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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fly a Little Higher

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.
About the Book
“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.

My Thoughts:
This book isn't so much a story about a boy who died of cancer as it is a book about how a young man he lived with grace and touched the hearts of more than most ever will with many more years to do so.  
Fly A Little Higher is written by Zach's mom, Laura Sobiech.  She is very transparent in sharing her family's experience.  As a mother of three blessings of my own, the thing I found most touching about the book was reading about a mom's most tender memories of her son. Ms Sobiech, rather than become bitter with her circumstances, has chosen to share with us the amazing journey that she and her family traveled through Zach's battle with osteosarcoma.
And maybe a battle it was, but this family won the war; not in the physical realm but certainly in the spiritual.  
Read this book and be changed!  And most importantly, you will be reminded that the wars of our lives are won only by leaning on and trusting in a God of amazing grace...the Sobiech family and Zach in particular are shining examples of what God is able to do through a life surrendered to Him. 

The Song "Clouds"

My Last Days:  Meet Zach

This post is part of the Fly a Little Higher Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of bloggers raising awareness and giving hope to those with cancer. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!