Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered One Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way

Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered One Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way

by Laura Sobiech
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Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered One Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way by Laura Sobiech

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780529100757
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 555,825
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Laura Sobiech lives in Minnesota with her husband where they have raised four children: one married, one in college, one in heaven, and one in high school. Laura has spent the past three years walking the road of cancer with her teenage son, Zach, and blogging about their battle with the disease. She lives in Lakeland, Minnesota.

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Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered One Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Fly A Little Higher" and have never been so moved by a book in my life. This book tells the story of Zach Sobiech's life and how he lived gracefully while dying. Yet, it is so much more than that. As a young mom and wife, Laura Sobiech has taught me so much about raising a family. Her unwavering faith in God is inspiring and I hope to be able to handle difficult times in my life with as much grace and confidence in God's plan as she does. I can’t remember the last time I cried as hard as I did while reading this wonderful book. The first tear fell before I finished the second page. I cried at several parts in the story and found myself sobbing, having to wipe the tears so I could continue reading, from page 273 to the end. Laura is my hero. I hope that I can raise my kids to know and love God like she has; to be a patient, kind, loving, and understanding mother like her. I hope I can view the world and the moments in my life the way she does. I hope I can find strength and peace in tough times, and trust in the Lord when I am suffering. Although I am a Catholic, I have always found it difficult to believe in God without questioning the reality of Him. I believe, but I struggle with wrapping my head around God and heaven. When contemplating death I find myself struggling to understand how someone can be here one moment and then just gone. Where do they go? Heaven hopefully…but what is heaven and is it really real? I so hope it is. I just wish that when faced with these questions I had Laura’s strong faith. Looking at my own children now, a knot is forming in my stomach just trying to picture what it would be like to experience what she went through. My heart breaks for her yet her words have brought me peace. Her stories of signs that Zach has given of his presence since his passing have helped to increase my belief and for that I am so thankful to Laura. Thank you Laura for sharing your story and your faith with the world. Alli, Sam, Zach, and Grace are lucky to have you as their mom, guiding them. This story is for the young and old, believers and nonbelievers, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. It is a story of life and loss, but most of all it is a story about how one boy chose to live a life of faith, love, and hope despite the hand he had been dealt. He brings clarity to the meaning and purpose of life. Read this book. You will learn so much from the way Zach lived and you will be a better person for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book! Just finished Fly a Little Higher. What an amazing book. My copy is earmarked and written in. So many beautiful insights. What an impact this young man had on our family, our community, and the world! His mom did an incredible job sharing his story. Thank you Laura. Zach came to speak at my son's confirmation class and my son was truly amazed at how Zach lived his life with joy in the midst of such suffering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book. i saw his video my last days in my speech class it brought tears to my eyes and i love zach's song ''CLOUDS" i even dowloaded it. i think i would of been nice if i had the chance to have met him in person because he was a great guy by just seeing that video. he was always happy and it made me cry when i saw him crying. i say Mrs. Sobiech was a very lucky woman for having such an inspiring young man as a son and i know she is very proud of zach and the Sobiech family is very lucky to have a very great and loving angel up there in heaven taking care of them and Zach Sobiech will always be remembered he went up up up but he flew a little higher just to see and watch over his family from that view thats a little nicer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fly a Little Higher is an amazing story, written by an incredible woman, about a remarkable teenage boy and his family's battle against Osteosarcoma. As the family travels down the tricky, winding road of a cancer patient with Zach, you can feel the sadness, joy, and pure awe that they experience at every event. It's an incredibly emotional story that will have you in tears, but ultimately leaves you feeling uplifted and incredibly grateful for every day you experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive followed the Sobiech family for over a year. What a remarkable family... thank you for sharing your story, Laura Sobiech. I will read this book for years to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real and emotional. Cried from the beginning. Made me hug my kids tighter when they went to bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very real. I felt like I was living the ordeal with Her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, inspiring story! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book i have ever read it made me cry so many times i did laern a lot from this book it is raelly good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned of Zach's story with the "My Last Days" video and haven't been able to get him and his family and his touching song out of my mind since. Laura's book does a wonderful job of letting us get a glimpse of who Zach was and what God did in his life.  Highly recommend this book.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
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!
Eph2810 More than 1 year ago
A powerful message of hope! One thing that I have taken away from this book is that every day God grants us should be appreciated. We never know what tomorrow brings. I am thankful for Laura sharing the story and struggles as she had to say good-bye to her son. Yes, at some parts the book is very sad, but you can see the hope through it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book. I cried almost every page imaging as if he was my child going through everything. There family is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. As a mother who lost her son too this book was an inspirational about faith, hope, grace and love. 
love2readallday More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story of love, faith, and loss. Laughs and lots of tears while reading.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
                                                                                      6/30/2014 Review         Fly a Little Higher  Fly a Little Higher Laura Sobiech Spiritual Growth & Christian                                                           FLY A LITTLE HIGHER                                                                        By:                                                               Laura Sobiech     I love the cover of this book. It's beautiful.   As a Mother, grandmother and great grandmother I can't imagine. My heart went out to Laura. As a Christian  I can see that I fall short of the faith that Laura and her son has. Wow!!!!!! I am dealing with my puppy having cancer and she only has a short time and I scream out to God he is unfair!!!!!!!!!! She is only 4 years old and it doesn't seem fair and yet Laura has a young son and they both have such great faith.   When this book first came up for review I had a chance to get it but I went twice for a different book. This time I tried for a Bible and I clicked on it and it didn't work I tried 3 times to click on it and it didn't work so I guess God wanted me to read it because he knew Cassie (my Aussie) would soon be with him and I had no idea she was sick. I am thinking of rereading the book and really read it and see if I can find some peace because I sure am crying my eyes out now.   This boy Zack has such faith and so does his Mom. She wanted him to write a good bye  letter but he decided to write a song "Cloud" and it made a hit.   This book will warm you heart, your soul and your life. I suggest if you are going through anything like Laura is or me I went through it with my Dad, sister and now my puppy. I will reread this book again.   Grab this book it will help you and warm your heart too. It may not take the pain away but you will see their faith and love for God. You will not be sorry you bought the book.   I received this book free from booklookbloggers for an honest review, I was not required to write a positive review just an honest review. The opinions I have express are entirely my own and no one else's. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-529-10075-7
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any time i feel like i have a hard life i hold this book and cry. I then feel sorry that i would ever be so dramatic that i would complain about a little thing when the Sobiechs went through so much more than me with out complaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartfelt account of Zach Sobiech, teenage YouTube phenomenon and singer/songwriter, his mother, Laura Sobiech, shares the remarkable journey of their family and the faith that sustained them. Poignant and hopeful.
swt_angel_79 More than 1 year ago
The beautifully written story of Zach Sobiech who touched so many lives while living with Cancer.  This young man and his family deeply changed my life and my own family.  Zach will never be forgotten.  If you haven't heard of Zach, or even if you have, this is one story that you won't want to miss!  Thank you Laura, for sharing your son with the world and allowing him to touch so many lives with his own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book of enduring faith, love and hope written in such a way that you feel as if you know each individual personally.  Zach's story is beyond inspirational, it is life-changing.  The Sobiech family's choice to choose  faith over despair allows us to see that faith is how you live, not what you preach. After reading this book and watching his 'My Last Days' video, my idea of how I want to live my life and view this world is forever changed.  Thank you Laura for sharing Zach's story in this beautifully written book and for being a beacon of faith for this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy a book that you cannot stop thinking about when you are not reading it. "Fly a Little Higher" is one of those books. I laughed, I cried, I thought about my own life and how I want to live it. Thank you, Laura Sobiech, for writing this book and sharing Zach's story. What an inspiration.
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I cried like a baby throughout many of the chapters. I feel like I know Zach Sobiech. I feel like I always knew him. This book is a must-read. His story is beautifully told. 
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