Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: 'Dancing in Heaven' by Christine Grote

Dancing in Heaven: a sister's memoir

Synopsis from the author:

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

My thoughts:

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.

Christine tells the heartbreaking yet triumphant story of Annie's passing from this life to the next. Interspersed in the events of Annie's decline are stories from childhood and other moments with Annie and how her remarkable smile blessed each person with whom she came into contact.
One particular aspect of this book that helped me connect to Christine, Annie and her familiy was the pictures that were posted at the end of each chapter. Getting to see Annie's beautiful smile and the faces of her family made their story even more real to me.

Though there were several moments while reading where my eyes were wet with tears, I came away from this book uplifted. The love that Annie received and gave in her lifetime is truly remarkable. The picture Christine has painted of her parents and their love for Annie and sacrifice on her behalf is so very beautiful.

I'm so glad Christine has shared Annie's story with the world. Read it. It will change your perspective and enrich your life.


* I received a copy of this book for review from the author. It's available now on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com


  1. What a wonderful review. I'm going to make myself a note to buy it before Saturday. Thanks for sharing how Christine's book touched you. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  2. Excellent review. Following Christine's blog we learn about Annie and the family in bits and snatches, so the prospect of reading the whole story is very appealing.

  3. What a fantastic review. I received the book for Christmas and am excited to read Christine's story.