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Embrace The Struggle Webcast – Join Us and Ask Your Friends!

November 11, 2009

It has been an incredible few weeks for the Ziglar family.  Dad just turned 83, Mom and Dad will be celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary later this month, and Julie and Dad’s new book, Embrace The Struggle, just came out.  We are thrilled with the initial results of the book’s release.  So many are facing their own struggles, and when they see how Dad is embracing his struggle, they find hope and encouragement.

I would like to ask a favor of you.  Dad, Julie, and I are doing a live webcast on Nov 17th about Embrace The Struggle.  Would you be willing to send via email to your list and friends a special invitation from you encouraging people to attend this FREE webcast (Register HERE)?  We have created a very powerful movie, “Embrace The Struggle,” that tells in two minutes the Embrace The Struggle message.  When the movie is finished it will end on a registration page for the free webcast.  You can watch the movie here if you have not seen it yet.

I know that Dad has made an impact in the lives of thousands of people.  As a family, as hard as this struggle has been on a personal level for us, we all agree that God is using it in an amazing way.  We believe this book, and this message, will impact more people than anything Dad has ever done.  If you could help us get the word out it would mean a great deal to us and to the people who attend the webcast.  In addition to sending an invitation to your email list, it would also be great – and greatly appreciated — if you would be willing to post it on your other social media websites, like Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks in advance for considering this.  Our prayer is that people in the midst of a struggle will see this webcast and this book as something that will help them embrace their struggle.

Here is a short link you can use to tell others about this Free Webacast:

Embrace The Struggle!

Tom Ziglar
Proud Son of Zig Ziglar

The Reviews Are In!

November 1, 2009

Dad and Julie’s book launched on October 27th, and already the reviews are coming in. I thought I would share them with you.  These are from Amazon.  If you have read the book a review at Amazon would be much appreciated!

To learn more about the book Embrace The Struggle, please watch the Embrace The Struggle movie, a great way to spend 2 mins!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
An American Icon Inspires Again with Embrace the Struggle, October 27, 2009
By     Dan Snell “Co-Founder, The Bonded Family”  (BLENDED FAMILY USA
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EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE is a ‘must read’ for anyone, of any age, in any life arena facing a stuggle. Zig Ziglar again inspires a nation with a spirit that shouts out we shall not quit.

What a wonderful example to view a person who is not only saying, but living out…

“I’m not gonna ease up, let up, give up or shut up…until I’m taken up!”

The Ziglar family strength is a model for America. Julie Ziglar Norman is the Co-Author of this book and Tom Ziglar, now CEO of Ziglar Corp. wrote the very touching Foreward.

If you haven’t seen the books short video that the family helped produce, go to:

Whether you are someone whose faced an event that changed your life in an instant, as in a head injury that Zig faced, or perhaps it’s a struggling marriage, illness, depression or a son or daughter facing trials, Zig Ziglar will provide encouragement to help you stand strong in ‘your storm’. “Living Life on Life’s Terms” is a perfect expression of … “It’s not what happens to you that matters… it’s how you respond to what happens to you that makes the difference.”

Zig Ziglar is an American Icon. He will continue to inspire, encourage and motivate for decades to come. EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE is a continuation of that legacy of service to others.
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Zig Ziglar has given us a timeless gift in EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE, October 31, 2009
By     Debra Wilhelm
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EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE is a most empowering, comforting book! I read it in an afternoon, re-read parts and highlighted quotes to use in the days ahead.

Zig and his daughter, Julie, have written a message which speaks to anyone who is struggling in some way – and who isn’t? We can allow events in our lives to overwhelm us, or we can embrace the issue and let God lead us forward. The author’s honesty about his head injury and the problems and blessings it has created in his life is a wonderful example for us all. The included stories of others who have faced struggles – health, finances, relationships, family, spiritual – can make us all see the value of facing life’s difficulties and unexpected pitfalls with courage, faith, hope, and humor.

His message is spiritual, powerful, and uplifting. “If we accept that the past is the past, yesterday ended last night, and today is a brand-new day, we can have an attitude of hope.”

Read this book and be inspired to “live life on life’s terms”!
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This is the book your looking for., October 29, 2009
By     E. T. Pate  (Texas, United States)
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I am forever changed from reading this book. Zig Ziglar has written the book that will show you what matters and how to embrace life and all it’s struggles, failures, set backs, surprises, and even blessings. I heard a lady say the other day “Everything’s good when it’s good, but things just aren’t good. I wish it would get back to good.” You simply will not make impact in your life or in those around you wishing, or observing, or just thinking about the situation; you have to grab hold! You can’t always plan for the unexpected, but you can prepare your mind and attitude for when it hits. Zig’s new book will show you how.

This Picture Says it All

October 29, 2009

Zig in Hospital


What makes you proudest of the ones you love?  For me, it’s this picture concerning my Dad.  Most of us don’t think much about what makes us proud about our family and friends.  I know I didn’t.  At first, you would think what would make you proud is something they accomplished that was big.  But then you realize, what really makes you proud is how they handle something big, and usually very difficult, that happens to them.

So maybe, just maybe, that storm you are going through right now and how you RESPOND to it, is the very thing that will inspire your family and friends on to greatness. I know for me, when I get a little discouraged, or tired, or whiney even, I just think of that picture of Dad, just a day out of brain surgery, getting busy practicing walking so he could get back to making a difference in the lives of others.  Dad didn’t give one thought to how “unlucky” he was to fall down the stairs, or offer even one complaint about how he didn’t deserve this terrible thing.  Instead, he started showing off to Mom and me how fast he could make that walker go!

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Embrace The Struggle is Here!

October 28, 2009

Dad’s new book, Embrace The Struggle, is now out.  More than any of his books, this one has been truly a family effort.  My sister Julie, Dad’s editor for over 16 years, is the co-author and she did most of the heavy lifting.

We, the Ziglar family, believe this book has the potential to touch more lives than any book Dad has written.

The reason is simple: Living a great life when you are in the middle of what the world views as “success” is easy.  Living a joy-filled life when you are literally knocked down and in the middle of an incredible struggle, now that is an example you need to pay attention to!

If you are in the middle of a great struggle, or you know someone who is, you will want to read and give Embrace The Struggle.  You can find hope and joy even in the most difficult times.  I know. I have watched my Dad live this way for over two and half years.

Please enjoy this short two-minute movie about Embrace The Struggle.

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Embrace The Struggle

September 2, 2009

Dad’s new book, Embrace The Struggle, is coming out the end of October.  I had the privilege of writing the forward to the book and I thought I would share it with you.  Chances are good that you are either in a struggle of your own right now or someone very close to you is struggling.  My prayer is that you will embrace your struggle and realize that God has a plan for you.

Embrace The Struggle

Zig Ziglar, my father, is in a struggle right now—a struggle so profound and so real that by sharing it with you, I believe you will be filled with hope and encouragement. The gift that God has given Dad is the gift of encouragement and the ability to transfer hope to others so that they can rise above whatever circumstance they are in. As Dad has always said, “Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up, starting from where you are and moving forward, is a choice.”

On March 7, 2007, our family experienced what Dr. James Dobson calls “a suddenly.” I was out of town when I got the call. I went numb as I listened to my sister Cindy’s voice. “Dad fell down the stairs. He has a serious head injury.” Suddenly, our family joined millions of other families facing similar circumstances, and life became very different. Dad, at eighty years of age, lost the vitality for which he was renowned, he no longer moved with the energy and agility of even a sixty-five-year-old man. Almost overnight he aged fifteen-plus years and, thus, began his struggle to live with and overcome the effects of a brain injury.

The next weeks were anxious ones as we figured out the impact of the accident and the possibilities for recovery. The calendar became filled with doctors’ appointments and more doctors’ appointments. Life was changing fast. But the amazing thing was that Dad’s attitude never changed. I knew that he hurt all over from falling down a sixteen-step staircase onto a marble floor. I could see that his balance was impaired and his short-term memory was “really short,” as he likes to say, but still he was as optimistic and, if possible, even more loving than before the fall. As usual, he was more concerned for us than he was for himself.

“Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do.” I have heard Dad say that hundreds of times. “It isn’t what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you that makes the difference.” “Go as far as you can see, then you can see farther.” These are words my father has taught and words he lives by daily. And that is why I’m so excited about this book. Once again my father is using his circumstances, as unfortunate as they may be, to encourage others in their own struggles. As my sister Julie says, he is willing to be transparent, and he continues to write and speak because he wants to show his audiences that life on life’s terms is well worth living. Life may never be the same again, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as wonderful and fulfilling—in an entirely new and different way.

My wish for you as you journey through this book is that you will count your blessings until your gratitude bucket is full, and if you or someone you love is in a struggle, take courage and press on, because, as the Ziglar family has learned, it is in the depths of the struggle that God reveals His eternal blessings.

Embrace the Struggle,

Tom Ziglar Proud son of Zig Ziglar

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Update!  The book is now HERE!

Zig Ziglar Health Update – Embrace the Struggle!

September 25, 2008

Since it has been awhile since our last update I thought I would bring you up to speed on Dad’s health and his busy schedule.


First, Dad is doing great.  The shunt surgery in April has really helped his balance and his energy level.  The short-term memory is still short, but we have seen some small signs of improvement and he still remains the happiest man alive!


Yesterday we had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Richard Jackson. 


That is Dad’s neurosurgeon in the picture!  Rated best in Dallas by his peers.  He even made the cover of D Magazine!


Doctor Jackson adjusted Dad’s shunt yesterday to allow more fluid to be released from the brain.  Please pray that this adjustment will have a positive impact in Dad’s short-term memory.  It was cool watching Doctor Jackson do this procedure – it was like a Star Trek science fiction movie.  He used a large magnet hooked up to a computer to move the dial on the shunt that is in Dad’s skull.  All he did was put it on the skin and push a button.  Fast and painless!


After the new setting was placed we had to go downstairs to get an X-ray to make sure everything was in the right place.  Mom had to fill out the customary paperwork and when she finished, she asked Dad in her “Mom parent’s voice” to sign the paperwork.  Dad replied, “Should I sign right here where it says ‘parent’s permission’?”  The lady next to Mom cracked up!


Next Dad had to go in and get his X-ray.  They said it would take only a few minutes, but because they had to take a second X-ray (the first one didn’t have the right angle), it took about 45 minutes.  As we were leaving the hospital I told Dad I was surprised it took two X-rays to find his brain.  He looked at me and said, “Actually they had to take two X-rays because my brain was too big to fit on one!”  Life is good in the Ziglar family.


 Because Dad has embraced these struggles they have not slowed him down at all.  Mom, Julie, and Dad are still traveling across the U.S. to do their interviews on the big Get Motivated Seminars.  In fact, on Monday Julie and Dad spoke to over 15,000 people in Tulsa.



 Here is a list of the other cities in which they have appeared since the surgery: Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin; Seattle, Washington; Asheville, North Carolina; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Not bad for an 81-year-old stair diver!


Dad and I also had the pleasure of playing golf a few weeks ago with Gil Stricklin of Marketplace Chaplains (  It was Dad’s first round in almost a year.  He was definitely a little rusty and he did get a little frustrated, but he had the lowest score of any person in our foursome with a brain shunt!


We also have come to an agreement with a publisher for the book Embrace the Struggle.  Howard is going to publish it and we are very excited.  They are part of Simon and Schuster out of New York, which means they have a huge sales force and marketing engine behind them.  We are looking for great things with this relationship and are hoping the book will be released by the middle of 2009.


This about wraps up the latest update on Dad.  Your continued prayers are certainly appreciated.  It would be awesome if you wanted to send him a note.  The best way to do this to leave a comment below.  I will print it for Dad, and the world will get to see what you have to say.  Dad especially loves to hear about how his message has helped you.   


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