First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414335209
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 476,247
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Brenda Warner
Brenda Warner

Brenda Warner is a speaker, philanthropist, and New York Times best-selling author. She is the mother of seven children, a registered nurse, and a Marine. But most of all, she is a storyteller who candidly shares her struggles in hopes that her life experiences can help other women. Through her message of hope and faith, and her charitable work, she inspires others during their own dark days. As a speaker, Brenda encourages her audiences to take responsibility for their choices and to depend on their faith when they hit rough patches.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2009

    Great Book For Warner Fans

    I enjoyed this book! It is what it is: A book about a famous NFL/Christian family and what their rules for living are. They talk about things like lending money to friends and family, handling autograph seekers while eating out, having a child whose favorite player is not his father, cheering for players on the team playing against their daughter's team, how often other people have sex, and Brenda's love for Spanx. (How many women out there feely admit to a belly roll? Brenda does!)

    The most touching parts of the book are about their son Zack who is a special needs young adult. They freely discuss what happened to him and how they, as a family, have delt with it. Reading the stories of how Zack loves to pick up trash and how they accept this and feel that, well, maybe someday he'll have a job picking up trash in a movie theater is very touching. This story illustrates the totally matter-of-fact way they handle their lives.

    Kurt is one of the best-known Christians in the country and they write about how he lives his life as a religious person on and off the field. They also talk about the demands placed on him by his fans. And yes, they talk about groupies and Brenda's discomfort with the attention Kurt receives from women.

    What struck me most about this book is how honest they both are about their life and their family. There isn't a lot of sugar coating. If you come away not liking Brenda (or Kurt) after you read this book I don't think it's going to bother either one of them very much.

    For Cardinals fans their is a great story about how and why he decided to re-sign with the team.

    My favorite story in the book concerns a certain Thanksgiving dinner, BBQ and the local food court. Hilarious!

    If you love Kurt Warner or if you just want to read a good book on the life of one famous American family you will love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2009

    Wow, what a life-changer!

    I recommend this book to everyone I know. It is absolutely amazing! Kurt and Brenda were so honest and sincere and I feel like I really know them! It was a very easy read, and I finished the book in a matter of a few hours! Their kids seem awesome, too, especially their oldest daughter, Jesse, who wrote the forward. I hope that everyone reads First Things First, because it is a wonderful story.

    GREAT BOOK. You'll love it, I promise!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Gay

    Kurt warner is GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    First Things First

    First Thing First by Kurt and Brenda Warner is a very special book. It's written by a couple who have seven children.

    This book is somewhat an autobiography of the family. Told in a very mesmerizing and quirky way by Kurt and Brenda Warner.

    Kurt is a two-time NFL MVP-winning quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals Brenda Warner on the other hand 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.

    Being married alone in this modern era where loads of temptation and challenges around is not an easy task. What more if you have 7 children from various stage of growing up with you. In this book, Brenda and Kurt tells the story about how they manage their marriage and nurture their children. This book tells people that children and family must come first, no matter what you do.

    This book also demonstrate that with proper structure, love, discipline as well as faith, things can never go wrong, even though there's rough spot along the way. Through this book, I learn a lot. One of it is that coupled with love, families must stick together and work together as one unit to make things work.

    This is a good book for both parents and children to read. There's a lot of things you can learn for this book.

    I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, and would recommend this for people who are in need of a little boost and motivation in handling both their marriage and family in a fun way.

    I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers for an advance reading as part of their blogger review program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    A great story of family and togetherness

    Lighthearted and yet very touching. It is just a great story the warms the heart.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Wonderful Real Family

    This book was inspirational in how this family has tried to keep it real. They aren't false in thinking they are perfect but just tell about some things that have worked for them. It was a reassuring an inspiring book from a wonderful Christian family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2009

    The Warner's seem to be genuinely good people.

    This book reads like a series of their motivational speeches which were put together in order to create a book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    He is a great man, Brenda on the other hand???

    I could not wait to purchase this book. I have been a fan of Kurt's for many years. He did not disappoint me. I found his prospective to be from the heart, selfless and sincere. He is a wonderful husband, father, friend and Christian. Brenda, on the other hand, comes across as a self-absorbed, vain and controlling person. She has major trust issues and insecurities stemming from a failed first marriage. She even manages Kurt's emails. It's hard to believe he tolerates it. All her rules for him have to do with his stroking her ego. She mentions how she was the cute sister growing up, which is hard to believe, and that she is "hot" now. Well anyone can be hot with the same enhancements. She talks about having household help who did not dress appropriately around Kurt, yet at the book signing in NJ, she had on a very low cut dress around our husbands. Double standard?

    The format was good, he said, she said. The photo spread on each child was also enjoyable. It was just disappointing to realize who the true Brenda is.

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