Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope
by 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.
This book is not one that I would have picked for myself. I was very surprised to find it in my mailbox one day, courtesy of the good folks at Guideposts Books. This genre of books is not my cup of tea and I found Growing Up Ziglar to be woefully average even for this genre.
Basically, the book is a diminutive collection of her personal anecdotes and I couldn’t escape the feeling that these are little more than warmed-over stories from her own motivational lectures. Awash in Christianity-lite, Julie Ziglar Norman wants us to know that Jesus loves us.
Other than disconnected anecdotes, I really didn’t feel like I learned anything about Julie Ziglar Norman. While the book is touted as being revealing and transparent, I kept thinking that there was much more to her story.
I can’t recommend this book except to the Zig Ziglar or Julie Ziglar Norman fans. Such a small book at $15.00 is very little bang for the buck.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Guideposts Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”