Dancing in Heaven
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. Although the doctors who initially diagnosed her predicted she’d have a life expectancy of eight years, Annie lived to be fifty-one years old.
Dancing in Heaven is an inspirational story about 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 testament to the basic intrinsic value of human life.
“Even deprived of our most basic functions, a life can still lighten and inspire. “Dancing in Heaven” is a memoir from Christine M. Grote as she recounts the life of her disabled sister Annie, as she hopes to shine light on what even a disabled soul in one’s life can do for the cohesion of family and love. “Dancing in Heaven” is a must for memoir collections focusing on disability and families of the disabled.” The Midwest Book Review, Able Greenspan reviewer
“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.” Marion Driessen, Figments of a Dutchess – Read complete review here.
“This memoir is beautifully conceived and beautifully written. I can’t praise it enough. I hope if you haven’t yet read it that you will go hereto find it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.” Ann Best, author of In the Mirror – a memoir of shattered secrets. -Read complete review here.
“Not only is this self published, non-fiction book polished and perfect…it’s a gripping read.” Cynthia Robertson. -Read complete review here.
“To quote one of my favorite movies (You’ve Got Mail) “Read it with a box of tissues.” Read it with laughing music. Read with a smile on your face and a dance in your heart. Just be sure you read it.” Lisa Kramer. – Read complete review here.
“You will be touched by this inspirational story about Annie. . .” Kaity-Jane Culbertson. – Read complete review.
“Christine’s memoir is a lovely tribute to the life of this dear family member. . .” dogear6, blogger. – Read complete review here.
Dancing In Heaven: a sister’s memoir is touching and inspirational. Annie’s story is one that everyone should read. The way she affected her famiy and those around her was astounding.” Stephanie Cowart from Your Need to Read. –Read complete review here.
“Dancing in Heaven — a sister’s memoir is a tender story of growing up with a severely handicapped member of the family.” It is a “beautiful memoir. It is sweet, gentle, and encouraging.” Sally from Hot Dogs and Marmalade. –Read complete post here.
“The writing is beautiful and while there were times I felt my eyes well up with tears, there were many parts that made me smile. I really did enjoy this intimate look into such a wonderful family.” Jennifer from Mommy’s Reading Too – Read complete review here.
*Reviews by Jane: ” RBJ – What inspired you to write a memoir about your sister? CMG – I always knew I would write about my sister Annie. I believed her story had a lot to offer other people in many different ways. . .” Reviews by Jane.
*Ink Drop Interviews: “IDI – Christine, I know that ‘Dancing in Heaven’ is about the life and death of your severely disabled sister. Why did you write it?
CMG – Having a profoundly disabled sister had a profound effect on me. . .” Ink Drop Interviews by Kathy Reinhart.
*RED!webzine: “RED! contributing writer, Elizabeth Bryant, recently interviewed RED! writer and blog/technical consultant, Christine Grote, about the publication of her first book, DANCING IN HEAVEN: A Sister’s Memoir.” RED!webzine’s interview.
*William Lambers interview: “Christine talks about Dancing in Heaven and also the process of publishing this inspirational memoir.” An interview by William Lambers.
“This is very courageous, brave writing . . .” Carolyn Walker, published memoirist, and Pushcart Prize nominee.
“Annie and her family made a significant impression on me . . .” Jim McCormick, Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services. -Read complete comment here.
“Dancing in Heaven captures “the combination of constant desperate waiting, dread, confusion and exhaustion you experience when someone you love is dying. . .” Nancy Henry Chadwick, writer. -Read complete comment here.
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I would love to hear from you. If you have read Dancing in Heaven and would like to leave a comment, or if you have any questions, please feel free to post them below and I will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in Dancing in Heaven and my sister Annie’s story. ~Christine M. Grote