Choose to Prevail

Unexpected Insights to Help You Overcome Challenges

Non-Fiction - Self Help
100 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2020
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Author Biography

Bilingual communications expert Sandy Rodriguez writes on topics ranging from finance to entertainment for different media outlets in both the U.S. and Mexico. She appears as a host in videos for lifestyle website En Cinco and multimedia company Heart of Hollywood Motion Pictures.

Sandy is the author of Choose to Prevail, a fun, breezy, zero-toxic-positivity self-help book. It was the Gold Medal winner in the Best Health & Wellness Book category of the International Latino Book Awards, the largest Latino cultural awards event in the U.S. It is also the 2021 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship genre.

The author is a former editorial coordinator for Mexican newspaper Reforma, one of the most influential publications in Latin America, and has translated tens of books from English to Spanish for major publishing houses. These include medical, self-help, and business books, novels, and titles focused on spirituality or personal growth by popular authors such as Louise Hay, Nick Vujicic, and Neale Donald Walsch.

Multifaceted Sandy, who once took part in a prestigious fellowship program for international journalists at Seoul National University in South Korea, currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a certified court interpreter. She is a fitness enthusiast, burgeoning artist, and amateur winemaker.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

I have seen so many so-called professionals over the years, all of whom claim to know the almighty cure to my Deafness, Depression, PTSD, and myriad more ailments that remain a mystery to me. Choose to Prevail: Unexpected Insights to Help You Overcome Challenges examines intrusive, unwelcome thoughts, and mental illness from a different and positive standpoint. Written by Sandy Rodriguez, it does not show that “the rest of the world has it harder than you” or that “this is how to do it right.” Instead, Sandy expresses different hardships she has encountered through much of her life - many hardships which brought a lot of my own painful moments to the surface - and gave me a different way to look at them so that I may understand them. Whether it be bankruptcy, divorce, death, or losing a loved one, Choose to Prevail presents a new aspect which shows you that you are not alone and that you can and will make it through.

I must admit that when I started reading Sandy Rodriguez’s words, I had a substantial amount of cynicism due to my own life’s journey and extreme challenges. But learning a new way to think of these hardships and challenges made for an enlightening read. While I may not have yet lost a parent, I have lost a child - one of the most painful things any parent can ever go through. As I continued to read and started looking at my own problems through Sandy Rodriguez’s eyes, not only did I take comfort that I am not alone in this world (regardless of how much it seems to be so at any given time), but also that there is a light at the end of each and every tunnel, no matter how many obstacles are in the way. Choose to Prevail is an extremely insightful book and I am confident that I will be reading it more than just once. With so many challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead in today’s terrifying world, it is a breath of fresh air that I no longer need to internalize each and every problem that comes my way. I wholeheartedly recommend Choose to Prevail: Unexpected Insights to Help You Overcome Challenges to all readers aged 15 and over.

Rabia Tanveer

Choose to Prevail: Unexpected Insights to Help You Overcome Challenges by Sandy Rodriguez is a self-help book that gives genuine advice to feel more confident and find the peace within to live a fulfilling life. Author Sandy Rodriguez shares her struggles with readers and builds her narrative from there. The book is divided into five parts and each of them tackles something new and important for the personal growth of the reader. From gaining perspective on an individual situation to solving problems, this book covers everything you need to feel better about yourself and start your new day with your game face on. The author believes that feeling anxious, sad, or negative is part of the process. As long as you know how to pick yourself up and move forward, nothing can hold you back from becoming the person you want to be.

There is an influx of “self-help” books that offer “vital information” for personal growth and help people break out of their shells, but somehow, the information provided in most of these books does not translate well into the real world. There is a lack of motivation and perspective in these books, things that you will not find in Choose to Prevail. The narrative reads like a conversation between two friends, someone you are comfortable with and not afraid to share your worries with. What I love about this book is that the advice Sandy Rodriguez shares with readers applies to people of all ages and circumstances. Reading this book will give you a look into your soul and help you understand the person you are. You will build your focus, your personality, and your skills to become the person you want to be. The advice given is applicable in any situation, scenario, and challenge. It cannot be fitted into a box! This book is highly recommended to anyone who wishes to do better.

Sandra Samaniego Breach

This book is a gem; it concentrates a large amount of wisdom in its slim body.