Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book Review - Growing Up Ziglar

About the book:

Growing Up Ziglar
Julie Ziglar Norman

Julie Ziglar Norman often says her dad is the king of 'doing life right' and she is the poster child for 'doing life wrong.'

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.

About Julie:
Julie Ziglar Norman is the daughter of Zig Ziglar and for 20 years has been his personal editor. With a background in sales and business management, Julie has become a dynamic international motivational speaker. She lives in Texas with her husband, Jim, and continues the Ziglar legacy of encouragement.

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I wanted to review this book because I am familiar with Zig Ziglar and I wanted to read what it was like for his daughter to grow up with someone that always looks on the positive of things. I was also intrigued by the sub-title of, "A Daughters Brown Journey from Heartache to Hope". I think we all have journeys of heartache and I was encouraged by the "hope" part. This book did not disappoint.

The first thing I love about this book is the beauty of it. The cover is paperback, but it's a sturdy paperback and actually soft to the touch! Open the book, and each page has gorgeous soft purple flowers imprinted on the top. Personally, I love a book that goes the extra mile to be visually appealing.

Julie is so open about her life. She doesn't sugar-coat her life but lays it all bare for us to see. There are some pretty tough things that she has gone through and she freely admits that most of these heartaches were caused by her own foolish decisions. I liked that she was so open because she then showed how the Lord worked in her life in these areas to heal her and that through really being in God's Word, she started to make better decisions based on what God instructs. She also shares how the Lord has used these past mistakes to help others through her. I was so encouraged by her book and wI gleaned a lot of great information that spoke to some issues I have - especially worrying about what other's think about me. She states in her book, "We are all free to choose our attitude toward what others think about us, and we can even choose our attitude toward what we perceive others think about us. We are free to NOT CARE what other think, real or imagined! The only thing that matters is what we know to be true about ourselves. If we are people of faith, we'll care about what God thinks of us, but man's opinion will not be a concern. Now that will SET YOU FREE!" I really loved this - I think it's much more vital and freeing to care about what God thinks. If we are doing what he is calling us to do, then we shouldn't feel the guilt or fear of what other's think. I really needed to read this.

This book was so great on so many levels. I know that you will enjoy it and get so much information from it. It will encourage you and make you long to grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord. I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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