Dad’s new book, Embrace The Struggle, is coming out October 27th. 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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Comment by Tom Ziglar on October 29, 2009 at 4:13pm
Thanks Gordon - now that is a great idea! And a great compliment!
Comment by Gordon Moller on October 29, 2009 at 4:10pm
Hello Tom

Your Dad is one of the Greats.
I am an occasional volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham’s organization. I sent them an invite thinking the Sons of Two Greats collaborating would be, well great.
I am not sure what kind of response to expect but an invite from you may cary more meaning. What ever happens the Lords will be done.
Comment by Tom Ziglar on October 29, 2009 at 3:02pm
Thanks Kristal for sharing your story. As we grow this community we want to link to good non-profit organizations that can really support people in need, so if anyone knows a great resourse, the speak up!
Comment by Kristal Randall on October 29, 2009 at 2:59pm
My book is arriving tomorrow from and I can hardly wait. It is so easy to just let the circumstances around you dictate your response to a life-changing injury such as Zig Ziglar had. I had a head injury that has completely altered my life. It was an icy day and I fell backward hitting my head on the frozen ground. I did not have the typical concussion symptoms, but by the next morning my life had changed forever. I look forward to seeing Zig's response to his injury and look for it to inspire me as I continue to recover and hope to be more like him.
Comment by Getsa Tsikata on October 29, 2009 at 8:27am
It is so encouraging and comforting that no matter the storms of life that may blow in our lives the principles of God continue to keep us strong and still in the midst of the storm. I am so grateful to Zig Ziglar for sharing these truths which are now shaping my own life. Inspite of the challenges that I have gone through and still going through I have a sense of purpose and hope. Thanks for being so transparent and courageous to share this new struggle. I wish Ziglar snr.super speedy recovery because the victory is sure
More than conquerors!!!

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