In Growing Up Ziglar, Julie Ziglar Norman shares her testimony of how God brought her to where she is today as a woman, free in Christ. Coming from a family with motivational speaker Zig Ziglar as your father, one would think it easy to make good decisions, but Norman shares how even in a positive home, poor choices can be made. Starting with the present and flipping back and forth between moments of her life, she shares her shadowed past with the hope that Christian women will benefit from her experiences.
Beginning with the build up of poor choices in junior high and ending with struggles with her husband, Norman shares how God was there through it all and the steps the Lord used to mold her into the person she is today. She gives examples throughout the book of childhood and family memories, her parents’ support and influence, and experiences with God through situations and people she came in contact with.
Norman tells how even though she eventually turned her life around and began living like a true Christian, God couldn’t fully use her until she became transparent with others about her past. Norman wants her readers to understand they don’t have to hide in fear under the blanket of guilt and shame. Instead, she wants to teach readers how to be the right kind of person and live a life free in Jesus. She says, “This book is about shredding that veil of false pretense and learning how to live comfortably in your own skin because Jesus loves you right where you are” (p. 160). She includes a challenge list in back of the book to help the reader who strives to live out his or her life for Christ but needs guidance.
While the book may appear to be structured haphazardly, its randomness will hold readers’ attention, and as it flows to the end, all will make sense. This book’s framework exemplifies life in the way that very often everything fits together when one steps back and looks at the bigger picture. I recommend this book for any woman who feels her past sins are too great to be free of guilt and who needs reassurance that Christ’s grace covers all. – Kristi Schweitzer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
For over a quarter of a century she lived every day with regret, shame, guilt, and depression. But she was the daughter of the motivator's motivator, Zig Ziglar, and knew that she needed to be positive. So she gathered up all her negative self-talk and squashed it deep down inside where it couldn't ruin the bright and practiced smile she presented to the world. 'People might assume Zig Ziglar's daughter would automatically grow up to have a positive attitude,' Julie says. 'For a large portion of my life, I was just positive I was miserable!'
Her powerful and heartwarming story will move readers to laughter and tears. Mostly it will renew their faith in God's power to redeem all the wrong choices and bring them full circle to hope and healing. Julie urges readers not to settle for okay when God has true joy waiting for them. She shares tools to equip them to make the changes needed to find true freedom in every area of life.