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.