Kurt and Brenda Warner
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.
(I have had this book for a while and should have already posted this but I was waiting on Greg to review it, and we have just been busy lately and had not narrowed down a time to talk about it.)
I really got the book for Greg; I thought he would enjoy it being a big football fan, not to mention Arizona fan. And he did. It’s really not my kinda book that I would normally read so I left it up to him for the review. So this review is going to be shorter than I would normally try to write.
I can tell you there was some laughing going on and he did read a few lines to me that were funny. But mostly what he got from the book was that your marriage and family should be your first priority in your life, and it is for Greg anyways. This book will help men grow spiritually in their walk with God. It will help you grow in servant hood to others, as Jesus had intended us to be.
Men will really enjoy all the talk about Kurt’s life and experiences.
They will learn that life is not easy, even for someone in Kurt’s situation, but how he keeps his faith and family up front in his life. You will learn even though Kurt is in the “lime light” that he and Brenda still live like normal people. They have trials just like everyone else and how they deal with them.
They talk about raising children with special needs.
Greg really enjoyed the book, he gleaned lots of information from it. He would recommend it to others. He gives it 5 stars.
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 HyÂ–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.
I received this book for free for an honest review from Tyndale.