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

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,472 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
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
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 4th 2015 by William Morrow (first published May 1st 2015)
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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
Raven Haired Girl
Jun 02, 2015 added it
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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 ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Heartwrenching and inspirational. Taya is a strong woman.
Bobbie Rathjens
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-memoirs
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 ...more
Sharon King
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Julie Hatch
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Matt Payne
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Winter Sophia Rose
Riveting, Inspiring, Moving & Raw! A Powerful Read! I Loved It!
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-mine
Amazing, outstanding, beautifully written. Absolutely loved it.
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.
Kristi Jo
My husband bought me this book. I’m a military wife and a patriot. He knows I followed the Chris Kyle story closely and thought I might enjoy the wife’s side of things.

I can say this:

1 star for authenticity. She didn’t write this book to be liked or to gain sympathy. She wrote it to portray her personal account of her husband’s service (the hardships, the fears, the loneliness, the personal and familial toll). It’s hard to criticize a widow, because I haven’t walked down that road, but I can te
Molly Heatherly
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Amanda P
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
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
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book! Sure it had a few sad parts but it was a really really good book!
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May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
itle: American Wife
Author: Taya Kyle with Jim DeFelice
Stars 5 out of 5
I am not sure I can sum up American Wife better than say grab a box of tissues and take it a day at a time. This is a beautiful and honest look at life of Taya Kyle. This book will have you smile, laugh, cry and feel heartache for what Taya Kyle with all that she has been though but she doesn’t expect you to feel sorry for her as much as he as asked you to see what life was like living with the American Sniper her Husband, Bes
Stephanie Holcomb
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first learned who Chris Kyle was when I watched Stars Earn Stripes with my family. He was teamed up with Dean Cain, so of course they were my favorites from the beginning. Once that ended, I didn't keep close tabs on him but was always interested in what he was working on and felt that he was a true hero. When I heard about his death, I was in shock, especially when I heard how it happened. I was especially sad for the family he left behind. When I saw this book come up for review, I jumped at ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
After reading (or rather, listening to) American Sniper earlier this year, I thought it only fitting to also listen to American Wife. The beginning of the book was what I had expected - Taya Kyle telling about her life and where she had come from and what shaped her experiences. A little less focused than other memoirs I've read, but full of the daily life activities and bigger picture reflections that I'm a fan of in the genre. Eventually though, we hit the Chris Kyle / American Sniper part of ...more
Create With Joy
In what is one of the most highly anticipated memoirs of the year, Taya Kyle - the wife of American war hero Chris Kyle - tells her entire story for the first time in American Wife – Love, War, Faith, and Renewal.

As I approached this book, I could not help but wonder, what it would be like to be married to a man who served our country in the capacity of the "American Sniper"?

The portrait that Taya paints of Chris is that of a multi-faceted man.

In American Wife, Taya shares a beautiful story of
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I would've read this much faster if we weren't on vacation and busy so much of the time. I didn't want to put it down, but it's kind of rude to sit and read in a room full of family your visiting. Taya Kyle, whoa... What can I say? She simply amazes and inspires me. This book was so honest and so raw. From the first page I was sucked in; though I cannot imagine it, I could sense how she must've felt. To know her love and how her life was with Chris I can definitely relate to, all she went throug ...more
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“When life brings you to your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.” 9 likes
“As we were wrapping up the book, I sat down and thought about all the lessons I’d learned over the past two years. I couldn’t list them all, but here are a few:

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.

Take lots of videos, even of the mundane. You will forget the sound of your children’s voices and you will miss your youth as much as theirs.

Celebrate every wedding anniversary.

Make time for dates. Hug your spouse every single morning. And always, ALWAYS, say “I love you.”

Believe in your partner.

When you hit hard times as a couple, take a weekend away or at least a night out. The times that you least feel like doing it are likely the times that you need it the most.

Write love notes to your spouse, your children, and keep the ones they give you.

Don’t expect a miniature pig to be an “easy” pet.

Live life looking forward with a goal of no regrets, so you can look back without them.

Be the friend you will need some day.

Often the most important thing you can do for another person is just showing up.

Question less and listen more.

Don’t get too tied up in your plans for the future. No one really knows their future anyway.

Laugh at yourself, and with life.

People don’t change their core character.

Be humble, genuine, and gracious.

Before you get into business with someone, look at their history. Expect them to be with you for the long haul, even if you don’t think they will be. If they aren’t someone you could take a road trip across the country with, don’t do business with them in the first place.

Real families and real sacrifices live in the fabric of the Red, White, and Blue; stand for the national anthem.”
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