Stuff in the ‘Thomas Nelson’ Category

15 October, 2020

CLOUDS – A Memoir, by Laura Sobiech

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.

“I’m not a musician; I’m just a filmmaker, and my prayer is that you get an opportunity—both through the reading of this beautiful book and the watching of our film based on it—to experience what I will fail to put into words: the magic and inspiration of Zachary David Sobiech.”

—Justin Baldoni, filmmaker and director of Clouds


11 September, 2017

Bradbury-Haehl

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is co-author with Bill McGarvey of The Freshman Survival Guide (Center Street/Hachette), which went into a second edition in Spring 2017, and upcoming, The Twentysomething Handbook, which Thomas Nelson will publish in Spring 2021.

She has worked with teenagers for more than 25 years. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference and is a sought-after leader of workshops and retreats for parents, teens, and college students.

  • She authored ScriptureWalk: Discipleship, God’s Word, Your World,  and Sunday Prayers for Teens. She was a writer for Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics and the Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.
  • She’s been a contributing editor at BustedHalo.com and was editor for their Young Adult Ministry in a Box project. She also writes for God’s Word Many Voices.
  • The first edition of her book The Freshman Survival Guide for new college students was featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and the second edition has enjoyed Amazon Bestseller status.

Nora is an editor at Saint Mary’s Press. She is active in interfaith youth work, bringing young people of different faiths together to do service and learn about each other. She loves creating opportunities for young people to have conversations that matter.

She and her husband Greg have four teen and adult children and live in Rochester, NY.


7 May, 2014

Sobiech

Becoming an author was not something Laura Sobiech ever intended to do. A Midwest wife and mother of four, Laura was living a pretty average life, raising kids, working two jobs and volunteering at her local fire department. Until one cold and rainy day in November 2009, her third child, Zach (14), was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Life as she knew it was forever changed.

Laura started blogging on the family’s CaringBridge (a website for families dealing with medical crisis) as a way of keeping people informed of Zach’s medical status. The blogging soon became a way for her to step out of the chaos and reflect on life with a child battling cancer. As the years went by her readership grew; people from across the country were tuning in to be inspired by the story of her son’s battle and triumphs and her reflections on how to find joy through suffering.

Laura’s memoir, Fly a Little Higher, How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way, recounts Zach’s heroic battle with cancer, his joyful outlook on life and the remarkable story of his beautiful and poignant song, “Clouds,” and how it changed the world.  The film, “Clouds”–streaming from Disney Plus as of 10/16/2020, now has a movie-tie in edition of the book, under the same title. Laura tells the story with authenticity, exposing her family’s struggles while living through disease and death. Though the story is heartbreaking, it is also one of hope, filled with joyful and even funny moments as Laura writes about her spiritual journey with her son through cancer in a way that people of all faith backgrounds can relate and draw from.

You can follow Laura on Twitter and learn more about her book on the website www.laurasobiech.com.