Kurt and Brenda Warner met when she was a divorced mother of two, living on food stamps and putting herself through nursing school, and he was a college student. Kurt and Brenda married in 1997 and Kurt adopted Brenda's two children. Since then, they have added 5 more children to their family. After graduating from Northern Iowa in 1994, Kurt was signed by the Green Bay Packers, but was cut during training camp. He returned to Northern Iowa to work as an assistant football coach, working the night shift at a local Hy–Vee grocery store to support Brenda and her two kids, until he was signed by the St. Louis Rams in 1998. Kurt went on to lead the Rams in two Super Bowls, winning two NFL MVP awards (in 1999 and 2000). In 2008, Kurt joined the Arizona Cardinals, and led the franchise to their first playoff appearance in 10 years, and their first Super Bowl appearance. Kurt and Brenda are strong Christians, and the founders of First Things First, a foundation that promotes Christian values, helping the less fortunate, and encouraging others to put faith and family first. They live in Phoenix, Arizona.
About the Book:
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.
First Things First by Kurt and Brenda Warner is a very real, grounded look at
the Warner's family and how they approach life together.
This book, while written by a renowned NFL Quarterback and his wife, is not a
sports book, but rather a refreshing view of a life of normalcy, even within
that celebrity reality. Sure some of what they have gotten to do may be on a
grander scale than the common family, but that is never the focus, nor should it
be, of this book.
Their openness and the unapologetic stands they take for their family is
extremely uncommon, in today's society, and is exciting to read about. I
particularly like the style of the authors viewpoints of the same life together
contrasted within each chapter.
Kurt and Brenda both possess a drive for making a difference in the lives of a
others and attempt to successfully blend the rest of the families' desires with
Many writers write about the high highs or the low lows in their lives, but this
book shows both with the positive payoff of making the reader appreciate and
hopefully applaud their efforts and cheer for their continued success in the
Whether you adopt some of the rules their family lives by or not, the real goal
after having read this book is that you find a way to leave a legacy of love for
your spouse, family and others all because that is what Jesus modeled for us to
Thank you Tyndale Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!!