“Standing on Positive Ground: Scars of Faith and Courage, a Life Forever Changed” by Tony V Rodriguez has been released worldwide. This 332-page memoir is a firsthand account of the author’s difficult path through life, as well as an inspirational message of perseverance built on positivity and faith.
From early childhood, Tony’s life has been marked by challenge. He survived two car accidents before the age of three, one of which cost him his spleen, the other resulting in third and fourth-degree facial burns and lifelong physical deformity. To date, Tony has been through twelve car accidents, three motorcycle accidents, battled cancer and rheumatic fever, had a stroke, been divorced twice, had near-death experiences, and endured an astonishing sixty-six surgeries.
Through these ongoing adversities, including the stigma and discrimination that comes with disfigurement, Tony has managed to find hope and inner peace through faith, kindness, and human connection. While struggling to feel “normal” throughout his childhood and adult life, not always understanding God’s plan for him, Tony also had several profound spiritual experiences.
In writing this inspiring book, the author aims to use his remarkable story to show people of all backgrounds that there is goodness and hope to be found in even the darkest times. A true survivor, Tony’s charismatic personality and zest for life shines through in his writing, showing readers the kind of courage and meaning they can find in their own lives.
“Powerful and brave, heart-wrenching and heartwarming, Standing on Positive Ground shows that pain can be indiscriminate, but so too can perseverance. In this remarkable story, Tony V Rodriguez shares the trials that knocked him down and the strength used to pick himself back up—repeatedly. Inside these pages is an anthem to all those who have faced life’s toughest challenges and a testament to those with the heart to fight back.” J.J. Hebert, USA Today bestselling author
Standing on Positive Ground (ISBN: 9781958729595) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The paperback retails for $21.95, and the ebook retails for $7.95. Review copies and interviews are available upon request.
Learn more at www.standingonpositiveground.com, and use the site’s contact form to connect with the author.
From the back cover:
Standing on Positive Ground is the heartfelt, inspiring true story of Tony V Rodriguez, whose astonishing tragedies and triumphs span a lifetime. It is an unrivaled testament to survival, faith, and the indomitable human spirit. Before Tony was three years old, he experienced two car accidents, one that nearly cost him his life and permanently changed him physically and mentally. His family, unable to afford the critical extensive care, prayed for a miracle. Answered prayers came through his community, God, and organizations such as the Shriner’s Burns Hospital. Since then, he has survived two near-death experiences, ten auto accidents, three motorcycle accidents, Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cancer, a stroke, multiple innovative plastic surgeries, disfigurement discrimination, and two divorces. Through all these extraordinary challenges, Tony also experienced how truly kind people could be, along with the support of the heavenly realm. He knew that he was never alone on his arduous journey. Standing on Positive Ground is filled with tragic as well as joyous outcomes. Join Tony as he shares his personal journey, including how he rises above tremendous circumstances and ultimately lives a life of accomplishment and positivity. It is Tony’s greatest hope that his life story uplifts and brings inspiration to the reader.
About the author:
Tony V Rodriguez has experienced many tragedies and blessings in his life. Born in 1966, in beautiful Bartow, Florida, he is the son of interracial parents who supported their family as migrant workers. Before Tony turned three years old, he would survive two separate car accidents, one that nearly claimed his life. Because of serious and life-threatening injuries, Tony spent most of his childhood in hospitals, undergoing many complex surgeries meant to shape and repair his severely disfigured face. Due to many factors, he lived with shame, negativity, and depression. The heaviness of the negativity weighed upon him, and he eventually decided those feelings would not serve him. With his determination, heavenly blessings, strength, and positive attitude, he was able to rise above these extraordinary circumstances to become aninspiration to others whom he has met along the way.
After obtaining an Associate Degree in Computer Engineering Technology, Tony began his professional career as an Electronic Technician for a government-contracted company in 1988. Seven years later, in 1995, he accepted an offer from Intel Corporation, located in Arizona, where he enjoyed an Electronic Technician career until he would be forced to medically retire after twenty-one years of service.
At the time of printing this book, in his mid 50’s, Tony has so far survived three near-death experiences, Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cancer, stroke, disfigurement and discrimination, twelve auto accidents, three motorcycle accidents, and sixty-six surgeries. Tony’s faith combined with the acts of kindness by many caring individuals has remarkably allowed him to live a mainstream life.
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