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5 Stars Out Of 5
Great read!! Get it now!
January 31, 2012
I cracked open this book with no expectations_ I'm not a football fan, and hadn't the slightest idea of who Kurt Warner was, or anything about his family. This book however totally changed the way I thought about many things. Overall, the gist of this book was the "Warner Family Rules", the standard to which Kurt and his wife Brenda ran their family and raised their children. This book was filled with humorous and heart-touching stories about their lives, and it gives wonderful perspectives from both Kurt and Brenda on their family. It was very interesting reading a book written by both parts of a couple.
I valued the honesty in which they write their story, I felt as if I really got to know them a bit in that book- which is rare anymore! It definitely inspired me to come up with "rules" for my family, when my husband and I have children. It was a fairly quick and easy read- the way the Warner's told their story had me flipping pages quickly, just to find out what happened next. I was also impressed at how Biblically minded this book was- it didn't sugar coat or dull down on the faith part "just to sell a story". I would certainly advise anyone interested in raising a family to read this book.
I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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 talked about raising children with special needs.
Over all its an awesome book!
(I received this book from Tyndale for an honest review)
I am all about true stories and happy endings after struggles and hardships and also a fan of anyone that helps others. Which is why I was drawn to this particular story "First things first" Kurt and Brenda Warner's story of their ups and downs of being parents of 7 kids all while juggling an NFL career and a foundation that helps disadvantaged youth.
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 Firstâ€”family, faith, and giving to othersâ€”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.
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I think it is so important in any family to teach kids to give to others that are less fortunate than yourself. I don't care how bad your life seems there is always someone less fortunate or worse off then yourself. It feeds the soul to help others. I try everyday to teach my kids that it is important to put God and others first. At the end of the day you will feel more at peace and closer to God.
I recommend this book to any family that is instilling the gift of giving in their family.
I was given a free review copy of the above book by Tyndale Publishing so I could facilitate my review I was in no way compensated in any manner and my review is completely unbiased .
His book, written with his wife, is about much more than just football. "First Things First" does share a bit about Kurt's football career, as well as some background on how he met and married Brenda. Did you know she's a former Marine? Wow.This is a book about parenting; specifically, how the Warner's parent their large family...seven kids in all. But even that doesn't truly capture the message in the book.Basically, it's all about the Warners...what they've learned, experienced, and are continuing to learn as people, as believers, as husband and wife, and as parents. It's honest...just read the forward written by oldest daughter Jenni!I loved the book for a variety of reasons. "First Things First" is definitely co-written by both Kurt and Brenda. They take turns in each chapter sharing on the topic at hand, and both do so from their point of view and in their own voice--unlike some parenting books written by 'parents'.The Warners are honest as well. No flaws are hidden under a mask of perfection. If they blew it, they share how they blew it. And they make sure we know they don't think they are perfect parents or spouses. We're all on this journey together: they just got to write a book about their portion of it!But the genuine voice that rings out from both Kurt and Brenda is what captured me. The book is very informal, very conversational. Very friendly. I liked that. I love knowing that I have brothers and sisters in the public eye that aren't captured by their fame or fortune. I'm giving this one five out of five bookmarks!
A wonderful book from a big family who seeks to glorify God even among all the fame that Kurt Warner recieves for being an NFL player. There is a 16 page full color layout with pictures of the family, they really show you the down home atmosphere that they try to keep. The only thing I didn't like was the chapter discussing their sex life, it was a bit too personal for me and so I could have lived without reading that chapter. Overall the book was a great look into how the Warner's desire to serve God in all they do!