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On July 12, 2009, a bus carrying a youth group from Shreveport, Louisiana, to a youth camp in Georgia overturned when two tires failed near Meridian, Mississippi. Most of the twenty-three passengers were injured. Maggie Lee Henson, age twelve, died three weeks later from traumatic brain injuries sustained in the accident.
This story, Maggie Lee for Good, is one part worst-case scenario and three parts God’s creative redemption. In it, her parents describe the overwhelming grief of losing a child, their struggle with faith, and the unexpected acts of love and generosity that result from their loss. John and Jinny Henson’s story captures the essence of Maggie Lee’s boundless faith and will inspire readers who are facing loss, searching for evidence of God’s sustaining grace, or looking for ways to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. It is a powerful reminder that there is no tragedy so profound that God cannot bring good from it.
One Day | One Deed | One Difference
The life and death of Maggie Lee Henson began a movement of kindness that is still reverberating. More than just a feel-good story, her story is proof that the human spirit will triumph even when the body fails, that people do want good to win, and that God is very much at work redeeming the world and even our worst-case scenarios. The best way to join Maggie Lee for Good is to click the “Like” button at this Facebook page: facebook.com/MaggieLeeforGood. If you would like to present “Maggie Lee for Good” to your school or service organization, visit www.maggieleeforgood.org to access free tools, graphics and printables.
Anyone looking for meaning in the face of tragedy will treasure Maggie Lee for Good. This beautifully written and heartfelt account of parents dealing with their child’s premature death will provide hope and inspiration for all who read it.
—Travis Stork, MD
Host of the Emmy-award winning television show The Doctors
Jinny and John Henson have “done good” by the life and memory of their daughter, Maggie Lee. This is a brave, faithful, and generous book about a precious and loving girl, the pain of her passing, and the grace and redemption inspired by her faithful life.
Editor, The Baptist Standard
Jinny Henson is my friend. Her quick wit and talent is just the formula to be a great comedian. And then horrific tragedy struck her life. I watched her tread through the deep waters of grief—the place mothers fear most in this world. In this book, Jinny and John have allowed us to peer into the most intimate places in their hearts—their pain. We can all see that crying and laughing are tenderly linked and that God can amazingly use both to draw us closer and closer to Him. Thank you for taking us along.
“Queen of Clean Comedy,” Bestselling author and
performer, TV and radio personality
With this book Jinny and John Henson bravely report from the depths of a place all of us hope never to visit—grief from the loss of a child. For anyone coping with loss or doubting their faith, reading Maggie Lee for Good proves that even from the darkest places something positive can emerge, and that we can lose something we love even more than our own life, and somehow find a way to keep living.
—Christie Taylor Seaver
Former editor of the Aer Lingus magazine Cara,
Freelance writer for the Sunday Times and The Irish Times