Dancing in Heaven – a sister’s memoir by Christine Grote

Book Description:
Born with severe brain damage, 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 of 51 years. 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. 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.

My Review: * * * * *
This is a particularly well-written and absorbing account of the life and death of Annie and her loving and devoted family, as told by her sister Christine. Born with severe brain damage, Annie never outgrew the needs of an infant. She couldn’t walk or talk for her entire life of 51 years. In the book, Christine shares how everyone who crossed Annie’s path was touched and I was no exception. Annie crept into my heart and I felt myself going through many emotions as her life on this earth slowly ebbed away. The author crosses between past and present flawlessly. I have the greatest respect and admiration for the entire family and I’m quite sure that Annie is now, dancing in heaven. And through this book, Annie will continue to touch hearts just as she always did. A true example of unconditional love all round.

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