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First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 2010
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I'm a football fan but honestly didn't know much about Kurt Warner except that he was a really good quarterback. I've never cheered for the Rams or the Cardinals- the two teams he played for, so I never really followed his career. I did know that he runs a charitable organization called First Things First and that he professes to be a Christian.
The book First Things First is written by Kurt and his wife Brenda and was written because of an article which came out in the New York Times in which the Warner children (there are seven of them) related some of their family rules. Kurt and Brenda say they received so much mail and so many comments and questions about those rules, that they decided to write this book to answer some of those questions.
The first part of the book gives a brief biography of Kurt and Brenda before they met and each of them talk about how they met and how their relationship began. The true story is a little different from the story the media has sometimes told. The rest of the book is a look at some of the popular Warner family rules and how they play out in every day life.
I was impressed while reading this book because the Warner family sounds like our family with a few more kids and lots more money. The book makes them seem so normal. I think that's exactly what they intended, so they accomplished it well. I like the way the chapters go back and forth from the point of view of Kurt to that of Brenda. I am especially glad to see an NFL big name player who is seeking to honor God in his marriage and family!
A neat extra was the set of four special trading cards in the back that feature Kurt as the Cardinals quarterback and have a short summary of his statement of following Christ and a prayer to pray to believe in Christ.
My verdict: a very enjoyable visit with a very interesting family.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.
Beginning with their first meeting, the books gives a glimpse into their family of seven and "rules" that allowed it to work. Though the "rules" have not been written down - other than a lopsided summary given by the kids as transcribed by a New York Times reporter - the family has allowed life to work for them.
Though Kurt Warner took his time understanding what faith was all about, his decision came, not so much of the testimony of his future wife, as the patient teaching he received from his teammates. But once the decision to follow Jesus was made, it obviously became the core of his life: before his team, before his family, and before his wife. Not to diminish the role of his team, family, and wife - but he had to place first things first.
But the book is not just Kurt's story, it is also his wife's. Each chapter address similar issues of life - first from Kurt's perspective and then from Brenda's. As they lay out the day, Kurt discusses the pattern that defines each day as the kids get ready for school - both in and out of football season. Brenda follows up with an acknowledgment that, with a large family, the pattern that works for Kurt, can, in real life, become quite hectic. The book is an attempt to get a real look at a very real family.
Reading the book has given me an increased appreciation for my wife - and all that she contributes to mine. Though our kids are all out of the house, I learned much of what it means to be a husband in a modern family. If you love football, if you love your family, if you are struggling to make your family work, "first things first" will better prepare you for the job.
This review is based on a free copy of the book received from Amazon.com for use on my PC Kindle App.
I found some very useful ideas for parenting. With seven children, one being a special needs child, they have found rules that work for them and share those rules in hopes that they will work for us as well... or at least show us how to find what works for us. They really stress to their kids, by rules and example, to put others first, treat others well, and be their best.
They also set a good example of how to put your marriage first. Even above your children. They teach their kids by the way they treat one another. And what better way to see how a future spouse should treat you than by your parents' example. Love and respect are shown throughout the entire book. They each write part of every chapter. Kurt first, then Brenda. Two sides, but with common rules and respect for one another.
If you're married, if you have a family or planning to start one someday, I would recommend reading "First Things First". There is so much great advice. If Kurt and Brenda can make it work in world of celebrity... there is hope for the rest of us!
*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. -Thanks Tyndale House! :)