Zig Ziglar, the motivational speaker who dispensed can-do confidence sprinkled with subtle Christian encouragement to help millions of people the world over believe that they could reach their dream, died in Dallas November 28 at the age of 86. A message on his Facebook page stated that “Zig Ziglar passed from this world today after a short bout with pneumonia. Though his time on earth has ended, he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home. The angels in heaven are rejoicing and his family is celebrating a life well lived.”
With such home-spun “Ziglarisms” as, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time,” and, “Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude,” Ziglar built a multi-million-dollar business writing books and conducting seminars to help people believe in themselves. But he also emphasized the importance of faith in a successful life, declaring that the “foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty.”
Noted motivational speaker Peter Lowe, who was mentored by Ziglar and worked with him for over 20 years, said that “this is a very sad time. But, it is also a time to celebrate a great man of God who impacted the lives of so many.” Lowe remembered Ziglar as “a man of integrity, and an amazing man of God who always wanted to share his personal faith in Jesus. I have literally talked to thousands of people who have listened to his CDs and told me that it transformed their lives.”
Among the more than 30 books Ziglar penned was the 1975 bestselling motivational manual See You at The Top!, along with the 1978 Confessions of a Happy Christian — and its 1998 sequel Confessions of a Grieving Christian, which he wrote following the 1995 death of his daughter Suzan Ziglar Witmeyer from pulmonary fibrosis.
“Grieving for the Christian is like going through a long winding mountain tunnel,” Ziglar wrote in that deeply personal book. “You know there's an end to it; you just don't know where, so you keep going — not in your own strength — but in the strength of Christ. Then the grief ends when you get to the end of the tunnel and you see the light shed by the Shekinah glory of Christ and you'll see your loved one right there with Him.”
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