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Posted June 7, 2012
As I turned the last page, tears were streaming down my face. Ha
As I turned the last page, tears were streaming down my face. Happy that sweet little Annie was finally able to dance in heaven, no longer hampered by the prison that her body had been for her sparkling and merry mind. Sad that her radiant smile was now only a memory.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Dancing in Heaven, a sister’s memoir, is written by Christine M. Grote. She is a talented, gifted writer, whose words filled my mind the last six weeks. I finished it last night. Each evening I would read one page of the book, to fully absorp and respect this special story, and not race through it. A story Christine wrote about her severely disabled sister Annie, who died at the age of 51 on August 16, 2009. Not as an adult, but still a child.
Christine’s parents devoted their lives to take care of their children. To raise Christine and Carol. But mostly they were there for Annie, who needed their attention each day and each night of her entire life. And they gave it, willing and full of love. For their girl.
In Dancing in Heaven, Christine takes us on a journey. She shares Annie’s story with us in the immediate and more distant past, describing the impact that Annie had on all of their lives. Through the writer’s eyes we are silent witnesses of the last days Annie spent in her family’s caring arms. Christine also takes us back in time to show us how growing up with Annie was – how their family life was touched – through moving anecdotes.
The love they all gave to Annie, was returned many times over by this sweet and gentle little lady. Through her special smiles and her unique ways of telling those around her that she knew they cared. And was happy. When one looks behind the limited body into the spirit of a person this radiant, boundaries disappear. It is soul to soul. And Annie’s spirit has always been dancing.
I can fully recommend this courageous, sweet and sincere book. Christine M. Grote’s beautiful words have a flow that will take you along gently. I admire her greatly as a writer and adore her as Annie’s sister.
Posted April 9, 2012
Christine Grote write this memoir about her sister, Annie. Anni
Christine Grote write this memoir about her sister, Annie. Annie was born with Cerebral Palsey and never outgrew the needs of an infant. She needed to be fed, bathed, helped in all her activities of daily living. Her family was very devoted to all of her needs and each one in the family knew how to take good care of Annie. Her mother was her main caretaker. Always aware of her needs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Annie's sisters, Christine and Carol, always enjoyed entertaining Annie. Music would play in her room and there would be dancing by the sisters to which Annie smiled and laughed at. Annie loved her family that was always very obvious.
When Annie became ill and had to go to the hospital, through protests of her mother, for tests and to have IV fluids to hydrate her, the family pulled together and were with her around the clock. Tests proved to be something no one wanted to hear about. Annie had cancer. She went back to her home and hospice was called in to help the family. All of the hospice nurses were caring giving tenderness and compassion both to Annie and the family. It was hard for the family to say good-bye to Annie, but they knew she would be looking down on them with happiness and no longer in any pain. She would be dancing in Heaven.
Posted January 17, 2012
An Emotionally Powerful and Beautifully Written Memoir
Christine M. Grote wrote this memoir as a tribute to her developmentally disabled sister Annie, and to her parents who provided total care for Annie, who could never walk or talk, for over fifty-one years. They 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, I bought it for my Nook Color so I could see Annie smile not only through words but also through the wonderful photographs the author included.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
This is a story of unconditional love. A story filled with sadness but also with joy. I can't praise it enough.
Posted January 12, 2012
A Must Read Memoir
From the moment I opened the front page I knew I was going to be blessed. On every page and in every word, you couldn't help but see the love shining through for Annie. She had such an amazing story. For 51 years she blessed this earth and those around her. I loved the pictures throughout the book. It gave it such a personal touch.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Reading this book warmed my heart, and it will warm your as well. This story speaks of the sacrifice parents make, how much someone can affect the world around them, and the endurance and strength of the human soul. Annie's smile and heart will stay with me forever! It is a must read!
Posted November 5, 2011
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