Every now and then, I read a book that makes me feel like I'm actually getting a glimpse into the writer's mind and heart. Fly a Little Higher is one of those books. But to call it merely a book seems so trivial. It's a memoir, a way for a mother to tell the world about her amazing son who wrote a song and changed the world.
The book journals the Sobiech family's journey of Zach's diagnosis with Osteosarcoma. Eventually, Zach is diagnosed as terminal and has a choice to either wait quietly to die, or live his life. Zach's message of living each day to the fullest and choosing joy in the midst of trials comes through loud and clear in his mom's writing. He died too soon, but I think he did an awful lot of good work in his 17 years. He was a boy filled with faith, courage, and joy. This was a beautiful, inspiring book to read. Just keep the tissues handy!
Here is the song that started it all:
(All proceeds from "Clouds" go to fight osteosarcoma, so you might consider downloading it on iTunes!)
If you have 20 minutes and our interested in learning a little more about Zach's story, watch this mini-documentary about his last days:
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