Author: Laura Sobiech
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Summary: 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 Sobeich 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 don’t know if I will be able to write a review for this and I don’t know if I want to. How can you critique someone for exposing their pain and allowing you to enter into their misery, joy, and heartbreak? You can’t or at least I can’t, not with this. So I suppose this is more of a thank you to the Sobiech’s.
My Review: Years ago I remember watching the episode of Zach’s story. I was crying almost from the start all the way through, it is what got me into Soul Pancake. As I was watching I believe I paused to hop onto iTunes and see if I could download Zach and Sammy’s EP, which you could (A Firm Handshake). I quickly hit ‘Buy Now’ and continued back to watching this beautiful story of a teenage boy, his family and loved ones as they struggled with the painful truth that the cancer would win over his body. The beautiful truth is that Zach won the real battle.
From the start of reading this book tears have fallen down my cheeks, continuously, I have held my breath to keep the sob in. I cannot imagine as a parent losing a child; it is horrible and heartbreaking. Their ability to find the light in the midst of the darkness is what makes humans so darn magnificent! And what makes Zach story so impacting. Despite all the horrible outcomes he managed to keep hope alive. To make the most of his life and leave a legacy and voice behind that continues to speak to others.
I cannot recommend this book enough, yes you will cry and emotions will seep from your soul but it was worth every tear.
Thank you Laura for being so willing to share it all in this book. Thank you.