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Within the pages of Growing Up Ziglar, Norman reveals her struggles with depression, alcohol, and men. She candidly tells of her failed first marriage, unplanned pregnancies and difficult choices, and the challenges involved with her remarriage and blending families. With transparency and insight, she describes her soul-searching path from heartache to redemption, allowing readers to discover the power to let go of shame and embrace freedom, as well as the courage to live with a new depth of faith. Ultimately Norman offers the hope that God can beautifully redeem even the worst choices and equips her audience with the tools to make needed changes.
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"Julie Ziglar Norman continues the family legacy of sharing answers for those who are searching for the truth. In Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter's Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope, Julie's own search for truth will inspire and enlighten you. Her hard-earned words contain a clarity and purpose that is surely welcome in today's world." -Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift
"Julie has truly lived EVERY WOMAN'S story. What she shares is real life. What she reveals is real truth. What she offers is real freedom! You can NOT walk away with just one--it is a book that MUST be gifted to all of the women in your life!" -Kathleen D. Mailer, Founder/Editor-In-Chief of Today's Businesswoman Magazine
After 25 years of living every day with regret, shame, guilt and depression but trying to cover it with a smile, Julie began her journey letting go of the shame and embracing freedom in Christ. She is living proof of the hope that God can beautifully redeem even your worst choices.
Having spent 20 years as her father's personal editor and with a background in sales and business management, Julie has become a dynamic international motivational speaker herself. The founder of the Ziglar Women Faith and Family Conference, she is continuing the legacy of encouragement begun by her father over 40 years ago. Her personal, transparent speaking style has endeared her to audiences all across America.
Julie has shared the platform with many well-respected leaders such as General Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Lou Holtz, Steve Forbes, Sarah Palin, Bill Cosby, Joe Montana, Dr. Robert Schuller, and a host of others.
Julie lives in Alvord, Texas, with her husband of twenty-eight years, Jim Norman; three horses, four rescued dogs and three rescued cats. The Normans are the parents of a blended family of four children and now have 12 grandchildren.
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 couldnt fully use her until she became transparent with others about her past. Norman wants her readers to understand they dont 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
ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful Personal StoryDecember 22, 2013ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I first heard of Zig Ziglar when I lived the Dallas, Texas area several years ago. I remember hearing about his motivational speeches, and then I was delighted to hear that he was a Christian. I have never attended one of his conferences, and I knew nothing about his family. I was pleased to find a book written by his youngest. Simple but strong, her book finally gave me some insight into her famous father and the way God has worked in her and her family over the years.
This book was a delight to read from the beginning. Jule has a very conversational style of writing, and her words and stories are simple but effective. I found myself laughing, crying, and being deeply touched by what she wrote. Her words gave me so much hope, and she did not shy away from her Chrstian belief system in any of the chapters. She also did not give juicy dteails about anyone or their stories except her own. She treated every person in the book with the kind of respect that many people do not give or receive. Worthiness was not a prerequisite for respect.
My only complaint was that the book could have been longer. But her short book packs a powerful punch. Do not read this book unless you are ready to be challenged and convicted.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest rwview. All opinions are 100 percent mine, and I received no financial compensation.
TammoORAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5informative & helpfulJuly 17, 2012TammoORAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4informative & helpful, I saw this book advertised through another source and was lead to buy it for my daughter so instead of buying only one, I bought two copies..(my daughter lives in another country) I loved the way this book was written. We all have a story to tell and it is good to read another' s, gives one perspective and guidance. An enjoyable read for any age.
Booklover104 Stars Out Of 5If you like Zig Ziglar, you'd like this.June 15, 2012Booklover10Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I've heard of Zig Ziglar but have never really read anything by him. I know he's a motivational speaker but that's about the extent of my knowledge about him. I like reading about people and learning about others, so I figured who better to learn about Zig than from his daughter.
I enjoyed his perspective from his daughter. She was honest and risked everything to tell the truth to others about her past. She admits her failures and her shortcomings. But that's not all she talks about. There is a redemptive side, as well. She shares how she came back to Christ and realized that her guilt was gone, her chains were broken, and she was set free.
It wasn't the most well-written book I've read, but it was interesting to read and I gained some insight into their lives as a family. If you like Zig Ziglar, then you'd like this book. She mentions him a lot and shares many of her memories of her family with the reader.
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LoriAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Must Read BookJune 6, 2012LoriAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I will be honest I did not want to read this book. I got a request to review it and I did not respond. Well a week later the book showed up on my door. My first impression (before reading anything) is another celebrity child riding on the wings of their famous parent. I love Zig Ziglar, saw him in person, but what could his daughter say that would keep me interested. BOY WAS I WRONG. God dropped this book on my doorstep and left me bruised and convicted. Norman's honesty was refreshing and convicting. She says things and talks about things many of us wish we could discuss. I believe every woman will be able to relate to at least one of the many struggles she talks about. Or like me, several. Some of the struggles were made and brought on by poor choices, just like the rest of us, but many of us don't admit it so openly. I strongly suggest you add this to your reading list this year. It is an easy read with only 165 pages, but it filled with a lot to digest. I have to be honest I think I am still digesting some of the things God has convicted me on while reading this book.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Julie's Journey from Heartache to HopeJune 4, 2012richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Julie Ziglar Norman's tells the story of her spiritual journey in her book "Growing up Ziglar". She tells how she found hope through faith, freedom through forgiveness, and courage to make needed changes.
Julie's writing is engaging, transparent, and brutally honest, offering the reader hope Julie provides powerful tools for life change. Julie Ziglar Norman's tells the story of her spiritual journey in her book "Growing up Ziglar". She tells how she found hope through faith, freedom through forgiveness, and courage to make needed changes. The reader will be helped as they identify with Julie as she discusses issues, of low self-esteem, wrong choices, divorce, abuse, denial, alcoholism, and guilt.
"Growing up Ziglar" is a bold testimony of the grace of God, the dangers of negative self-talk, and the importance of making right choices."
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.