American Spirit: Profiles in Resilience, Courage, and Faith

American Spirit: Profiles in Resilience, Courage, and Faith

by Taya Kyle, Jim DeFelice

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From Taya Kyle, New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, an inspiring collection of stories, both personal and drawn from American history, that showcase the resilience of the "American spirit."

After losing her husband, "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle entered a period of immense pain and grief. She was able to pull herself from the depths of that devastation with the help of family and friends—and also many strangers across America, who shared their own stories of suffering, survival and triumph. Bolstered by their resilience, Taya began a new career as an inspirational speaker and foundation leader, spreading her message of hope and love across the country.

Now, in American Spirit, Taya gives back to those who helped her along the way, by sharing the stories of Americans who inspired her. Working again with trusted collaborator Jim DeFelice (coauthor of American Sniper and American Wife), she tells the remarkable stories of more than 30 Americans, young and old, rich and not-so-rich, famous and unknown, who have done extraordinary things for their communities and for the national at large. There is the 9/11 survivor who became a senator, the reality TV star who helped the homeless when everyone else wanted to send them out of town, the young man who went trick or treating for a local food bank—and many other veterans, ministers, reporters, football stars, pilots, and teachers who show the very best side of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062912367
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 482,578
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

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. 

Table of Contents

Introduction Hoping

The Pioneer Spirit Lives On 3

1 Growing a Future

Our Kids as the Future 11

Trick, Treat, Triumph: Nick Blair 13

When Life Gave Him Cancer, He Made Lemonade: Ulises 16

Toward a Sweetish Cure: Alex's Lemonade Stand 20

The "Sweet Feet" Girls: Caressa and Marlee 32

Everyone Deserves a Family: Jim and Lori Word 36

Not Abandoned: Dream Makers 43

2 Getting Them There

Movers and Shakers 53

Soaring for Others: Angel Flight West 55

Bound for Glory-and Service: Brandon Gosselin 66

The Easy Way Kills You: Micah Fink 78

High Risk, Higher Reward: GearUp 86

3 To Help Others

Being Different 93

Getting Past Barriers: Jesse Saperstein 95

The Blind Bikers of Central Park: InTandem 104

You Belong Here: Brian Blackwell 115

Flipping the Pig: Amanda Kloo 121

Called to Be a Hero: Mona Ratelle 130

4 Moving Past Grief

Beyond Our Burdens 137

Finding Meaning in Loss: Lorraine Ash 141

Don't Be Inspired; Be Exceptional: Barbara Allen 153

Helping Families Recover: Erin's House 164

5 A Roof Over Their Heads

Giving Shelter 175

Little Houses, Big Hearts: Safe Haven 177

Get Up, Suit Up, Show Up: Solutions for Change 184

He's So Fly: Melanie and Marcus Luttrell 198

6 Giving Back

What Do We Owe? 205

Partying for Hope: Jay and Amy Novacek 207

MVP at Giving Dysphagia: Randall Telfer 212

Tie One on for a Cause: Dhani Jones 216

Bad-ass with a Heart of Gold: Jesse James 221

Summer Song: Zac Brown and Camp Southern Ground 227

Junking for Joy: Amie and Jolie Sikes 232

7 Honor, Memory, and Angels

Precious Resources 239

Honor and Heal: Veterans Memorial Museum 241

Perseverance and Remembrance: Kim Roller and the Indy 251

For Kids and Country: Angels of America's Fallen 258

Mr. Perseverance: David Goggins 267

8 Belief

Matters of Faith 277

Lead with Love: The Collins Family 279

Out of the Fire: Mel and Brian Birdwell 291

9 Spirit's Wings

Without Boundaries 307

Into Satan's Lair: The Exodus Road 309

Pioneer Abroad: Leslie Schweitzer 322


My Motto and Goal: Do More 335

Acknowledgments 347

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