Tuesday, April 12, 2011
First Things First - by Kurt and Brenda Warner
What I loved MOST about this book was the faithful, down-to-earth, journey this family has made (and used for God’s glory – not their own)! Being a professional football player in this day and time is considered one of the most glamorous careers ever! Not only are they highlighted as “stars”, they are given a lot of power, prestige and influence. Being a person that enjoys education and learning, most often I find myself upset that professional athletes are so grossly over-paid (In my opinion) compared to educators (which are much more valuable for educating our children to change our world for the better). However, I must say how extremely excited I am to see this man (Kurt Warner) rewarded for his talent – because he knows what to do with the fame – HELP OTHERS (as we have been commanded by our Creator).
One of the many parts I enjoyed was when Kurt Warner informs us his Super Bowl ring is located under the family coach (he thinks). That is humility! He is a man who knows what’s important (and that’s CHRIST - NOT FOOTBALL!).
I admire what his family has done and continues to do to help others less fortunate. In my heart, I know God placed him in this world at this time for a specific purpose – to glorify Him and His Children!
I would like to personally thank the Warner’s for being good and faithful servants! I pray God blesses each and every one of you!
Some details about the Warner’s: 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.
Details from the Publisher: 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.