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on Jan. 06, 2012 :
This is a beautiful memoir and tribute to the author's sister, with a nice back and forth flow between the story's current crises and what it was like growing up with a severely disable sibling. Annie lived to be 51 years old, and stayed in the care of her parents her entire life - Dancing in Heaven is an amazing story of devotion and love. I read it in one sitting, and shed a few tears, too!
Thank you Christine M. Grote for sharing Annie with the world!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Margaret Radisich Sleasman
on Oct. 12, 2011 :
In this poignant memoir of her sister, the author tells of the love and devotion of her parents and the blessedness of having Annie in their family for 51 years. The family never regretted the decision to keep Annie at home and take care of her themselves; saying, "God gave her to us and we will do the best we can to care for her, she simply does not belong in an institution."
I could not put the book down and read it in one sitting; from it, I learned what is really important in life. Everyone should read this memoir, the author wrote with love, honor, and care to preserve the precious memories of Annie. She also wrote about some of the mixed emotions she had growing up so that we could see the struggles in her and her famillies lives. A very true-to-live story that you won't be able to put down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)