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"For decades Zig Ziglar has been a champion of positive thinking. On the sixty-ninth anniversary of his twenty-first birthday, he declared he was 'refiring' rather than retiring. And despite a brain injury that's left him with short-term memory loss, he's still fired up. Anyone facing tough circumstances will find comfort and inspiration in Zig's encouraging message." -- Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Lead Like Jesus

"Zig Ziglar's Embrace the Struggle, written with his daughter Julie, is timely reading for me. As my wife and I grow older we know we will have to leave our home, where we have lived for over fifty years. But with Zig's guidance we can Embrace our Struggle with energy and with hope." -- John Sherrill, roving editor, Guideposts magazine

"My mood-swing patients who listen to Ziglar the most do the best. Embrace the Struggle is for everyone who faces challenges, whether medical or from life's stressors. Facing an unpleasant reality with a positive attitude can make all the difference. Zig explains his highly successful approach to traumatic brain injury with courage, common sense, and his usual humor." -- Leland M. Heller, MD

"Zig Ziglar understands life including its struggles and setbacks. If you want to live an abundant life by embracing all that God gives -- read this book written by one of the greatest Christians I've ever known." -- Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

"Zig has one more valuable lesson to teach each of us. Living in the moment, right now, with the people you love and for a cause you believe in -- this is what matters. He is an inspiration and a national treasure, and each of us is better off because Zig Ziglar cares about making the world a better place." -- Seth Godin, author, Tribes

About the Author

Zig Ziglar has motivated the sales forces of multi-national corporations, as well as the thousands of individuals who have attended his seminars and read his books. He is the president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation and the author of the bestsellers Secrets of Closing the Sale, Success and the Self-Image, 5 Steps to Successful Selling, How to be a Winner, and How to Get What You Want.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143914219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439142196
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The late Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker, teacher and trainer who traveled the world over delivering his messages of humor, hope, and encouragement. As a world renowned author and speaker, Zig had an appeal that transcended barriers of age, culture and occupation. From 1970 until 2010, he traveled over five million miles across the world delivering powerful life improvement messages, cultivating the energy of change. Recognized by his peers as the quintessential motivational genius of our times, Zig Ziglar's unique delivery style and powerful messages earned him many honors, and today he is still considered one of the most versatile authorities on the science of human potential.

Mr. Ziglar wrote over thirty celebrated books on personal growth, leadership, sales, faith, family and success, including Born to Win, See You at the Top, Developing the Qualities of Success, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, Top Performance, Courtship After Marriage, Over The Top, and Secrets of Closing the Sale. Nine titles have been on the best seller lists; his books and audios have been translated into over thirty-eight languages and dialects. Zig Ziglar was a committed family man, dedicated patriot, and an active church member.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Debra Wilhelm on October 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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Motivational speakers and leaders of motivational seminars have to project a dynamic spirit of positive thinking and energy, for if they don't they will be out of the business very quickly. The cynical among us wonder if that is just their public persona or whether they keep that positive personality in their personal life when things go bad. Zig Ziglar has been working the motivational speaking circuit for decades to great success. However, in 2007 Ziglar fell down the stairs and suffered a head injury that seriously damaged his short-term memory. It is now so bad that in the course of answering a question, at the end of his answer, he will not be able to remember the original question. This book begins at that point in his life and describes actions that he has taken as well as describing a series of cases where others faced medical adversities, both personal and in their family.
The premise is that major difficulties befall everyone, even highly charged and positive motivational speakers and Ziglar is no exception. Adapting his seminars to a format where he is asked questions rather than reading from notes, Ziglar has continued his business of firing up and energizing crowds. The people, including Ziglar, profiled in this book have suffered from injury, serious illness, addiction and loss, yet they persevere, generally due to their faith in the plan of a higher power. Whether you believe as they do or have no time for the hypotheses of religion, the point that you can face adversity and cope with it remains a powerful one.
Getting paid a great deal to deliver positive speeches are one thing, keeping that positive attitude when your private life is going negative is another. In this book, Ziglar shows that he plays both sides of this boundary very well, even when things go bad for him personally, he manages to keep going, adapting to the changes when he cannot correct them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan Snell on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Crescenzi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a long time fan of Zig Ziglar, having first discovered his deep insight and wisdom on the art and science of selling, then later discovering that his success in selling was never because of traditional sales techniques or gimmicks.

Indeed, if you explore his vast library of books and seminar CDs you'll discover that his success is due to the fact that his faith in God is at the center of every thing he does.

I didn't hear about his 2007 head injury until I found this book yesterday. When I heard the news I was immediately disturbed as though he was a member of my own family because he has touched many of us like a loving father.

In my case, I have the audio versions of his books because I am a student of what Zig calls "Dashboard University". I love to listen, learn and open my mind whenever I'm driving my car, and in the case of Zig's CDs, I love to hear his books in his own voice to truly get the inflection. As anyone who has heard his voice can attest his delivery is priceless.

In the case of this particular book, another reason I wanted to get the audio version was I wanted to hear his voice as a way to feel better about his condition. Just hearing his voice made me feel better about his condition. Without understanding the effects of his injury I feared I would no longer hear that distinct voice I have grown to love.

His voice and his message are as clear and inspirational as ever. In some chapters he is joined by some of his family members, who share additional insights about the aftermath of his injury in their own words. Unlike the printed version, the audio version also gives us addition insight as to their emotional state because Zig and Julie are not afraid to cry as they read some of the more painful memories.
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