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As Good As She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson, Christina-Taylor Green Hardcover – January 3, 2012

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About the Author

Roxanna Green has been a practicing home health-care nurse, now serving as CEO of the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation. Her husband, John, is National Crosschecker in the scouting department of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have a son, Dallas, 12, and their daughter, Christina-Taylor, would have been 10 on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617950122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617950124
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,862,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James E. Pryor on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In total honesty, I absolutely dreaded reading this book. I mean, I cried the first time I saw the cover on Facebook along with Jerry's solicitation for advance copy readers who would be willing to review the book. I cried again when I removed it from the mailing package and touched the cover. A story like this should never have to be told. But we live in the real world, and there are dangers everywhere. I would like to think that the biggest strength we all have is the faith and trust that was demonstrated by Christina-Taylor Green.

Born on September 11, 2001, Christina-Taylor Green was ten years old the day she was shot and killed by Jared Lughner at a political rally in Arizona. Of course, since the main target was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it would have been easy to overlook the collateral damage of a nine year old girl standing in the crowd. After all, Christina-Taylor Green was one of six people that were killed, along with 13 wounded. The congresswoman was one of the wounded, and her recovery story is documented each evening on the news.
But leave it to Jerry Jenkins to find a truly heartbreaking story behind the story.

This story takes you through the lives of Christina-Taylor's parents leading up to her birth, and shows you just how wonderful a girl she was. It then carefully guides you to that fateful day when she was killed.

One aspect of this amazing book is that it tells the story we all already know. There are no surprises here. However, it still shocks your senses as you are reading. I can't imagine how many people saw me on my American Airlines flight to Virginia this past weekend while I was reading it, but I can assure you that whoever did knew I was reading something highly emotional.
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Christina-Taylor Green, the "Angel of Tucson," inspires readers through the words of her mother, Roxanna Green, and co-writer, Jerry Jenkins, to live life to its fullest. Her physical life, ended by the shooter who wounded Gabrielle Giffords, continues to touch a world needy for her repertoire of loving and considerate acts.

This book is an unforgetable remembrance of Christina-Taylor. She met life's chaallenges with enthusiasm, courage and determination. She hoped to see wrongs made right and did not give up on finding loving solutions. I believe that her mother was emboldened to bravely write this account because of the life force within Christina-Taylor that would not relent until her story and dreams for a better world got out to encourage people globally.

This is a book about faith that sustains a family during unimaginable tragedy. Many people have said God is only a crutch for weak people. The person using a crutch still bears the major portion of the weight. A crutch would not be able to hold up under the weight of loss as was the death of Christina-Taylor. God picked up and carried this family and community. He is the One Who brought good from bad for those who have loved and honored Him. He has enabled Christina-Taylor to live on in memories, in inspired actions and in heaven. Serendipitous experiences of both parents, portrayed in the book, make it obvious that Christina-Taylor is happy in heaven.

I am so thankful that I was given an advance reader copy of this book through which I was touched by this little angel with the heart full of hope for a better world. I have written my honest opinion and feelings about this book. I was not influenced by the writers or publisher to give a positive opinion.
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I finished reading, "As Good As She Imagined" at 11:30 pm last night (1/8/12). I cried a lot, but I also laughed. There are parts where Roxanna describes Christina-Taylor's relationship with her brother, Dallas. They were quite humorous. Dallas' letters to his sister were so whimsical and cheerful. The incident with the pretend hair salon left me laughing out loud.

I'm not an overtly religious person and don't go to church, but the signs that God gave cannot be denied. I will not divulge them here because I want others to read the book, but I truly saw them as angels amongst us. At the end, I was filled with hope. Hope that a little girl's life and potential to give back were still being felt. In that, Christina-Taylor lives on. Thank you Roxanna for writing this book. I was really angry about what happened and if you and John can forgive; so can I.

Everyone should read this book. It was well-written and you truly feel the heartache in Roxanna's writing. I felt honored and humbled to be able to read about such a special person. Roxanna was right when she said Christina-Taylor did so much in her nine years than some do in their whole life.

I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us -- we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations. ~ President, Barack Obama, 1/12/11
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The story of the life and death of Christina-Taylor Green, As Good As She Imagined, is poignant, gripping, and incredibly sad. Her mother, Roxanna Green, with the help of experienced writer, Jerry Jenkins, captured the pathos of January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, when not only one of our legislators, Gabrielle Giffords, was seriously wounded but six other innocent victims killed. Christina, nine years old, was the youngest.

Born on September 11, 2001, she was destined for greatness. Her heart was as big as her aspirations to make a difference in this world. With great excitement, she went with a family friend to see a congresswoman at a corner meeting on one of our cities' streets. She did not come home.

Even though it is a difficult subject, I feel it is a must-read, especially for those of us who care what is happening in our country. It is a sad reflection of the untreated needs of those who are severely mentally ill and of the lack of safety on the streets where we live. Hopefully, it will incite many to action - to live full and productive lives, fulfilling our individual destinies as Christina so wanted to do, and to have more awareness, propelling us to action, of very serious, societal problems facing our nation. We honor her by reading this beautiful and well-written memorial of her short life.
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