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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christina Green's mother Roxanna wrote her heart breaking and heart filling saga from her tortured and amazingly strong healing brave heart and the depths of her soul. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Victor Stryker
I know I will never forget that day, it is embedded in my life memories forever. Back then I thought that I knew this wonderful little girl from the press coverage and of course... Read morePublished 11 months ago by MARGARET GESSNER
One of the most honest and genuine books written by parents who have suffered an unimaginable and senseless loss of her daughter Christina-Taylor Green - something no parent should... Read morePublished 15 months ago by GM & BH
I have met this family, The story is close to my heart. It was so sweetly written, but with clarity as well. I cried it was so good.Published 16 months ago by Deanne Seligman
Heartwarming, touching, poignant. This is how I'd describe this beautiful book and the story of sweet Christina-Taylor, as told by her mother Roxanna. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Hollye D
This book shares the hearts of a family who have lost their most precious gift…their beautiful 9 year old daughter. The book does not dwell on despair, but on hope. Read morePublished 16 months ago by patricia des groseilliers
I just finished reading this book and I have to say that it's one of the best books I've ever read! It's full of love, hope, and a promising future even through the most tragic... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Erica Dunichand
This was a beautifully written story of Christina Taylor Green by her loving mother Roxanna. While of course knowing the tragic outcome, I did love learning more about this lovely... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jennifer A.
When something moves me, I feel compelled to write about it and tell others. Roxanna Green’s book, “As Good As She Imagined” did just that. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Pogosaew