Publisher: Nelson Books
Author: Laura Sobiech
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help/Memoir
★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!
Laura Sobiech tells the amazing story of how God used her son’s battle with cancer to touch the lives of millions.
“Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone’s life to be changed forever.”
This is what Laura Sobiech prayed when she found out her seventeen-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to God’s will.
At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing good-bye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, “Clouds,” captured hearts and changed not one life but millions, making him an international sensation.
But Zach’s story is not just about music. It’s a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. It’s a story about the human spirit. It’s about how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millions—including top executives in the music industry, major music artists, news anchors, talk show hosts, actors, priests and pastors, and school children across the globe.
Zach once said, “I want to be known as the kid who went down fighting, and didn’t really lose.” Fly a Little Higher is about how God used Zach to do something big.
I heard of Zach’s story before he passed. I found a video on Facebook of a friend who shared “Clouds” as well as Soul Pancake’s YouTube video: My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech. I immediately wanted to know more of this precious soul. I followed his story on Facebook, and watched his songs over and over again on YouTube. Then within a month or so the status came of his passing. I didn’t know a book would come out, but once I seen it, I knew I wanted to read it.
Laura painted a beautiful picture of the ups and downs that went through their life, it was absolutely touching, and the emotions were, and I am sure are still raw. I cried along with them, as I read the words throughout the book; Zach was a phenomenal guy, and one who was full of life.
To read such a story, Laura is a perfect mom, regardless of everything Zach went through she still let him live his life, even if the annoying cancer hung over them. To hear of their trip, the way the community came together to support such an amazing individual and for him to still have the energy to out-pour his songs, and his love is courageous.
If you get this read, keep your tissues close, and it will remind to hug your family a little tighter. Fly High Zach Sobiech, you have already touched millions, and I am sure your story will continue to touch a million more!
You realize that you aren’t leaving the battle field behind but are actually taking it with you and it will be a part of you forever ~ 20%Kindle
I truly understood the meaning of hope. It is something much bigger than anything physical we may desire. It’s about raising our eyes from a point on the horizon to the heavens and into eternity. And it’s about relying on God’s grace to do it, no matter what the cost. ~ 46% Kindle
About the Author
Laura Sobiech was born and raised in Minnesota. She has been married to her husband, Rob, for twenty-four years, and they are the proud parents of four awesome children: one married, one in college, one in heaven, and one in high school. Laura has spent the past couple of years crossing things off her I-Never-Want-To-Do List, now having done most everything that was on it, including: globe trekking, public speaking, fund-raising, Skype-ing on live television, and supporting a child with cancer. In her free time she volunteers as an EMT/firefighter at her local fire department and can knit a wicked awesome pair of socks.
Disclosure: I received this book for free via NetGalley/Nelson Books. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion.