"First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner" by Kurt and Brenda Warner

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2009

Tyndale House Publishers Announces the June 30, 2009 Release of
First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner by Kurt and Brenda Warner,
A No-Holds-Barred Look at Life Inside the
Crazed and Chaotic Nine-Member Warner Household

[Carol Stream, IL]—In a recent interview with ESPN, Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner, winner of two NFL MVP awards and a Super Bowl MVP award, said, “It’s so hard for people to grasp and understand that it’s not about going to the Pro Bowl or winning an MVP. It’s about trying to do something that impacts the people around you. And that’s what I try to do every single day is have an impact on everyone around me.”

In First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner – what works, what doesn’t, and what really matters most, releasing on June 30, 2009 from Tyndale House Publishers, Kurt and his wife, Brenda, talk candidly about their marriage, the values they are working to instill in their seven kids, things they’ve done right, mistakes they’ve made along the way, the importance of giving back, and the lasting legacy they hope to leave behind.

So much has been written about “Kurt and Brenda Warner” in the media that people think they know them. But the Warners want people to know the real Kurt and Brenda—the good, the bad, and the ugly. In First Things First, they offer a rare, candid window into their everyday lives and share the off-the-wall things they say and do—the way they make their marriage work, the way they parent their children, and the example they work hard to set for others.

Discover surprising details about the Warner family:

– Kurt has to pay his own son to toss the football with him in the backyard.
– Before she met Kurt, Brenda spent several years in the U.S. Marine Corps, working in Intelligence.
– None of the Warner kids really wanted to watch their dad play in Super Bowl XLIII.
– The last time Kurt saw his Super Bowl ring was when the cleaning lady pulled it out from under the living room couch along with a stack of LEGOs, a handful of Cheerios, and a half-used stick of Brenda’s deodorant.
– And much more!

Kurt and Brenda also discuss how they focus on doing good rather than just looking good, both in their family and in their public roles with their foundation. Also called First Things First, the Warner’s foundation was established in 2001 and is dedicated to promoting Christian values and positively affecting the lives of those less fortunate. Projects include Baskets of Hope, which delivers baskets of stuffed animals, toys, Bibles, and music to children with life-threatening diseases; Homes for the Holidays, which surprises single-parent, first-time homeowners with complete furnishings for their new homes; and We’re Going to Disney World, an annual trip to Walt Disney World for terminally ill children and their families. The Warners have committed more than $1.9 million to the First Things First Foundation and have actively initiated more than twelve ongoing programs to reach people in communities in Arizona, Missouri, Iowa, and beyond. Learn more about the foundation at www.kurtwarner.org.

Tyndale House Publishers has had great success recently with a number of football-related titles. Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength: The Practices, Principles, and Priorities of a Winning Life (July 2007) reached No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, and with more than 1,000,000 copies in print is one of the best-selling sports-related titles in history. Dungy’s most current book, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance (Jan. 2009), reached No. 2 on the Times’ Advice, How-To & Misc. list. Deanna Favre’s Don’t Bet Against Me! (Sept. 2007) spent 10 consecutive weeks on either the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction primary list (top 15) or expanded list (top 35). Favre is the wife of NFL great Brett Favre. The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life (July 2008), written by Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, reached No. 2 on the Times’ Advice list.

In July 2009, Tyndale will release Game Plan for Life by NFL Hall of Fame coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs; and LT & Me: What Raising a Champion Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Listening to Your Dreams, by Loreane Tomlinson, mother of San Diego Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson.

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. It is now one of the premier publishing houses in the industry. Tyndale products include numerous New York Times best sellers, including the popular Left Behind series. Tyndale also publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and many other resources for church and family. Tyndale House Publishers is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.

For media inquiries related to the book, please contact Todd Starowitz at (630) 784-5397 or via e-mail at toddstarowitz@tyndale.com or Vicky Lynch at (630) 784-5341 or at vickylynch@tyndale.com. For all other inquiries related to Kurt & Brenda Warner, please contact Rob Lefko or Julie Magrane of Priority Sports & Entertainment at (312) 664-7700.