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Dancing in Heaven: a sister's memoir Paperback – October 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"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
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Christine lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their dog Arthur.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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)
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.Read more ›
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 .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story lets you know what "unlimited" love for another is truly about. I like to think Annie's story taught her family and those who are lucky enough know her, or read the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pat Bratton
An amazing read I to had a sister Annie with special needs she died 2 yes ago at 47 she was my baby sister sadly I was the only one with her when she passedPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the story of a family facing a special dilemma. How do you care for a beloved family member who's non-verbal? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Whistlers Mom
I believe that people with disabilities can bring out the best in us. I was uplifted by the happiness Annie brought and I have no doubt that she is indeed dancing in heaven. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pam Smith
I like the style in which the book was written. It should be made into a movie. A great lesson in unconditional love. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jo-Ann M. Koch
I recommend this book not only to someone with similar situations, but also to those who can maybe learn from this....Published 8 months ago by C. Bunch
The loving heart of a family is reveled through the eyes of Christine in this open and warm memoir. Christine chronicles her feelings for her special needs younger sister Annie and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by barbara
I really enjoyed reading this story of Annie. I couldn't put my kindle down for long. She sounds like someone I would've like to have known.Published 9 months ago by honey