Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Clouds: A Memoir by Laura Sobiech

Clouds: A Memoir by Laura Sobiech

 

About:
Originally published as Fly a Little Higher and now updated and revised to coincide with the film release of Clouds, Laura Sobiech tells the amazing, true story behind the song and the movie.

“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 prayer, she released her son to God’s will.

At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing goodbye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, “Clouds,” captured hearts and changed lives, making him an international sensation.

This story is a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. It’s a story about the human spirit. It shows how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millions—including top executives in the entertainment industry, major music artists, news anchors, talk show hosts, actors, priests and pastors, and schoolchildren across the globe. And above all, it’s an example of the amazing things that happen when someone shares the most precious thing he has—himself.  


My Thoughts:
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. Clouds, by Laura Sobiech marks the story of her son Zach battling Osteosarcoma, cancer. Initially, the outlook was good for Zach, but it came back attacking his pelvis, lungs and his hip, which is where it originated. His family knew they had been given a gift of a year or less for him to live and they need to live in each day, doing things that really mattered, being intentional about life and the things they participated in. Zach's mom wanted him to write letters to those who mattered, but instead he wrote songs. I never knew of Zach, until I read the book, but his song "Clouds" was a number one on Itunes. This book is a book that I will read over and over to gain perspective when life seems to get in the way. We often get caught up in our own worlds, in the busyness of life, in the mundane things that don't matter, but Zach teaches us to not waste a breath of time on those things. I need to be reminded of that. I loved this book and highly recommend it as one of your summer reads... It will make you laugh, cry and just make you feel human again.

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

I am so glad you loved this one so much! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours