Growing Up Ziglar

Title:  Growing Up Ziglar:  A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope
Author:  Julie Ziglar Norman
Pages:  192
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Guidepost Books
Note:  I have received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book.  Follow reviews on Twitter @lcjohnson1988 or on my blog located at

                What was your first thought when you read the title of this particular review?  For me, I wanted to read it to see the testimony I was sure it held if the author was willing to be transparent.  Julie Norman far exceeded the hope of transparency in this book and is also completely honest.  The author states from the beginning that this book isn’t about her famous father, Zig Ziglar, or was it to be a book bashing him, his teachings or her family life.  Growing up Ziglar is all about Julie, life choices as well as the consequences the journey she took to mature in Christ.
                Here is a snippet from a Litfuse Publicity email:  “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.”  This is who she is today, but most people also want to know where she has been and how she got to where she is today including being a founder of Ziglar Women Ministry.  You can look at this ministry online at
                While I am amazed at what Julie has experienced, I am also astounded and awed by how God worked!  Women who read this book will find encouragement to face their past mistakes and courage to walk through to the other side healed, renewed, and excited to see what God has in store for them.  Julie also has words of encouragement and wisdom for those walking with someone who has experienced the types of behaviors with the consequences just as Julie has.  It also will encourage parents too as they see what they may be facing can be faced with the comfort, strength, and love of God.  For women with busy lives, this short book won’t take long to read and enjoy.
My rating is 4 ½ stars.


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