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First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

It was fun to take a peek into the lives of Kurt and Brenda Warner...

Kurt and Brenda have one goal with their book "First Things First": to let people know the "real" Kurt and Brenda and show that their life is fairly normal - or as normal as can be expected. Each chapter begins with Kurt talking about a subject and then Brenda gives her...
Kurt and Brenda have one goal with their book "First Things First": to let people know the "real" Kurt and Brenda and show that their life is fairly normal - or as normal as can be expected. Each chapter begins with Kurt talking about a subject and then Brenda gives her take on it. They wanted to take the time to clear up the rumors as to how they met, talk about how they run their household and how they make their marriage work. They both readily admit there's not a perfect formula for how to be the best parents or how to have a happy marriage. But they've found out what works for them. Kurt and Brenda have rules for each other as well as for their children. One rule in their marriage is the importance of a weekly date nights and for Kurt spending time with his guy friends while Brenda spends time with her girl friends. Though they've had disagreements, their love for each other hasn't wavered. He says when they have their date nights or take time away without the kids, he's putting her first. "That's what it means to love someone - it means to choose that person first over and over again." Some of the Warner rules include sharing the favorite part of the day at dinner and having to hold hands with a sibling for ten minutes if unable to get along. Brenda shares her frustrations as a NFL wife and sharing Kurt with his fans. She talks about how when the family is out, Kurt is often approached for an autograph - it's something she knows comes with the territory but she still struggles with. They talk about their faith and the role God plays in their lives. Kurt talks about what he'll do after football and Brenda shares her hobbies outside of the home. Through it all, Kurt talks about how he wants Jesus' love to shine through everything he says or does - with his family and on the field.

It was fun to take a peek into the lives of Kurt and Brenda Warner. I really liked hearing both of their sides on topics. I love how Kurt talks about Brenda - it's so apparent how much he loves her. One thing he said stood out to me. He was talking about how he told her she was beautiful when her hair was a mess and she had on no makeup. "You're such a freak," she'll say, because she's always surprised that at the time she feels least attractive, I find her most beautiful." It's just so sweet to hear a guy make that effort. I also applaud his stand on his faith. He says, "I love that Jesus says we should love God so passionately. It's not like some girly "let's hold hands" kind of love; it's full contact. Jesus wants us to love God with our entire being - our heart, soul and mind. That's how I want to love him." This was a really good read - made me laugh, made me tear up at times - definitely one I'd recommend.

posted by snidbits on November 19, 2010

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I was anxious for this book to come out and looked forward to the release. That being said, I could not believe what I was reading after purchasing the book.

The title should have been "Brenda's Rules For Kurt Since I Was Cheated On By My First Husband". Kurt can...
I was anxious for this book to come out and looked forward to the release. That being said, I could not believe what I was reading after purchasing the book.

The title should have been "Brenda's Rules For Kurt Since I Was Cheated On By My First Husband". Kurt can play quarterback in NFL and lead teams to the Super Bowl, but can't have his own email account? She has to monitor every email he sends/receives? She confronts him about a contestant on a game show he teamed with after she sent flowers as a thank you with a phone number. I understand that could have been taken as a possible advance, but to call this out in a book is drama overkill. If the person continued to try to contact him, yes - one bouquet, no. She consistently calls out players (Larry Fitzgerald), friends and fans for their "horrible" acts and statements, admitting she will always say what is on her mind - meanwhile her behavior is worse than all of these combined. What she needs is a "Brenda" to control Brenda.

I thought one of the major components of a successful marriage/relationship was TRUST? Kurt shows his love and devotion to his wife through his actions and words daily only to be judged by the actions of Brenda's first husband. Unbelievable.

Brenda is either constantly whining about the price of fame (on and on and on about autographs - geez, I'm tired of hearing about) or bragging about the perks that come with same fame.

I applaud the Warner's for their constant charity efforts (monetary and time), but after hearing about each one in detail, it started to seem like a infomercial for their acts of kindness. I know of numerous people who give time and gifts who don't feel the need to be recognized and applauded by the public. Awareness of the fund is fine, but after 200 pages, it didn't feel that way.

I did like some of the family rules the Warners have, but they seemed to get lost within the World According to Brenda. I began the book with a desire to be fed useful information that could be applied to the everyday common person/family - after finishing the book, I find myself still hungry.

posted by number14 on July 20, 2009

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    Disappointing

    I was anxious for this book to come out and looked forward to the release. That being said, I could not believe what I was reading after purchasing the book.

    The title should have been "Brenda's Rules For Kurt Since I Was Cheated On By My First Husband". Kurt can play quarterback in NFL and lead teams to the Super Bowl, but can't have his own email account? She has to monitor every email he sends/receives? She confronts him about a contestant on a game show he teamed with after she sent flowers as a thank you with a phone number. I understand that could have been taken as a possible advance, but to call this out in a book is drama overkill. If the person continued to try to contact him, yes - one bouquet, no. She consistently calls out players (Larry Fitzgerald), friends and fans for their "horrible" acts and statements, admitting she will always say what is on her mind - meanwhile her behavior is worse than all of these combined. What she needs is a "Brenda" to control Brenda.

    I thought one of the major components of a successful marriage/relationship was TRUST? Kurt shows his love and devotion to his wife through his actions and words daily only to be judged by the actions of Brenda's first husband. Unbelievable.

    Brenda is either constantly whining about the price of fame (on and on and on about autographs - geez, I'm tired of hearing about) or bragging about the perks that come with same fame.

    I applaud the Warner's for their constant charity efforts (monetary and time), but after hearing about each one in detail, it started to seem like a infomercial for their acts of kindness. I know of numerous people who give time and gifts who don't feel the need to be recognized and applauded by the public. Awareness of the fund is fine, but after 200 pages, it didn't feel that way.

    I did like some of the family rules the Warners have, but they seemed to get lost within the World According to Brenda. I began the book with a desire to be fed useful information that could be applied to the everyday common person/family - after finishing the book, I find myself still hungry.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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