Houston, Texas (NAPSI) - Anyone touched and intrigued by the book or movie about American Sniper Chris Kyle may be glad to know the story isn’t over.
Now, a new book, by Taya 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 had ever been. Their decadelong 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 captivated millions in Chris’s best-selling memoir, “American Sniper,” to which Taya contributed passages that formed much of the book’s emotional core, and through Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster, Academy Award−winning film of the same name, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as Taya.
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 her many wearying battles waged to protect her husband’s legacy and reputation.
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 are now embracing a future that honors the past but looks forward with hope, gratitude and joy.
“American Wife” is a remarkable memoir, a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose.
You can find it at many bookstores or order it online from www.harpercollins.com/9780062398086/american-wife.