American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal  -     By: Taya Kyle, Jim DeFelice
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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal

William Morrow & Company / 2015 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.1 X 6.3 X 1.4 (inches)
ISBN: 62398083
ISBN-13: 9780062398086

Publisher's Description

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 to supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and, most special of all, 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 together 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 his shocking death when grief threatened to overwhelm her. Then there were wearying battles to protect her husband’s legacy and reputation.

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 now are 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.

Author Bio

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.

Jim DeFelice is the co-author of Chris Kyle’s #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper. He also is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America’s last five-star general, and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. He writes 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. 

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  1. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sometimes we forget the heroes that support from behind the scenes!
    July 6, 2015
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    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you're like most Americans, you've probably heard of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who killed more people in war to save lives than ever before in history. He served three tours as a Navy SEAL while his wife Taya and their kids supported him from home. After each tour they believed he would come home and settle into a life with his family, but at his heart, he knew he was saving more lives by being there. For those of you that remember, Chris Kyle's life was memorialized in the novel American Sniper, which would later blow out box office records with the story of a man who truly served his country, sadly a movie he would never see come to fruition as he was killed trying to help a man here in the United States that was suffered from what some believed was PTSD. But that was Chris, always willing to help others, his was a life well served.

    But behind the scenes like in most cases was Taya, his wife of more than 10 years, who had to piece together a life without the man she dreamed she would share it with. In American Wife, by Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice, they share not only the story from Taya's perspective in what it was like being the wife of a soon-to-be infamous SEAL sniper, but also how she held it all together when facing the unknown whenever he left on another tour. Would he make it home this time?

    It is the most incredible story of not only unconditional love, but how her faith saw her through the times she needed to move forward despite her feelings regarding Chris' death. It shows how war takes its toil on the family as well who live in a state of hoping that next phone call or doorbell isn't the fore bearer of bad news about Chris. It also shows what happens after the movie American Sniper ends and how Taya and the kids Bubba and Angel are finding a new life against insurmountable odds, not only with the recent lawsuit from Jesse Ventura but also in a business collaboration Chris co-owned with another man. It would soon play out after Chris' death that there are those who would benefit and profit in the most deplorable ways just to make a point and take what they truly believe to be theirs in their own eyes.

    I received American Wife by Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions are strictly my own. There is a depth in this book that I can't put into words that most never understand or see. How a family copes in light of war, what happens when things go south, how do you pick up the pieces and go on, but I love that we get to see another side of the love the Kyle's embraced, through emails Taya shares as well as some personal photos of the family. While it is never easy to move through grief, I believe Taya does it with grace and honor, and in the face of the adversity that still continues to this day, she holds fast to the support of family and friends and her faith in God. Well worth a full 5 out of 5 stars!
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