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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 survi 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.


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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 survi 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll

    I'm a writer.A wife. A police officer. My words fail me at this moment. Taya Kyle is a heroine for the ages for how she led her family through tragedy and then shared her story with the multitudes. It's a hard read so I know it was difficult to write. I'd never met Chris Kyle but I've respected him. I've never met Taya but I, like any other reader, feel a type of kinship with her. She showed the world the pitfalls in her marriage in such a way that we could analyze our own. She shared her mista I'm a writer.A wife. A police officer. My words fail me at this moment. Taya Kyle is a heroine for the ages for how she led her family through tragedy and then shared her story with the multitudes. It's a hard read so I know it was difficult to write. I'd never met Chris Kyle but I've respected him. I've never met Taya but I, like any other reader, feel a type of kinship with her. She showed the world the pitfalls in her marriage in such a way that we could analyze our own. She shared her mistakes so that we could avoid making them in our lives. She wasn't afraid to tell us about her pettiness or her over reactions to small things. She showed us that through all of these things- love can prevail. I am thankful. I'm sure that the comparison has been made before but I must make it again. Taya Kyle has become our generation's "Jackie Kennedy." Through grief and loss she has stood tall. She has showed us how to grieve. She shared with us exactly who we all lost that February day. She wasn't stingy with him either. She's ensured that America understands more than the American Sniper. We understand more than the hero. She allowed us to know the man through her memories. This book is so eloquently written and so perfectly reflected that I actually cried. This is a foreign emotion to me. It happens very rarely but I shared the pain of a widow and a little boy and a little girl. I learned of the love, the laughter, the tears and the smiles of the Kyle family in a way that could never have been told with Taya. I cannot express how appreciative I am for being allowed to share these memories. To say that this is a "must read" is simply not enough. In these times when the political climate is frightening, the support for our service men and women is waning and despair seems to waft on the breeze, this book shows how it's all worth it. Taya Kyle has illustrated in real life how true Tony Arata's words were in the song, The Dance. "I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss..... the dance." Taya is not simply a widow. She's not simply a mother. She's not simply a heroine for our times. She is exactly like me. An American Wife.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raven Haired Girl

    Taya Kyle is quite a woman. Her story is brutally honest, utterly touching and completely heartbreaking, ultimately leaving you inspired. I can’t count the number of times I laughed out loud learning of her husband’s crazy antics, his love of practical jokes, his sense of humor. Other moments I found myself wiping tears, his tender expressions of love, their sentimental moments and gestures shared with each other as well as their children. The highs and lows of marital challenges, the reality of Taya Kyle is quite a woman. Her story is brutally honest, utterly touching and completely heartbreaking, ultimately leaving you inspired. I can’t count the number of times I laughed out loud learning of her husband’s crazy antics, his love of practical jokes, his sense of humor. Other moments I found myself wiping tears, his tender expressions of love, their sentimental moments and gestures shared with each other as well as their children. The highs and lows of marital challenges, the reality of life with a SEAL. The toughest part was reading of Chris’s murder, her grief and her children’s grief – simply gut wrenching. Taya slowly regains her footing with the help of family and friends along with her faith as she and her two children navigate life without Chris. Revisiting moments and memories as well as clinging to each other, the family begins the slow process of healing through incomprehensible tragedy. Completely affecting. “Um.” I was already crying. “Daddy’s hurt,” I told them. They looked at me. I closed my eyes. “Is he dead?” blurted Angel. I opened my eyes and nodded yes. She let out a “cry that came from her gut. Bubba’s eyes glassed over and tears poured out. I held them both close. “I’m so sorry, guys. I’m so sorry.” Beside every man is a great woman, with all certainty Chris Kyle stood proudly next to Taya. You see how these two shared a magical connection through life and death. For this and more reviews visit http://ravenhairedgirl.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker when it comes to these types of memoirs and do tend to get a bit obsessive. Whilst this book will not win any literary awards and I felt myself somewhat alarmed and cringing at what I can only see as condoning the ownership, use and passion for guns, it was a heartfelt tribute to one woman's love of her life. It did make me feel very emotional and many a tear was shed as the tragedy unfolded. It does bring to the fore how fragile life can be and no I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker when it comes to these types of memoirs and do tend to get a bit obsessive. Whilst this book will not win any literary awards and I felt myself somewhat alarmed and cringing at what I can only see as condoning the ownership, use and passion for guns, it was a heartfelt tribute to one woman's love of her life. It did make me feel very emotional and many a tear was shed as the tragedy unfolded. It does bring to the fore how fragile life can be and not to take anyone or anything for granted. It is also a book about Faith with a capital F. I was a little bit envious of that as I have yet to discover or understand such a thing with as much conviction. Although some of Taya's motives and beliefs and Chris' for that matter may be questioned I think one thing that comes through very clearly is the importance of love and family. I feel sad for Taya and her children and I especially am affected by the tragedy that befell this family. To have been to war...justified or not is not my concern here at the moment...to have survived several deployments to Iraq and elsewhere, survived being injured and shot at and then to realise that the danger was closer to home than you could possibly imagine is just heartbreaking. In spite of this Taya still continues to help military servicemen and their families in her husband's memory. I know there will be those cynics out there who will see this as propaganda and patriotism taken to extremes but for me it is a tribute of great love. So sue me!!!! 3.5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    I have not seen or read American Sniper and didn't realize this was Chris Kyle's wife. I found this book very interesting to read Taya's view of what happened. I listened to the audiobook and Taya read it. It also covers what happened after Chris' death. This was worth the listen. I will have to say sham on you Jesse Ventura for suing them about Chris' book when you weren't even named and shame on the jury who decided in favor of Jesse and awarded him more money then should have happened. I hope I have not seen or read American Sniper and didn't realize this was Chris Kyle's wife. I found this book very interesting to read Taya's view of what happened. I listened to the audiobook and Taya read it. It also covers what happened after Chris' death. This was worth the listen. I will have to say sham on you Jesse Ventura for suing them about Chris' book when you weren't even named and shame on the jury who decided in favor of Jesse and awarded him more money then should have happened. I hope Taya wins in the appeal.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Though I easily felt sorry for the author and her children (and wish them a happy life), it was impossible to scrape up any intellectual respect due to the content of this book. Which included gems such as... "ironic catch-22" Ok, this one made me laugh at least. I suppose she does admit she has never read war novels but you think an editor would have. Later in the book she does let us know what books she did read which were how-to-husband manuals and self help titles. "A lot of the protests agai Though I easily felt sorry for the author and her children (and wish them a happy life), it was impossible to scrape up any intellectual respect due to the content of this book. Which included gems such as... "ironic catch-22" Ok, this one made me laugh at least. I suppose she does admit she has never read war novels but you think an editor would have. Later in the book she does let us know what books she did read which were how-to-husband manuals and self help titles. "A lot of the protests against the war were simply naive" She's referring to the Iraq war. She neglects to provide one reason (good or not) for supporting the war. She only has something to say about the 'other' side. "There is a point for everyone, I think, where physical attraction is everything, and it can lead to love. A person looks beautiful to you, and therefore you love them." I'm not sure why her ghostwriter didn't point out how shallow this comes off but the book had plenty more of these kind of "insights". When talking of others who wrote books about her husband she mentioned that some of them were attempting "to make a quick buck at the expense of a hero's life". This was hard for me to reconcile with the fact that I currently was reading a book which was filled with private emails that her husband had sent to her. A book that was designed to make money and make him look less like an asshole (I've read his book so I'm aware of the contrast in how he is portrayed). I guess if you exploit his life in a positive light it makes it ok? If you were close enough to him then it's ok to sell his emails? Overall it usually only took me a few paragraphs before I got frustrated and was offended either politically, morally or intellectually. I got through it though and won't even go into my thoughts about the religious and nationalistic aspects of this book, which I did not find agreeable. And when I did get to the end of the book I was treated to a list of "lessons" that Mrs.Kyle had learned ,and generously passed on to her readers, after the hardships of military marriage, children, relationship problems, foreclosing on a house, lawsuits, the bankruptcy of her husbands business, the murder and loss of her husband, single parenting and more. At the top of the list was this: "Never complain about the price of a gift from your spouse- accept it with love and gratitude. You can't put a price on romance." I wish I was joking but I'm not. This shit makes me ashamed to be an American. We are not all this shallow but a major proportion of us are. We like to say we believe in love and tolerance but we practice very different morals and values. And in that regard this book very much lived up to its name.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol Storm

    Funny, touching, and down to earth -- the perfect tribute to a fallen hero. The first sentence was something I posted two years ago, but I didn't actually read the whole book. This time I went back and read the entire thing word for word. This is a strong book, about a strong woman. The most powerful and moving sections are all about grief and letting go. The early chapters are less than compelling, in that Chris Kyle may not come across as charming and lovable to a lot of people. The irony is th Funny, touching, and down to earth -- the perfect tribute to a fallen hero. The first sentence was something I posted two years ago, but I didn't actually read the whole book. This time I went back and read the entire thing word for word. This is a strong book, about a strong woman. The most powerful and moving sections are all about grief and letting go. The early chapters are less than compelling, in that Chris Kyle may not come across as charming and lovable to a lot of people. The irony is that Taya Kyle does a much better job describing how she missed Chris when he was gone than she does describing how wonderful it was to have him around. Still the sections on grief and loss are very powerful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Holcomb

    I stepped into this one not knowing a darn thing about this woman, her husband, the book, the movie, the previous story... Let's just say that I do feel for her loss of her husband, a man she said in the book that she clearly loved and cherished, and he her. It was outright horrible what happened to him, and I appreciate every person in our military. However, that said, I think fame got to her head. Why this book was written (and perhaps it was me going into it without reading her husband's book) I stepped into this one not knowing a darn thing about this woman, her husband, the book, the movie, the previous story... Let's just say that I do feel for her loss of her husband, a man she said in the book that she clearly loved and cherished, and he her. It was outright horrible what happened to him, and I appreciate every person in our military. However, that said, I think fame got to her head. Why this book was written (and perhaps it was me going into it without reading her husband's book) I don't know...I suppose for those who wanted more of the story, but not knowing anything else, I went into it blind. It talked about lots of stuff that her husband's story did, but didn't explain them, and so if you didn't know anything about that, about his service in Iraq, about the Jesse Ventura case, her husband's affair (if that's what it was), etc., it's hard to follow. She doesn't explain it for people new to her story, and sure -- it's probable that most are informed about it and are reading it as a sequel - but even the best sequels are written for those who didn't read the first one, as a separate entity. But the thing is, the book as itself really isn't that riveting a read. It's not like I don't understand her suffering, I DO, but really...it's not even written well and why did we need more? Why did we need her side of the same story? Now, I research her, and I'm reading all kinds of stuff on the Internet about her that if I had known, I wouldn't have chosen to listen to her book -- she's a correspondent on Fox News? How did that happen? -- as well the promises her husband made to not make a profit off of American Sniper and to give proceeds to his fallen friends' families, which apparently hasn't happened, plus the lawsuit that can't happen on that, other lawsuits she has brought forth after her husband's death, the bankruptcy of his company (and the investor there, how he made his money, and bought them a house to live in rent-free, and her exploitation of that), the fact that her husband thought they may divorce (and the book is VERY lovey dovey), then I read that when he died they had separated and were preparing to divorce, and he created clauses in his business practices if that was a possibility...now, I don't know what to believe. I do wish I had researched before picking this audiobook up at the library blind as I did. SURE, not everything on the Internet is real and true, but there is a lot here that is raising my eyebrows...and shackles. In the end, I believe she has received a bit of a short end of the stick here. I feel for her loss, and commend and thank her husband for his service, yet...It's as if he wrote a book, so she had to. He got famous, so she had to. Still, something isn't sitting right with me on her anymore. Of course I realize that if that is a way for her to make money for her family, and it will sell, kudos to her -- but riding in on someone else's coattails -- especially as a woman -- isn't appealing to me. Plus her outspoken self after his death seems to be a completely different person than she depicted herself to be in this book. I wish I could take the time back that I spent on this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Rathjens

    Great read Taya is a strong woman and I'm better for reading her side of the story. God bless Taya, and thanks for sharing your story. Great read Taya is a strong woman and I'm better for reading her side of the story. God bless Taya, and thanks for sharing your story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Myrna

    Heartwrenching and inspirational. Taya is a strong woman.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This book touched the depths of my soul. It was gut wrenching, it was beautiful. It made me smile, it challenged me. Taya talks about her life in such a genuine and raw manner-I felt like I was talking with her face to face at times; at other times, I felt like I was with her in her moments of faith, joy, and sorrow. As a military spouse, the book struck close to home for me as it forced me to look at my own life and my own fears I hold in the very back of my mind for my husband. I think Taya ha This book touched the depths of my soul. It was gut wrenching, it was beautiful. It made me smile, it challenged me. Taya talks about her life in such a genuine and raw manner-I felt like I was talking with her face to face at times; at other times, I felt like I was with her in her moments of faith, joy, and sorrow. As a military spouse, the book struck close to home for me as it forced me to look at my own life and my own fears I hold in the very back of my mind for my husband. I think Taya has set the stage to bring about more conversations and education about issues faced by many military/first responder families. She provides an open and honest account of her life with Chris, both in the physical world and beyond. She sends the message that the pain and loss never goes away, but a time will come where you can function and find joy and blessings. She shows that there is hope, even in the darkest of times. Her story deeply impacted my heart. Her strength as a woman is inspirational. Her book is a gem.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Buerk

    If I could give zero stars for this book, I probably would. I certainly don't mean the subject matter or her views- those don't bother me in the slightest. In fact, I found her husband's book fascinating and could not put it down. I was very disappointed in the quality of writing in this book. It was like reading a 7th grader's personal diary about a compelling event. I wish it was better. If I could give zero stars for this book, I probably would. I certainly don't mean the subject matter or her views- those don't bother me in the slightest. In fact, I found her husband's book fascinating and could not put it down. I was very disappointed in the quality of writing in this book. It was like reading a 7th grader's personal diary about a compelling event. I wish it was better.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Don't read this before bed. You'll never sleep and your pillow will be soaked with tears! What and amazing woman and an amazing family! My heart shattered all over again when I read this. Don't read this before bed. You'll never sleep and your pillow will be soaked with tears! What and amazing woman and an amazing family! My heart shattered all over again when I read this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Westminster Library

    American Wife is the remarkable story from Taya Kyle’s perspective of the shocking death of her husband Chris Kyle, also known as American Sniper. Her story covers the time period after Chris’ death and the raw emotions of grief, depression, and the desperate struggle to maintain her memory of Chris. I really appreciated her vulnerable spirit, her willingness to share the struggles she perseveres, and her testament to the power of prayer, faith, family and friends. My favorite quote is simple bu American Wife is the remarkable story from Taya Kyle’s perspective of the shocking death of her husband Chris Kyle, also known as American Sniper. Her story covers the time period after Chris’ death and the raw emotions of grief, depression, and the desperate struggle to maintain her memory of Chris. I really appreciated her vulnerable spirit, her willingness to share the struggles she perseveres, and her testament to the power of prayer, faith, family and friends. My favorite quote is simple but true – “You don’t know what the future holds.” P. 312. She teaches us to never take things for granted and to appreciate the blessings we have today, no matter how small. Find American Wife at the Westminster Public Library!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Taya Kyle is an inspiration. In this memoir, she gives a personal account of what it was like to be the wife of Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle. From their happiest moments to the despair following his death, Taya does not hold back and always keeps her faith. In fact, one of the bits of advice she offers at the end of the book is this: God promises beauty through ashes. Give it time and you will see it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I remember watching the trailer of the movie, American Sniper. Although I was not familiar with the true story of Chris, the intense scenes promoted me to watch the movie. Needless to say I was very impressed and engrossed with the plot, it was heartbreaking and memorable simultaneously. There were so many emotional scenes that made me deeply sympathetic about all what transpired. Upon reading this book, I had no expectations other than reading an amazing book about faith,told in Kyle perspectiv I remember watching the trailer of the movie, American Sniper. Although I was not familiar with the true story of Chris, the intense scenes promoted me to watch the movie. Needless to say I was very impressed and engrossed with the plot, it was heartbreaking and memorable simultaneously. There were so many emotional scenes that made me deeply sympathetic about all what transpired. Upon reading this book, I had no expectations other than reading an amazing book about faith,told in Kyle perspective. Honestly this book was raw and authentic, not only did I discover new things about Chris that the movie did not show, but I got to know his wife story as well. I liked how the book remained consistent, it did not elaborate so much on the author life but it introduced readers to what kind of person Kyle was. Kyle was a humorous, lively man that loved his wife with all of his heart and soul. The trials they had to go was like any other typical marriage but I liked how they managed to endure all the rough paths. Towards the end, it got a little bit religious but it did not take away the beauty of the novel. Highly recommended for people that have or have not seen the movie, American Sniper.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharon King

    How fitting that I finished reading this book on Memorial Day. I also read the book by Chris Kyle, American Soldier which had a lot of technical stuff about war, but Taya's account is heart wrenching. I can't imagine how she got through those first days, the funeral, and on top of dealing with that, the lawsuit with Ventura and the lawsuit in protecting Chris' name and logo's from her "supposed" friends. I really don't know how she functioned and got out of bed in the morning to face another day How fitting that I finished reading this book on Memorial Day. I also read the book by Chris Kyle, American Soldier which had a lot of technical stuff about war, but Taya's account is heart wrenching. I can't imagine how she got through those first days, the funeral, and on top of dealing with that, the lawsuit with Ventura and the lawsuit in protecting Chris' name and logo's from her "supposed" friends. I really don't know how she functioned and got out of bed in the morning to face another day. Too much for one person to handle, yet she did. I admire her strength, honesty, and faith. Her tragic circumstances God is using for good. She is dedicated to Veteran families and to carrying on Chris Kyle's integrity, patriotism, legacy, and faith. Their children have wonderful parents who have modeled what love looks like in the midst of country, family and faith. Taya, Chris would be very proud - you are to be commended. "Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them." Psalm 126: 5-6

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matt Payne

    Amazing account of life with someone in the military. Laughed, cringed and cried as Taya described her life with the American Sniper, Chris Kyle. Her very detailed account of the day of his passing and the subsequent events until his funeral is as heart wrenching as it gets. Her strength as a person and a mother shines through above all else. The book will lead to conversations in America around military families as the American Sniper Movie did. Worth a read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie Hatch

    Real & raw testimony of faith, free will, conflicts & acceptance, even when you are mad at God. Felt like I sat down for a long, informal & sincere catch-up with a struggling girlfriend. "... God has a plan for us. More importantly, I had to accept His plan is the best plan. Even if I didn't like it. Maybe it is less about the best plan for an individual & more about others - the ripple effect of life & faith." Looking forward to seeing how Taya's journey continues. Real & raw testimony of faith, free will, conflicts & acceptance, even when you are mad at God. Felt like I sat down for a long, informal & sincere catch-up with a struggling girlfriend. "... God has a plan for us. More importantly, I had to accept His plan is the best plan. Even if I didn't like it. Maybe it is less about the best plan for an individual & more about others - the ripple effect of life & faith." Looking forward to seeing how Taya's journey continues.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Great book. She was so honest and really put herself out there while writing this book. She showed the struggles of military families also. I have said and thought some of the things that she expressed in her book. Her husband was a true hero and I appreciate her sharing her story so openly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    bought this book this evening and started reading. I laid the book I was reading to the side for now.

  21. 5 out of 5

    pianogal

    Kinda sad, but good closure to the Kyle trilogy. Also, I like to punch Jesse Ventura in the face, but then he'd probably sue me. Jerk. Kinda sad, but good closure to the Kyle trilogy. Also, I like to punch Jesse Ventura in the face, but then he'd probably sue me. Jerk.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Amazing, outstanding, beautifully written. Absolutely loved it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Riveting, Inspiring, Moving & Raw! A Powerful Read! I Loved It!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Molly Heatherly

    This memoir by Taya Kyle was very open, honest and captured the emotions before, during and after the death of her husband, Chris. Taya wrote very openly about the challenges military spouses and families face when their husband or wife are deployed. She also let readers know that her marriage was not perfect and like many married couples she and Chris had ups and downs. Instead of choosing to end their marriage, they sought outside help to fix the issues they were having and made their marriage This memoir by Taya Kyle was very open, honest and captured the emotions before, during and after the death of her husband, Chris. Taya wrote very openly about the challenges military spouses and families face when their husband or wife are deployed. She also let readers know that her marriage was not perfect and like many married couples she and Chris had ups and downs. Instead of choosing to end their marriage, they sought outside help to fix the issues they were having and made their marriage stronger because of it. Taya Kyle is someone women could relate to because she is strong, courageous, independent and was never afraid to accept help from others; especially in the aftermath of her husband's tragic death. The Kyle's never let fame or fortune change who they were as individuals or as a family and that is very admirable. I too am a military spouse and I could relate to many aspects of this story. Kyle chose to get out of the military because he saw how difficult it was on his wife and children. My husband has chosen certain jobs that have not been as career progressive in order to be a husband and father. Choices my husband, like Chris Kyle will never regret. This story is well worth the read and emotions that come with it. It is insightful to see how Taya has chosen to continue to honor her husband and his legacy even after his death to make sure he is never forgotten. Taya Kyle is a true American!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda P

    This was a book I cried most of the way through. Taya Kyle is an amazing woman and someone that I am genially in awe of. While not perfect, she conducts herself with grace and dignity during some of the most difficult times anyone could face. This book was not salacious, like some have said. Instead it is her life (and journey) told in her words. You’ve got to give the woman credit for putting it all out there (and she does) after everything she’s been through. I can’t wait to see what this amazi This was a book I cried most of the way through. Taya Kyle is an amazing woman and someone that I am genially in awe of. While not perfect, she conducts herself with grace and dignity during some of the most difficult times anyone could face. This book was not salacious, like some have said. Instead it is her life (and journey) told in her words. You’ve got to give the woman credit for putting it all out there (and she does) after everything she’s been through. I can’t wait to see what this amazing woman accomplishes in the years to come. I’m sure that her husband, Chris Kyle, is smiling down on her with pride from heaven at this very moment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Put aside the strong faith that sustained Taya if you aren't into the religion aspect and you will still have a dynamic love story. Taya is able to express how she felt about their relationship, his job, their unpredictable life and mostly how she dealt and is still dealing, with his death. She keeps him alive for their children, which is so sweet. I have always thought that our military wives are the true heroes and this book is another example of that. Put aside the strong faith that sustained Taya if you aren't into the religion aspect and you will still have a dynamic love story. Taya is able to express how she felt about their relationship, his job, their unpredictable life and mostly how she dealt and is still dealing, with his death. She keeps him alive for their children, which is so sweet. I have always thought that our military wives are the true heroes and this book is another example of that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Bennion

    ‘God didn’t stop it because He has a plan. It’s difficult sometimes to remain optimistic about that plan, but in the end, that is what faith means: trust in the plan... It’s not enough to simply avoid sin. We have to do good.’

  28. 4 out of 5

    DonnaJo Pallini

    Heartfelt, loving, honest. A good book as a tribute to a man who was truly loved. Taya Kyle makes you laugh and cry. I appreciate the lengths she has gone to start and run a foundation to help veterans and first responders.

  29. 5 out of 5

    WillD

    I really loved this book! Sure it had a few sad parts but it was a really really good book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A beautiful true story about love and loss.

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