includes a 16-page full-color photo insert."

About the Authors: 
"Kurt and Brenda Warner met when she was a divorced mother of two, living on food stamps and putting herself through nursing school, and he was a college student. Kurt and Brenda married in 1997 and Kurt adopted Brenda's two children. Since then, they have added 5 more children to their family. After graduating from Northern Iowa in 1994, Kurt was signed by the Green Bay Packers, but was cut during training camp. He returned to Northern Iowa to work as an assistant football coach, working the night shift at a local Hy–Vee grocery store to support Brenda and her two kids, until he was signed by the St. Louis Rams in 1998. Kurt went on to lead the Rams in two Super Bowls, winning two NFL MVP awards (in 1999 and 2000). In 2008, Kurt joined the Arizona Cardinals, and led the franchise to their first playoff appearance in 10 years, and their first Super Bowl appearance. Kurt and Brenda are strong Christians, and the founders of First Things First, a foundation that promotes Christian values, helping the less fortunate, and encouraging others to put faith and family first. They live in Phoenix, Arizona. "

My Review:

First Things First by Kurt & Brenda Warner is a really uplifting and inspirational book. I have to admit that I had a little reservation when I chose this book to review because I generally don't read sports books, but this is not a sports book. Sure there is sports talk but its a book about a family that in many, many ways is just like many of our families- ordinary! It's about Kurt and Brenda and their story, the real story that they want us all to know not the storylines presented to us by the media. I absolutely love the way the book is written in that every chapter starts with Kurt's perspective and then ends with Brenda's. It is really unique and it helps to really understand their story and their love for God and their 7 kids. I was really drawn to the "family rules" and am going to even steal a few of them! And I love all the photos! First things first is a great book and a highly recommended read.
And Check it Out!  You can go to to purchase your own copy and it is also available at for a great price right now, this would make a great gift for that football fan in your life.

**I was provided with a complimentary copy of First Things First from Tynedale House Publishers for review, all opinions are my own.

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