Christina-Taylor Green was beautiful, precocious 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. Congresswoman 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.
Roxanna Green has been a practicing home health-care nurse, now serving as CEO of the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation (christina-taylorgreen.org). Her husband, John, is National Crosschecker in the scouting department of the Los Angelos Dodgers. The have a son, Dallas, 12, and their daughter, Christina-Taylor, would have been 10 on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Jerry B. Jenkins is a New York Times best-selling novelist (Left Behind Series) and biographer (Billy Graham, Hank Aaron, Walter Payton, Orel Hershiser, Nolan Ryan, Joe Gibbs and many more), with over 70 million books sold. His writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and he has been featured on the cover of Newsweek.
Christina-Taylor Green was nine years old when she was murdered at a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz., where she had gone in hopes of meeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded at the same public event. Christina-Taylors mother allows readers to meet her little girl and the rest of the family in the story she tells of Christina-Taylors short life. Reading about the little girl is a lot like sitting down with a mother over coffee and hearing about a family, with both the intimacy and limitations that affords. The Green family was financially comfortable but faced their own difficulties before random tragedy struck in the form of a gunman who killed six people at Giffords Congress-on-your-Corner gathering. The family story told by her grieving mother is an attempt to commemorate her daughter. Christina-Taylor is young to be carrying so much symbolic weight, and its a little soon to draw lasting public meaning out of the event, but private grief deserves respect. (Jan.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.