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First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 2010
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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! :)
I enjoyed this book, and took away some lessons for my own kids (who now HATE having to hold hands if they can't get along ;-) and I respect how hard both the Warners have worked and I appreciate their honesty and ability to be so upfront. I loved their family rules and the explanation about each rule. My only complaint about the book: I do wish I had the money to take the "girl-friend vacations" that Brenda takes on a regular basis!
Brenda and Kurt are delightful and I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this book.
Brenda has been through so much in her life already and I just admire her. I'm going through a rough time right now in my life and this couldn't have come at a better time for me.
I will be using many of the parenting techniques I learned in this book and I will also be on the lookout for any other books Brenda and or Kurt write.
Kurt is just as special as I thought. It's so nice to have a celebrity like him to look up to.
Love this book. I might just read it again for the heck of it.