Millions of women learned to sew while watching the inimitable Nancy Zieman on public television’s, Sewing with Nancy. Many of them have Googled phrases like “stroke Nancy Zieman” in an effort to discover the reasons behind the partial paralysis of Nancy’s beautiful face. Viewers purchased products Nancy used through Nancy’s Notions, followed patterns she created for McCall’s, and enjoyed meeting distinguished guests via the show.
While today’s Christian women read of Lydia and the Proverbs 31 woman and wonder how we can ever practice our faith so well in today’s harried existence, Nancy Zieman was quietly living out her faith in Wisconsin. Her large Lutheran family ordered their lives around the farm, the seasons, and the church. As Nancy wrestled with the difficulties borne by the Bell’s palsy, she also learned to rely heavily on God and believe that He had a purpose for her, a life lived to honor Him. Little did she realize that God would take a woman with half a paralyzed face and bless her with the longest running sewing show on North American television.
For the first time, Nancy shares openly about the Bell’s palsy that not only affected her appearance, but also her esteem and physical abilities. Readers learn about the growth of Nancy professionally: from addressing catalogs at the kitchen table to growing a multi-million dollar notions business – and personally: marrying Rich, then growing a family through birth and adoption.
Through it all, the picture emerges of a hard-working woman of staunch faith who overcame various and varied obstacles to become what she is today: successful, humble, skilled, gracious, grateful and loved by millions of viewers.
For any woman who has wondered how God could possibly build a purposeful life from one so unlikely, Nancy Zieman serves as a beautiful example of a life lived one step at a time, as He allows.