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Reviewed by Helen Huini for Readers' Favorite
If we stumble and fall, most of us expect to get back up, dust ourselves off, and continue on to where we were headed. We might not have considered what we would do if our feet lost their functionality and failed to support our weight. Relentless Positivity by Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad details the life of a man determined to defy the odds stacked against him. His story contains twenty-three chapters on how to make lemonade out of lemons and get the best out of bad situations. For Cozad, he only needs to tap into the positive energy of those around him as they support each other at the Florida Rehabilitation Center.
Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad has written Relentless Positivity from a first-hand point of view to give us a front-row seat and allow us to experience what it is like to be paralyzed. His vivid descriptions of his pain while recovering appealed to my empathetic side and almost brought me to tears. Yet, his unwavering strength and determination to walk again brought a sense of catharsis. Each chapter opens with a quote from a notable individual. This intertextuality not only added variety to the book’s narration but also served as inspiration. The quotes are short and insightful, which made them easy to read and digest and left a lasting impression on me. My favorite quote is by Roy T. Bennett: “What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come, but keep moving forward.” I recommend this inspiring book to everyone who loves reading success stories of those who have overcome challenges that were deemed impossible.