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From the Back Cover
The widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss—and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend
In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband, Chris, were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service toward supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and their family was whole, finally.
Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.
Chris and Taya's remarkable story has captivated millions through Clint Eastwood's blockbuster Academy Award-winning film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris's bestselling memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the book's emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the hours, days, and months after Chris's shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her.
And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband's tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection to Chris by advancing their shared mission of "serving those who serve others,"
particularly military and first-responder families. She and the children are now embracing a new future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude, and joy.
American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the year—a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire every reader.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Taya Kyle is the author of the New York Times bestseller American Wife and the founder of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation honoring her late husband Chris Kyle, the legendary US Navy SEAL and author of the bestsellers American Sniper and American Gun. The foundation is devoted to strengthening the marriages of veterans and first responders. An active public speaker, she makes frequent appearances at fund-raisers and other events, inspiring others to find strength and persevere through struggles.
Jim DeFelice is the co-author of the five-million-copy #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper and the New York Times bestsellers American Wife and Code Name: Johnny Walker. He is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, and writes a number of acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series from Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (May 4, 2015)
- Publication date : May 4, 2015
- Print length : 329 pages
- File size : 4873 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00OG9UA10
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,884 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Later that night, we (Taya and son Bubba) cuddled together in bed.
"Tell me something you miss about Daddy," I said to him softly.
"Do I have to?
"Yes. You don't have to talk a long time.
"I miss the way he played with me," he said.
The tears started. I held him."
This is just part of this beautiful, but incredibly heart-wrenching, book.
The Contents say it all:
So we end with "Faith" and "Renewal."
Not too many books have brought me to tears (Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken" did), but the last quarter plus of this book has brought me to tears three nights in a row. This book is certainly worth reading.
Taya Kyle, thank you for writing this book.
Through media, I had always believed that Mrs. Kyle was only a media-attention seeking indidvidual who wanted to reap the benefits of her husband's legacy. My initial thoughts of her being so publicly exposed in the media left me to believe there were only financial gains to be made. Why a wife of a well-known sniper would expose her children and identity so openly was beyond me. After reading the book, I can understand her intentions and how her public identity has transpired. I praise Mrs. Kyle for being so strong through her husband's death and open to tell her side of the story. Women are tough individuals, but women who support our troops through the deployments in faithfulness and tenacity are a different breed. Getting through deployments are rough and only half the battle. The real work comes after (and if) we are lucky to get them back home safely. I can only hope that every soldier has a strong and persevering partner to help them through the recovery as needed. This book made me smile and it made me cry. But more importantly, it made me realize that soldiers and their partners are humans first. The book does a great job in painting a softer side of the men in the special forces. Mr. Kyle was deeply rooted in his faith in God, his children and his wife. This book also depicts the arduous recovery process, grieving and coping habits that may follow a soldier's death. The military family (whether by blood or not) is a tight one and this memoir reminds you that you will find solace in your extended family should anything happen.
Thank you, Mrs. Kyle, for sharing your story. God Bless Mr. Kyle.
I just finished reading Taya's book and it's incredible. If you want to understand the rest of the story, the rest of the man that divided his heart between two such incredible things, to understand his lifetime of service -on and off the battlefield- and how it has affected Taya and her kids lives...read her book. It's like talking to a friend. You will laugh with her, cry with her, flat out bawl and have to put the book down and then come back again to wonder at this incomparable life and recognition that the story isn't over. Their story continues and the love and legacy of Chris will continue to affect others for years to come.