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Dancing in Heaven - a sister's memoir [Kindle Edition]

Christine Grote
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Born with severe brain damage, my sister Annie never outgrew the needs of an infant. She didn’t walk or talk. Our parents fed her, changed her clothes, and lifted her from her bed to her wheelchair and back for her entire life of 51 years.

Dancing in Heaven is an inspirational story about my sister Annie s life, death, and her significance in the lives of those of us who loved her and others who were touched by her.

This memoir provides a window into my family’ s life with a severely disabled member. But more importantly, Dancing in Heaven is a testimony to the basic intrinsic value of human life.


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"This is very courageous, brave writing. Annie's story has enriched my life."  Carolyn Walker, published memoirist

 "A story crafted in the greatest love, you cannot possibly get at the stark truth of caregiving any more than this book does." Jeffrey Hillard, editor , redwebzine.org

About the Author

Christine M Grote earned a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1979. After working for three and a half years in product development at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, she became a full-time homemaker as she raised three sons and a daughter. In 1999, she returned to school at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 2007. Christine lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Mark and their dog Arthur.

Product Details

  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983819807
  • Publisher: Grote Ink (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983819815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983819813
  • ASIN: B005XB9J44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing in Heaven October 12, 2011
Format:Paperback
In this poignant memoir of her sister, the author tells of the love and devotion of her parents and the blessedness of having Annie in their family for 51 years. The family never regretted the decision to keep Annie at home and take care of her themselves; saying, "God gave her to us and we will do the best we can to care for her, she simply does not belong in an institution."

I could not put the book down and read it in one sitting; from it, I learned what is really important in life. Everyone should read this memoir, the author wrote with love, honor, and care to preserve the precious memories of Annie. She also wrote about some of the mixed emotions she had growing up so that we could see the struggles in her and her famillies lives. A very true-to-live story that you won't be able to put down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a Loving Family February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of the Kindle version of this book to review for The Kindle Book Review website, and am in no way affiliated with the author or the publisher. So when I tell you that I loved it completely, through and through, my only wish is that people will make the decision to read this book.

The author is heart-felt in her love for her extremely mentally and physically damaged younger sister, a 51-year-old perpetual infant. Christine Grote beautifully expresses her family's love and life-time devotion to Annie, who eventually died of cancer. Annie, throughout her life, doled out big dollops of love and smiles, delighting those around her. Her care was 24/7, and at the end of her life, her father also began to show the effects of the onset of Alzheimer's. Her mother, in her 70s, tried hard to be the sole caregiver and controller, but was beaten by the hefty circumstances.

Nowhere in this book did I find false affection propped up to look like family loyalty. All the emotions were genuinely loving, expressing true concern and deep loss. Again, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

-- Java Davis (The Kindle Book Review)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing in Heaven October 20, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"In some ways, she's the lucky one. She's never known rejection or failure or reprimand. All she's ever known is Love"

Just one of the many quotes that sticks with me after reading this loving tribute to Annie. Annie was surrounded by Love her entire 51 years of life, blessed with a remarkable family. This is a sister's story about strength, compassion, determination and unconditional Love. Annie's sweet smile speaks volumes for the love and care she received from her amazing family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotionally Powerful and Beautifully Written Memoir January 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
This memoir is a tribute to a young woman who was born with brain injury - diagnosis cerebral palsy - who in her brief but meaningful life could never walk or talk. Having a disabled daughter, I can emotionally relate to this story. My daughter Jen was born seven years after Annie. Unlike Annie, my daughter was "normal" for the first twenty years of her life. I haven't (yet) have the kind of total care for my daughter that Annie's lovely family had, but in author Christine Grote's skilled hands I relate emotionally to the full-time care that's required for such a severely disabled child.

Annie's parents provided total care for Annie for over fifty-one years. They lovingly and willingly provided this care. They loved this daughter unconditionally. They loved her smile. She was always smiling. I wanted to see her smile, and so, because I knew that there were pictures in the book, instead of buying it for my Kindle I bought it for my Nook Color where I can "see" Annie smile not only through words but also through these wonderful photographs.

The writing is also wonderful. The author is skilled with both descriptive passages and dialogue. The book is also brilliantly structured, alternating between the current crises including Annie's final days on earth, and past memories of Annie when the family took her with them on vacations and loved her daily in their home. There are so many great passages that I would love to highlight. I had to struggle to pick just one, as Christine had to struggle to decide what to include and what to leave out of her memoir.

I picked this "flashback" to illustrate Christine's skill with descriptive passages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Memoir February 21, 2012
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Unconditional love of a loved one?? This memoir is the perfect example of that. Christine Smith Grote has written a moving and emotional memoir of living with her disabled sister, Annie. The reader is taken along the journey as Annie grows and experiences life in her own way. The book allows each reader to feel a part of the family as they struggle to make the best life possible for their beloved Annie.

This memoir was a moving and revealing look at life with someone who has limitations and how it affects those around them. It is not always easy and while those struggles are detailed--it is also a journey of total and complete love where sacrifice and adaptation to circumstances is the norm. Many times I felt myself getting pulled into the struggles and frustrations of the family as they tried to make the best possible life for their sweet Annie. By the end of the book I felt that I knew Annie. She was a real person to me . This book was a tribute to her from her loving sister who shared deep and personal moments with her readers in order to allow us to be a part of Annie's life and world.

What a wonderful book to share with anyone who has struggled with the same situation and for anyone who wants to educate themselves on what life with a disabled person may be like. Christine Smith Grote writes beautifully and her love and devotion to her sweet sister, Annie, shines through on every page. Definitely a book to pass along to others so that they can share in the life of a wonderful woman .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad but Good
A Good book. Very Sad but I Love True Stories and this was easy to read!! I enjoyed Reading This Book!
Published 3 months ago by Teensy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Excellent reading. It kept my interest and was easy reading. Not hard to get back into if i had to put it down.
Published 3 months ago by Melanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
It was a very heartwarming story of a family dealing with what life deal. The selfless devotion of the parents was inspiring.
Published 3 months ago by Joann S Schott
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming
A real look at the gift of love given by a disabled person, to their family. A real look also, of how caring for a disabled person is a gift in its self. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love conquers all
Do not miss this memoir!! In response to the reviewer upset with the author for sharing personal details about the care and comforting actions that Annie received from her loving... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leo Tolstoy "B"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Loving Tribute
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. Memoirs are one of my favorite types of non-fiction since I love reading about every day people. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T B Markinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching book
I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. The story of Annie brought tears to my eyes not only because annie was born with this horrible disability But because the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kristina hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars How lucky am I!
How lucky am I... This really makes you appreciate all the extra, extra special people who love without restraint! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Roberta
5.0 out of 5 stars I am blessed to have found this book...
I was drawn to read this book because I have a 14 year old daughter with severe Cerebral Palsy. When Jessica was a baby, we took her everywhere with us, as we would with both of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karen A. Hopkins
2.0 out of 5 stars I bought this book because I have Cerebral Palsy.
I must commend the author for her efforts both emotionally and physically for putting this tribute to her sister in writing. That had to take great courage. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carmylita
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More About the Author

Christine M. Grote earned a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1979. After working for several years in product development at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, she became a full-time homemaker as she raised three sons and a daughter. In 1999, Christine returned to school at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, earning a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Written Communications in 2007. She enjoys writing non-fiction and human interest stories.

Christine lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their dog Arthur.


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