You Gotta Read This: Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech

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Imagine your 14-year-old son coming to you with  pain in his hip after a run. Now imagine learning that his pain is stemming from a rare and deadly form of bone cancer. How would you react if you found out your child was going to die? Laura Sobiech lived that reality when her son Zach was diagnosed with terminal Osteocarcoma in 2012.  Her book, Fly a Little Higher tells the story of Zach’s journey, and gives an amazingly emotional insight into how a mother helps her son live with, and die from cancer.

You probably remember Zach Sobiech from his Soul Pancake video ‘My Last Days’ that went crazy viral and brought him tons of notoriety.  He showed us all that you don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living. He wrote songs as his way of saying goodbye to the people he loved. His song Clouds went all the way to #1 on iTunes. I first became aware of Zach’s story because he was from my hometown. The whole country became aware of his story because of what an exceptional kid he was.  He died On May 20th, 2013. He was only 18.

I have to admit, when I first picked up Laura Sobiech’s book I was a bit apprehensive. I wondered if  it was going to be a downer. I didn’t want to get lost in sadness and death. But from the moment I began reading I knew it was going to be different. This book is a firsthand account of just how strong a mom can be when faced with unimaginable adversity. She chronicles her story from Zach’s diagnosis, through his final breath, and gives the readers a realistic and hopeful look into how a family picks up the pieces and continues to function after losing a child.

Fly a Little Higher will stay with you. It will make you examine the things you take for granted in life and realize that there is always something to be thankful for. There’s a blogger named Glennon Doyle Melton who taught me that life can be brutal and beautiful at the same time. She says life is ‘brutiful.’ That’s exactly how I would characterize Laura Sobiech’s story. I promise it will change the way you look at life.

You can learn more about Fly a Little Higher, as well as Zach’s legacy and his music at  flyalittlehigher.com

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