American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal

by Taya Kyle, Jim DeFelice


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594796077
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Taya Kyle is executive director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Chris and Taya’s story was the subject of Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. She is a featured speaker on the Patriot Tour, with Marcus Luttrell, David Goggins, and Chad Fleming. Taya is the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife. She lives in Texas.

Jim DeFelice is the co-author, with former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, of the multi-million-copy bestseller American Sniper, the source for Clint Eastwood’s film starring Bradley CooperHis other books include Omar Bradley: General at War; Rangers at Dieppe; and West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express. He lives in upstate New York.

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American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This excellent book enables us to see American hero Chris Kyle from a perspective few others could ever provide. We all know the ending, but the story of the happiness & pain in-between, as described by his wife in this book, is one which all should hear. Both the highs and lows are thoroughly captivating. This story represents a window on the world of modern warfare that more people need to be aware of. Expect to see this title on the NYT best seller list for many months to come .... and for sound reason!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book, probably the most touching, thought provoking and honest example of what really happens in life I have ever read and one that speaks to me in almost as many ways personally. Love, trust , heartbreak, grief, betrayal, faith, family and friendship it's all here.... raw and honest and in my personal experience how it really happens. Taya Kyle - American Wife, shares their private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--a moving tribute, then the strength of a women facing insurmountable odds and the dedication, resilience, determination and faith to grieve, cope, rise from the ashes, the bravely move forward to over-come in SEAL tradition. "The only easy day was yesterday," could never be farther from he truth. 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. They say behind every great man is a great pillar of a women and this book will take you there. My highest, highest recommendation. If there is one book you read this year this should be it. Hooyah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read this after hearing Mrs Kyle speak from the heart on multiple ocassions and it did not disappoint. This was an incredibly heartfelt, honest, and inspiring memoir.  Thank you for being such a great voice for military families and the unsung heroes who are fighting on the homefront. 
GKenn More than 1 year ago
Honest, straightforward, raw. She doesn't hold back her emotions and lets us see "warts and all". Very good book and a very good companion to American Sniper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! I recommend for everyone to read this to better understand what its like to be married to someone in the military or married in general. You truly understand the best you can what Taya went threw and is going threw to this day. Very raw, informative, and inspiring. God bless the Kyle family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Praise Jesus! Kyle was a warm, loving and heroic man who killed as many vile Mideastern critters as he could, keeping us all safe from those awful people who are over 7,000 miles away. Kyle was keeping us safe to enjoy our freedoms, such as being allowed to own all the guns we can get and getting to shoot people here. Praise Jesus! Hallelujah! Amen.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
6 STARS ACTUALLY! I don't even know if I have the words to express how much I loved this book. I know I cannot write an eloquent review to adequately write down my words about this book either. It was just WOW. Awesome. I thought American Sniper was a great book, but after listening to Taya's side of the story, it makes that book so much more. More what? Just more. Not only is Taya's side of the story emotional, and touching, it's told in her own voice. I don't even know how she got through the reading of this book without getting emotional. I am sure she did when the microphones were off, but I think it made this book more powerful hearing it in her own words. I started listening to this a while ago, and have had to take some breaks because it was too emotional for me at times. When I started it I was taking my daughter to EFY (a kind of church camp for LDS kids), and I cried all the way there, and all the way back home. Taya's story is just beautiful. Heartbreaking, emotional, uplifting, spiritual, and just down right amazing. I was particularly touched and cried like a little girl when she had to sit and tell her children that their dad had died. They all took it like champs. I don't know if I could have held it together as much as Taya did. Her faith, and strength is absolutely beautiful. Taya's choice to carry Chris's charities and work after his passing is so touching. I really do not have to words. I just don't. It was beautifully written, and such a touching and inspirational story. If you have read American Sniper then you should take the time to read Taya's side of what happened and the aftermath of serving in the military. Chris's useless death is maddening to me. I don't know if I could have taken it with the grace that Taya did, and you find out her true character in this book.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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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I know Chris Grandparents in Kansas, it was very dear to my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lady's crying all the way to the bank.  God bless our brave CIA death squads.