- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (May 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062398086
- ISBN-13: 978-0062398086
- ASIN: 0062398083
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 929 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 4, 2015
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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.
About the Author
Taya Kyle founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in honor of her late husband Chris Kyle, legendary U.S. 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, Taya Kyle makes frequent appearances at fund-raisers and other events, inspiring others to find strength and persevere through struggles. She and her two children live in Texas.
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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.
After starting this book I soon realized I would not be able to put it down until I finished it. Yes, I read this book in one day! All 334 pages. I thought I would be hooked because of her talk about being a military wife and of course her story on Chris Kyle's job in the military, which has always been fascinating to me.
To my surprise I was only slightly hooked on those topics but felt drawn to her ideas about her faith in her marriage no matter how bad things got. Taya is so brave to reveal the darkest parts of her marriage and to speak so openly about her faith. I didn't think I would be so moved by her story, perhaps it's because I am now married and can relate. I admire how she addresses not just military families but marriages and families as a whole as there are struggles in all marriages.
I also admire her loyalty to her husband even in moments where he didn't always deserve it. She never gave up even when Chris told her he wasn't sure if they would make it. She prayed to her God for the strength to work on their marriage.
This book, in my opinion, is inspiring for many marriages and families in that despite the darkest parts, there is always hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, and faith.
Taya believes so strongly in the sanctity of her marriage that she started her foundation to help military and first responders have healthy marriages and families. I would highly recommend this to anyone needing a good read and a new outlook or perspective on their own marriage.
There is MUCH more to this book then what I have mentioned but it's what moved me the most.