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Fly a Little Higher

4.77 of 5 stars 4.77  ·  rating details  ·  252 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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 pra...more
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Published May 6th 2014 by Nelson Books
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How does one even really rate a book like this? All I could think about as I read it was that I would be lucky to have the strength & attitude that Zach Sobiech had to put towards anything in life. It's always amazing to me how kids seem to handle things so much better than adults when it comes to cancer or other life altering diseases. The whole family's faith and unity was just heartwarming and this book is definitely a tear jerker but it's a good one to read for one & all. It shows th...more
Mary Kenyon
I could not read this book without revisiting my own losses of a mother, husband, and grandson, in the space of three years. Nor could I read it without thinking about my daughter and son-in-law, who lost their son. I felt my heart expanding with love for this writer, this family, and the beautiful son who faced death with a bravery that belied his youth. I called my daughter immediately after I completed this book, my eyes red-rimmed from crying. We agreed this is one of the best books we've re...more
A beautiful, heartbreaking picture of faith as a family walks their teenage son through cancer. His faith and maturity through the whole process is truly remarkable. I was touched and inspired....that being said, by the time I was done with the first third of the book, it hurt too much to go on.

I could feel the pain Laura went through and his age is so close to my own precious just hurt too much. I will buy a copy for our library, I think our kids will (hmm....enjoy doesn't seem t...more
Paul  Hankins
I got to see the SoulPancake video of the "My Last Days" series that featured Zach Sobiech in May of 2013. Our school year had already ended.

As it turned out, by the time I saw the now viral video featuring Zach Sobiech, his life had ended.

I remember posting the video to my Twitter stream and my Facebook wall with something like, "If we were in Room 407 today, we would be watching this." I'm known for the videos I select to watch with my students in the classroom and I knew that this kind of p...more
Wow - was hard to reading this moving book through all the tears but after seeing Zac's music video Clouds and also the documentary when this book came up on NetGalley I had to request it.
This book is the heartfelt memoir of Zac's mother Laura from his diagnoses to the end of his battle. It is honest, heartfelt and doesn't try to gloss over anything or make it 'fluffy'. Even if you aren't religious in any way both her and Zac's faith that helped them through this shouldn't put you off reading....more
I hardly know how to review this book. It held so much meaning for me. I was crying by page 9 and finished way past my bedtime to the sound of thunder outside. So many people feel a personal connection to this young man and the book only deepens one's affection and regard for his family. I was amazed at how honest and generous Laura was in sharing their trials and their joys. It is a book for the faithful and for those who have faith in goodness and love too.

I have a heavy, hopeful heart after...more
This book by far has been one of my favorite summer reads. I laughed through this book, I cried on several occasions. In my opinion, it is WAY better than The Fault in our Stars. This book is the real deal. "You Don't have to find out you're Dying to Start Living" which is exactly the way Zach lived. Flying a Little Higher, by Laura Sobiech marks the story of her son Zach battling Osteosarcome, cancer. Initially, the outlook was good for Zach, but it came back attacking his pelvis, lungs and his...more
Miamikel SS
What an absolutely astounding book. From the first first pages, I could not control the tears or the swell of love in my heart for this mother ~ not just for the loss of her beloved son, but of her triumphant and courageous fight to let him live the life he had to live. While Zach's life was short and he was gone too soon, this book is a glimpse inside the life he did have and how he graced so many lives.

Raised in a close-knit and loving family, Zach was surrounded by love from day one. Being di...more
Faith Farrell

I read this book on Wednesday, May 28th 2014.
My Grammy died on Sunday, May 25th. She had been dealing with a sarcoma cancer for two years. I was blessed to be there beside her, touching her arm and rearranging her red Rosary beads as she breathed her last earthly breath. When Fly A Little Higher came, I wasn't sure if I should/could read this book right now. This was an intimate story that Laura Sobiech was sharing about her son Zach, and I wondered if maybe reading this book would be cathartic...more
Fly a Little Higher is a young boy’s journey with cancer detailing how he deals with it and how his family deal with itthroughout his teenager years until his last days. Throughout the years he keeps a sense of positivity and unselfishness within his behaviors and attitudes. He often thinks about those around him, while just wanting to live life and get on with his teenage years. The family as a whole has God as their center, which enables them to make it through the hard times and difficult cho...more
I knew that Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech would be a hard book to read. This is a book written by the mother of Zach Sobiech, a teen who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and decided to live every last day to fullest. His song, "Clouds", went viral on YouTube and has over 15 million hits.

The book arrived in the mail today and I wanted, and didn't want, to start reading it immediately. I read the first few pages and was sucked in. It's well past midnight and I couldn't put it down until...more
Sarah Thérèse
A beautiful, heartbreaking, true story about a teenage battle with cancer written by and from the perspective of his mother. Zach Sobiech, a typical 14 year old boy from Minnesota, went on a run one Summer afternoon with his 18 year old sister. Once home, their mother asked how it went. "Good," Zach said, "Except for toward the end when my left hip started to hurt." A week later, when the pain had continued, x-rays were done but -- to the untrained eye -- revealed nothing. However, two months la...more
Sonja Cannell
This book touched my heart, mind and spirit on so many different levels. While reading this incredible story of a young teenagers struggle with terminal cancer, I was reminded of just how important and blessed each and every single day that I have with friends and family is a huge blessing. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether struggling with an illness or going through a difficult season on questioning your faith, etc. This book will encourage you and minister to your spirit. While pr...more
Chelsea Moga
Such a wonderful book! I couldn't put it down. There were a lot that I learned and discovered. I learned that childhood cancers like osteosarcoma don't get the attention they should. People are too focused with breast cancer and prostate cancer that they forget that children can have cancer too. Osteosarcoma, unfortunately doesn't have a cure but with every purchase of this book and music by A Firm Handshake the proceeds will go to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund and hopefully sooner than lat...more
I discovered Zach Sobiech on Facebook last year a few months before he died through Soul Pancake's YouTube video: My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech. I was touched by his story and fell in love with his song Clouds. I followed Zach's Caring Bridge website. I was sadden to hear of his passing in May of 2013. A few a weeks ago I saw Soul Pancake's newest video My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech One Year Later. Again through tears I watched his family and friends share how Zach's legacy continues in his...more
I knew parts of the story, but I could not put this book down. It is so heartbreakingly honest and real. I'm not a religious person, and I've read books before where they beat you over the head with how their faith got them through a tough time. This book was so realistic in that there was doubt, anger, frustration, but they gained so much strength from their faith, but it wasn't holier than thou. This was such a beautiful tribute to Zach and their entire family. We got a glimpse of their life d...more
This book is like no other.
I don't know how this family did what they did. Zach was an amazing kid/young man. Such a brave soul. As a mother myself, and reading this for the moms point of view, it broke my heart in so many ways. I honestly don't know how she kept it together for so long, except that she loved her son so much she didn't want to burden him with all her emotions.
Be prepared to cry and cry a lot! All the amazing people in this family and outside the family that helped make zach's l...more
Jenn Rowe glass
I have followed The Sobiech family story since hearing Zach and Laura on the KS95 radiothon for kids. Like millions of others, I am inspired by this incredible story of hope and testimony of faith. I couldn't wait to read Laura's book. I wept through a box of Kleenex and continue to appreciate this family's faith and fortitude. But, as a follower of the story on social media and in the news, I didn't feel that the book shared anything new. I'm glad I read it and support the message and this incr...more
When I saw this book pop up on NetGalley I knew that I needed to request it. I live in the Twin Cities so when the fame started to explode for Zack and his family it felt like all of us in the Twin Cities were in the front row to witness it. Like so many others, Clouds, resonated with me. I, also have witnessed the slow decline of a family member, one where hospice is a reality, so reading this book resonated as well.

I liked that Laura gave us the inside glance of Zack's battle, how the family d...more
'Fly a little higher' chronicles the Sobiech family's journey that began with an osteosarcoma diagnosis for Zach. Laura pulls no punches, writing with graceful clarity and dignity about Zach, the relationships and community that sustained them along the way, and how they endeavored to face everything day to day. She offers necessary insight into staring difficult cancer odds in the eye. It is neither preachy nor overwrought, standing as a worthy companion composition to 'Clouds' -- a mother's ly...more
Desiree Willard
Beautiful Story

I learned of Zach Sobiech shortly after he passsed. I watched the YouTube videos of his story and fell in love with his message. When I learned of this book, I bought it right away. It is beautifully and honestly written. Laura Sobiech does a great job of letting the reader in and captivating the audience. I am sure that it was hard to be so open and let the world into her and Zach's life, but I am very glad that she did. I believe countless lives have been touched.
Mick Wheeler
I knew this book was going to be difficult to read, as I felt I knew Zach after watching his video and listening to his music, Clouds, and his band A Firm Handshake, He was very inspiring young man. I so wanted to read Laura's book Fly a little higher, I Started to read and was hooked from the very first page, I found a very loving Mom telling her Story about her son Zach and his young but inspiring short life, It was her journey and her wonderful families life, going through a very painful exp...more
Mary Mullane
Like most of us who live in the Twin Cities I knew about Zach from local media stories. I was one of millions who saw on youtube Zach singing "Clouds" and watched the SoulPancake documentary of his inspiring life. When I learned his mom Laura had written this book I knew I had to read it. Yes, I cried; I've shed many tears for this kid, this family I've never met, but I am so grateful for their message of hope and inspiration: you don't need to be dying to learn how to live. Bring a smile to som...more
As someone who has lived 30 years with a chronic life threatening illness that is unpredictable, I am super inspired by stories of others and how they handle really tough health cards handed to them. Zach's story is one that has hit me right where it matters and counts the most. His strength, grace, and decisions to choose joy up until the very end? Nothing short of extraordinary. What a beautiful life and remarkable story.
Jennifer Stanley
I am not completely through reading, but I love being able to see the story from Laura's point of view. I live in the same town as the Sobiech family, and truly wish I could have met Zach. His story has changed my life in many ways, and reading it with the love of God inspiring their actions is teaching me that I need to let God run my life more. Thank you to the whole family for being a part of this and sharing your precious time so we could all learn from you!
Pam Herrmann
One of the most compelling stories I have ever read. I would highly recommend reading this story about Zach Sobiech the young man from Minnesota that is diagnosed with cancer. He lived each day to the fullest and during his remaining time he touched millions of people with his story. His song "Clouds" is also an inspiration to many. I credit his mom Laura for writing this loving tribute in memory of her son.
Sheri Rokusek
If you want a book to give you inspiration and make you rethink your life and how you live it, than this is the book for you. I followed Zach's story from when he first got cancer until his death and now his mom has written this book about Zach, his Faith and love of family. The strength this family showed is amazing.
Amy Miele
A friend of mine had sent me a link to the YouTube video of Zach's story. I regret not watching it sooner. His story is so inspiring and his song is beautiful. I saw the book and knew I had to read it. It took me 3 days to read it but those moments when I put it down I couldn't wait to pick it back up. Highly recommend.
Joe Webb
A beautiful story of faith, hope & love in the midst of a slow, tragic loss. Though clearly rushed, Laura's heart comes through as she discusses her journey. Detail about Zach's siblings is limited, and there are a few timeline contradictions that an editor should have picked up on, but the main thrust of the life story is intact and moved me to tears by the end.
Angel Royal
Such a moving story. For some reason, I missed the buzz on Zach when this was happening, but am so glad I finally heard it. It's one of those stories you read and hope your response would be the same as this mom's, but just aren't sure you could. Also a good reminder to really live our lives
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