Christina-Taylor Green was beautiful, precocious, smart and popular, a member of her elementary school's student council and the only girl on her Little League team. Born on 9/11/2001, it was perhaps no surprise that she harbored aspirations of becoming a politician-thus her presence at the political rally that fateful day in Tucson last January. Congressman Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded in the gunman's splay of bullets; six others were killed, including Christina, the youngest of the victims. But this inspirational book recounts far more than the events of 'the tragedy of Tucson.' Written by Christina's mother (with New York Times best-selling biographer Jerry Jenkins), As Good as She Imagined celebrates this little girl's life, along with the hope that has been born out of a nation's loss and a family's grief.
January 8th, 2011. A day etched in history. Just like September 11th, 2001. Uniting those two dates is the life of one little girl—the angel of Tuscon, Christina-Taylor Green.
Written by her mother, Roxanna Green and Jerry B. Jenkins, As Good As She Imagined details and celebrates Christina-Taylor’s short life from her birth in the early hours of Sept 11th to her death on Jan 8th.
From smiles of joy to tears of sheer heartbreak, this story is packed full of memories and stories of a short life lived to the full. I admit I cried so much I had to put the book down several times. Not purely because of the depth of emotion the book shows, but as a mother who’s also been in a similar situation.
It holds nothing back as the Green’s rush to the ER and then receives the news that every parent dreads. Their private grief becomes national mourning, yet throughout their faith shines like a beacon.
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012 and can be pre-ordered now.