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Fly a Little Higher

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,518 Ratings  ·  252 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
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Published May 6th 2014 by Nelson Books
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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
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another sad one, however this one is uplifting as well. Good message without feeling like religion is being pushed constantly. Would recommend.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best read of the year. Laura came to our church and spoke this summer and she was an amazing speaker. I was doubtful the book could live up to her performance as a speaker, as most biographies/memoirs/autobiographies tend to be pretty poorly written. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the book was as well written as a NYTimes Best Seller. That aside, the story is so powerful, so poignant, it is a book I have recommended all of my friends read. Zach demonstrates in his faith journey how we ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished "Fly a Little Higher" by Laura Sobiech yesterday. And I loved every page. This is a beautifully poignant book by a mother who journeys with her son Zach, as he lives life to the fullest while enduring terminal cancer. It is a powerful message of redemptive suffering, surrender, trust and hope. She prayerfully gives her son back to God and asks Him to transform her sorrow into something good. The answer to her prayer is amazing, as Zach's life and his hope-filled message continue to in ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was choking back tears more than once in this book, and it sucked me in right away. I can't imagine being that person/mom who has to see to completion something like "caring for a child with cancer" from her "I-Never-Want-To-Do" list, let alone write a book about the whole journey to witness to the world afterwards. Powerful. Moving. Inspiring. Brought new perspective on how a human being can suffer and still be blessed with so much love & grace right to the finish line and beyond.
Elizabeth Willard
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this book even though you will cry.

I was crying by page 3, and cried intermittently throughout, even though I knew what was going to happen. The first half of the book was particularly devastating, as she walks through Zach's diagnosis and the first year when they still had hope. So while yes, this IS a book about losing a child, it's also a book about faith, family, friends, and not to sound like a cliche, but also the difference one person can make. I wish I'd known Zach.
Diane Mercier
This is a story about Faith, Hope, and the ability to continue living a beautiful and fulfilling life even though you know it is coming to an end. Zach Sobiech knew he had very little time left but instead of giving up he was able to touch the lives of people around the world with his music, his smile and his determination to never to give up.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What is amazing about this book is that even though it tackles some seriously sad issues, I found myself filled with joy and smiling more often than I felt like crying. The detail and the realness of the book radiates from cover to cover. The author was not afraid to tell the truth, good and bad. I am amazed at the strength and faith of this family. Incredible.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most inspiring, but heart wrenching books I've probably ever read. I wish we all could live with even a portion of the joy and hope that Zach lived with during his short life. There were so many times where I broke down crying while reading this book.
Kristen Mcmanus
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A beautiful book of hope demonstrated through a young man's faith as he battles as a horrific disease and the support of his family and friends.
Al Campbell
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an inspirational story! This book and story has the amazing ability to show you heart wrenching sadness one minute and tremendous inspiration the next. Zach was a truly inspiring young man, with wisdom well beyond his years, no doubt provided by God to help him experience joy even in the midst of the tremendous trial and suffering he endured. At only 18 years of age, Zach provided a tremendous example of God's grace provided to have joy in life, no matter the circumstances. Amazing. Pain in ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very honest book about dealing with a teenage son with terminal cancer. Follow their journey through the stages of hope, grief, sadness, hope, realization, & making each day what you want it to be.
I couldn't put it down. I'm so glad Zack had so much love, success and influence to guide him through his final years.
I was brought up strict Baptist and as my parent would call me, I'm "backslidden". The family depends so much on God. I just don't get it. I think it is just a crutch to help them t
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very good narrative of a mom's journey of handling her son's fatal disease. I remember hearing about Zach a few years ago, and I even downloaded "Clouds." It's hard not to feel grateful for one's own life and opportunities while or after reading this tale. I give major props to the family, especially the mother, for their faith in God. It's hard to not fall victim to depression or anger when a blow like that happens. I will admit that at the end or towards the end I got choked-up. It ...more
Jennie Menke
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this last night. Cried at the end and a few times throughout. This is not a book to avoid because it's sad. It's main message is uplifting. It is filled with hope and wisdom and truth. I highly recommend.

With that said, even after I turned off the light and hunkered under the covers (it was cold last night), the tears continued to slide down my face.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
At its core, a deeply moving story that pushed me to reconsider my outlook on the certainties in life and to work on my trust in God. Of course, being the lit nerd that I am, I couldn't help analyzing and criticizing technical elements, but ultimately the message is what grabbed my attention the most.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brave, uplifting, wrenching.....

What a beautiful book and story..... I so admire and appreciate the courage it took to write this book. There's nothing sadder than the loss of a child.
Jean Abbott
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Simply a must read!
Robin Tzucker
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written without being melodramatic.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So inspiring! A very sad story, but uplifting and filled with hope.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ending got me. Even though I had spoiled myaelf and read part of it before I got to it, it still brought tears to my eyes. Laura has done a great job with this novel.
Laura Moerer
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational and amazing. Oscillating between smiling, laughing, and crying throughout.
Mallori Norris
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredible story of one family's experience with cancer and how Zach and his cancer went on to affect many lives around the world. A beautiful story of hope.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is really a 4.5. It’s well written - a beautiful story of hope in the midst of sadness.
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