Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech tells the story of a mother’s love, a son’s battle with cancer (osteosarcoma), and the hit song, Clouds, that touched the lives of millions around the world. Most of you probably remember hearing that song when it went viral around spring of 2013. I remember watching the tribute video and reading a little bit about Zach Sobiech in one of the posts I saw. It was incredibly heartwarming to see someone so genuine and so selfless, wanting to change the world for everyone else even though he was the one who was suffering. He seemed like a really great person whom I would have loved to have met and it’s obvious that he really did inspire so many people all over the world. When I first saw the video, it was about a week after Zach had passed away. I couldn’t believe that something so beautiful was able to come out of such a tragic situation. I knew he was a really special person.
As soon as I learned that Laura Sobiech, Zach’s mom, had written a book about their journey with Zach through his battle with cancer and his amazing achievements during his last years here on Earth, I knew I wanted to read it. I was curious to learn more about a guy who was such an inspiration. Only a few pages into the book, I was hooked. Zach’s mom has a gift of being able to convey a mother’s love through writing. Her overflowing love for her son was so clear right from the beginning of the book. As a new mom to two boys, all I could think about while I read on was how I would feel and what I would do in her situation. While the situation was horrible, I feel like she handled it so perfectly with so much love and faith and support–enough for Zach to know she was there, but also enough to allow him to be a teenager, which would be incredibly difficult to a mom knowing she wouldn’t get to have her child around forever. Through the many struggles and setbacks, it sounds like the family held tightly to their faith and trusted God along the way even when the ending wasn’t their preferred outcome. By allowing Zach to live out his dreams and supporting him in his music and recording, Laura Sobiech was able to share a piece of her son with millions of people all over the world. Although I’m sure she is missing him so much, knowing that he truly touched so many lives must be some comfort.
This book was a very special peek into their family’s lives. It shared trials and laughs, smiles and tears, and was a very honest account for the life that they experienced as their world changed forever. Not everyone in that situation would feel comfortable enough to share such an intimate part of their lives with complete strangers. I feel that Laura Sobiech’s openness has and will continue to be a guiding light to families experiencing illness and loss, but also to everyone else. Throughout this book, there are several messages that are conveyed: live life to the fullest; always trust God has a plan; sometimes you just have to get through life one day at a time; and cherish every minute with loved ones because tomorrow is never promised.
My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech
Reading this book made me feel like I knew Zach and his family, even though I’ve never met them. I learned so much about the boy behind the song–much more than I thought I would. I enjoyed being able to learn about Zach as a person, not just Zach’s cancer story, but Zach. I also got a glimpse of what it felt like to go through something so scary as a mother and as a child. The love that Laura and Zach had for one another is a relationship I hope that I will have with both of my boys. I hope they will always know how much I love them and I hope whatever life brings us, I will be able to be strong for them, be their friend, be someone they can trust, and be honest with them even when it’s hard.
As much as I wanted to keep reading this book, I knew there would come a point where I wouldn’t want to. When I got to the end of the book, I couldn’t help by cry. I couldn’t imagine going through losing my precious little ones. My heart ached for Laura but I’m thankful she was willing to share her story despite that difficulty of it. I hope that someone will see my review and be inspired to read this story to continue their journey of touching lives all over the world.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s a longer book, but I couldn’t put it down and finished it in about three days. Laura Sobiech is an amazing mother and her son Zach is an amazing boy. Their story is one that deserves sharing over and over again so that it continues to touch the lives of others and Zach can live on as his story continues to make a difference.
More information about this book can be found on their website: www.FlyaLittleHigher.com
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.