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{March 8, 2012}   {Review} Dancing in Heaven: A Sister’s Memoir by Christine M. Grote

From Goodreads: 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. Born with severe brain damage, 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. 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. —Christine M. Grote

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This is a truly beautiful memoir—one that will leave the reader both rejoicing and crying as Grote relays the story of her wonderful sister’s life.  Annie, born with severe brain damage, defied doctors and lived to be 51 years old, and though times were hard for Annie and her family, Grote depicts their lives with elegance.  Through this beautiful memoir, Grote shows just how special Annie really was, how much she touched the lives of those around her, and how much she means to those that really knew her.

I was very impressed with this memoir; Grote is a beautiful writer, painting a vivid picture of her life growing up with a severely disabled sister.  This is a topic that very few tread upon, and Grote presents both the good and the bad, juxtaposing her childhood remembrances with the last few weeks of Annie’s life in these riveting prose.  It’s a very powerful story, and one can’t help but walk away from a memoir like this amazed by Annie and all those around her.  It’s is a heart-warming tale, and though it left me bereft at the end, Grote has written a raw, beautiful recollection of her sister’s amazing life.  I am in awe of Grote’s entire family. It’s an amazing read, and I am so thankful to have the chance to read it.  I know that Annie is continuing to bless her loved ones, even now, as she’s dancing in heaven. Five stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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CMSmith says:

I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for the lovely review.



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