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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 (inches)|
Unshakeable Faith: One Family's Story of Loss and the Strengthening of Their FaithMonroe May, Jeri MayWestBow Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$25.16 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in ChristJ. Todd BillingsBrazos Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:
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Laura Sobiech tells the amazing story of how God used her sons 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 someones 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 Gods 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 Zachs story is not just about music. Its a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. Its a story about the human spirit. Its about how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millionsincluding 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 didnt really lose." Fly a Little Higher is about how God used Zach to do something big.
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.
Deb5 Stars Out Of 5Very Special BookApril 15, 2018DebQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I came across this book on CBD when I was browsing. The book sounded like something I'd like to read after having had a young friend that died of osteosarcoma about 10 years ago. THEN I noticed that this family was from Stillwater, MN, and I wondered how I could ever have missed hearing this story, since I'm originally a MN person. The book was everything I thought it would be, but the odd thing was that when I was done reading the book, I realized I missed the voice of the author. Yes, the story itself was amzing, but his mom, in writing this book, seemed to be someone I would have liked to have known too. She came across to me as such a caring person and mom that she didn't want to miss a minute of whatever time was left for her son. Yes, the book was a tribute to Zach Sobiech, but gosh, it was a tribute to his mom, who "wrote the book" on as very difficult, but also a special time for her family.
jomilcoIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fly a Little HigherMarch 2, 2018jomilcoIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Excellent! A must read book! I have two sons with cancer and related to the
this mother and her son's story. Thanks for sharing this emotional, spiritual story.
Bettie5 Stars Out Of 5Best Book in a long timeSeptember 20, 2017BettieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It was powerfully written and a very touching story. Bless the family that was willing to share.
DianeLondon Ontario CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5BeautifulJune 14, 2017DianeLondon Ontario CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I ordered this book knowing nothing about this young man or his popularity. It just looked interesting and as I enjoy true stories I decided to purchase it. I was not disappointed. As a reader you immediately feel a connection to this family, their faith, their struggles, their joys, their grief in their journey through the years that they fought for their son. Reading about Zach's courage and the way he overcame during his battle with cancer should make us all more thankful for what we have and stop us in our tracks when we grumble about what we don't have. This young man made the most of the few years he has even while battling the disease that finally took his life. I would say he lived his short life more fully than many of us who have lived decades longer than Zach had the chance to live. I am so glad his mom decided to share their story. Yes, it was very sad, but nevertheless victorious. He changed many lives, and I'm sure he fulfilled God's plan for his life, short though it was. And I am sure that, through reading this book, countless others have been blessed by his story also. I highly recommend this book.
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartbreaking, yet encouraging!August 20, 2014BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Boy, was this book difficult to get through! It was not that it was not interesting, in fact, it was written in a very conversational way tone. Laura immediately drew me in and I felt as if, I was her friend. Even more, she was kindly sharing her story with me. Unfortunately, I know how it ends and so it was both encouraging and heartbreaking at the same time.
It's often been said that parents should not have to bury their children. In my short life, I've had to bear witness to a number of friends who have had to do this very thing and it just feels wrong. The author, Laura must also do this and yet the Lord gave her grace to persevere and get through it. As if that wasn't difficult enough, Laura shares the tumultuous road she walked while they tried to fight the cancer, its affect on their family, and the weight it brought on her marriage (which almost didn't make it). What shone through most of all was how her dear son, Zach, radiated so much joy and thoughtfulness in the midst of his illness and the recognition that his life was going to be cut short.
My faith gives me a biblical worldview for all things in life, in particular suffering and disease. Although, I definitely do not pretend to understand how the Lord chooses to allow what He does, I do know that we all have an opportunity to respond to what our God allows in our life. Clearly, Zach was not perfect, but as his mother shares, from the beginning the Lord gave this young man an ability to respond with tremendous grace, love, and even joy.
In the beginning of the book, Laura shares how she doesn't appreciate "preachy" people that "dump tenets of their faith in your lap...and walk away." In short, saying that we must not only talk the talk, but in fact, walk the walk of faith. Just as James 1:22 tells us, if we speak of tremendous faith and knowledge and yet, still live as ones with no hope, we deceive ourselves. In short, the most powerful means of sharing the gospel is living the gospel. We must be not only hearers of the word, but doers of the word. Laura was privileged to have parents that wholly lived out their faith and then, God in His kindness and mercy, gave her Zach. Her precious son, despite his youth, was able to tell the story of his life of faith, by "being joyful in the midst of suffering, and he did it without uttering a word."
This was beautiful and hard book to read and in the end, this young man was able to leave a legacy much bigger than he could have ever imagined. I was heartbroken, yet encouraged... prepare the tissue!