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Dancing in Heaven: a sister's memoir Paperback – October 1, 2011
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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.
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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 .
Grote’s wonderful portrait of her severely-disabled sister, Annie, shatters that perfect world. She brings the reader into the room and makes you open your eyes to Annie’s story. And it’s a marvelous story. It’s a touching tribute to her sister, who was a giant part of the author’s life. But it’s also an accurate depiction of what it’s like to care for a severely-disabled adult for five decades.
Grote pulls no punches. She is honest and upfront with her feelings—the good and the bad. She brings the reader face to face with a world many hope to never encounter, but she does so in a touching, captivating, and dignified way.
DANCING IN HEAVEN is a powerful book, and you’ll be a different person after reading it.
I related so many ways to Christine Grote and "Dancing In Heaven". Christine wrote in her book that Annie was always generous with her smiles. When Jessica was a baby, I prayed to God for her to smile. She didn't smile or really cry when she was a baby, but at 8 months old she gave us her first smile and now she is very generous with her smiles (and sometimes her tears). Jessica's smiles now are like a welcoming hug to friends and strangers who come up to her and say hi.
Annie's parents had tireless care and love for Annie. Annie's sisters were proud of their beautiful sister. Since Carol shared all details of Annie's life and at the end, illness, made me feel like part of a special club. A special club that has special people in their life like Annie and Jessica. I no longer feel like I am the only one that has a child like Jessica. I am also to happy to know that there is another family like ours, so proud of every thing that their special child can do, a family that helped Annie go everywhere and experience as much as she could of the beautiful world around us. A family that shared their child with the rest of the world, so others could understand the joys of being around such a special child. A special girl that struggled and worked so hard to do everything she did here on earth who now is blessed to be Dancing in Heaven (and now who is able to dance in heaven with her parents).